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Colon and Rectal Surgery Malpractice

Colon and Rectal Surgery Malpractice Colon and rectal surgery often referred to collectively as colorectal surgeries, carry risks and complications just as with any other surgical procedure. However, while there are such risks and complications inherent in any surgery, there are ways to minimize exposure of a patient to them – except in cases of medical malpractice, where the reverse is true. for otherwise healthy young people, unnecessary delays can lead to a lifetime of crippling disability or death. Complications and risks of any surgery include an unexpected reaction to anesthesia, infection, or excessive bleeding. Infections are of a particular risk, especially...

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Shoulder Dystocia Malpractice

Shoulder Dystocia Malpractice There are a lot of things that a new parent needs to worry about when taking on the challenge of raising a child. Severe and permanent injuries from the birthing process should not be one of them. Unfortunately, due to physician oversight, inattention, or improper training, some babies are harmed during their delivery. During difficult deliveries, some doctors can make abrupt decisions to use tools such as vacuum extractors and forceps. These tools shouldn’t always be used, and, when they are they can be used in manners that cause brain damage or other trauma that likely will never be...

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Birth Injury and Medical Malpractice

What is a Birth Injury? Birth injuries are as unique as the children who suffer from them. Some cases, unfortunately, are actually unavoidable. Childbirth is a complex physical and medical process and unexpected things can go wrong. Even when medical professionals use the best techniques available and practice care and compassion the unexpected can occur. Even the world’s most skilled and highly-educated obstetricians can deliver a child with unpreventable birth injuries once in a while. But for many children who suffer harm during labor or delivery, the causes of that harm are far more complicated. A birth injury is a damage to...

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Gallbladder Surgery Errors

Laparoscopic gallbladder surgery also called laparoscopic cholecystectomy, or simply lap coly, is a surgical procedure where the gallbladder is removed with a minimal incision into the abdominal cavity. Gallbladder removal surgery has become one of the most frequently performed surgeries in the United States. Over 90 percent of those gallbladder surgeries are done laparoscopically, where the surgeon removes the gallbladder through several small incisions in the abdomen. When properly done, the majority of these surgeries end in the safe removal of the gallbladder. Errors result from unskilled doctors attempting to perform the surgery, though even a skilled doctor can sometimes cause...

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What are the effects of a stroke?

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What are the effects of a stroke? The effects of a stroke vary, depending on the affected area of the brain and how long it took to receive treatment. A delay in diagnosis can result in more brains cells dying or being damaged. Some people only experience minor effects after a stroke, such as a difficulty with coordination or fatigue. Others may need to relearn basic functions, such as walking and swallowing, and they will need ongoing support. Strokes can affect many functions, including: Vision Approximately one-third of people who experience a stroke have problems seeing afterward. These can range from some blurring in...

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Stroke Medical Malpractice

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[vc_row content_width="grid" triangle_shape="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] STROKES Strokes can happen at any age, but when strokes happen in otherwise healthy young people, they are most often caused by what is known as a vertebral artery dissection (“VAD”).  VAD is often completely painless and can happen with even the slightest stretching of the neck. Not every VAD goes on to cause a stroke.  A VAD is a flap-like tear of the inner lining of the vertebral artery, which is located in the neck and supplies blood to the brain. Blood starts accumulating, and therefore, clotting, where the tear is located. A stroke can be caused when a...

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Surgical Errors

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There is nothing simple about having a surgical procedure done. Both patients and medical professionals take extreme precaution to ensure a smooth pre-operation, operation, and post-operation. Yet, even with extensive training and important routines to avoid them, doctors, nurses, or surgeons regularly make mistakes. If any medical professionals have fallen below the accepted and expected standards of care and cause their patient to sustain injuries that have a negative impact, you may be entitled to compensation. Common types of surgical errors can be having the wrong operation performed, a foreign object being left inside the body after an operation, or the wrong...

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Appeals court affirms judgment for defendant nursing facility

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Appeals court affirms judgment for defendant nursing facility on grounds that opinions of plaintiff’s expert witness were unsupported by evidence. A long-term nursing facility patient was transferred to a hospital with pneumonia and died shortly thereafter. The death certificate listed the causes of death as end-stage dementia and end-stage COPD. The patient’s son sued the nursing facility and several of its administrators for wrongful death. At trial, the plaintiff’s expert testified that a fourteen-day gap in the nurses’ notes was evidence of inadequate care and monitoring while the plaintiff was developing pneumonia that ultimately caused her death. He further testified that...

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Appeals court upholds count against hospital

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Appeals court upholds count against hospital for failing to ensure non-employee doctor used its surgical robot safely, causing patient’s death. Many hospitals hire doctors as “independent contractors” rather than ordinary employees, in the hope, it will mean that if the doctor commits malpractice, the hospital cannot be held responsible for it.  However, many doctors in Florida have little or no medical malpractice insurance, while hospitals have plenty of insurance. Therefore, it is often in a medical malpractice plaintiff’s best interest if there is a way to show that the hospital should be held responsible for the malpractice of a doctor working...

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Flu Prevention Tips

Flu season is in full effect and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has even issued a flu epidemic warning for this year's strain. The 2018 flu strain is unusually resilient due to the virus's dominant strain, H3N2, which experts have described as one that causes severe symptoms and can be deadly. The CDC states that "The single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year, but good health habits like covering your cough and washing your hands often can help stop the spread of germs and prevent respiratory illnesses like the flu. There also are flu...

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