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In cases of quadriplegia, your doctor could be to blame

The loss of sensation and control in a bodily limb is unconscionable for most. Yet, paralysis is an international medical concern. Spinal cord damage resulting in the paralyzation of a limb can vary significantly in severity. However, the higher an injury is on your spine, the more serious the effects will be.

Quadriplegia, or Tetraplegia, causes you to lose functioning in all four limbs as well as your torso. This disabling condition often increases the risks of additional medical attention for chronic pain or breathing difficulties, among other health concerns.

Cerebral palsy can stem from clinical negligence

Parents want a safe and healthy birth for their kids. Sadly, your child could still get a congenital disability at the hands of experienced medical professionals. One of the most common injuries babies can get during birth is cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy causes both physical and cognitive delays that can make living a normal existence challenging. According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is one of the most common disabilities in the United States; approximately 323 kids have it. Children with cerebral palsy are also more likely to suffer from other comorbid conditions.

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.

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