When seeking knowledge, modern Americans often turn first to the Internet. However, there are other sources of media which remain steadfastly informed, detailed and useful for every kind of person. Radio, television shows, magazines and books may not be able to generate as many immediate options for every kind of question as the Internet does, but they often provide information which is more accountable and ultimately more rooted in fact than many websites are.
Lawyers for New York Presbyterian Hospital agreed to a $5.3 million settlement with a plaintiff whose baby was diagnosed with quadriplegic cerebral palsy. The birth injury lawsuit was founded on the negligence of the medical provider, in this case New York Presbyterian, because the New York City mother had visited the hospital for observation and treatment while pregnant but still gave birth prematurely at 32 weeks. The medical malpractice lawsuit asserted that, “not enough steps were taken to prevent this premature birth.”
A woman who miscarried her 14-week old fetus and then suffered a severe personal injury in the ensuing dilation and curettage procedure back in 2007 was awarded $2.5 million by a jury in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Amy Garcia, who is from Novi, Michigan, sued St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where the procedure occurred. Even though the procedure is common - her physician promised Garcia that she would be “home by lunch” - a resident physician perforated her uterus, directly resulting in her personal injury.
New statistics confirm what many New York City residents have long known: medical malpractice at puplic hospitals is not only common, it is often devastating. This is nothing new, but the startling fact is that, over the years, these medical mistakes have actually been on the rise. So far this year, New York City has doled out $135 million for medical blunders at its public hospitals, which is a 5% increase from 2010. 246 cases were completed in fiscal year 2011, resulting in payouts of $135 million, up from $128 million in 2010, records show. Some families had to struggle for more than a decade just to settle their lawsuits.
A man went in for an HIV test in 2000 at the Whitman-Walker Clinic after he learned that his girlfriend was HIV-positive. The blood test showed that the man was not actually HIV-positive, but a “human error” at the lab caused the result form to be filled out so that they stated that the man was HIV-positive.
New York City paid out $520.6 million in settlements of personal injury claims in the 2010 fiscal year according to Comptroller John C. Liu. This is a seven percent decrease from what New York paid out in 2009. For the first time in the past 30 years, awards for personal injury claims against the NYPD was the largest cost to the city in regards to legal settlements involving personal injury. About 67 percent of the city’s payments go to claims against the NYPD, city hospitals and the Department of Transportation.