Medical Malpractice Fears Driving New York Hospitals to Brace for Swine Flu Injury

New York Hospitals are bracing for the worst, say New York personal injury lawyers. According to this week’s NY Daily News, forty-seven New Yorkers have already died wrongful deaths due to Swine Flu H1N1 infections. Medical centers are fearful, trying hard to avoid a failure to diagnose a Swine Flu H1N1 infection. New York hospitals are therefore treating every flu-like patient as an actual H1N1 victim. New York injury lawyers contend that such caution makes sense in light of the severe consequences of medical negligence and malpractice. Beside potentially causing a wrongful death, a hospital’s failure to diagnose an H1N1 infection can lead to multi-million dollar negligence malpractice cases against doctors and the hospital itself. To avoid such malpractice suits, hospitals are trying are treating every flu as if it is the worst case. Another sign of caution against H1N1 injury: Mayor Blomberg announced that the City readied million of vaccines for New York kids and adults. Critics say the city’s plans are not enough, and that hospital overload is imminent. From the perspective of NY personal injury law, the balance between caution, cost, public fear, and personal injury due to medical misdiagnosis is at stake.

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