Birth injuries include a wide range of nerve and spinal cord trauma due to various mechanical forces during labor and delivery, leading to neurodevelopment impairment. Erb’s Palsy or Erb-Duchenne Palsy is a form of brachial plexus birth palsy. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, this traumatic birth injury occurs in one or two of every thousand newborns. The cause of this disability is attributed to a poorly performed delivery by an obstetrician or midwife, an act of medical negligence. Risk factors include a large baby, a breech presentation, prolonged delivery, or the use of obstetrical tools. When excessive force and other mechanisms are used to pull the baby from the birth canal, the baby’s neck can be excessively stretched, damaging the arm’s brachial nerves.
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An emergency or elective surgical procedure is a stressful life event. A patient’s hope is for a speedy and pain-free recovery with no complications. Unfortunately, in some cases of medical negligence, there can be significant surgical errors that result in prolonged hospital stays, additional surgeries, and sometimes death. One of many reasons that patients file medical malpractice lawsuits is for the unintended retention of surgical instruments. Despite the means available to prevent these occurrences, foreign objects staying behind after surgery continue to be a significant problem. When medical personnel inadvertently leave surgical tools or sponges in patients, it can result in various health issues or fatalities. Surgical instruments may be left behind due to human error, distractions, or unexpected emergencies during surgery. Some retained surgical instruments can go undetected for years if they cause no problems and may be discovered by accident.
Hospital-acquired infections, also known as nosocomial infections, are contracted by patients in healthcare institutions such as hospitals, long-term care facilities, outpatient surgical centers, and physicians’ offices. Transmission of infections may also occur to employees of these facilities. Infections are caused by pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. They are spread to patients, often through invasive treatments, unsafe needle practices, blood transfusions, and medical device placement. Examples of high-risk procedures that can transmit pathogens include the placement of central lines, urinary catheters, ventilator usage, and all types of surgical interventions.
January is recognized annually as National Blood Donation Month. The goal is to increase donations for lifesaving blood supplies to improve the health or save the lives of those in need. The American Red Cross reports that approximately 13,000 blood donations are needed daily to keep the blood supply ready and available to hospitals and clinics across the country. While blood donations are purported to be the gift of life, there are risks and complications caused by improper blood transfusions. Negligent handling, preparing, or administering a blood transfusion can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. In cases of harm resulting from improper blood transfusions, an experienced personal injury attorney can advocate for the patient’s legal rights or their families.
As you continue to deal with the ever-mounting debt that you have accumulated, it may feel as though you can physically feel the weight of these debts. Having outstanding balances can lead to quite a bit of stress and even if you want to get your financial affairs in order, you may have very little money to spare when it comes to paying down or paying off your balances.