Category: Personal Injury Law

Emergency Room Errors

The emergency room is undoubtedly one of the most hectic and chaotic places with over 136 million visitors each year, according to the CDC. Doctors, nurses, and other staff members have to move at a rapid pace and deal with unpredictable conditions on a daily, and sometimes hourly, basis. The risk for medical error in an emergency room is high; everyone is working at a much faster pace and under extreme stress. Sadly, when a mishap does occur, the complications can be much worse since the patient was already experiencing an extreme illness which got them there in the first place.

Injuries from Mistakes in the ER

Common errors in the emergency room include:

  • Missing information
  • Misdiagnosis of strokes, heart attacks, and other life threatening illnesses
  • Failure to accurately fill out patient charts
  • Double dosing medications or giving an incorrect amount of medication
  • Failure to perform proper observation
  • Contamination of equipment
  • Cross contamination from other patients as a result of poor staff hygiene
  • Misreading of X-rays
  • Administering tainted blood during transfusions

The above mentioned errors are called medical malpractice and can lead to permanent illness and even death.

Protecting Yourself from Errors

For many patients and family members of patients, their visit to the ER is their first one and they wouldn’t easily recognize errors. In most circumstances, the patient and family members are extremely worried and stressed and have to lean on the ER staff by putting all of their trust in the doctors. If they do notice an error, they’re unlikely to speak up for fear that it will distract the nurse or physician ever further.

To avoid errors there’s a few things a patient or family moment can do:

  • Ask nurses and doctors to wash their hands before examination
  • Request that the equipment be cleaned or new sterile equipment be used
  • When a diagnosis is given, ask questions and express concern
  • Ask to see your chart and records
  • Get a second opinion before making decisions on procedures or surgeries

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Why More And More People Are Filing GranuFlo Lawsuits against Fresenius Medical Care

Fresenius Medical Care is the world’s largest dialysis services provider and has recently come under scrutiny because of one of its dialysis products called GranuFlo. GranuFlo is a dialysate that helps to remove toxins and neutralize acids in the blood when a person’s kidneys are no longer able to do so. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently took action against Fresenius Medical Care by issuing a Class 1 recall of GranuFlo, the strongest recall action that the FDA can take.

Dialysis TreatmentThe dangers of GranuFlo are related to the amount of bicarbonates that this medication produces in the blood stream when used in dialysis treatments. For many individuals, the presence of too much bicarbonates in the blood can lead to devastating side effects, predominantly affecting the heart and related body systems. Some of the most commonly reported side effects of GranuFlo use have been heart attack, low blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, stroke, and unfortunately, death.

Many individuals who have suffered these side effects, or who have had family members pass because of GranuFlo use, have taken legal action against Fresenius Medical Care in an effort to secure financial compensation for their unnecessary suffering, and to hold this company responsible for the damage that their negligence has caused. Plaintiffs claim that Fresenius Medical Care failed to properly label and warn individuals about the dangers associated with GranuFlo use and as such, should be held liable for the devastating consequences that have resulted.

Through a successful GranuFlo lawsuit, victims and their families may be able to receive compensation for a number of damages, including the costs of medical care, wages that were lost due to time spent away from work recovering, emotional trauma, pain and suffering, ongoing rehabilitation costs, pharmaceutical bills, and wrongful death compensation for families who had a loved one pass away.

Getting Ruthless On Surgical Errors

In the practice of medicine, there are many errors that can happen. One very serious error, that has many forms, is a surgical error. Surgery is extremely complex, Surgical Scalpaland it is no wonder that some errors occur. However, they should not, if surgeons are careful and diligently attend to their duties. But surgical errors do happen, and they often result in serious injuries or illnesses. Many victims of surgical error are left with injuries so serious that they have to seek medical attention, sometimes extensive attention, in order to fully recover.

This medical attention that’s made necessary from surgical errors can be extremely expensive. Many people have a hard time paying for their initial surgery costs, so extra costs caused by surgical error are unexpected and sometimes cannot be met financially. However, victims of surgical error are often not expected to pay for all of their costs, at least ultimately, because the medical practitioner who injured them might be responsible for the injuries.

6 Errors

While many surgical errors can occur, some are more common than others (and all are dangerous). Six common surgical errors include those involving:

1. Wrong Site Surgery
2. Anesthesia Errors
3. Surgery on Incorrect Patient
4. Improper Suturing
5. Performing the Wrong Procedure
6. Post-Surgery Complications

Each of these errors, by themselves, are dangerous, but if more than one occur that could easily maximize the danger a patient might be in. Whatever the result of a surgical error, a victim may have the legal right to pursue financial compensation.

If you or someone you know has suffered injury or illness, or any negative consequence of a surgical error, it might be a good idea to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer ASAP. You may be able to get compensation that amounts to the financial expenses you incur as a result of your injuries or illness.

Common Questions About Brain Injuries And Tort Law

Brain Injury | Tree AbstractA person’s brain is one of his or her most vital organs. The brain controls all mental and physical functions of the body, so any injury to the brain could result in significant physical or mental debilitation. Unfortunately, brain injuries are relatively common in the U.S., and are most often caused through serious accidents that could have been prevented. In many cases, people behave recklessly, such as when they are driving, and cause accidents that result in brain injuries. Sadly, those victims of brain injuries are able to do little in their defense, and are often left with the costs and other consequences of their injury.

There are many different things that can cause a brain injury to occur. Some of the common causes of serious brain injuries involve:

* Concussions
* Memory Loss
* Seizures
* Brain Hemorrhage
* Brain Damage
* Cerebral Palsy
* Hematomas
* Contusions

Each one of these causes could result in the serious deterioration of a person’s brain functioning, making him or her lose the ability to think for himself or herself, and therefore, have to depend on others for physical care. While such situations often seem hopeless to many people, there are actions that a brain injury victim can take. If an irresponsible or dangerous person is the reason that a brain injury occurred in the first place, then a victim or his or her family might be able to take legal action against that dangerous person. In many cases, this action leads to financial compensation, which can help pay for the financial obligations that you now face in light of your loved one’s injury.

If you or someone you know has financial obligations to take care of a loved one because of a brain injury, and that brain injury was caused by another person, you could be due financial compensation. Contact an experienced brain injury lawyer today to discuss your options.

Change We Can’t Believe In

A Massachusetts judge recently ordered that a man imprisoned for killing his wife in 1990 be provided by the state with the expenses necessary to undergo a sex change operation. The decision was based on the man’s supposed “serious medical need” to undergo this procedure in order to prevent suicidal tendencies. For the past 20 years, Michelle Lynne Kosilek, formerly Robert Kosilek, has suffered from gender identity disorder, believing himself to be a woman trapped in a man’s body.

I don’t dispute that Kosilek may be suffering from a real medical condition which may, in fact, place his own life in danger. What I do take issue with is the idea that it is the state’s responsibility to provide this person, who strangled his own wife to death, with a costly, medically unnecessary procedure in order to reduce his suicidal tendencies. It is neither cruel nor unusual to refuse to place taxpayer dollars in the service of a deranged lunatic, and to act as though it is represents an unnecessary case of judicial overreach.  It’s very possible that this case may develop into a wrongful death lawsuit.

Spinal Cord Injuries At The University Of Illiniois

DNADave Waller at the University of Illinois understands more than most that the spinal cord is an essential part of the body that provides a direct link between a person’s brain and the rest of his body.  For this reason, any injury to the spinal cord can mean a serious disruption of that link, and the loss of physical and mental abilities that it provides.  Many spinal cord injuries result from the dangerous actions of other people, and leave victims powerless and dependent on those around them for constant attention and care.  However, some victims of spinal cord injuries have been able to glean compensation out of a lawsuit, which can help pay for the costs that often arise from this type of injury.

Two Most Common Spinal Cord Injuries

A spinal cord injury can result in a variety of life-changing circumstances.  Two of the most common and most commonly recognized types of spinal cord injuries are:

  • Paraplegia (partial paralysis)
  • Quadriplegia (total paralysis)

These two conditions can seriously impact a person’s ability to provide for himself or herself, and more often than not, they necessitate constant medical attention and subsequent cost. Treating and living with these conditions can be extremely expensive, but many victims of spinal cord injuries have sought financial compensation through a personal injury lawsuit against the person who caused their injury. An Urbana personal injury attorney can help you better understand your legal options for pursuing this type of legal action.

JetBlue Pilot Declared Fit to Stand Trial

On Friday June 15th, a Federal judge ruled that JetBlue pilot Clayton Osborn was fit to stand trial after an incident in March that forced flight attendants to restrain Osborn and the co-pilot to make an emergency landing in Amarillo, Texas. According to witnesses, Osborn was flying the JetBlue flight from San Antonio to Las Vegas when he suddenly began running through the plane and yelling about Iraq, Afghanistan, and al-Qaida. Osborn was declared sane and fit to stand trial after a government appointed psychologist examined him and concluded that he would be able to participate in his own defense and trial. Osborn faces both criminal and civil charges. Ten passengers on the JetBlue flight have filed a civil suit against JetBlue for negligence. As passengers of JetBlue, they were put in a frightening and potentially life threatening situation due to JetBlue’s retaining of an unfit employee. As plaintiffs I certainly hope they find a proper lawyer, because the passengers of JetBlue have a rock solid case against the company. Airline safety is incredibly important. The fear and anxiety surrounding flight in America is well justified, and a breach of any sense of safety by an employee of an airline is a serious offense. The ten passengers filed suit two days prior to the declaration of Osborn as fit to stand trial.