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CLAIMS AGAINST NEW YORK CITY AND NEW YORK CITY HEALTH AND HOSPITALS CORPORATION

Apr 17, 2009 — by Gary Zucker
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There are special rules and procedures that must be followed when bringing a claim against the City of New York and the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). For personal injuries claims, a Notice of Claim must be served within 90 days of the accident that forms the basis of the claim. For medical malpractice claims, a Notice of Claim must be served within 90 days from the date the malpractice was committed or within 90 days from the last date the injured party was treated for the injuries resulting from the malpractice by the facility, hospital, or health care provider acting in behalf of the City of New York or NYCHHC. The court has the discretion to grant permission to file a late Notice of Claim. Such application must be made within a year and 90 days from the accident or from the last date of treatment, however such permission is not always granted.

In determining whether to grant the application to serve a late Notice of Claim, the court must weigh vari


FAILURE TO PROPERLY DIAGNOSE AND TREAT RETINOPATHY OF PREMATURITY

Dec 24, 2008 — by Gary Zucker
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Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) is a condition that can affect premature babies (babies born before 30 weeks of pregnancy) and can lead to visual impairment or even total and permanent blindness if not treated in a timely and proper manner. ROP is caused when abnormal blood vessels form that can cause detachment of the retina, the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye. All infants who are born before 30 weeks should be evaluated for ROP shortly after their birth by an ophthalmologist experienced and familiar with the treatment of ROP, such as a pediatric ophthalmologist or retinal specialist.

There are five stages of ROP, with stage 1 being the least severe and stage 5 being the most serious (total retinal detachment). Infants with stage 1 or stage 2 ROP often suffer no serious complications and require no treatment. However, if an infant suffers from a more advanced stage of ROP, timely intervention is crucial. If proper treatment is instit


Anesthesia Related Injuries

Aug 26, 2008 — by Gary Zucker
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We, at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C., have had several cases involving anesthesia injuries. Anesthesia is generally considered safe but errors may be made which can lead to tragic consequences for the patient. If the error could have been prevented, the physicians involved may be responsible for the patients injuries.

One of errors commonly made is the administering of the incorrect dosage of anesthesia. Before any anesthesia is given, it is essential that the anesthesiologist interview the patient to determine the type and amount of anesthesia to be administered. The physician must first obtain information from the patient including the patients age, weight, and medical history, in order to determine the appropriate amount of anesthesia to be administered.


Wrongful Death Due to Pulmonary Embolism

Feb 14, 2008 — by SEO Admin
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Pulmonary embolism is a condition that occurs when a blockage occurs in one or both of the branches of the pulmonary artery that carry blood to the lungs.

Pulmonary embolism is most often caused by Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a condition where a blood clot (thrombus) forms in the deep veins of the legs. The most common cause of DVT is trauma to the hip or leg. In addition, certain medical conditions create an increased risk of DVT, including paralysis, pregnancy, cancer, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, and certain rare blood conditions. DVT may also result from being confined to bed or sitting for a prolonged period of time. A pulmonary embolism occurs when a piece of the clot breaks off and travels (embolizes) to the heart.

A pulmonary embolism may result from failure to timely diagnose and treat DVT. There are many ways in which DVT can be diagnosed, the most common being an ultrasound. DVTs are treated most often by administering anticoagulants (blood t


Failure to Diagnose Cancer

Dec 19, 2007 — by Gary Zucker
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We at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. handle many types of cancer cases. Cancer includes any of more than 100 diseases characterized by excessive, uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells that invade and destroy other tissues. Survival rates depend on the type of cancer and the timeliness of diagnosis. Many, but not all, cancers have a high cure rate when diagnosed early and a very low cure rate when diagnosed late. Unfortunately, some cancers have a low cure rate even when detected at the earliest possible time. Examples of cancers that are highly curable when caught and treated early and rarely curable when the diagnosis or proper treatment is delayed are melanoma, colon cancer, bladder cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, kidney cancer, thyroid cancer, and testicular cancer.

 


THE MYTH OF FRIVOLOUS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CASES

Apr 30, 2007 — by Gary Zucker
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As the old saying goes, If you repeat something often enough people will assume it must be true. Americans have repeatedly been told by no less a source than the President of the United States that the courts are flooded with frivolous medical malpractice cases that have driven up the cost of medical care and health insurance. The typical uninformed citizen might be justified in assuming that this must be true. After all, we have heard this message frequently during political campaigns and in each of the presidents State of the Union addresses. However, a January 2007 report by Public Citizen Congress Watch found that the overwhelming majority of medical malpractice cases are not frivolous, that insurance companies continue to reap huge profits, that the number of medical malpractice cases has decreased over the past several years, that the largest payments have been made to those who have suffered the most serious injuries, that most medical errors do not result in lawsuits,


Common Bile Duct Injuries Continue To Occur At Alarming Rate In Laparascopic Surgery For Removal Of Gallbladder

Mar 20, 2007 — by Gary Zucker
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One of the most common medical malpractice cases at Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C. involves injury to the common bile duct during surgical removal of the gallbladder. Since 1990, when laparoscopic cholecystectomy was approved, it has grown in popularity and is currently the most common surgery performed in the United States for removal of the gallbladder. This surgery has obvious advantages over the open surgery where a large incision is made and the abdomen opened. Laparoscopic surgery entails four very small incisions through which instruments and a camera are placed and allows the surgeon to view the gallbladder and surrounding structures on a television monitor which magnifies the image to 12 times its normal size. Surgical clips are then placed on the cystic duct which connects the gallbladder to the common bile duct. 


Welcome to The Law Office of Gary A. Zucker & Associates, P.C.

Feb 19, 2007 — by Gary Zucker
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