Forensic Handwriting Expert Permitted to Examine Hospital Records to Determine if Medical Malpractice Covered-Up

A frequent discussion we have with our clients in medical malpractice cases is whether a hospital’s or doctor’s records have been altered or rewritten. We and our clients often doubt the authenticity of the records. There have been occasions where the records our office obtains from a hospital or physician differ from the records our client has obtained directly from the provider. When the records are different, it is easier to establish that the records have been changed. In Lofton v. Grieco, a hospital was ordered to produce an original record of admission for a non-destructive examination, inspection and photographing … Read the rest

Subpoena for Hospital Records for Investigation of Death of Prison Inmate Held Enforceable Notwithstanding Privacy Laws

In the matter of New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation vs. New York State Commission Of Correction, — N.E.2d —-, 2012 N.Y. Slip Op. 03571 (May 8, 2012), the Court of Appeals was called upon to decide the enforceability of a subpoena duces tecum issued by the Medical Review Board of the New York State Commission (“Commission”) to Elmhurst Hospital, operated by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (“HHC”) for hospital records of an inmate, Carlos Frazier, who, while in custody of New York City, died subsequent to transfers from the City facility where he was … Read the rest

New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation Publicly Releases Data on Infection and Death Rates

On September 7th, 2007, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC), the nation’s largest public health system treating 1.3 million patients a year, began publicly releasing data on infection and death rates at its 11 hospitals and 4 nursing homes.

The safety and performance information is posted on the hospital corporation’s Web site, www.nyc.gov/hhc. The Web site allows the public to see the overall death rate, the rate of deaths after heart attacks, preventable bloodstream infections and pneumonia cases, among other measures, at the 11 hospitals.

Information on the Web site also includes what the NYCHHC considers to … Read the rest