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Medical malpractice claims and negligence: What you need to know.

Victims of medical malpractice often build their legal claim on the theory of negligence. Negligence, in its most basic form, involves the accusation that someone did not take proper care while doing something. In a medical malpractice claim, the victim takes it a step further, stating that the failure to act with care resulted in a serious injury or death.

When it comes to determining negligence, the legal world has a much more complex definition of the term. Two of the more common examples that can come to play in a medical malpractice case include vicarious negligence and gross negligence.

How can quadriplegia result from medical malpractice?

Quadriplegia is a seriously debilitating condition characterized by loss of sensation and function in all four limbs and the torso. It affects every area of an individual’s life as the individual will need medical and motor assistance to perform almost any basic task. Quadriplegia also greatly affects the mental and emotional wellbeing of patients. The loss of freedom can be devastating.

It would be even more tragic, however, if the paralysis resulted not from brain or spinal injury—the most common cause—but from doctor error. Sadly, this does happen. When it does, it is medical malpractice and actionable by law.

Group B strep: harmless to adults, but dangerous for newborns

When you think of the strep bacteria, you probably think about strep throat. While this sickness is uncomfortable, you probably would not be too worried if a doctor diagnosed you with it. Bacteria like streptococcus may present little threat to adults with fully functioning immune systems, but they can present a grave threat to infants whose immune systems are not yet able to protect them. One variety of the streptococcus bacteria is especially risky for little ones.

Group B strep is not the type of streptococcus bacteria that causes strep throat. About a quarter of adult women in America carry this bacterium in their bodies. Unlike Group A strep, which causes strep throat, Group B strep presents such a little threat to adults that a mother-to-be may not even realize she is carrying this bacterium. However, if an expectant mother is carrying Group B strep, the bacteria can infect her baby during birth and cause the baby serious harm.

Strokes have an unfortunate history of misdiagnosis

A hospital is a place where problems are discovered, diagnosed, and treated. With a bevy of medical professionals staffing its halls, most patients believe that a doctor’s orders are sacrosanct and whatever they say goes. But the fact of the matter is that doctors can make errors. And sometimes those errors yield deadly results.

Errors don’t even come exclusively with obscure conditions. For instance, strokes can happen to people from all walks and stages of life. It’s the primary cause of serious disability and death in the United States, and it has an unfortunate history of misdiagnosis. Which is unfortunate, not only because it can be debilitating, but also because surviving a stroke means there’s still a greater chance of a second stroke coming later. So why does it end up getting misdiagnosed?

What is the APGAR score for newborns?

Whether you are pregnant and learning all you can about childbirth or if you’ve recently delivered a baby, you may have heard of the APGAR Score. It sounds a little intimidating, but it’s simply a quick evaluation of newborns.

Medical professionals conduct the evaluation twice – one minute after birth and again at five minutes after birth – and is a quick way for medical professionals to determine if a baby appears healthy. If a newborn does not score well, further medical care may be necessary.

How do infants break their collarbones during delivery?

You place a great deal of trust in the person you choose to deliver your child. Whether it is your first child or your fourth, you entrust your life and the life of your unborn child to this person. The person you choose should be knowledgeable and experienced to deliver your child with as few complications as possible.

One way to prevent birth injuries like broken infant collarbones is to identify risk factors ahead of time. Infants are susceptible to broken bones, but some may be preventable.

Without a proper oxygen supply, this birth injury comes into play

In hospital delivery rooms, emotions often run high. Childbirth can be a stressful yet joyous occasion. Bringing new life into the world is a complicated process, one that makes a mother and father grateful for the presence of trained medical personnel in the room. Because while emotions may be running high, there's a sense of safety, right?

Well, the fact of the matter is that mistakes and errors can occur. You'd think that in a delivery room they'd be prepared for any and all situations, but complications do arise. And when a "quick fix" isn't so easy, birth injuries become all the more likely. One such birth injury is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

One hospital provides three examples of medical malpractice

The need for medical care can come at any point in life. We, as patients and those who support loved ones who need medical care, expect quality care. We do not expect negligent and reckless actions by medical professionals to result in injuries. When this is the case, a medical malpractice case could exist.

Early lung cancer detection crucial for survival

No one ever wants to hear that they have cancer. Yet, most would like to know as soon as possible so that they could receive treatment. Survival rates are far better for lung cancer patients in the early stages, yet doctors only diagnose roughly one-eighth of all lung cancer cases before the disease spreads to other parts of the body.

Clearly, early detection is especially important when it comes to lung cancer. Yet, doctors often make diagnoses after the disease’s most treatable stages. Why is this? There is one possible reason.

What are five symptoms of placental abruption?

Expectant parents anxiously and excitedly await the day when their little one will arrive. While pregnancy and the birth of a baby should be an exciting and joyous time, it can quickly turn stressful and difficult if pregnancy complications arise.

The March of Dimes cites that placental abruption only affects about one out of 100 women. However, it is a serious complication that could have catastrophic consequences.

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