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Victims' advocates groups push for new medical malpractice law

Cancer is something no Garden City resident wants to hear they have. A cancer diagnosis can turn a person's world upside down. But, if the cancer is misdiagnosed, it can be an even more devastating.

Patients' rights advocates are pushing Governor Cuomo to sign a bill to make it easier for those who have suffered from misdiagnosed cancer to sue for medical malpractice. Over 60 groups sent a letter to Governor Cuomo to back the law called Lavern's Law. It would change the window of when a victim can file a medical malpractice case based on when the error was discovered, not when the mistake occurred, which is the current law.

Sex abuse compensation program created by LI diocese

Sexual misconduct by priests has been in the news for many years now. Many have suffered from those who are in the position of power. A recent announcement from the diocese hopes to bring the end of decades of suffering.

The Diocese of Rockville Centre announced that it is creating an independent compensation program for those who were the victims of sexual abuse by priests. The diocese sent letters to those who have filed complaints. The program is modeled after similar compensation programs established by Archdiocese of New York and Diocese of Brooklyn.

Medical condescension kills people of color

There are many ways that medical professionals can cause or significantly contribute to the demise of their patients. Some commit overt acts such as administering the wrong medication. Others cause patients to die due to their negligence and inaction during medical crises.

One often-overlooked way that physicians, nurses and others in the medical field can contribute to a patient's deteriorating condition and eventual death is through medical condescension.

Woman leaving church hit by drunk driver

Most Garden City residents do not approve of those who drive after they have been drinking. Drunk driving accidents are completely preventable and only occur because someone makes the irresponsible decision to drive after they have been drinking. Another innocent person was injured recently when she was hit by a drunk driver.

A woman who was recently leaving church was struck by a drunk driver in Babylon. The man first hit a group of cars, which injured several people, and then hit the 76-year-old woman who is suffering from serious injuries. The Babylon man was arrested for driving while intoxicated.

Report: Defective medical devices cost U.S. $1.5 billion

The advancement of technology in medical devices has improved the lives of millions of Americans. Many would almost certainly not be alive today without pacemakers, cardio defibrillators and other devices meant to keep the heartbeat steady. However, when a person's life depends on the proper function of a machine, any defect in the device can have catastrophic consequences.

Unfortunately, many devices do fail. According to a recent report from the federal Department of Health and Human Services, problems with seven types of medical devices cost the Medicare system $1.5 billion over a period of 10 years.

Brain damaged boxer receives million dollar settlement

Sports injuries have been in the news lately, both in New York and throughout the country. It seems like almost any sport can lead a player to suffer from a severe head injury. And, a head injury can lead to a lifetime of necessary care and expensive medical treatment.

A boxer and his family has received a large settlement from the state of New York due to injuries he suffered while in a fight at Madison Square Garden. In the first round, Magomed Abdusalamov was hit in the face and appeared to have trouble breathing out of his nose.

Undiagnosed breast cancer can lead to serious outcomes

When a New York doctor tells a patient that they have cancer, it is one of the worst things they could hear. The cancer diagnosis is frightening and most patients assume the worst. But, when a patient suffers from a misdiagnosis, such as not diagnosing breast cancer, they may not receive the treatment they need in a timely fashion.

Each year, thousands of women with breast cancer are misdiagnosed. Almost a third of cancer diagnosis are misdiagnosed. Breast cancer is one of the most misdiagnosed cancers, which can be a frightening statistic for a woman to learn.

Tips to help you choose the right nursing home

When it comes time to place a loved one, such as your mom, in a nursing facility, it is vital to pick a home that is not only safe, but where the staff will treat your mother with the care and respect she deserves. Many nursing homes in the Garden City area have good reputations for providing proper care. However, there are others that may not meet your standards.

In order to avoid placing your loved one in a situation where abuse or neglect might occur, there are certain red flags you should be aware of when touring potential facilities. Here are some tips to help you choose the right nursing home.

Can a driver who helped cause a crash recover compensation?

New York law allows the injured to recover compensation for their damages when their injuries were caused by someone else's negligence. It's somewhat easy to see how this principle works in a relatively straightforward case. For instance, when a drunk driver carelessly smashes into a car that is stopped at a traffic light, it should not be hard for the driver who was stopped at the light to prove that the other driver's negligence caused her injuries.

However, in many car accidents, it is not easy to determine the cause. In some accidents, multiple vehicles are involved. In others, only two cars were involved, but both drivers did something wrong, such as exceeding the speed limit.

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