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Medical Malpractice

HIE Birth Injuries: Infant Cooling & Medical Malpractice

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Among the most traumatic and heartbreaking birth injuries is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. HIE is a serious medical condition in which a lack of oxygen to the brain due to insufficient blood flow can lead to brain injury and other organ damage in infants during the perinatal period, which is directly before or after birth. 1 Current medical protocols for HIE birth injury treatment in specific clinical cases include infant "whole body cooling," a form of induced hypothermia.2 The goal of the procedure is to reduce cases of death and disability due to HIE birth injuries. It requires that several...

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Richard “Bo” Sharp Recovers The Largest FTCA Medical Malpractice Settlement in Florida

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On the heels of winning a $33.8 Million medical malpractice verdict that was the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in the State of Florida in 2017, Richard "Bo" Sharp was lead council for the recovery of a 2022 Medical Malpractice Settlement of $12 Million. This settlement represents the largest FTCA medical malpractice settlement in Florida and one of the largest FTCA settlements, of any type (if not the largest), that has been recovered in the State of Florida. In this case, a negligent nurse midwife fails to recognize medical emergency indicated by decelerations in unborn baby’s fetal heart rate and also fails to notify...

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Birth Injury Lawyers For Skull Fractures & HIE

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Among the numerous types of birth injuries are those involving skull fractures. These types of birth injuries are often the result of deliveries that require the use of forceps, vacuum extraction, and/or other instrument-related delivery.1They may or may not involve intracranial injury. In addition, they may result in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a serious form of brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation in the brain.2 Treatment for birth injury skull fractures can include3: Oxygen for breathing supportInterior skull pressure monitoring in a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)Blood pressure and heart monitoringIntravenous medications and fluidsReduction of brain swellingSurgeryRehabilitation Unlike many other types of birth...

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Birth Asphyxia and the Newborn Heart

Birth Asphyxia

Asphyxia is a condition in which insufficient blood flow to the brain results in the brain not receiving enough oxygen.1 When this type of oxygen deprivation results in what is known as birth asphyxia in newborns, it can cause damage not only to the brain (in the form of a serious condition known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE), but also to multiple other organs. This multiple-organ damage can involve the lungs, liver, kidneys, and heart.2 With specific regard to the heart, infants with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may have both cardiovascular damage and related circulation problems. 3 Birth asphyxia can be...

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Birth Asphyxia and the Brain: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

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Birth asphyxia is oxygen deprivation that can result in muscle, liver, heart, and brain damage in newborns.1 A variety of conditions and situations can cause Birth asphyxia, from pregnancy to delivery and beyond. It can lead to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, also referred to as HIE, a serious and specifically brain-related birth injury. In cases of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral blood flow is disrupted and not enough oxygen is received by a baby's brain.2 Sadly, birth injuries due to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy often result in death or major long-term disabilities. Depending on the length of time a baby's brain is deprived of...

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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Birth Injuries: Causes

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Birth injuries in general are devastating. They can leave parents and families reeling with emotion and overwhelmed with questions, concerns, and additional new responsibilities. Having feelings of hurt, anger, and frustration combined with being overcome with learning about treatments and specialized care for a birth injury newborn can lead to exhaustion and more. Parents need support, resources, and guidance, and in most cases that involve birth injury medical malpractice negligence, legal help. Birth injuries related to hypoxia in particular are multi-faced, with the potential to occur before, during, or after birth. Hypoxic ischemic events can lead to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE),...

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Do You Have A Wrongful Death Case?

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If you have lost a loved one due to Wrongful Death, contact Mallard & Sharp, P.A. at 877.662.5527. As an experienced Miami Wrongful Death Lawyer, we understand the law and can help you get justice and recover the damages you deserve. Whether due to negligence, recklessness, or an intentional act, death is a devastating experience for families and loved ones. Having a lawyer from Mallard & Sharp can lessen the trauma associated with the mental, emotional, and financial stresses that are being faced during this unbelievably difficult time. Having support to help navigate the law is just the beginning. Florida laws contain...

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Medical Negligence Malpractice: Items Left Inside Surgical Patients

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Of the many forms of medical negligence malpractice are those that involve leaving procedure-related items inside of patients' bodies during surgeries. The numbers are shocking: according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists, every year between 4,500 and 6,000 U.S. patients have surgically retained foreign objects (called SRFOs) in their bodies after surgery.1 In instances in which this occurs, the result can be serious injury or death due to medical negligence malpractice. In some cases, SRFOs aren't detected for months or years. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, gauze sponges were cited as the most common surgical...

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Erring On The Side Of Malpractice: When Cautious Treatment Causes Harm

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For medical professionals, perhaps nothing is more ironic than when actions taken to avoid medical malpractice negligence actually cause it. Yet unnecessary testing and treatment occur constantly in the U.S. medical industry. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the National Academy of Medicine reports that unnecessary testing alone is performed to the tune of over $200 billion a year.1 Beyond the monetary implications of such actions is the potential for harm to patients.  Unnecessary testing can cause delays in medical care that in turn can result in improper treatment, advancement of illness, or even death. Further, unneeded treatment in itself can cause...

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Infant Birth Injuries Due To Vacuum-Assisted Delivery

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In a shift away from the use of forceps during vaginal births, vacuum-assisted delivery of babies has become more prevalent over the past 20 years.1 Unfortunately, this type of infant delivery carries a number of risks, including the potential development of neonatal intracranial hemorrhages, convulsions, or encephalopathy.2 Strict protocol must be adhered to in instances where vacuum-assisted delivery is the procedure of choice. When protocol is not followed, or is improperly implemented, short-term or permanent birth injury may result for the baby, the mother, or both. In situations involving provable medical malpractice negligence with regard to infant birth injuries caused...

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