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Common Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Negligence

The Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 30% of birth injuries are preventable. Sadly, medical negligence is one of the leading causes of birth injuries in the United States. A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), determined the following to be the most common types of birth injuries due to medical negligence:

Can a Doctor be Held Liable for an Opioid Overdose?

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for headache-1540220_1920.jpgPatients undergoing major surgery or those dealing with chronic pain are often prescribed opioid medications. These opioids have given rise to a crisis of massive proportions. Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are increasing dramatically. And according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of all fatal opioid overdoses involve a prescription. Furthermore, for every one of these opioid overdose death, experts estimate nearly 130 people abuse or have a dependency on these drugs.

Medical Malpractice Can Cause Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that results from damage to the brain. CP can lead to problems with movement, posture and muscle coordination. Additionally, CP can shorten the lifespan of a child and require that the child have around the clock care.

Surgical Mistakes that Should Never Happen But Often Do

surgery-880584_1280.jpgAbout 80 times each week, patients undergoing surgery experience mistakes that safety advocates say never should happen. They're called "Never Events," but these events are happening far too often and costing patients significant pain and suffering. The types of surgery errors being made include:

Are Surgery Centers Safe? New Studies Say They Are Not

An investigation by the USA Today Network and Kaiser Health News has uncovered evidence that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after outpatient procedures at surgery centers across the country. Dozens of people - including children as young as two - have died after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.

Medical Errors Reported To Be The Third Leading Cause Of Death In U.S.

The third leading cause of death in the United Sates may come from those you trust the most. A new study published in The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) found that medical errors may cause over 250,000 deaths a year in the United State alone. Topped only by heart disease and cancer, these errors by medical professionals include diagnostic errors, surgical errors, infection, medication errors, communication breakdowns, failure to perform the necessary tests and even healthcare worker fatigue. The findings were created from studies done at Johns Hopkins Medicine starting in 1999.

The "August Effect" - Medical Malpractice Anomaly Or Dangerous Time To Go To A Hospital?

Researchers around the world continue to look into what drives a dangerous issue in medicine: the "August Effect." It has been found that the month of August is the most dangerous time for hospital patients, as morbidity and mortality rates seemingly increase in August. The concern is whether or not this is a malpractice issue related to junior doctors taking over more responsibility as the summer ends, due to residency and internship start and changeover times, or some other systemic problem. One study in England found that the cause of the "August Effect" was not junior doctors, but that possible likely factors are: errors, poor prioritization, and omissions. This is a scary scenario and something that personal injury lawyers who handle medical malpractice cases are monitoring closely. Hospitals need to be a place where patients feel safe and are taken care of by qualified, skilled doctors, nurses, and administrative personnel. Patients cannot be the victims of budget cuts, over worked staff, or other issues that are not their fault. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or bad outcome as a result of any type of medical negligence by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other medical provider, you should contact a skilled personal injury attorney with experience in medical malpractice cases. The law in Illinois for medical malpractice matters is very technical and different from that pertaining to other personal injury matters, such as car accidents, slip and fall injuries, and the like. Only a qualified personal injury lawyer can properly advise you about a potential medical malpractice case.

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