June 17, 2019

The radiology department at a hospital or medical center is responsible for administering high-energy radiation tests and treatments. Radiologists are medical doctors who, according to the American College of Radiologists, must complete at least 13 years of training and schooling before achieving board-certification. Maintaining certification requires continued education and training in the field to ensure the safest and most effective techniques are being performed.

There...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
June 03, 2019

An IV or intravenous catheter is inserted into a vein to administer fluids, electrolytes, medications, blood products, antibiotics, lipids, or nutrition directly into the bloodstream. If the catheter becomes dislodged or moves out of the vein, the fluid that was being infused through it could now leak into surrounding tissue. When that occurs, it is called an IV infiltration.

An IV line can cause an infiltration without a nurse or doctor being negligent. The catheter might have been inserted in the wrist or elbow area where the natural bending or movement of the limb could cause the catheter to move or migrate. Sometimes, IV tubing...

Tags: Medical Malpractice
May 22, 2019

Postpartum hemorrhage after delivery occurs when there is a loss of more than 500 ml of blood after a vaginal delivery or 1000 ml of blood following a C-section. If the heavy bleeding is not controlled it can lead to shock, loss of ability to have future pregnancies, permanent brain damage or maternal death.

Symptoms of postpartum hemorrhage may include:

  • Uncontrolled bleeding
  • A drop in blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate

If bleeding is due to hematoma, a collection of blood outside a blood vessel, swelling and pain in the vaginal or perineal area may occur as well.

While postpartum...

Tags: Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice
May 07, 2019

For decades, transvaginal mesh has been surgically implanted in women across the nation and world to treat organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. For some women, the plastic medical device was helpful. But for tens of thousands – far too high a percentage for the vaginal mesh products to be considered safe -- the mesh eroded after it was implanted. Subsequent surgeries were unsuccessful in removing these “shards.” Women were left in severe pain, particularly when trying to have sexual intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia.

In recent years, these injured women have fought back, filing thousands of lawsuits claiming the ...

Tags: vaginal mesh
May 06, 2019

 It happens roughly every seven seconds in the United States – someone is hurt on the job. In a year’s time, America’s working men and women will suffer 4.6 million injuries while at work, according to the National Safety Council. More than 5,000 will die.
 Some of these injuries are not the fault of an employer: a clumsy act produces a bruise or a cut, overexertion leads to a bad back. Yet many serious injuries and deaths can be traced to a lack of training, poor supervision or an absence of safety procedures or devices in the workplace.
 Take the case of sanitation worker Jose Natal at the Devault Foods meat processing plant...

Tags: workplace injury lawsuits
April 24, 2019

PICC lines are used to provide long term intravenous access to administer IV medications, fluids, electrolytes or antibiotics. The lines are placed by doctors, nurses and nurse practitioners who must be aware of the potential dangers these central lines can cause. If complications are not diagnosed and treated properly, serious injury or even death could result.

Changing IV During SurgeryComplications that can occur after PICC line placement include:

  • Air...
Tags: Hospital Infections, Medical Malpractice
March 29, 2019

 When Robert Kraft was arrested recently for allegedly soliciting prostitution in Florida, the story not only brought unwanted attention to the billionaire owner of the NFL New England Patriots, it also focused on the epidemic of human sex trafficking. As USA Today put it: “The more significant story is that of the women whose names we may never know, Chinese immigrants who police believe were lured to America with the promise of jobs, but instead found themselves in ‘sexual servitude.’” The problem is more widespread than only immigrants brought to the United States under false pretenses but also American citizens kidnapped or...

Tags: sex trafficking
March 14, 2019

Medicare and Medicaid account for roughly $1 trillion in federal spending annually. That’s a lot of money. And wherever there is a lot of money, there are those who will try to steal it.

The AARP reports that at about 10 percent of Medicare funding – or some $60 billion, roughly the budgets of the Department of Homeland Security and NASA combined – is stolen or misdirected each year, and some experts believe the total is much more, perhaps as much as 20 or 30 percent annually – or close to $200 billion -- in fraud...

Tags: Medicare Fraud
February 04, 2019

Erb’s palsy is a nerve injury that can occur during birth when the nerves in a baby’s upper arm are stretched, torn or damaged. Many babies with Erb’s palsy cannot move their arms or shoulders and some babies are unable to move their hands or fingers. 

Erb’s palsy is most often a result of shoulder dystocia, a complication in which an infant’s shoulders become stuck in the mother’s pelvis. The size of the baby is a common cause for...

Tags: Erb's Palsy, Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice
January 17, 2019

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease that afflicts people - often athletes - who have suffered severe and repeated head trauma.

Repeated brain trauma triggers progressive degeneration of brain tissue and/or the build-up of Tau protein that can disrupt the brain’s ability to communicate with other cells. These alterations in the brain can begin months, years or even decades after brain trauma or the end of active athletic...

Tags: CTE, Brain Injury, encephalopathy, lawyer, lawsuit

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