Risk Management

Midlife Money Errors

If you are 40 to 60 years old, beware of these financial blunders and assumptions.


Nyack Hospital Launches the First and Only ‘Prehospital Communication’ Technology in New York State — Novel Application Facilitates Communication between First Responders and Emergency Medical Teams

Nyack Hospital recently became the first and only Hospital in New York state to use a new HIPAA-compliant prehospital communication technology called Twiage. The technology enables first responders to send live data from the scene of an emergency to Nyack Hospital’s Emergency Department, informing staff of the critical patient and situational information almost immediately through videos, photos, voice memos and text messages, along with clinical triage algorithms.


NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital: Standardization and Collaboration Inform Obstetric/Gynecologic Care

Inside and outside today’s hospital walls, physicians are partnering across disciplines to create processes that contribute to patient safety and quality of care. That interdisciplinary commitment is evident at NewYork-Presbyterian/Lawrence Hospital.


The ‘Professional Judgment’ Rule: The Line between Medical Judgment and Deviation from Good Medical Practice

The “professional judgment” rule shields medical providers from the imposition of liability merely because a treatment that a doctor elected to pursue proved ineffective.


Off-label Use of Newer Anticoagulants — What Should a Patient Be Told?

In recent years, new anticoagulants such as Pradaxa (dabigatran), Xarelto (rivaroxaban) and Eliquis (apixaban) have been approved by the FDA. They have benefits over older drugs such as Coumadin (warfarin), as they do not require frequent blood monitoring. Apart from their FDA-approved uses, these drugs are being used “off-label” to address conditions for which they have not been formally tested.


The Employment Lawyer’s Perspective: Looks Are Not Everything

Can an employer prohibit a male employee from wearing an earring? What if a female employee wants to wear a headscarf? Can an employer refuse to hire an applicant because he or she has a tattoo?


Ebola Outbreak — Workplace Legal Issues

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak is an international threat that has now reached the shores of the United States.


Exposure of the Pediatrician to Liability for Medical Malpractice

The volume of lawsuits against pediatricians appears to be relatively low. However, the exposure may be substantial because a large portion of lawsuits filed against pediatricians claim the injury includes brain damage. Based on a lifetime of pain, suffering, as well as enormous special damages for medical care and therapies, these suits often translate into a larger monetary exposure.


Case Analysis and Expert Retention in a Medical Malpractice Case

One of the most distressing moments a physician, nurse or other healthcare provider can experience is when learning he or she has been named as a defendant in a medical malpractice lawsuit. Among the first questions posed to defense counsel is how the individual can be dropped from the litigation. How this can be accomplished varies, depending on the stage of the case. 


Non-Party Physicians in Nursing Home Cases

Non-party treating physicians, particularly those who have treated a patient for many years, may potentially play a crucial role in the defense of actions alleging nursing home negligence and deprivation of rights under the state’s Public Health Law.1