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Medical Malpractice

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)

Birth asphyxia

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?

wrongful death lawsuit

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

Medical Negligence Malpractice

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

Malpractice

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

infant birth injuries

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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Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence: 7 Potential Case Arenas

Florida Medical Malpractice Negligence

From the point of professional assessment to the point of cure, improvement, or repair in situations involving illness or injury, Florida medical malpractice negligence can occur. Individuals and entities alike may be involved in such occurrences. There are many potential scenarios in which malpractice or negligence can arise, the majority of which involve one or more of the 7 sections listed below. In Florida, the law defines medical malpractice negligence with relation to a breach of the prevailing medical standard of care.1 Breaches can occur in multiples and involve several parties at once. Here are 7 potential case arenas involving medical malpractice...

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Medication And Malpractice-Related Birth Injuries

malpractice-related birth injuries

Among the various types of medical malpractice-related birth injuries are those involving medications. Such birth injuries can result from overmedication, improper medication, or even a lack of medicating, and can occur at any stage from the onset of pregnancy to the postpartum "after-the-birth" phase. Mother, child, or both may be affected. For example, if a drug is prescribed for a pregnant woman and she has a known but overlooked contraindication to its use that results in harm to her and/or her unborn child or children, the result may be one or more medical malpractice-related birth injuries. In cases involving multiple births, the...

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Telemedicine: 5 Causes of Medical Malpractice Negligence via Telemedicine

Telemedicine

Whether via phone or computer, telemedicine offers both convenience and the opportunity for improved health. Unfortunately, when it goes wrong, it can also veer into the realm of Florida medical malpractice negligence. There are a number of ways in which medical malpractice negligence can occur during a telemedicine visit. They include: 1. A medical professional practicing outside of his or her licensed profession. 2. A medical professional practicing outside of his or her legally allowed designated practice location (out-of-boundary treatment). 3. Misdiagnosis and/or delayed diagnosis. 4. Incorrect prescribing (including failure to confirm medication allergies or reactions). 5. Patient medical record mix-ups. Areas with higher population numbers...

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