New York residents may be interested to learn that roughly 20 years ago, a surgeon from South Dakota lied during a medical malpractice case. The doctor was called to provide testimony that would establish that his colleague was a skilled surgeon. The case in question involved a patient of that colleague who suffered a stroke after undergoing a procedure performed by the defendant in the case.

Read more: Doctor claims he lied in court to protect partner

When New York residents seek medical care, they put a great deal of trust in their physicians. The expectation is that the doctor is the expert who will make the best decisions possible to preserve the patient's life and health. Unfortunately, some doctors make mistakes that can have a devastating impact on a patient's well-being.

Read more: Why medical errors occur

Surgical residents in New York hospitals are typically evaluated by checklists and hours worked, but a John Hopkins study found that tracking errors could be just as important as monitoring progress. When assessing future orthopedic surgeons, training models focus on volume instead of quality.

Read more: Tracking surgeon errors along with progress

According to statistics, as of 2015, between 240,000 and 337,000 people in the United States are living with spinal cord injuries (SCI). 52% of people with SCI are considered paraplegic and 47% quadriplegic. Roughly 240,000 new cases of SCI occur annually. According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the most common causes of SCI are:

Read more: Quadriplegia Caused by Medical Malpractice

New York residents may be interested in the case of a woman who was initially diagnosed as brain dead and refused treatment by doctors as a result. Later, two neurologists hired by the woman's father to give a second opinion diagnosed her as not brain dead based on the fact that she moved some extremities when she was pinched.

Read more: Second opinion says woman not brain dead

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