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  • Please Support Lavern's Law to Aid Victims of New York's Unjust Medical Malpractice Laws

    In New York, a victim of medical malpractice may be precluded from suing a negligent doctor because the Statute of Limitations has expired before they even knew that medical malpractice was committed. This unjust reality is the subject of Lavern's Law which would allow victims of medical malpractice the right to sue within a certain time period running from the date of discovery that medical ...
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  • Do Simultaneous Surgeries Increase the Risk of Medical Malpractice?

    Simultaneous or concurrent surgeries are an accepted, if not widely-known, practice among many hospitals and medical providers. As reported by CBS New York , this practice is a profit-driven practice wherein a surgeon has multiple operations occurring at the same facility at the same time. The surgeon does the important parts of the multiple procedures while assistants perform those "routine" ...
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  • Top 3 Causes of Premature Death in New York City

    Benjamin Franklin famously said, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." Of course, death is a natural part of the circle of life. It is when death comes prematurely that people often seek the counsel and assistance of an attorney. Not all deaths will form the subject of a lawsuit. According to the New York State Department of Health , the 3 most common causes of ...
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  • A Patient's Guide to Lung Cancer and Failure to Diagnose

    Lung cancer is among the deadliest form of cancer in the United States today, causing 150,000 deaths in 2012 alone. CNN has released a simple guide entitled Lung Cancer by the Numbers to help people understand the types of lung cancer, the symptoms and the potential treatment options. Due to the high fatality rate associated with lung cancer, successful treatment relies on the cancer being ...
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  • 5 Most Common Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Medical Malpractice Litigation

    Not all birth injuries are the result of medical negligence or medical malpractice. Some brain injuries can still occur, even in the most competent and careful medical hands. However, medical professionals do make mistakes that can lead to severe injury, and sometimes even death of an infant. When this happens, it is important to consult with a team of knowledgeable legal professionals who ...
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  • Five Common Signs That You May Have Been a Victim of Medical Malpractice

    Medical malpractice cases are among the most complex types of personal injury lawsuits. Often, it is not clear if you or a loved one have been the victim of medical malpractice. There are very few absolutes in the field of medicine and a good outcome is rarely guaranteed. However, patterns tend to emerge and there are frequently signs that medical malpractice may have occurred. In many cases, ...
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  • Medical Malpractice or Not? Bill Paxton Dies from Complications Due to Heart Surgery

    Famous actor, Bill Paxton, passed away due to complications from heart surgery over the weekend. According to various news reports, including NewsMax Health , the 61-year old movie and television star had a fatal stroke following the heart procedure. Heart procedures carry a very small percentage of risk as related to the possibility of a stroke. When a stroke occurs, the damages can be ...
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  • Erin Andrews' Story Affirms Importance of Proper Physicals and Early Diagnosis of Cervical Cancer

    Cervical Cancer has been in the news of late given the recent article in the journal Cancer documenting that cervical cancer has a higher death rate than experts previously believed. Today, another story about cervical cancer garnered media attention when it was revealed that Erin Andrews, a well-known sports reporter for Fox Sports, overcame a battle with cervical cancer in 2016 and was able to ...
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  • Recent Study Shows that Cervical Cancer Has a Higher Death Rate than Experts Previously Thought

    Cervical cancer is a highly preventable form of cancer in the United States due to the availability of screening tests and a vaccine to prevent human papilloma virus, or HPV, which can cause cervical cancer. Unfortunately, a recent study shows that woman are dying from cervical cancer at a much higher rate than previously thought. According to an article from CNN , based upon a study from the ...
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  • Barry Washor Included in Gerry Oginski's List of 10 Great Medical Malpractice Trial Attorneys in New York

    Gerry Oginski is a top New York Medical Malpractice attorney and expert on legal issues. He is well-known for his use of technology and social media to educate consumers and those in the legal profession. As a trusted expert in the legal profession, he named 10 Great New York Medical Malpractice Trial Attorneys which included our partner, Barry Washor. The partners of Queller, Fisher, Washor, ...
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  • U.S. News & World Report Names Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP to the 2017 New York City Rankings of Best Law Firms for Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation

    Queller, Fisher, Washor Fuchs & Kool, LLP is proud to announce that the U.S. News & World Report has named our firm to the 2017 New York City Rankings of Best Law Firms for both Medical Malpractice Law and Personal Injury Litigation. As stated in the Press Release from U.S News - Best Lawyers: "Firms included in the 2017 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with ...
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  • $25 Million Awarded to Connecticut Woman Whose Leg Was Amputated Due to Medical Malpractice

    A failure to timely diagnose a blood clot led to the amputation of a Connecticut woman's leg. That was the finding of a jury in Trumbull, CT according to a report by CBS New York . At the time of the malpractice, the plaintiff was 18 years old. She apparently went to the hospital with complaints of leg pain and was diagnosed as having an arterial blood clot. The defendant, an on-call vascular ...
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  • Ben Stiller Discusses Importance of PSA Test for Early Detection and Treatment of Prostate Cancer

    Prostate cancer is among the most deadly cancer types for men, but it is also the most detectable and treatable if caught in a timely fashion. Ben Stiller explained the important of having a PSA test as a 48-year old man. In an article by the New York Daily News stemming from an interview with Howard Stern, Stiller revealed how the routine PSA blood test led to an early diagnosis of prostate ...
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  • Codeine in Cough Syrup Presents Risk of Death and Should Not Be Prescribed to Children

    Codeine has long been included as a cough suppressant in cough syrup. Recently, the American Academy of Pediatrics has urged doctors to stop prescribing medications which contain codeine to children under the age of 18. Codeine is converted into morphine by the liver and has resulted in life-threatening or fatal breathing reactions. The AAP report, published online Sept. 19, calls for improved ...
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  • Barry A. Washor and Christopher L. Sallay Included in The Best Lawyers in America 2017

    The partners and staff at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, LLP wish to congratulate our partners, Barry A. Washor and Christopher L. Sallay for their inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America 2017 . Mr. Washor was included in Best Lawyers in America 2017 in the field of Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2010 and in the field of Medical ...
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  • Care at Rehab Hospitals May Result in Harm to One Third of Patients

    Health care institutions such as hospitals, clinics and nursing homes have a duty to provide adequate care for patients. When facilities fail in their duties, patients may suffer serious injuries. Many instances of medical malpractice have facility negligence as the underlying cause. Ultimately, the facility is responsible for its staff, grounds and services. In a recent study performed by the ...
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  • Medical Errors are Third-leading Cause of Death in the United States of America

    According to a Study by Johns Hopkins Medical Errors are Third-leading Cause of Death in U.S. In a recent study performed at Johns Hopkins and published in 2016, medical errors are the third-leading cause of death in the United States of America. Dr. Martin Makary, a professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and an authority on health reform. authored a 2016 letter to ...
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  • The Timely Diagnosis of Cancer

    The Timely Diagnosis of Cancer Our partner, Barry Washor , explains the analysis utilized by New York attorneys in determining if cancer was diagnosed in a timely manner in evaluating whether or not the basis exists for a medical malpractice lawsuit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frFps9HQrkU If you or someone you love has suffered a sickness or injury that you believe may have been caused by a ...
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  • Improper Treatment by Coney Island Hospital Emergency Room Leads to Death of 47-year Old Brooklyn Woman

    Improper Treatment by Coney Island Hospital Emergency Room Leads to Death of 47-year Old Brooklyn Woman The New York State Department of Health investigated the wrongful death of 47-year old Brooklyn woman, Grisel Soto, in the Emergency Room of Coney Island Hospital and concluded that the medical treatment she received was improper. According to a report by the New York Daily News , the New York ...
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  • New York City Health and Hospitals Executive Resigns Due to Concerns Over Medical-Records System

    Proper medical record-keeping is a vital part of patient care in both a hospital and private clinic/office setting in New York. A failure to keep proper records is a violation of the standard of care in New York, can result in serious medical errors, and can form the basis for a claim of medical malpractice . As a follow-up to recent news over concerns that the New York City Health & Hospitals ...
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  • Emergency Room Error Leads to Shakeup at Coney Island Hospital

    When being admitted to the emergency room , injured and sick patients assume that they can trust the doctors and nurses to stabilize their injuries and illnesses. Unfortunately, emergency room physicians and nurses do not always succeed in effectively stabilizing the conditions of patients. Recently, as reported by the New York Post , a 47-year old woman's meningitis was mis-diagnosed in the ...
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  • How Expert Witness Testimony is Used in a Medical Malpractice Case

    The term “expert witnesses” is often used in conjunction with medical malpractice litigation. However, the use of these experts is often misunderstood. Expert witnesses are required to prove the essential elements of a medical malpractice case including liability/responsibility, causation and damages. Expert witnesses also serve to educate the jury regarding complicated medical issues that arise ...
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  • How We Decide Whether an Individual Has a Meritorious Medical Malpractice Case

    A common misconception regarding medical malpractice cases is that the process of filing a lawsuit is quick. In television we see an act of negligence occur, a lawsuit be filed and a trial be conducted within one hour. Obviously, in real life, the process is different. In other areas of personal injury law, the commencement of a lawsuit takes place relatively soon after an individual retains an ...
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  • "Lavern's Law" Could Drastically Change Medical Malpractice Law in New York

    A bill currently waiting for a vote in the senate has the ability to completely change the scope of medical malpractice cases in New York . The law is named after Lavern Wilkinson, a 41-year-old Brooklyn mother who died in 2013 from a form of lung cancer that was believed to be curable. Ms. Wilkinson’s passing came after doctors at Kings County Hospital neglected a small cancerous mass on an X-ray ...
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  • New York City Hospitals: Better Care Not Just About Fewer Malpractice Suits

    Towards the end of December 2012, WNYC published an article indicating that New York City hospitals had been effective at reducing medical malpractice claims and settlement costs. According to the article, the number of lawsuits filed against the city’s public hospitals in the prior 10 years had dropped by 28 percent and the dollar amounts paid out to patients had decreased from $195 million in ...
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