New York City Hospitals Receive Low Safety Ratings

When New York patients require medical attention, they trust hospitals to provide safe and competent care. However, recent findings by a non-profit healthcare watchdog group show that some New York medical facilities received low safety ratings.

According to a recent report, a medical watchdog group gave ten New York hospitals and medical facilities poor safety grades. The Leapfrog Group released a report card that gave a “D” rating to two city-operated hospitals, Kings County and Coney Island. In addition, Brooklyn’s Brookdale, Interfaith, and Maimonides hospitals, Flushing Hospital in Queens, BronxCare Health System, and three Montefiore Medical Center facilities, Einstein, Wakefield, and Moses, all were rated D.

The New York medical facilities were evaluated on some of the following categories: safety issues, surgery, infections, error prevention practices, and leadership communications with medical facility staff.

Maimonides Hospital is southern Brooklyn’s largest private medical facility. According to the group Save Maimonides, the medical facility received an “F” grade in the fall of 2020. The group’s co-founder Mendy Reiner said, “This nationally recognized report confirms what we and tens of thousands of people in Brooklyn already know: Maimonides Hospital is a failing disaster that provides horrible service and, top to bottom needs, new leadership.” Reiner also said, “After multiple D grades in a row and even an F (in the fall of 2020), it’s obvious that the people of Brooklyn desperately need better care than what they get at Maimonides.”

 

Medical Malpractice and Hospital Safety

 

Medical facilities provide medical treatment and care through multiple professionals and processes. Unfortunately, hospital medical malpractice can happen when a patient is under the care of a doctor, nurse, technician, and several other care professionals. If you suffered an injury in a New York medical or healthcare facility, your harm may have occurred because of hospital malpractice.

Daily, hospital patients rely on doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, technicians, physician’s assistants, pharmacists, physical therapists, and others to provide safe care. Unfortunately, medical malpractice can happen when one or more of these employees is negligent.

Hospital malpractice may occur when:

  • a patient is harmed during a surgical procedure,
  • suffers a misdiagnosis,
  • is improperly monitored
  • Is given the wrong medications

Medical facilities can also commit negligence through their administrative practices. For instance, a medical facility may be liable for:

Lack of Due Diligence—Patients entrust hospitals to perform due diligence on their employees. When a medical facility does not complete proper background and credentialing checks, patients can be placed at risk of being in the care of unqualified individuals.

Lack of Safety Measures—Hospital malpractice may also occur when a facility fails to institute and enforce proper safety policies and procedures.

Inadequate staffing—Medical mistakes can occur when there are not enough employees to provide care for patients safely. This may occur when there are not enough nurses, attendants, or other crucial employees on staff.

Medical facility malpractice can be devastating to a patient and their loved ones. In some cases, the injuries suffered in these settings can lead to long-term health consequences or even death. When a medical facility is aware of safety risks and fails to act, the facility may be to blame for a patient’s harm. However, even when it’s evident that a facility is liable, investigating and proving medical malpractice can be complicated and difficult—Especially for someone who has been harmed.

At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we know how to hold medical facilities accountable for patient injuries and death. If you or a loved one have been injured by hospital negligence, contact us today to schedule an appointment to talk with one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys.

 

Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney

Hospitals may be liable for the actions of their employees if a patient is injured due to negligence. If you have been injured while under a medical facilities care, you should consult with an experienced medical malpractice attorney. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have been helping the victims of medical negligence for over 50 years. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available—se habla español.