It’s been a rough year for Syracuse’s former orthopedists, who have been hit with the largest amount of lawsuits in the city’s history.
A lawsuit filed in September by Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists against Syracuse Hospitality Group (SYGH) alleges that SYGH, which has been the subject of multiple lawsuits in recent years, failed to meet minimum standards of care and failed to take adequate steps to protect its employees from lawsuits.
“The company has failed to live up to its obligations and failed its employees and patients,” the lawsuit alleges.
“The company failed to conduct adequate oversight of its own personnel, and has not been transparent with its employees about the extent of its liability.”
According to the lawsuit, SYGH has been in litigation with four different lawsuits, one of which was filed in June 2017.
The fourth lawsuit, filed in October 2017, alleged that SYPH failed to protect the health and safety of employees who were at risk of being hurt by the construction of a new hospital.
Syracuse Orthopedists and their attorneys have said that the lawsuits are the result of the hospital’s decision to build a new health care facility, which is at the heart of the lawsuits.
“This lawsuit is the result not only of the construction work itself, but also the actions of the company that has been involved in the project,” Syracuse Orthopaedic Specialist attorney James Krieger said in a statement.
“This is not about a hospital being built, but about a business that has made decisions that have negatively impacted its employees, their families, and the community.”
A lawsuit was filed against SYGH on July 1, 2018, in Syracuse County Court, claiming that the health care company was negligent in the construction and operation of a medical center that is located within a nursing home and that its failure to properly monitor its employees was a factor in the injuries sustained by those employees.
In a statement released Monday, SYPH said it was “grateful to be able to respond to this lawsuit.”
“We take every possible measure to protect our employees and the communities they serve, and will vigorously defend against this baseless lawsuit,” the statement said.
“We are working with the court to defend ourselves in the lawsuit.”
In September, the New York State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene issued a public health alert warning patients that the new hospital could be unsafe.
The alert cited concerns over the facility’s use of asbestos and lead pipes.