Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, is currently the focus of more than 100 open lawsuits filed by patients who claim they did not receive adequate treatment from the healthcare provider.
According to the New York Daily News, more than a dozen of the cases allege patient deaths were the result of medical malpractice or negligence, including one mugging victim who suffered traumatic brain injuries and two other patients who were killed by fatal infections brought on by severe pressure ulcers.
"The number of suits against Brookdale is alarming," said state Assemblyman Nick Perry, who said the lawsuits are a "very strong indication that something is definitely wrong with how the hospital is run."
Other allegations of malpractice include failure to properly address a diabetic's puncture wound, which allegedly led to the amputation of the patient's toes, and one instance of a patient being given penicillin despite the bracelet she was wearing that was meant to alert physicians to her allergy to the antibiotic. A lawsuit filed against one doctor employed by the hospital alleges the physician is responsible for complications during childbirth that led to a baby's permanent brain and nervous system injuries, the media outlet stated.
"It sounds like there’s an epidemic of medical malpractice at this hospital," said Joanne Doroshow, executive director of the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School, who said the amount of lawsuits against the hospital was "egregious."
Doroshow added that for each case filed, it is likely 100 other patients felt unsure about the care they were given, but did not file a formal lawsuit.
In 2010, the hospital reported $42 million in operating losses, according to the news source. Despite being one of the smaller hospitals in Brooklyn, it still has one of the higher amounts of open lawsuits.
Maimonides Medical Center, which has about 700 beds in use, has about 80 open lawsuits, while New York Methodist Hospital has about 600 beds in use and is the center of about 55 cases. These numbers are compared to Brookdale's 300 beds and more than 100 open lawsuits.
Another lawsuit was recently filed in New York against a Nassau University Medical Center employees, who allegedly had only a license to work as a physician's assistant, but was allegedly practicing medicine for decades as a doctor, according to CBS New York.