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 classified as either transient, recurrent, or permanent, possibly being reversible over time. There are various types of encephalopathy that each cause serious symptoms, with potential causes varying from trauma to the brain to genetic conditions. It is important to understand what types of encephalopathy exist and what treatment options you may have. Continue reading Types of Encephalopathy
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 expertise
in medical malpractice litigation, how do you decide who to hire? Who
would be the best lawyer to trust with such an important case? Here are
some factors to consider and some questions that you might think about asking: Continue reading Questions to Ask When Choosing a Medical Negligence Lawyer
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 close monitoring.
This is a frightening time for any parent, especially because newborns
are often rushed to the NICU with very little explanation as to what is going on. Continue reading Medical Errors
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 ,
trailing only heart disease and cancer. Based on the results of the study,
medical errors result in the death of roughly 251,000 people each year.
That is over 100,000 more than the next highest leading causes of death,
respiratory disease (147,000), accidents (136,000), and stroke (133,000). Continue reading The Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
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 C-section? Did they
notify the attending obstetrician in time for a C-section to have been
performed before the baby was injured? Did health care personnel move
quickly enough in performing the C-section after the decision was made? Continue reading Issues Concerning C-Section 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 for both mother and baby,
such as oxygen deprivation and subsequent brain damage to the infant or
uterine rupture for the mother. Continue reading The Role of Pitocin in Labor and Delivery