Jul 17, 2018

Florida Supreme Court Defines Malpractice vs. Negligence

In a recent ruling, the Florida Supreme Court stated that the injuries a patient sustained resulting from the use of a restraint maneuver at The National Deaf Academy were the result of negligence, and not medical malpractice. Because the patient's cause of injury was not related to malpractice, the Supreme Court ruled that the plaintiff [...]

Jul 11, 2018

Kernicterus and Untreated Jaundice in Newborns

Kernicterus is a rare form of birth injury which results from a newborn's inability to process excess levels of bilirubin in the blood after birth. Babies are typically born with a surplus of red blood cells, and their bodies accumulate bilirubin as it breaks these cells down. A newborn's liver often becomes overworked in processing [...]

Jun 26, 2018

Prolapsed Umbilical Cord and Birth Injuries

Pregnancy is, as everyone says, a magical time. And it very much is, when you stop and think about how much work your body is doing all by itself. Take the umbilical cord, for example. This cord tethers mother and baby together, providing the fetus with all the oxygen and nutrients it needs to grow [...]

Jun 13, 2018

Medical Malpractice for Endoscopy Complications

An endoscopy is a medical procedure that uses a scope, which is a long tube with a tiny camera mounted on the end, to explore inside a patient's body. The physician inserts the scope into an opening in the patient's body, and they can then watch the video feed that captures an up-close view in [...]

May 23, 2018

Medical Malpractice and Diagnostic Mistakes

Diagnosis is the medical process of determining which conditions or illnesses are causing a patient’s symptoms. Errors during surgery accounted for 24% of medical error claims, and errors in medical management accounted for 14% of the claims. A new study found that diagnostic errors were the largest part of medical malpractice claims during the years [...]

May 2, 2018

Woman Discovers Her Real Father Was Her Parents’ Fertility Specialist

Biologists James Watson and Francis Crick are credited with having discovered the structure of DNA. This discovery has paved the way for medical and scientific breakthroughs for combatting disease, using fingerprinting in criminal cases, modifying food, and giving the world Jurassic Park. Over the last 65 years, we have come to rely on DNA to [...]

Apr 25, 2018

Colorectal Surgery Malpractice Is More Common Than You Think

Colon and rectal surgeries, collectively referred to as colorectal surgeries, account for about 24% of all general surgery cases and about 15% of the physicians in this field face medical malpractice lawsuits each year. A study published in the Journal of Surgical Research analyzed 122 medical malpractice lawsuits and found that the most common cause [...]

Apr 18, 2018

Why is the Death Rate so High for Black Women in Pregnancy and Childbirth in the U.S.?

Black women in the United States are more likely to die during or after childbirth due to racial disparities in maternal health in this country. And article published by ProPublica and NPR reveals that the disparity is not about class or level of education attainment, as even college-educated mothers who deliver in local hospitals are [...]

Mar 14, 2018

Women Are Being Over-Prescribed with Opioids After C-Sections

According to a recent study conducted at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, women who undergo Cesarean sections have been routinely overprescribed opioid (narcotic) pain medications. The study looked at 179 patients who had undergone cesareans at VUMC over an eight-week period to examine opioid prescribing practices and consumption [...]

Mar 7, 2018

The Difference Between a Birth Defect and Birth Injury

Parents and other family members of children who are the victims of preventable injuries at birth due to substandard care provided by medical personnel during pregnancy, labor, or delivery have the option to pursue legal action. Cases that involve birth injury often involve an allegation that medical staff fell short in their obligation to deliver [...]

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