In medical malpractice cases, permanent injury to the brain and spinal cord are often traced to one or a combination of three causes: compression due to swelling or pressure, lack of oxygen-rich blood to the brain or spinal cord (anoxia), and/or bleeding and hematomas.
What is Hyponatremia? Hyponatremia is a medical condition that develops when the level of sodium in your blood is too low compared to the amount
Evaluating A Potential Medical Malpractice Case Involving A Heart Attack Regrettably, too many patients and their families suffer after delays in diagnosis or treatment of
Many medical malpractice lawsuits result from delays in diagnosing and treating patients suffering acute compartment syndrome. Compartment syndrome is an emergency medical condition that can result in paralysis, limb loss or death, if not treated in time.
How much do you trust your doctor’s prescriptions? A lot? Great, that is ideal. Now – how much do you trust his handwriting? How much
Nearly everyone who visits a medical facility experiences errors, inconvenience, or aggravations at some point in time. Most of these create a minor annoyance. You
Radiology malpractice is more common than many people realize. Over 80 million radiology examinations are performed in the United States every year, including Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT or CAT scan), Positron Emission Tomography (PET scan), and x-ray studies also known as plain radiographs. Given the immense volume of imaging studies and high expectations on radiologists to interpret those studies with speed and accuracy, it’s no surprise radiology is the eighth most common medical specialty to be implicated in a medical malpractice claim.
In the hectic environment of the emergency department, rapid diagnosis and emergent management of life-threatening conditions must occur. In the patient with acute chest pain and an EKG concerning for an ST segment elevation myocardial infarction STEMI, the diagnosis and treatment is generally straightforward. National guidelines recommend emergent reperfusion with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or fibrinolytic therapy. Unfortunately, the potential for patient harm is high when acute aortic dissection causes an acute coronary syndrome and produces ischemic EKG changes.
Many patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) lack overt chest pain or pressure and present to the emergency room with “atypical” signs and symptoms. As a result, the emergency provider may fail to consider the diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome, leading to a greater risk of serious injury or patient death. This article examines atypical symptoms of ACS in an effort to reduce instances of medical negligence or malpractice.
Every 4 Seconds There’s a Car Accident in Pennsylvania. This means that you have a 1 in 41 chance of being involved in a car accident – and you need to be prepared for what to do when a car crash happens.
Follow these 6 steps after your car accident, and you will significantly improve your chances of a positive recovery.
Osteomyelitis and discitis are infections of the spine. These diseases are rare, but can lead to serious and permanent neurological injuries, including severe pain, paralysis or difficulties walking. Unfortunately, the diagnosis of discitis or osteomyelitis is often delayed by health care providers, because the primary symptom of discitis and osteomyelitis is the very non-specific complaint of back pain.
Nail salons can be the source of bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other infectious agents including hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Patrons can contract these biologic hazards from salons that re-use utensils and instruments without properly cleaning them between patrons or ineffectively clean equipment. Bacteria and fungus from unclean nail tools can contribute to other serious conditions such as thrombophlebitis, osteomyelitis, and sepsis which require extensive and expensive medical attention to treat or cure.