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April 2017 Archives

Infection, wrong-site surgery and other surgical errors

Surgery always carries some degree of risk. When an Arizona medical professional is careless or negligent, that risk might arise and cause significant harm to a patient. For example, surgery could be done on the wrong organ or the wrong limb. Potentially less serious errors could still have a devastating effect. Furthermore, a surgical error might not even be made by a human. Increasingly, robots are used in surgery, and while they may make fewer mistakes overall, there is still a possibility for error.

Health officials call for disclosure of hospital inspections

Arizona patients and their family members only have limited access to information about inspections at hospitals, especially investigations of medical errors. Private accreditation companies perform inspections at close to 90 percent of U.S. hospitals instead of state or federal government officials. Proposed regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services call for the release of confidential reports prepared by private accreditors.

Brachial plexus birth injuries

Many Arizona expectant parents await the birth of their children anxiously because of the risk of complications or a birth injury. A difficult birth or breech birth increases the chance of a neonatal brachial plexus palsy injury occurring. When this happens, the nerves in the shoulder experience damage. It could happen when an infant's shoulders go through the birth canal and the head and neck get yanked to one side. Strain on the shoulders during delivery causes the condition as well. Although Cesarean deliveries usually take place instead of allowing a breech delivery to progress, a breech birth can also place pressure on an infant's shoulders and result in an injury.

Parents to file medical malpractice suit after child's death

Arizona parents might wonder whether routine surgery could be dangerous or present a risk of medical malpractice. For example, a tonsillectomy is usually a safe, routine procedure that more than half a million children undergo each year. However, in Detroit, a 9-year-old girl died during a tonsillectomy, and it is expected that her family will file a medical malpractice and wrongful death lawsuit.

Doctor Intoxication and Medical Malpractice

Given their medical knowledge regarding the effects of drug and alcohol intoxication, it is rather shocking to discover that some doctors take the risk of treating patients while under the influence. Medical mistakes due to doctor intoxication can run the gamut from missed diagnoses, to incorrect prescriptions, to poorly performed procedures that cause short and long-term harm. It is important to understand this issue, and to get the help of a qualified attorney if you believe you or a loved one suffered due to an impaired physician.

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