NJ Appellate Court Rules Treating Physician Cannot Testify about Standard of Care

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In a recent medical malpractice case brought before a New Jersey Appellate Court, the three-judge panel ruled that a physician who subsequently repaired another doctor’s alleged surgical error, should not have been allowed to testify as to the standard of care in his patient’s medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor who performed the original procedure. This case, Granovsky v. Chagares, involves 34-year-old New Jersey resident Alexandra Granovsky, who underwent surgery at Monmouth Medical Center to remove her […]

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Strokes and Medical Malpractice

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Misdiagnosis and Delayed Diagnosis of a Stroke A stroke is a catastrophic medical event with the potential to impact the sufferer’s life for years to come. Depending on the type and severity of the stroke, the area of the brain affected, and whether or not there is timely and effective medical treatment, a stroke can cause a broad range of symptoms ranging from weakness or paralysis to speech and language problems; cognitive issues with memory, […]

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Hospital Settles with Brain Damage Victim for $15 Million after Birth Injury

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A hospital recently settled a birth injury case for $15 million with a victim who suffered brain damage after the hospital and its staff failed to respond to respiratory distress during delivery. The victim in this case, now 6-year-old Nyelle Brown, and her family filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital, Franciscan Health in Chicago Heights, in 2013. She was born in January 2011 with severe brain damage and Cerebral Palsy. According to the lawsuit, the hospital did […]

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Research on Former NFL Players Shows 99 Percent Had Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy CTE

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New research investigating chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among football players revealed signs of the brain disease in the vast majority of former players’ brains that were studied. The study, entitled “Clinicopathological Evaluation of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy in Players of American Football,” was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on Tuesday, July 25th. Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and the VA Boston Healthcare System analyzed the brains of 202 former football […]

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Traumatic Brain Injuries in Childhood May Lead to Anxiety, Depression Long-term

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Traumatic brain injuries can be catastrophically damaging at any age; however, a traumatic brain injury in childhood may lead to serious medical and psychological issues for years to come. In fact, a new study discovered that traumatic brain injuries and concussions, when sustained in childhood, may result in anxiety and depression more than a decade after the initial injury. The research, entitled Anxiety Disorders in Adults With Childhood Traumatic Brain Injury: Evidence of Difficulties More […]

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Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Gave Nearly $70 Million to Doctors in New Jersey Last Year

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Consider this: a recent report from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed that pharmaceutical manufacturers gave $69 million to New Jersey doctors in 2016, a striking increase when compared with previous years. In fact, $69 million represents a 17 percent increase from 2015 and a 21 percent increase from 2014. Although pharmaceutical companies are not legally allowed to pay doctors to prescribe their drugs, they can pay for services including: speeches at conferences, lecturing at education […]

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New Jersey Appellate Court Rules, Gynecologist Not Covered by Hospital Insurance

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In a recent medical malpractice case brought before a New Jersey Appellate Court, the three-judge panel ruled that a hospital’s insurance coverage did not extend to a gynecologist and his practice, as they did not qualify as hospital employees. This case began when the plaintiff, Keyko Gil, underwent an emergency C-section at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, New Jersey in 2004. Gil alleged that the Cesarean, performed by Dr. Huseyin Copur, caused birth defects in her son Kenneth. She […]

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Surgical Navigation Systems May Lead to Medical Errors, Cautions FDA

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several warnings recently about the risks associated with surgical stereotaxic navigation systems. These computer systems are employed to guide surgeons during operative procedures and intended to ensure accuracy of placement for surgical instruments and implants. However, the FDA has cautioned doctors about several issues with these devices, which may lead to patient injuries or even death. The most recent report, Navigational Accuracy Errors Associated with Frameless Stereotaxic […]

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New York Legislators Seek to Extend Statute of Limitations for Some Medical Malpractice Claims

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Earlier this week, the New York State Legislature passed a bill that would extend the statute of limitations for certain medical malpractice claims. On Wednesday, June 21st, the New York Senate and later, the Assembly, passed Bill S.6800/A.8516, which seeks to modify the statute of limitations for medical malpractice victims who suffer harm as a result of failure to diagnose cancer or a malignant tumor. Specifically, the bill would alter the point at which the time […]

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Woman Files Medical Malpractice Claim for Failure to Diagnose Pancreatic Cancer

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In a recent case out of Florida, a woman filed a medical malpractice lawsuit after she allegedly suffered harm because her doctor failed to diagnose her pancreatic cancer. The plaintiff in this case, Joan Standlee of Lake County, cited her treating physician, Manuel J. Galceran, MD., and his medical practice, Southwest Internal Medicine Specialists, accusing Galceran of medical negligence. According to Standlee, she was diagnosed with malignant pancreatic cancer on April 4, 2016. She has undergone previous […]

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