Medical Malpractice Blog

Risks of Fetal Macrosomia

During a woman’s pregnancy, there is potential for the baby to grow beyond the average size of seven pounds, eight ounces. When the baby weighs more than eight pounds, thirteen ounces, the World ...
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Types of Encephalopathy

Commonly used as a general term for a brain disorder or disease, encephalopathy is a serious condition that impacts the function of the brain. The severity of the abnormality varies, and can be ...
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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Medical Negligence Lawyer

If you or your loved one has been seriously injured by a medical professional — a doctor, nurse, obstetrician, surgeon, anesthesiologist, etc. —who do you turn to? With all of the lawyers claiming ...
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NICU Errors

Babies who are born prematurely often have breathing issues, as well as other conditions, and may require admission into the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for additional care and ...
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The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.

According to a new study published in the BMJ — formerly the British Medical Journal — researchers have determined that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States [1] , ...
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Issues Concerning C-Section Delivery

Birth injury cases typically deal with the questions revolving around cesarean section. Should nursing personnel have recognized ominous fetal heart strip patterns that signaled the need for emergency ...
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The Role of Pitocin in Labor and Delivery

Pitocin (oxytocin) is a hormone used to induce or strengthen labor contractions during childbirth, and can also be used to control postpartum bleeding. Misuse of Pitocin can have serious consequences ...
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Abnormal Fetal Presentations

The position of the baby in the uterus is referred to as its “presentation.” It is important that obstetricians or midwives monitor the baby’s presentation as pregnancy approaches term to determine ...
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The Importance of Fetal Heart Monitoring

One of the greatest advances in the field of obstetrics has been the development of electronic fetal heart monitoring. It allows clinicians to evaluate, in real time, the adequacy of fetal ...
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Your Complete Birth Injury Guide

From the moment a mother finds out she is pregnant, it is important to make sure proper monitoring is done and that the mother is completely aware of the situation. There are a number of factors of ...
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Risks of Gestational Diabetes

In some situations, no matter if diabetes was present before, pregnant women who have high blood glucose can be diagnosed with gestational diabetes. In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and ...
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Birth Injuries Caused by Forceps & Vacuum Extractors

If a mother struggles during delivery, the doctor may use certain tools to help. Two of these tools are forceps and vacuum extractors. Forceps are used to help assist the birthing process when the ...
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Common Causes of Childbirth Injury

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates an average of 4 million babies are born every year in the United States. Studies suggest that 6 to 8 babies out of every 1,000 will suffer from ...
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10 Facts About Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs when the fetal brain does receive enough oxygen. Often referred to as “HIE,” Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can lead to permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy , ...
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What is Hypoxic Brain Injury?

The brain requires approximately 20% of the body’s oxygen intake to function properly. Hypoxia occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen. The low levels of oxygen limits brain activity, ...
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Determining the Accepted Standard of Care

The Accepted Standard of Care for Doctors In Texas, jurors are given the following definition of negligence: “Negligence,” when used with respect to the conduct of Dr. Davis, means failure to use ...
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What Can Go Wrong When Using Anesthesia?

Because different forms of anesthesia affect your senses and spinal function, many things can go wrong if the drug is not administered properly. Studies estimate that seven in every million patients ...
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Medical Malpractice Facts and Fiction

The Institute of Medicine estimates that, on average, 98,000 people die because of medical errors , while extensive amounts of people are injured because of it. Under U.S. laws, those injured or ...
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What You Need to Know About Cerebral Palsy

Approximately 10,000 babies born in the United States will develop cerebral palsy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. That means that 1 in every 323 children will be diagnosed ...
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What are the Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions?

When we visit the doctor’s office, we expect them to know what our conditions represent. If we experience a lump in our body parts, have a rash on our skin, or feel a strange soreness in our joints, ...
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Why Heart Attacks Are So Commonly Misdiagnosed in Women

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, an average of 50,000 women die of heart attacks a year in the United States. Heart disease is the ...
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How to Differentiate Between Adverse Events and Malpractice

Undergoing any major medical procedure can be intimidating. There are inherent risks with some surgeries or treatments that doctors cannot eliminate. They will still recommend the procedures if they ...
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Recognized Medical Malpractice Representation

Injuries sustained because of medical malpractice can be emotionally and physically damaging. When an individual goes into the hospital for treatment or a diagnosis, they trust their doctors to offer ...
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Predictions of Large Babies May Be Inaccurate

When expectant mothers go into the doctor’s office, they expect to receive accurate information, or at least information as close to the truth as possible. While doctors try to impart what they ...
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4 "Never Events" That Could Give Rise to Medical Malpractice Claims

When you walk into a hospital, you expect the physicians and doctors to be well trained and know the proper procedures. You place your trust in them, expecting them to know how to best care for your ...
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