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The New York State Department of Health Board for Professional Medical Conduct is charged with the responsibility of investigating and prosecuting claims of medical malpractice against physicians, who are also licensed by the state. Distinct from a medical malpractice lawsuit, these proceedings can result in professional sanctions against a doctor for his or her actions. In addition to censure and reprimand, the Board can issue fines, order education or retraining as well as community service. It can also order revocation or surrender of the physician's license. While the Board serves an important function, one cause for concern is that its determinations often come too long after the conduct that formed the basis for the original complaint.

Read more: Medical malpractice license sanctions may help related lawsuits

On September 27, a 4-year-old girl in pre-kindergarten at a Staten Island public school lost a part of two fingers when she tried to go to the bathroom. Premises liability is an area of the law focusing on structural defect accidents, slip and fall injury as well as other forms of negligence by a landowner or other person or entity in possession of certain real property.
In this instance, the accident occurred when the little girl tried to enter a unisex bathroom in her classroom. A boy was exiting as the girl entered, and her fingers got stuck in the door jamb, and part of her index finger as well as a smaller portion of her middle finger were severed in the accident. It earned her an ambulance trip with a police escort to New York County’s Bellevue Hospital. The school nurse tended to the 4-year-old while EMS and her parents were notified. The mother apparently arrived at the school shortly thereafter, was comforted and was presumably rushed to the hospital by authorities. No further word on the child’s condition was available. For a parent there is not much worse than receiving a telephone call from someone else to tell them their child has been seriously injured. The first thoughts, of course, are for the full recovery of the girl. Understandably, the parents will want to know exactly what happened. Negligence issues may exist concerning lack of proper supervision and care as well as unsafe conditions causing or contributing to a structural defect accident involving the operation of the bathroom door. While authorities will likely conduct their own investigation, the parents would be wise to consult an attorney in or near New York County who is devoted to handling personal injury claims and litigation arising out of premises liability. Source: The, “4-year-old loses part of finger in accident at Staten Island’s PS 11,” Jillian Jorgensen, Sept. 27, 2011
Car accidents are an unfortunate part of life in New York City, but that does not mean they are ever easy to handle. They are especially tragic when an innocent victim is cut down by a drunk driver. An off-duty New York City police officer is facing charges, loss of his job and a potential wrongful death lawsuit after he recently struck and killed a 22-year-old pedestrian on White Plains Road in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. The car accident occurred about 4 a.m. The victim later died at a local hospital.
The off-duty officer has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and operating a vehicle while intoxicated. He was arrested at the scene of the accident and is being held on $15,000 bail. He has also been suspended from his job, pending further investigation. He had been assigned to a patrol unit in the Bronx. While the police officer awaits his day in criminal court, the family members of the victim are left to mourn their loss and bury their loved one. No amount of money can bring the victim of a fatal car crash back to life, but still, the family will surely want to hold the person responsible for the wrongful death accountable, if circumstances of the incident merit. The law provides for the estate of a victim killed by the negligent actions of another to recover monetary damages for the loss of life, including punitive damages where reckless conduct was involved. A New York attorney devoted to helping families recover damages for the loss of a loved one may answer important questions and assist in exacting some measure of justice for an unjust act. Source: The Bronx New York 1, “Off-Duty Officer Arraigned In Fatal Bronx Crash,”, Sept. 15, 2011

It seems as if every state in the U.S., including New York, is experiencing an increase in medical malpractice lawsuits. While cases such as surgical mistakes get a lot of press, other cases are beginning to receive more attention. Claims of medical malpractice based on drug abuse or prescription drug overdoses are receiving increased scrutiny in our courts.

Read more: Criminal medical malpractice prosecutions increasing nationwide

Here in New York City, we often think of our police force and the admirable efforts they made with our fire department on 9/11 to save people’s lives. Our officers lay their lives on the line every day for our protection, which makes the tragic loss of an officer outside the line of duty bleak. In a recent car accident, an off duty New York City policeman was tragically killed.
The officer was only 25-years-old and had only been on the force for a few years. He was driving on the Southern State Parkway when he was rear ended by another car. The driver of that car was a 20-year-old man who had allegedly hit another vehicle as well. Officers on the scene say that the off duty officer was pronounced dead at the scene. He had a passenger in the car with him, a 30-year-old woman who was reportedly injured, but the injuries were not life threatening. The driver responsible for the accident was reportedly under the influence of alcohol. The man who allegedly caused the fatal car crash was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, vehicular manslaughter and others. The driver of the third vehicle involved was treated for minor injuries and reportedly released. While New York City police mourn the loss of one of their own, the man’s family is mourning the loss as well. His family may want to consider retaining a personal injury attorney in order to potentially file a claim against the driver that caused this fatal car crash. Compensation in fatal accidents can help offset medical and funeral expenses as well as any lost wages to the household income. An experienced attorney may be able to help the grieving family of the officer in getting some financial compensation for the tragic loss of their loved one. This officer and anyone else involved in a car accident should not have to suffer undue heartbreak because of the lack of judgment and fault of another person. Source: WSJ, “Long Island crash claims life of off-duty NYC cop,” Sept. 11, 2011


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