Tackling medical errors with law: 6 things to know about New York Law School's new patient safety program

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New York Law School created the Patient Safety Project, co-directed by Steven E. Pegalis of Pegalis and Erickson law firm, and Irwin R. Merkatz, MD.

Here are six things to know:

1. The project will analyze anonymous medical liability cases to propose improvements on current safety initiatives.

2. Dr. Merkatz was a former professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology and women's health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City.

3. Mr. Pegalis represents plaintiffs in medical liability cases.

4. The project involves advisors from health organizations, hospitals and medical liability insurance companies.

5. The first volume of 26 anonymous closed medical liability cases has been distributed to advisors.

6. The co-directors are hopeful that this project sparks a conversation, raising awareness among healthcare providers on how to avoid medical errors.

"Safety to reduce the incidence of adverse patient outcomes, justice for those who sustained avoidable injuries and spending healthcare funds wisely and fairly cover the scope of our NYLS mission," said Mr. Pegalis.

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