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  • NJ Law Journal Features Firm’s $2M Medical Malpractice Settlement Over Fatal Aortic Tear

    A recent multi-million dollar settlement secured by Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Adam L. Rothenberg and Senior Associate Rosemary E. McGeady, M.D. has been profiled in the New Jersey Law Journal ’s “Suits and Deals” section. The article covers a case in which our firm represented the estate of an elderly woman who was fatally injured during a kidney removal procedure. As noted in the article, ...
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  • Levinson Axelrod Secures $2M Settlement Over Fatal Surgical Error

    Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Partner Adam L. Rothenberg and Senior Associate Rosemary McGeady, M.D. recently secured a $2M settlement in a medical malpractice case involving an elderly patient who experienced serious complications as the result of a surgical error committed during a kidney removal procedure. The patient, a 71-year-old New Jersey woman, ultimately passed away as the result of her ...
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  • Doctors, Nurses Who Discuss Errors Help Reduce Hospital Deaths, Study Says

    In medical settings, errors can take many forms – from minor mishaps that cause little more than inconvenience to grave lapses in communication, diagnostics, or acceptable care that lead to the most devastating of consequences. As evidenced by many wrongful death lawsuits filed by families who claim malpractice, errors with fatal repercussions are often systemic, pre-existing, and poorly ...
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  • New Jersey Surgery Center May Have Exposed Over 3,000 Patients to Bloodborne Infections

    A New Jersey surgical center has issued a warning that over 3,000 patients may have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens during procedures performed at its facility. The exposure warning was recently profiled in a CNN article . The warning stems from an investigation conducted by the New Jersey Department of Health which found HealthPlus Surgery Center employees failed to abide by sterilization ...
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  • Over 30 Children Infected, 11 Dead Amid Viral Outbreak at Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation

    The Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation has officially complied with a state deadline to separate children considered “medically fragile” from other residents and patients following an outbreak of an adenovirus at its facility in Haskell, New Jersey. According to state health department officials, at least 34 children have been infected with the virus, and 11 children have died. ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Lawsuits: How Medical Records Can Play an Important Role in Your Case

    On our blog, we have discussed the rights of patients when it comes to accessing medical records , as well as the many regulations which govern the documentation and release of personal health information. While knowing your rights as a patient and accessing your medical records can help you ensure their accuracy, better manage your treatment plans, and empower you to make more informed decisions ...
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  • Medical Records & Access: Understanding Your Rights as a Patient

    In a previous blog, we discussed medical records and the important role they play when it comes to patient health and safety. This includes the use of medical records in helping health care providers understand patient health history, arrive at accurate diagnoses, treat patients effectively, coordinate care with other specialists, and minimize the risks for preventable harm, in addition to how ...
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  • Medical Record Errors: Even Minor Mistakes Can Have Major Consequences

    When it comes to medical malpractice, most people assume the worst. That’s because medical mistakes made by doctors, specialists, nurses, and other health care providers can have disastrous consequences for victims and their families. While we may hear of these tragedies when major incidents make the news, not all forms of malpractice involve egregious errors such as leaving medical tools inside a ...
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  • Levinson Axelrod Attorneys Representing Client Whose Doctor Reused an Anal Catheter During Surgery

    According to the Division of Consumer Affairs, East Brunswick-based colon and rectal surgeon Dr. Sanjiv K. Patankar’s medical license has been temporarily suspended for the alleged reuse of single-use disposable anal catheters on more than 80 patients in 2017. In the released statement, then-New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino said that the Middlesex County surgeon reused the ...
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  • Consent to Surgery Does Not Mean Consent to Malpractice

    An appeals court recently overturned a previous verdict that ruled against a plaintiff who suffered life-threatening complications during a botched colonoscopy. In their decision, they found that the use of her signed informed consent form was not proper. In the ruling handed down by the New Jersey Superior Court’s Appellate Division on Tuesday, July 25 to revive the case, the jury found that the ...
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  • The Dangers of Hospital-Acquired Conditions

    We trust medical professionals to take care of us in our time of need, and while they may be highly-trained individuals, that doesn’t mean they don’t make mistakes. Thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of people die because of these mistakes every year. Hospital-acquired conditions, also known as never events, are difficult to track due to a lack of reporting from hospitals and other medical ...
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  • Medical Journal Study: "Medical Errors" Now #3 Cause of Death

    The British Medical Journal published a new study this May revealing that "medical errors" are now the third largest cause of death in the United States, only trailing heart disease (#1) and cancer (#2). The researchers noted that while the Center for Disease Control (CDC) keeps track of leading causes of death, there is no direct reporting of fatalities caused by medical mistakes. For example, ...
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  • “Never Events” in Medical Malpractice

    Women have gone in for hysterectomies and come out with holes in the bladder. Men have gone in for cyst removal and come out with a missing testicle. Patients of all ages are coming out of surgery with instruments like scalpels and needles still inside of them. Events like these are the scourge of the healthcare industry, and they are occurring at an alarming rate. Patients across the United ...
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  • How Can Cancer Be Misdiagnosed?

    A primary way to help minimize the damage of cancer is early detection. Yet, the Journal of Clinical Oncology estimates that cancer misdiagnosis occurs as often as 28% of the time and can rise up to 44% in specific cancers. A misdiagnosis can cause extensive damage and pain and can prove fatal. Along with the pain to the patient and their family, diagnosis errors cost the nation almost $7 billion, ...
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here at Levinson Axelrod, we join in the American Cancer Society’s efforts to raise awareness of the importance screening for breast cancer. This blog focuses on a diagnostic breast x-ray called a mammogram. One of the key tools that doctors use to diagnose small breast cancers is a mammogram. A mammogram is an x-ray specially designed to ...
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  • New Jersey Torts Clams Act-"A Trap for the Unwary?" - Part II

    The New Jersey Supreme Court made the obligations of state-employed physicians absolutely clear. If those doctors wish to seek protection under the Act, then they must advise their patients, both orally and in writing, that they are employees of the State of NJ as soon as practicable. Additionally the Court opined: “It would also be helpful if clinical professors wore badges identifying themselves ...
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  • New Jersey Tort Claims Act-"A Trap for the Unwary?" - Part I

    Rights of the medical malpractice plaintiff in New Jersey are limited by the provisions of the New Jersey Tort Claims Act (“TCA”), also known as Title 59. The Act requires that anyone intending to sue The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark (“UMDNJ”), Rutgers Medical School and/or any of its closely affiliated hospitals, or its faculty, fellows or residents needs to file a ...
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