Thursday, April 30, 2015
Gestational diabetes is a complication during pregnancy that may result in delivery problems because of macrosomia, maternal pre-eclampsia, and neonatal hypoglycemia. According to Nursing in Practice, “It is important for primary care providers, including practice nurses, to be up-to-date with current diagnostic criteria, treatment and management of these (pregnant) women to reduce adverse outcomes.” Failure to detect gestational diabetes and to prescribe ways to counter their negative effects may be considered malpractice, and skilled New York birth injury lawyers can help those who have suffered for this reason. Thousands of pregnant women are affected by gestational diabetes. It is quite a common occurrence in pregnancy that, if left unchecked, may result in a number of medical complications for both the mother and the child. Early identification of women with gestational diabetes can help prevent further risks and long-term complications.
A lawsuit was filed against a physician, the assistant, and the hospital where a child was born and treated because of an alleged negligence and failure to identify jaundice in time. This led to the newborn child developing a condition called kernicterus. The case against the physician and hospital was successful, and the jury verdict was $6.25 million. An experienced New York birth injury attorney can help out in similar cases in New York City and surrounding areas. Kernicterus is a serious condition and a very rare type of brain damage that newborns experience. It happens when bilirubin, a substance in the blood, goes up to abnormally high levels. If left unchecked, it can cause long-term brain damage, sometimes even permanent. The condition is caused by another condition called jaundice, which is itself a quite common condition in newborns and appears as a yellow tint to the whites of the eyes of a baby as well as to the skin.
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
According to a recently concluded study, the moment a doctor lends a hand in administering too much antibiotics to his pregnant patient, this could get him in big trouble—at least according to the researchers’ conclusions. If definitive proof is found, then a local New York birth injury lawyer may have a new job dimension at hand. The research conducted at two prestigious London universities analyzed more than 195,000 patient records, and found that over 64,000 of women have been prescribed with antibiotics to combat some illnesses during their pregnancy. Two antibiotics were put in the spotlight, namely penicillin and macrolides.
Birth injuries and the damages they bring are compelling, yet perfectly preventable. As it turns out, they’re also curable—provided the doctors know where to look.Unfortunately, the medical staff which tended to a Pennsylvania-based mother and her baby haven’t been knowledgeable enough. The mother was presented to the nearest medical facility for contractions, which were later found to be excessive—a condition known as tachystole. Despite her situation, the staff administered her with Pitocin, a drug used to induce contractions. Continued augmentation of Pitocin was apparent even though the mother is already experiencing much more contractions than normal. Hours passed and the baby’s heartrate slowed, and there was also hypoxia (oxygen deprivation). These situations required a C-section delivery done promptly, but the staff failed to do so.
Birth injuries can be debilitating, and at times, even fatal. This is the main reason an experienced New York birth injury lawyer does what he does, to ensure that negligent parties are held responsible for their lackadaisical performance in overseeing a birth. A certain mother from Florida was one of the unlucky ones who got paired with “incompetent” attending physicians. As soon as she began experiencing contractions, she went to the hospital and got admitted. The medical staff then administered a few examinations and found out that her infant’s heart rate is fluctuating down with moderate variability from its baseline. The first doctor who examined her classified the heart rate fluctuations as Category I, which is considered normal.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
One of the threats in New York highways is truck driver fatigue, as reported in WPIX. According to the report, there were 94 recorded fatalities in New York in 2013 due to tractor trailer crashes. The national figure was even more alarming: almost 4,000 fatalities in 2013. The annual average for fatalities arising from tractor trailer accidents is 4,500. In non-fatal crashes, many of those involved in such an accident suffer serious injuries, while almost all such accidents lead to property damage and productivity loss.
Monday, April 27, 2015
A construction worker fatality occurred in New York at the Barclays Center in a report by CBS New York dated February 24, 2015. The construction worker was part of the team installing the environment-friendly roof of the Barclays Center. He was hit by one or more steel joists that rolled off from the truck. The worker’s identity has not been released yet. Greenland Forest City Partners, the Barclay Center development venture, stated that the accident was undergoing investigation.
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Children’s Tylenol maker has agreed to plead guilty of knowingly selling painkillers for infant and children that contained metal particles. This is according to a report by RT America. The drug in question contained chromium, iron, and nickel and may also have contained more than the specified amount of the active drug ingredient. The manufacturing company has started a voluntary recall in 2010.
A total of three people were injured in a 2-car crash in Long Island according to a report posted on the website of News 10 ABC last February 26, 2015. One of the involved car’s passenger sustained serious injuries while the driver was free from any life-threatening injuries. The condition of the other vehicle’s (an SUV) driver, was unknown at the time. Authorities are still investigating the accident.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
Whether you’ve received injuries in a car accident or because of medical malpractice, you might feel overwhelmed as the medical bills continue to pile up. You are not completely helpless. You can take legal action to get justice for the injuries and any losses you might have suffered due to the accident. A reputable Long Island personal injury attorney can provide you with helpful advice so that you may receive just compensation.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Truck accidents are one of the most fatal unfortunate events that could happen on the road. You see it on the news, read it in the paper and even watch it portrayed in popular media. Throughout the U.S., there are many victims of collisions involving an 18-wheeler truck, sometimes called a semi or a big rig. If you’re a victim of truck accidents and have been severely injured, you can do something about it by hiring an experienced personal injury attorney in Bronx such as The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein.
According to Drug Watch, a dedicated source of information on defective drugs and their harmful effects, almost half of the United States’ population take at least one prescription drug per day. That establishes the prescription drug industry as one of the highest grossing industries in America, worth at least $234 billion in the 21st century. However successful this industry is, there is no denying that many people suffer from the damaging side effects of some of these drugs. If you are a victim of defective drugs, you would need the help of a Bronx personal injury attorney to make a claim.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
As in most personal injury or tort lawsuits, the burden of proof often lies on the plaintiff in a Traumatic Brain Injury case. Arguing the case is relatively easy when the extent of the injury is evident, such as in cases where there’s obvious physical damage. There are times, however, when symptoms appear mild, yet are just as potentially dangerous, and the evidentiary issues become more challenging for the Brooklyn personal injury lawyer. Several steps may need to be taken to help strengthen a TBI case.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Traumatic brain injury (TBI), also known as head trauma or concussion, is an injury that results in damage to the scalp, skull, or brain. In America, there are about 52,000 who die from TBI each year, and more than 5 million suffering from it who have become highly dependent on others for their daily activities. The injury usually occurs from accidents at work, traffic, unkempt premises, during recreational activities, etc. When caused by the negligence of others, people suffering from TBI can get the help of a Bronx, NY personal injury lawyer to seek compensation from the person or entity at fault
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Having sustained injuries from an accident involving a truck, you may be tempted to take the first settlement being offered to you by the defendants’ insurance company. An experienced personal injury attorney in Brooklyn, NY would strongly advise against this. Why? Because insurance companies generally offer the lowest possible settlement at the onset, which may turn out to not even be enough to support you until full recovery. Know that regardless of the intimidating “take it or leave it” stance adjusters employ, the fact that they’re offering a settlement could mean they are trying to pre-empt a higher one. You can strengthen your claim with the help of a personal injury lawyer adept in handling truck accident cases. Keep in mind that insurance companies are well-versed at negotiating for a settlement that’s highly favorable to them, so talking with them without an attorney by your side may only cause you to undervalue your claim.
The sick often pursue medical assistance in hospitals to receive proper treatment for their condition. The problem is: some of the medical apparatuses used in hospitals may be defective to the point that they could exacerbate the patient’s condition, or worse. These occur due to negligence, medical expense cutbacks, or even failure to evaluate equipment prior to including it in their facilities.
Monday, April 20, 2015
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) of the United States government has been strictly regulating the Indian pharmaceutical industry due to continuous drug violations. In The American Bazaar’s report last August 2014, another Indian pharmaceutical company, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, allegedly violated packaging rules for some of their manufactured prescription drugs exported to the United States from 2008 to 2012.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) report published in the LA Times, roughly 950 hospitals nationwide recorded an increase of 3.6% in their emergency departments’ patient visits during the years 2006 to 2010. Corollary to this, patients who visited hospitals’ ERs requesting for necessary treatments for their traumatic brain injuries simultaneously grew by 29.1%. JAMA researchers analyzed this development in the industry and stated, “There may be an actual increase in the number of head injuries suffered by patients, or the figures may be a sign that Americans are taking these injuries more seriously and getting treatment for things they would have blown off in the past.”
Sunday, April 19, 2015
When it comes to medications and prescriptions, it’s important that patients get the desired effects from the drugs prescribed to them, lest their afflictions turn for the worse. Where prescription drugs have caused serious harm than relief, patients can—with the help of personal injury lawyers in Brooklyn—go after the manufacturers who produced the defective drugs. Under the Defective Drugs Law, a certain drug is considered defective when 1). It has been manufactured improperly (or if the drug has been contaminated in the process of manufacturing, thereby causing harm to people); 2). If the drug was manufactured correctly, although its side effects caused the harm or injury; and 3). If the drug had failed to sufficiently warn or provide sufficient instructions and recommendations for its use.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Alertness is one of the essential characteristics a driver must have whenever he is behind the wheel: driving a car requires you to be mindful of your surroundings, something you can’t do properly when you’re tired or sleepy. With countless lives claimed and vehicles damaged due to drowsy drivers, safety advocates everywhere had wasted little time in underscoring the importance of staying alert while driving, after recent studies conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the American Automobile Association, Inc. were brought to light.
Illnesses, even the smallest or the most minor of them, are often unforeseen and unpredictable, and may need immediate attention from a physician. This is where urgent care services come in: in the absence of your physician or doctor, urgent care services are given the authority to perform the most basic laboratory or x-ray services to tend to a patient’s minor injuries and ailments. However, even they are susceptible to mistakes and lapses in judgment, and you might need to contact a reliable Manhattan medical malpractice attorney once they commit grave and irreversible errors.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Plastic surgery has become quite popular nowadays; in the United States alone, you can expect 15.1 million cosmetic procedures happening in a single year. No matter how cosmetic a procedure is, however, it is still a medical procedure and there is a chance of a mistake happening. The best-case scenario is that the procedure left you with bad scarring or something cosmetic, and at worst, you may have to deal with something life-threatening like an infection or a blood clot. When something does go wrong, hiring an NYC medical malpractice attorney from firms like the Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein is your best chance of getting compensation for what happened.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
When people think of malpractice cases, they usually think only doctors are subject to it. Medical malpractice, however, covers all medical professionals and if your nurse was neglectful in their care of you and it led to serious harm, you can file a malpractice claim against them. Nonetheless, consulting with an experienced NY medical malpractice lawyer from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein should be done before you make and file a claim.
Doctors or other healthcare providers are not always as careful as they have to be. When this happens, lasting injuries and harm could happen to a patient. Filing a medical malpractice claim, however, is not a clear-cut method. Like all court cases, your case may fail. This is why you’ll want experienced NYC medical malpractice lawyers like those from The Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein to evaluate your case and determine if it has merit.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Filing a medical malpractice claim can be complicated. At the heart of this complication is the need to prove that the medical professional who treated you was neglectful and that neglect was the cause for your current disability or injury. To establish and prove this in court, however, you’ll need to hire the help of a Long Island medical malpractice lawyer. Here are the specific proofs or strong points that a malpractice case typically requires.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Surgical operations entrust the patient’s life wholly to the team’s skill and competency. While most surgical procedures in the United States go successful, incidents of medical errors sometimes lead to severe complications or even death. These errors may eventually lead to surgical malpractice claims. Cases of malpractice in New York mostly happens when the operation or procedure is conducted on the wrong part of the body, also known as the wrong site surgery (WSS). According to the American Joint Commission of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), administering the procedure to the wrong patient, or an overall erroneous procedure, also determines WSS. The “incorrect part of the body” may be defined further either as a mistake on the location of the surgery or the anatomical side.
Monday, April 13, 2015
Patients entrust their lives to health care providers treating their medical problems. However, an estimated thirty million medication errors are committed every year in the United States, according to the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF). Even with the right diagnosis, some cases of wrong medications lead to death. The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) established vital components highly influencing the medication use of patients, which include both staff and patient education of different prescriptions. Errors happen when the pharmacist or provider fails to provide the appropriate prescription due to confusion, or administers another patient’s medication instead. In these situations, immediately consult New York City medical malpractice lawyers to determine legal remedies for your child.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
A 2014 study says that, “At least one in 20 U.S. adults, or 12 million people yearly, may be misdiagnosed when they go to see their doctors”. In addition, researchers have estimated that approximately half of these cases can potentially lead to serious harm, such as when doctors fail to follow up on “red flags.” The study made use of information from a sample of doctors’ clinic visits and looked through hundreds of medical records to determine whether patients were misdiagnosed.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Surgery, by nature, is a risk. This is why some procedures are done only as a last resort if other treatments do not work out. In addition, there is the possibility of human error and negligence, which makes it that much riskier. Despite years of prevention efforts, there are still times when a surgeon operates on the wrong area of the body or, in extreme cases, even leaves surgical tools in his patient’s body. These cases are exactly why there is a need for victims to seek a skilled NYC medical malpractice attorney who can help them claim just compensation.
Delayed diagnosis claims are among the most common cases brought to the attention of a medical malpractice lawyer in Bronx and elsewhere. It is something that Washington Post correspondent Roni Caryn Rabin is surely knowledgeable about—it happened to her mother, after all. Rabin’s mother, Pauline, began exhibiting what was earlier thought to be signs of conventional dementia: losing her sense of balance, walking with an odd gait, and repeated falling. It took nearly 10 years for doctors to get the condition right. Pauline Rabin was actually suffering from a condition known as normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)—the effects of which may have advanced far enough in the 10 years of the diagnostic process, that some damage may have become irreversible.
Friday, April 10, 2015
Cerebral palsy is a debilitating condition, and, if related to a birth injury, is also one of the most common conditions dealt with by experienced New York birth injury lawyers. What’s heartbreaking is that the condition is widespread: about one in every 278 U.S. children have some type of the disease, with 30% of patients having seizure disorders, as well. On top of it all, proper care of a cerebral palsy patient may require about $6 million or even more for the individual’s entire lifetime. That’s a legitimate reason why the family of an eight-year-old girl fought for rightful compensation from the hospital that treated the mother, subsequently settling for a $2.82 million settlement. The lawsuit which the family filed was levied on the grounds that the mother experienced a relatively problem-free pregnancy until near its end, when she was admitted to the hospital after suffering from four days of unusual bleeding.
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Among the many cases an experienced New York birth injury attorney handles are those involving Erb’s Palsy. A case recently filed in South Carolina demonstrates how medical negligence might have resulted in Erb’s Palsy. A mother in South Carolina was found during prenatal exams to exhibit polyhydramnios—or excessive amniotic fluid around the baby. At a later examination, the medical staff saw a “need for labor precautions”. When the mother was admitted to the facility for labor, the doctor administered Pitocin to induce labor. The mother manifested hypertonic contractions, and the baby was found to have an excessively accelerated heart rate. Throughout the labor, higher dosages of Pitocin were administered, and the mother was never presented with the option of a C-section.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported a drop in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) charges in 2014, according to the latest statistics. From FY 2013's total of 25,957, FY 2014 saw a 2.27-percent drop to 25,369. Around 96 percent of the total number of cases in FY 2014 were resolved, of which 62 percent were via no reasonable cause, meaning the EEOC found no evidence of discrimination. The difficulty to find employment is one of the painful realities persons with disability, including adults with cerebral palsy (CP) have to go through. CP manifests differently in every individual. While there are those who can express themselves verbally or walk on their own, there are others who would need advanced communication gadgets, mobility aids, and/or assistance from another person.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
It's the duty of every driver to ensure the safety of his or her passengers through safe driving and common courtesy. One New York cabbie, however, dismissed common courtesy altogether. CBS New York reported last February of an incident involving a woman, more than eight months pregnant, who had been forcibly pulled from a cab because she didn’t have cash; however, she offered to pay by credit card but she was told the cabbie’s credit card reader was broken. Despite her offer to stop for cash at a Brooklyn ATM, the cabbie pulled over, pulled the would-be mother out of the cab, and drove away. Surveillance cameras nearby caught the entire scene.
Despite the long-time ban on the practice of shackling pregnant women before, during, and after labor, a recent report states that some prisons are still doing this. Tamar Kraft-Solar, director of the Women in Prison Project (WIPP), told the Huffington Post that 23 of the 27 pregnant inmates that the WIPP interviewed are still being shackled after the law took effect. Some of the facilities visited by the WIPP include Bedford Hills, Albion, Taconic, and Edgecombe.