Many Arizona patients trust their doctors and healthcare professionals when they need medical care or surgery. As technology continues to advance, more tools, including machines, are becoming available to assist in surgeries and other procedures. However, there are questions arising over who is legally responsible when machines or other technology results in a misdiagnosis or other harm.
Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by abnormal brain development or a serious brain injury during the early development of a baby's cerebrum. The condition can be seriously disabling for those who suffer from it, as it can negatively affect the individual's ability to control the muscles of the body that are in charge of movement, posture and speech.
Neonatal brachial plexus palsy is a type of injury that infants may sustain during birth in an Arizona hospital. It is a type of shoulder injury that happens when the baby's shoulders are stretched in a head-first delivery or pulled to the side. It may also happen if the baby's arms are raised and pressure is placed on them in a breech delivery.
Arizona residents should know that durotomy, a condition where the outer membrane of the spinal cord is torn, is a common and sometimes unavoidable side effect of spinal surgery. Most of the time, surgeons will recognize the issue and repair it during the surgery. However, the dural tears sometimes go unnoticed or reopen after surgery. The complications resulting from this can prompt many patients to file medical malpractice claims.
Sepsis and septic shock are potentially life-threatening complications that can arise from an infection. When an infection in the body goes untreated or mistreated, sepsis can set in and trigger inflammatory reactions throughout the body. These reactions can damage multiple organs and result in system failure when not treated promptly.
Medical malpractice errors range from the subtle to the shocking. However, the facts alleged in one recently filed claim might leave Arizona readers especially puzzled.
The nightmare scenario for Arizona residents coming out of surgery is realizing that they have received the wrong operation or that their situation is worse than before because of a mistake on the part of the surgeon. Thankfully, major mistakes only make up .03 percent of all operations in the United States. That being said, standards should be in place to make sure that mistakes of these kind never happen.