medical negligence

Cerebral Palsy and Lawsuits

Submitted by jrlaw on Jan 27th, 2011

A cerebral palsy lawyer represents those whose children were harmed by medical negligence. This is not the only reason that a child sometimes ends up with the brain injury that causes cerebral palsy. There are natural causes that can lead to the same condition, but there are definitely cases where this injury could have been avoided if doctors and nurses had done their jobs better. When this is the case, a lawyer can sometimes help the victims get compensation for their pain and suffering, as well as for their medical expenses.

Cerebral palsy causes problems with learning, walking and many other basic parts of life. In some cases, the individual affected has brain damage severe enough that they need constant care and supervision from a professional. In other cases, individuals with CP are able to get around by themselves well, but there is almost always a host of problems with fine motor control. Picking up objects such as pens and pencils and opening doors, for example, may be very difficult. One of the characteristics of CP is that individuals affected with it will tend to shake a lot when they attempt to perform tasks that require fine motor control.

Dealing with Medical Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on Jun 3rd, 2010

Medical malpractice is nothing to take lightly. It also happens far more often than people tend to think, and the consequences of it can be quite grim. Every year between 2000 and 2002, in fact, nearly 200,000 people lost their lives due to various types of medical malpractice. The manifestations of malpractice are not always obvious. It may not be a sponge left in your abdomen after a surgery or a botched procedure. In some cases, these smaller, more common forms of malpractice are just as deadly as the most egregious examples.

Some malpractice involves inattention to detail. The fact that these instances involve medicine, however, means that these small instances of not paying attention can be lethal. Consider, for instance, being given the wrong medication. In some cases, such as with antibiotic allergies, the results of being given the wrong meds may be fatal. In others they may be debilitating or cause severe trauma to the individual affected. No one deserves to suffer due to the incompetence of others and, where malpractice is concerned, that is usually exactly what's at issue: incompetence. Doctors, necessarily, are held to higher standards than most professionals. This is because what they do is literally a matter of life and death.

Four Burdens of Proof for Medical Malpractice

Submitted by jrlaw on May 5th, 2010

Medical negligence or malpractice cases are complicated. They require excellent technical skills in the field of medicine for malpractice law firms to be able to win a case for their clients. In order to win a case, the lawyer must prove four things in court:

• The doctor owed a duty towards the patient

• The doctor breached this duty

• The breach caused Injury to the patient

• There were damages due to the injury

The above are also considered the four elements of medical malpractice.

Four Elements of Medical Malpractice

Duty owed: When a doctor or hospital treats a patient, a legal duty is created. This duty starts as soon as the doctor begins to provide any service to the patient, which includes medical counseling. If the claimant fails to show that there was an active doctor-patient bond during the time of the injury, his or her case becomes baseless. This is the very first step in making the case strong. If the lawyer fails in this, there is not much hope that you can get medical malpractice damages.

What Causes Sepsis?

Submitted by jrlaw on Mar 24th, 2010
The Severity of Sepsis Infection
 
Sepsis is a serious infection of the bloodstream. Though it can develop when the body is fighting a severe infection, it may also be the direct result of negligence or medical malpractice. The illness can originate from any site of infection, including pneumonia, urinary tract infection and open wounds caused by cellulitis, a skin infection, or bed sores. If not treated in a timely and appropriate manner, this medical condition can result in death. 
 
What Causes Sepsis?
 

Abysmal Conditions Close Down Dirty Plastic Surgery Clinic

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2009

A recent ABC News report reminds us that there are cosmetic surgery dangers to be aware of. A Connecticut clinic has been shut down for a variety of appalling health violations and medical negligence.

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