Kline & Specter is a leader in litigation involving the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal, which has been linked to abnormal breast development in male children, adolescents and adults, a condition known as gynecomastia. The ailment, caused by an increase in the hormone prolactin, can often be painful and is irreversible. It can only be treated by surgery to remove the growth. Kline & Specter is currently representing more than 250 clients in lawsuits already filed in court and is investigating more than 100 other possible claims.
What started as a broken ankle resulted in a series of medical mishaps that eventually cost a New York state man his entire leg. According to news reports, Donald Schultz was initially treated for his ankle in late 2004 at the Knee Center of West New York. The ankle was fixed but he suffered an infection following the procedure that required removal of his small toe. Then another infection resulted in the loss of the adjacent toe. Subsequent infections required a total of 12 surgeries and further amputations over five years.
Dirk Askew, an Army veteran and long-term federal postal worker was awarded $8.3M in a malpractice law suit against The John Cochran VA Hospital. Askew suffered severe brain damage and had his leg amputated after going to Cochran for a routine stent procedure in February 2009.
Bacterial endocarditis is infection and inflammation of the inner surface of the heart. It usually affects the heart valves but can also be present on pacemakers or defibrillators. Endocarditis occurs when bacteria enter the bloodstream and attach to an already damaged portion of the heart or valves.
Even though birth is a natural process, unexpected complications, such as a prolapsed umbilical cord, shoulder dystocia, the baby getting wedged in the birth canal, cord around the neck, placental abruption, meconium aspiration or preeclampsia can arise during labor or shortly after delivery. A nurse midwife, just like an obstetrician, needs to be aware of the potential problems that could arise during labor, and know how to properly recognize and treat them as so
The list of the Top 10 medical technology safety hazards was published in the November 2013 issue of Health Devices. Alarm problems and infusion pump medications errors are on the top of the list of hospital problems that need to be addressed. According to the article, the most prevalent medical technology safety hazards are:
Alarm fatigue: silencing an alarm and setting abnormal alarm limits can cause permanent injury and death in patients.
When you are the patient in a hospital emergency room, or ER, you expect that you will receive appropriate and proper care by nurses and doctors. Unfortunately, emergency room staff negligence or mistakes can cause patients any number of injuries, including brain damage, respiratory failure, organ damage, cardiac arrest or death.
A delay in diagnosing Ewing sarcoma bone cancer can affect prognosis
Ewing sarcoma is a form of malignant bone cancer that is found mostly in children, teenagers and young adults. If the cancer is not diagnosed and promptly treated it could quickly spread to other organs.
Common signs or symptoms of Ewing sarcoma are:
A homeless woman living in a Los Angeles shelter won a $7.5 M settlement for a hospital’s medical negligence that caused her youngest child to suffer severe brain damage during childbirth.
Dyrene Loftis was 39 weeks pregnant and living with her two other children in 2012 at the Union Rescue Mission when she started to have severe abdominal pains. She was soon after rushed by ambulance to the Los Angeles County University Of Southern California Medical Center to receive treatment.