More than 100 lawsuits have been filed against Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY by patients and their relatives who say they were harmed due to negligence or medical malpractice.
Assemblyman Nick Perry said the “number of suits against Brookdale is alarming” and “a very strong indication that something is definitely wrong with how the hospital is run,” The NY Daily News reported.
Accusations in the lawsuits range from giving a penicillin allergic patient the antibiotic even though they wore a bracelet stating she was allergic to it, to a diabetic who had to have his toes amputated because a puncture wound was left to fester.
Executive director for the Center for Justice and Democracy at New York Law School Joanne Doroshow said, “When a hospital is so unsafe, it costs the hospital a tremendous amount of money,” she said. “There are proven ways to clean up your act, patient safety improvements that are well-known. It is pure negligence not to do them.”
State Assemblyman Karim Camara said the high number of lawsuits reflects, “evidence there needs to be a change at the highest level of management.”