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Medical Malpractice Suits Curb the Threat of Bankruptcy

Posted by on Sep 21, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Working as a medical professional is a high pressure job for numerous reasons. Not only is the well-being of their patient largely dependent upon their knowledge and actions, but they are also held accountable by insurance and pharmaceutical bureaucracies. Insurance agencies can help curb high surgical and prescription costs for patients. However, whenever a patient needs constant attention the cost of medical costs can be financially crippling. Patients who have been the victim of medical malpractice are often entitled to financial compensation in order to help curb medical costs, even bankruptcy. Medical malpractice happens when the accepted quality of medical care hasn’t been met, causing injury or wrongful death to the patient. “Accepted quality of care” means to say that most reasonable doctors would agree that the care offered to the patient was adequate and competent.

Some common forms of medical malpractice include, but are not limited to, wrong diagnosis, delayed treatment, improper treatment, lack of informed consent, surgical errors, emergency room errors, pharmaceutical errors, wrongful death, and hospital negligence. These are often mistakes that no reasonable hospital should make. Imagine the amount of neglect that would have to occur for a person to make a mistake as heinous as amputating the wrong limb from a patient or prescribing the wrong medication.

The Texas Medical Board allows Texas patients to report medical incidents and research physicians’ history. The intention of the Texas Medical Board is to keep the Texas health industry accountable so that the public can make informed decisions about their healthcare. At their meetings, based on reported violations, the board administers disciplinary action against doctors. These disciplinary actions span from suspensions, revocations, cease and desist orders, orders due to impairment, inadequate medical recording, criminal behavior, quality of care orders, and non-therapeutic prescribing. In the fall of 2013, 41 doctors spanning across the state were disciplined. The most common disciplinarian action taken by the Texas Medical Board is to hand out quality of care orders.

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Cerebral Palsy & Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Sep 3, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Nearly three out of every one-thousand babies born in the United States are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a term given to a large group of disorders that primarily affect motor skills. Less commonly, cerebral palsy affects brain function. However, in the cases where cognition is affected, the patient faces a more severe and rehabilitation-intensive life.

The different types of cerebral palsy are spastic, dyskinetic, ataxic, athetoid, hypnotic, and mixed. Of the different types of cerebral palsy, spastic cerebral palsy is the most common, occurring in nearly seventy percent of all cases. Typically, the most prevalent symptom of spastic cerebral palsy is muscle tightness. Nerve receptors in the spine are unable to receive brain signaling which then leads to muscle tightness or spasm.

While exact factors and causes for cerebral palsy can be difficult to understand for medical professionals, it is widely considered to be a congenital disease. Premature infants are at a higher risk in developing cerebral palsy as they are often more vulnerable to respiratory complications. Asphyxia, hypoxia of the brain, can be linked closely to the development of cerebral palsy.

In addition to birthing complications, the development of cerebral palsy can sometimes be detected before the child’s birth. In the cases where early prevention could occur, the development of cerebral palsy can often be linked to medical malpractice. According to the website of Massachusetts injury lawyers Crowe & Mulvey, LLP, common medical malpractice mistakes are misdiagnosis, late diagnosis, surgical errors, and anesthesia errors. Medical negligence can have enduring consequences like birth defects or and conditions such as cerebral palsy. Families are entitled to monetary benefits if the doctors are responsible for birthing problems.

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