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Massive trial may resolve who is to blame for the nation’s opioid crisis

The opioid epidemic in the United States has killed over 400,000 people, poisoned over two million with addiction, and prompted the largest and most complex civil action in U.S. history. Makers and distributors of opioids like OxyContin argued they were blameless because they abided by the law and carried out their activities under the watch...

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How Many People Die Each Year From Medical Errors?

The question of deaths caused by medical errors has been in the news recently. Numbers have been tossed about carelessly, sometimes from seemingly authoritative sources, causing controversy. Yet the basic question stands: How many deaths are caused by medical errors? Famed scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson ignited the latest uproar by tweeting that about 500 Americans...

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How common are medical mistakes?

You need medical help. You check in to the hospital and trust the doctor will take care of you — but the risk of something going wrong is higher than you probably imagined. Unfortunately, you have a 1 in 10 chance of getting harmed. That’s according to an eye-opening new report detailed by NBC News....

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Wrong side surgery more common than you think

Many patients submit to surgery with the expectation that the medical profession knows its stuff and performs well. In truth, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, according to a 2016 study by Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. That means medical mistakes are the third leading...

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Nation’s most dangerous hospitals becoming even riskier for patients

The risk of dying, suffering an infection or being victimized by medical mistakes have worsened at America’s lowest ranked hospitals, according to a rating organization. "These are the avoidable deaths – the deaths that are accidental or the result of a mistake made in the hospital," said Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit...

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Syracuse Lawyers on New Ways to Prevent Hospital-Acquired Superbugs

Antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria are becoming an increasing problem in hospitals throughout the United States. Historically, antibiotics have proven to be effective for treating bacterial infections. Many bacteria strains have mutated and become immune to antibiotics, however, becoming deadly superbugs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), superbugs infect around 2 million...

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Syracuse Attorneys on Ways to Choose Hospitals with Best Quality of Care

Accountability is critical for all hospitals and medical facilities. Patient’s lives are in the hands of doctors, surgeons, and nurses who we expect will provide the best possible care. Unfortunately, many facilities fall short on the quality of care they provide – either by omission of care or outright misconduct. Hospitals ranked by overall quality...

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A Syracuse Medical Malpractice Attorney Discusses Complications Caused by Anesthesia Errors

Anesthesia is used for all types of medical procedures, from minor surgeries in which the patient remains awake to major operations in which the patient becomes unconscious from the drug’s effect.  We trust that the anesthesiologist will administer the correct dosage and follow proper procedures and protocols. But these medical professionals sometimes make anesthesia errors. They...

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A Syracuse Attorney Discusses the Importance of Checking Medical Records for Dangerous Errors

Do you know what your medical record says about you? It can be easy to assume that we do, that what is contained there is just what we’ve spoken about to our doctors and appointments we’ve attended.   However, records are not always accurate, and it’s important to verify that your medical record really describes your...

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