The birth of a baby can be a very exciting and nerve wrecking experience, especially when something goes wrong. In some situations, a baby may experience a neonatal seizure as a result of a medical error. A neonatal seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that results in convulsions in the body. Most neonatal seizures occur as a result of brain damage due to a birth injury. These seizures must be treated immediately, otherwise, these can lead to long-term disabilities. Neonatal seizures can range in severity. However, common symptoms include:
Most expectant couples are overjoyed with happiness and are hoping for a healthy baby. Unfortunately, for some couples, their child is born with a birth defect that could have been detected through adequate pre-natal testing. Common early detection tests can look for the following birth defects:
- Down syndrome;
- Chromosomal abnormalities;
- Sickle cell anemia;
- Abdominal wall defects;
- Spina bifida;
- Tay-Sachs disease; and
- Cystic fibrosis, among others.
While most people do not want to undergo a surgical procedure, steroid injection, or a hospitalization, it is often very necessary in certain instances. However, routine medical procedures can result in nerve damage to a certain area of a person’s body as a result of a medical error.
Some instances where a person may suffer from nerve damage is as follows:
- Giving vaginal birth;
- Having a cesarean section;
- A cosmetic elective procedure;
- Chiropractic visit; and
- Emergency surgery, among others.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for regulating medical devices in order to ensure the safety of the public. However, sometimes defective equipment or instruments pose a dangerous outcome, regardless of the FDA’s stringent approval process. Furthermore, most often cases involving a defective medical device have a medical malpractice component. In New Jersey, a physician has a duty to a patient to provide adequate and competent care. Even if a medical device is defective, an error that occurs as a result of the doctor’s failure will give rise to a medical malpractice claim. Continue reading “Defective Medical Devices May Result In Compensation from the Manufacturer”
Recently, a woman died from an abortion at 25 weeks gestation. The woman bled to death after leaving the clinic. Prior to leaving the clinic, the woman collapsed on the bathroom floor. However, physicians still allowed her to go home. On her way home, the woman became unconscious. The driver of the vehicle called 911. However, when the ambulance arrived the woman was pronounced dead. After the woman’s death, the physician pled guilty to criminally negligent homicide. In this instance, the doctor had severed the patient’s uterine aorta, pierced the uterine wall, and tore her cervix. Continue reading “A Botched Abortion Can Result in Death”
The failure to diagnose diabetes can result in serious or fatal consequences. Diabetes is a problem with the body’s ability to process the hormone insulin. The pancreas is the organ responsible for releasing the hormone insulin to assist the body in using and regulating sugars and fats from the food that a person consumes. When a person’s insulin response is impaired, it may result in either too little insulin production or too much. This results in low or high levels of glucose. Continue reading “Diabetes Can Have Fatal Consequences If Left Untreated or Mismanaged”
If someone you love has taken his or her life, it may be a result of a medical professional’s failure to diligently diagnose or report a medical issue. An experienced attorney can assist you in seeking justice against a medical professional for his or her delay in reporting or properly evaluating the condition.
According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), suicide is a leading cause of death in the United States. According to the data, males are four times more likely to take their life than females, accounting for 77 percent suicides in the United States. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, most suicides involve those with a history of mental illness, substance abuse, or prior history of attempted suicide. Continue reading “Medical Malpractice May Have Caused Your Loved One’s Suicide”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are approximately 800,000 needle stick injuries each year. The long-term effects of these injuries can be fatal if exposed to an infectious disease. The most common needle injuries occur from:
- Hypodermic needles;
- Blood collection needles; and
Intravenous (IV) needles.