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Were You Injured At A New York Hospital?

Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter holds medical professionals accountable

Faced with an unforeseen illness or injury, you went to the hospital for help. Unfortunately, all too often, patients leave the hospital with a new injury or illness because of errors made by hospital staff. In some cases, a hospital-acquired infection or injury can be worse than the medical condition that needed hospital treatment in the first place.

Doctors, nurses and hospital staff owe their patients a high standard of care. When they fail to meet that standard, Jonathan C. Reiter Law Firm, PLLC holds them accountable. Attorney Reiter and his team have extensive experience standing up for patients and getting compensation from negligent hospitals.

Some of the most common causes of injury in hospitals include:

  • Infections: Hospitals are full of people with infectious diseases. That’s why doctors, nurses and staff are expected to take appropriate steps to avoid spreading infections to other patients. These steps include properly sterilizing equipment, wearing gloves and washing their hands when entering or exiting rooms. Infections acquired in hospitals can be especially dangerous because they are often resistant to antibiotics, and complications with these infections can be life-threatening.
  • Discharge: When a patient is discharged, the hospital is required to provide detailed instructions for the patient and his or her primary care provider. Unfortunately, in many cases those instructions are inadequate, inaccurate or not properly shared with care providers, leading to medication errors and other injuries. In addition, many patients are put at risk when they discharge from the hospital too early – often because the hospital prioritized cost over providing safe, effective care.
  • Surgical Errors: Many errors during surgery are called “never events” because they should never happen at a hospital that takes reasonable care to protect patients. For instance, leaving a surgical tool inside a patient or operating on the wrong part of the body are “never events.” Some of these errors could be prevented if hospitals took very simple steps, such as implementing checklists in the operating room. Surgical errors cause serious injuries that often require additional surgery, which can result in further hospital fees for the patient. Hospitals that don’t take care to prevent these errors must be held accountable.
  • Falls: Hospitals are busy places with substantial amounts of foot traffic in the hallways and entryways, especially in New York. Many patients in these hospitals need assistance walking due to illness or injury, and the hospital is responsible for preventing falls. Patients who fall down may sustain new injuries or aggravate existing injuries and set back their recovery by weeks or months.

Attorney Jonathan C. Reiter has extensive experience handling cases involving all of these hospital injuries, including a $22.97 million verdict for a patient who suffered severe brain damage while in intensive care. See our Hospital Injury FAQ page for more information on these complex cases.

If you’ve been injured in any hospital in New York, you need an experienced and determined advocate on your side. Contact us today for a free case evaluation. Call 212-736-0979.

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Manhattan Medical Malpractice Info Center

Lenox Hill Hospital

A 652-bed teaching hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital is located in the Lenox Hill neighborhood at 100 E. 77th Street. This 652-bed on the Upper East Side of Manhattan serves mostly patients from Manhattan, but other patients are admitted from Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Long Island and throughout the tri-state region. Anyone who suspects negligence after treatment should speak with an experienced attorney immediately.

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Bellevue Hospital Center

Bellevue Hospital Center at 462 1st Avenue has 828 beds and experiences 115,797 emergency room visits each year. Bellevue had a higher rate of infections compared to hospitals in other states, according to a New York State Department of Health Report in 2009. Anyone who is injured by the negligence of a doctor or nurse at this Manhattan hospital, the oldest in the United States, will need an experienced attorney with experience and resources needed to take aggressive action.

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New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital

Lower Manhattan Hospital at 170 William Street in New York is one of the main campuses of New York-Presbyterian Hospital. This hospital, with 170 beds, provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services. According to an article in the New York Post, New York-Presbyterian scored 18 percent below average for patient safety in a ranking of hospitals by Consumer Reports magazine. Patients who suspect medical malpractice should not hesitate to arrange a consultation with a New York City attorney who can investigate and hold the negligent medical care provider accountable.

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Mount Sinai Beth Israel

The main hospital known as the Petrie Division is located at First Avenue and 16th Street. But Mount Sinai Beth Israel has other campuses, including Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Union Square. Mount Sinai Beth Israel is a teaching hospital with 1,368 beds. If you suffered any form of negligence while being treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, take action immediately to protect your rights.

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center at 1275 York Avenue in Manhattan provides cancer care to patients. The hospital is composed of two institutions: Memorial Hospital for Cancer and Allied Diseases, which provides patient care, and the Sloan Kettering Institute, which is focused on research. Patients who suspect a failure to diagnose cancer or some other type of hospital negligence can contact a lawyer to discuss options.

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Mount Sinai Hospital

Mount Sinai Hospital at One Gustave L. Levy Place is a 1,048-bed facility founded in 1852. It is one of the oldest and largest teaching hospitals in the country. Consumer Reports rated Mount Sinai 31 percent below average for patient safety. If you or a loved one was a victim of medical malpractice at any Manhattan hospital, don’t wait to contact an attorney to find out if you have a case. You may be entitled to compensation.

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St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center

St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center at 1111 Amsterdam Avenue was ranked No. 14 out of the 30 worst hospitals for patient safety, as identified by Consumer Reports. The magazine examined four key measures of patient safety: hospital-acquired infections, readmissions and the quality of communication between staff and patients in regard to medications and discharge planning.

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New York-Presbyterian/ Columbia University Medical Center

New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center at 630 West 168th Street was described by a lawmaker as having “horrendous conditions.” Emergency room wait times last an average of 85 minutes, which rank among New York’s 10 worst. Any patient who was treated at the 995-bed hospital in Washington Heights and suspects negligence should not hesitate to speak with an attorney for a free consultation.

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Harlem Hospital Center

Harlem Hospital Center at 506 Malcolm X Blvd. received a 20 on a 1-to-100 scale gauging patient safety by Consumer Reports. The hospital received the second worst score in the nation, according to a New York Post report. Harlem Hospital told Consumer Reports it needs to improve in some areas, according to the Post. The hospital is a general medical and surgical hospital with 272 beds.