How Can I Prepare for a Birth Injury?

Posted by on Jan 14, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

If you’re a parent who is expecting their first child, you might be wondering as to what could be the worst possible scenarios that could happen in child-birth and, more importantly, what are the chances that it could happen to you?

These are all very valid fears, of course. Even before written history began, the people of ancient times commended those who died in child-birth with the same reverence as soldiers who died in battle for they, too, recognized the difficulty that it could present. However, when you’ve worried about every possible outcome – from situations where the baby is born with two faces on one head, to circumstances where an emergency procedure gone wrong could cost you everything you hold dear – there comes the question as to what happens when the worst does happen.

Nobody ever wants the worst to happen to them. They are often reassured by the statistics that state that infant mortality rates are at their lowest ever and that, thanks to modern medicine, child-birth related deaths are at an all-time low. Though these are true, there is still the chance that something wrong can go wrong. And that’s when you don’t want to be left without the right kind of people to turn to – which is why it might be a good idea to look into a reputable birth injury lawyer pretty early on.

According to the website of the lawyers with Driscoll Firm, P.C., victims of debilitating accidents can sometimes agree on settlements set by insurance companies that are not enough to cover all the necessary expenses. It can be easy to want a quick-fix to a terrible situation but sometimes, instant gratification can have its own long-term consequences. If your child was injured at birth due to negligence, that injury could affect them for the rest of their lives – such is the case for people with cerebral palsy as it has no cure, for example – which would mean that a quick deal that only appeases the shallow aspects of the situation could mean more problems in the future.

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Mistrusting Authority: When Institutions Don’t Deliver Proper Care

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse, Personal Injury | 0 comments

There are many ways for patients to take control of their health. Prudent dietary planning and regular fitness activity are two methods many people adhere to in order to maintain mental and physical equanimity. In spite of how well the body is taken care of, genetic or external factors can render a body in need of medical attention. Many patients feel disempowered when they entrust themselves to a doctor. This is not surprising as one of the main human fears is “the unknown.”

Most patients can surpass the fear of the unknown and have confidence that their chosen physician has valuable knowledge that can help them. Sadly, sometimes people entrust themselves to the care of physicians that do not practice medicine responsibly. Medical negligence can take many forms. Common forms of medical malpractice are misdiagnosis, delayed diagnosis, improper treatment, surgical errors, emergency room errors, pharmaceutical errors, and birth injuries. Lawyers can often help the victims of medical malpractice gain compensation from the doctor or hospital.

In addition to hospitals, many people entrust loved ones to nursing facilities when they can no longer support elderly family members full-time. Many nursing homes have sectors that allow for the healthier residents to live with some independence and privacy. Other more dependent residents might be recovering from surgery or suffering from long term illnesses. Since some residents are so dependent, they need attentive and compassionate caretakers that are sensitive to each specific case.

When dependent residents don’t get the care they need, the consequences can be grim. The most prevalent cases of nursing home negligence relate to accidentally switching prescriptions, under exercising, and malnutrition. Dehydration, starvation, and a lack of nutrients as strong indicators of malnutrition. Families are entitled to compensation if a loved one has suffered from negligence in a nursing home.

Additionally, property owners have a responsibility to keep their premises free from hazardous situations. An egregious failure to do so, such as allowing a leak to persist for days or not fixing a cracked or uneven floor can creates a dangerous situation that can lead to preventable injuries. A danger like a pot hole can injure a cyclist or motorcyclist who drives over it, or even damage a car. As pointed out on, such hazards are the property owner’s responsibility to repair. This area of law is called premises liability, and it can be complicated to figure out exactly who is at fault when these cases arise. Nevertheless, an attorney can help you determine the who hurt you and do most of the legwork in a premises liability lawsuit.

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Adverse Reactions to Medication and Surgical Errors

Posted by on Sep 6, 2013 in Defective Pharmaceuticals, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Topamax | 0 comments

Often medicines can be an ally to bodies seeking quick recovery. As the medical field advances symptoms of many health complications, like epilepsy, can be improved with pharmaceutical remedies.

Topamax is a medicine manufactured by Johnson and Johnson that can reduce occurrences of seizures and migraines in patients that suffer from epileptic episodes and frequent and severe headaches. Like any medication though, patients must be informed of the risks. Topamax can cause complications to forming fetuses if taken by a pregnant woman. According to the website of the Williams Kherkher Law Firm, Topamax has caused fetal damage ranging from cleft lip, cleft palate, and Hypospadias. Often all of these defects can be reversed, allowing the infant to make a full recovery. In many cases when these defects occur, families that were under-informed of the risks seek legal help in order to gain compensation from the prescriber.

In some cases patients have conditions that require more attention than a prescription for medication. In the most urgent of cases when a surgery is required, the risks correlate directly with the reward. When a surgery is successful, the expensive patient costs and medical efforts payoff. Likewise, when a surgical procedure goes awry, the damages and recovery can double the patient’s cost and sense of hopelessness. Surgical errors such as lack of oxygen, infection, bleeding, and wrong site surgery prove to be expensive for patients monetarily and emotionally. In more serious cases these complications can even span from stroke, paralysis, brain injury, to death. Like patients who are the victims of adverse pharmaceutical reactions, victims of surgical errors who seek financial compensation often rely on legal help as their advocates.

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