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This blog is designed to educate and inform you about recent news and how it may impact your legal case in New York. I have provided commentary and opinion and welcome your comments to keep the conversation going.

If you have urgent legal questions or need a lawyer, please pick up the phone and call me at 516-487-8207 today.

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Doctors Thinking Outside the Box

When the baby was born, physicians quickly discovered that the baby had inhaled meconium. This is amniotic fluid mixed with her stool, which caused her lungs

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Baby in Texas Dies After Forceps Delivery Suffering Skull Fracture and Spine Fracture

Baby in Texas Dies After Forceps Delivery Suffering Skull Fracture and Spine Fracture

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Saving Premature Babies

According to BBC, “Every year more than 20 million babies are born prematurely or with low birth wait- and an estimated 450 of them die each hour.” New studies show that

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Is this the end of medical malpractice lawsuits in New York?

Today, Renal and Urology News reported that five hospitals in New York city would be participating in a $3 million dollar, federally funded program to reduce medical malpractice errors. That's a good start. Here are some of the details. Beth Israel Medical Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Maimonides Medical Center, and Montefiore Medical Center will focus their efforts on reducing errors in obstetrics. The fifth hospital, New York Presbyterian Hospital, will focus on the prevention of surgical errors.

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You will likely learn about a developmental delay from your child's pediatrician. As your child grows they are expected to meet certain milestones; when a baby turns over, when a baby turns over, when they start to crawl, start to talk, start to walk, etc.

When your child is delayed in meeting their developmental milestones you start to question the pediatrician about why there's a delay. Often, your pediatrician will not be eager to point a finger at your obstetrician or any other doctor. So, how then do you get an honest answer about why your child is delayed?

You need to have your medical records evaluated by experts in the field of obstetrics, neonatology and pediatric neurology. Only then can we determine what the likely cause of your child's problems are from.

Keep in mind that there may be many different explanations for your child's delays:
It could be genetic, or hereditary.

It could be from a lack of oxygen during the course of your labor and delivery.

It could be from distress during labor that went unrecognized causing diminished blood flow and oxygen to the baby.

Regardless of the cause, it needs to be investigated to rule in, or rule out the possible causes. How do you do that? Simple.

You ned to contact an experienced attorney who handles medical malpractice cases on a daily basis. Only then can you answer the question, "Why is my child developmentally delayed?"

If you have legal questions about developmental delays in children I encourage you to pick up the phone and call me. I can answer your questions at 516-487-8207 or by email at [email protected] 

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I was contacted today by a physician who claimed to do expert witness work for injured victims. He wanted some business. I asked him what his medical speciality was. Instead of a direct answer, he said he'd done consulting for attorneys before, and that if I want, I should go to his website to see what he has done.

I said "No. Tell me what your medical specialty is."
His reply- "Research."
"Are you board certified in any field of medicine?"
"No, but I help attorneys understand their case, and I don't have to be board certified to testify."
I asked, "How can you testify as a credible expert witness if you're not board certified?"
His response: "I do this all the time. I don't really testify. I help explain the case to you so you become more familiar with the medicine."
"What types of cases do you review?" I asked incredulously. "Surgery, pulmonary, cardiac, cancer..." was his reply.

I was amazed.

I then asked why I should hire him, and then have to hire a second expert to testify at trial? I only heard silence on the phone.
I asked again.
"Why should I hire two medical experts; one who reviews the case, and another who testifies?"
His reply was "Because I'm a better teacher."

"But wait," I said. "You still haven't answered my question."
"If I hire a medical expert to spend 5 hours to review medical records, and that expert feels the case has merit, I don't want to hire another expert two years later to review the case starting fresh, and close in time to the trial. That's double the work, and double the money. What do you have to say about that?"

He had no answer.
"But I'm a better teacher," he repeated.
"So are many of the experts I hire. They're clinical doctors with academic credentials who are board certified," I said.
I was getting frustrated talking with this guy.
"What good does it do for my client if you're a good teacher, but you can't come into court to teach a jury that our position is more likely right than wrong?"
His final answer was "I've been doing this for a long time, and you really should see my website."
My final reply was "Have a nice day."

The moral of the story: Don't let your medical malpractice attorney hire a "medical consultant" who does not testify, just to confirm you have a case, and then have to hire a new medical expert during your case. Make sure you hire a board certified expert in the specialty you need to review and to testify."

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