Jury awards $2.85M for medical malpractice

A man who was paralyzed below the waist due to medical negligence was awarded $2.85 million by a South Carolina jury, while his wife and sole caregiver won an additional $500,000. On April 17, 2004, Randy Green was rushed to Grand Stand Medical Regional Center after being involved in a traffic collision that severed arties in his forearm. While being prepped for emergency surgery, the Myrtle Beach man’s surgeon ordered a CAT scan for his knee, which was also injured in the crash.

Robot surgeries are up, and so are robotic surgery errors

Robotic surgery is on a dramatic upswing in hospitals throughout the United States, but so are serious injuries associated with operations using robots, namely da Vinci system robots. Robot surgery lawsuits have been the result in a mounting number of cases, with the civil actions citing inadequately trained doctors who are being pressured to use the expensive medical devices, for which hospitals lay out between $1.5 million and $2.5 million per machine.

The rate of children and young adults developing ischemic or hemorrhagic strokes is increasing

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and can lead to permanent brain damage and lifelong disabilities.  A stroke is usually associated with older people, but a new study published in the The Lancet revealed that strokes are now increasingly affecting young and middle-aged people. It was noted that more than 83,000 people younger than 20 suffer strokes each year.

An infant born infected with Group B Strep, or GBS, could develop meningitis, permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy or even die due to the infection

Group B Streptococcus, or Group B Strep, is normal flora that lives in the abdomen and genital tract.  The bacteria can live in a woman’s vagina without causing any signs or symptoms.  It is not a sexually transmitted disease.  However, a pregnant woman with Group B Strep, or GBS, can pass the bacteria on to her baby during vaginal delivery and it could lead to sepsis, bacterial meningitis, organ failure or even death of a newborn.  It is impo

Jury awards $2.85M judgment in medical malpractice case

A Myrtle Beach man who was paralyzed due to medical negligence was awarded $2.85 million by a South Carolina jury, according to a news report. His wife also received a judgment of $500,000 and is the sole caregiver for Randy Green, who has been paralyzed below the waist since the incident.

Meconium aspiration syndrome in a newborn baby can lead to a lack of oxygen to the brain, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, brain damage or cerebral palsy

Meconium is the first thick and sticky bowel movement, feces, or stool that is normally stored in the infant’s intestines until after birth. Sometimes, the meconium is released into the amniotic fluid prior to birth or during labor.  This usually happens when the baby is under stress or there is a decrease in the amount of blood and oxygen reaching the fetus.

The earlier colon cancer is diagnosed and treated, the better the survival rate

Colorectal cancer, commonly known as colon cancer or bowel cancer, is the third leading cause of cancer-related fatalities and it is estimated it will cause more than 50,000 deaths in 2013.  Most cases of colon cancer begin as small, benign or non-cancerous clumps of cells called adenomatous polyps. If left untreated, some of the polyps can become cancerous or develop into adenocarcinomas

A delay in diagnosing or treating bacterial meningitis can lead to brain damage, cerebral palsy, limb amputations and even death

Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective cover surrounding the brain and spinal cord due to an infection.  Meningitis can be a life-threatening condition and should be treated as a medical emergency.  The infection occurs most often in newborns, infants, children, young adults and college students due to the organisms group B strep, ecoli, listeria, nisseria or streptococcus.

Pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure in a pregnant woman can lead to cerebral palsy, placental abruption or significant birth injury

Pre-eclampsia is the onset of high blood pressure or hypertension and proteinuria, or protein in the urine, in a pregnant woman who is past 20 weeks gestation.  During each prenatal visit, your doctor or nurse should be checking your blood pressure for development of pregnancy induced hypertension and monitoring your urine for the presence of protein.  If pre-eclampsia is not diagnosed or properly treated, it could lead to a decrease in blood supply and oxygen to a baby, causing brain injury or hypoxic ischemic encep