Sick Hospitals

People who go to the hospital for treatment expect to get better, but a growing number of patients end up dying instead— from infections they acquire in the hospital. Hospitals have long claimed that infections are an ‘accepted risk’ of care, but new studies show that many infections are easily prevented.

A Call to Action

Despite the tools to reduce or elimi- nate hospital-acquired infections, the numbers inexorably increase each year. The bacteria become more virulent and costly, and tens of thousands of patients die needlessly. Many hospitals have not demonstrated the will to implement the measures necessary to prevent infections.

These are extremely difficult cases, but we have an opportunity, and perhaps a responsibility, to shine a light on this important issue and help to bring about change. Our efforts continue to make health care safer.

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About Susan Dennehy

In 1996, she began her own firm, the Dennehy Law Firm. The firm is devoted exclusively to representing patients and their families in medical safety cases. Her diverse legal experience for both sides gives her a unique perspective on the practice of medicine and the rules that regulate doctors and hospitals.


Susan has lectured nationally on courtroom strategies and has taught trial skills to law students at Cardozo School of Law’s annual trial program. She is a member of the award winning TRIAL magazine publication committee and is a reviewer and author.
Susan Dennehy has achieved the “AV® Peer Review Rating,” the highest distinction awarded by Martindale-Hubbell®. The “AV peer review rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence…and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.” She is also listed in the 2011 Martindale-Hubbell® Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and is recognized as one of New York’s Women Leaders in the Law®, 2013 and 2014.

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