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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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Florida Nursing Homes: Important Legal Update

Florida nursing homes

Potential changes to Florida nursing homes and staffing standards are currently being considered by the Florida House.1 Minimum staffing requirements in Florida nursing homes have been an issue of debate for more than 20 years. It's a serious concern, particularly given that Florida -- and South Florida in particular -- is a popular hub for retirement and nursing home care. Not to mention concerns about Florida's high rate of nursing home abuse and negligence. Current proposed changes include reducing the 2.5-hour minimum of time that certified nursing assistants must spend daily providing each nursing home resident with direct care down to...

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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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Automobile Accidents: Backup Camera Blind Spots & More

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Many vehicles are now produced with rear-view video cameras, often referred to as "backup" cameras. And while the goal of having such technology—and using it—is to avoid collisions and resultant injuries and deaths, it does not provide a 100% guarantee of effectiveness against automobile accidents. A host of factors are responsible for this, including: -- operator age -- weather -- visibility -- maneuvering speed -- camera range Operator Age According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 65-and-older population grew by over one third (34.2% or 13,787,044) in the past decade, and by 3.2% (1,688,924) from 2018 to 2019 alone.1 There are more elderly  drivers than ever before....

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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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Negligent Security: Ten Potential Visibility Deterrents at Convenience Stores

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Convenience stores are among the commercial properties with the potential to have unsafe conditions leading to accidents or criminal activities and possible subsequent negligent security lawsuits. They include those that are part of gas stations or offer drive-through service. Regardless of the type, there are a number of scenarios involving a lack of visibility that can lead to negligent security lawsuits. They include the following ten situations: 1. Blind spots 2. Dark areas 3. Turning off exterior/canopy lights 4. Window signs 5. Posters/paper/stickers in windows 6. Blinds 7. Construction equipment during remodels 8. Video surveillance off/not operating 9. Store stock/racks/columns blocking windows 10. Ice/propane dispensers blocking views Proper lighting and surveillance...

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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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When Nursing Home Negligence Results in Wrongful Death

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Learning that a loved one has experienced nursing home negligence in a care facility is one of the most disturbing events in life. When such a situation results in a loved one's death, it is nothing short of devastating, and the pain, hurt, and anger is unimaginable. Feelings including shock and misplaced guilt can make it difficult to function, let alone focus. Yet gathering the proof needed to build an effective case and finding expert legal guidance are essential. Finding answers and seeking justice become priorities for most individuals and families. When a loved one is injured or dies due to...

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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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