Mar 28 2016

New York Sets No Limits on Non-Economic Damages

In a medical malpractice lawsuit, a successful plaintiff may be compensated for economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include medical costs and compensation for lost wages. Non-economic damages are for losses that are hard to quantify, such as loss of the ability to biologically have children, pain and suffering, mental anguish, and disfigurement, among many […]

Jan 3 2015

How Is Profiting From Non-Consensual TV Coverage of a Patient’s Death Not “Outrageous” Enough?

A recent New York Times article entitled “Dying in the E.R., and on TV” raises troubling issues concerning patient privacy and the emotional distress suffered by a family already hurt by the death of its patriarch. In April, 2011, ABC-TV’s hospital-based reality show, “NY Med,” was filming inside NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center the night Mark Chanko was […]

Jul 31 2014

The Hidden Epidemic of Medical Errors

Some of the leading causes of death in this country are preventable, but none as much as the third: Fatal medical errors. The figures are sobering: The US Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging recently held hearings in response to a study by the Journal of Patient Safety that estimated the annual number of […]

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