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Are umbilical cord abnormalities always serious?

Many women who are going through a pregnancy look forward to each doctor's visit and each ultrasound almost as much as they looks forward to the birth. During those events, they get to hear the baby's heartbeat and know the baby is okay. In some cases, however, those normally joyous milestones are met with the tragic news that the baby is no longer alive or is in trouble. In some cases, this is caused by an abnormality with the umbilical cord. Even if the baby is still alive, there might be cause for concern because of an umbilical cord abnormality.

What is an umbilical cord prolapse?

Health care-acquired infections are serious concerns

The last thing a person wants when he or she goes to the hospital for medical care is to come out of the hospital in worse shape than when he or she arrived or even worse, to not leave the hospital alive. For some people, that becomes a sad reality when they contract a health care-associated infection. Generally, these infections are spread when improper hygiene practices are followed. In some cases, a nurse forgetting to wash his or her hands is all that is needed to spread an infection from one patient to another.

There are four main types of HAIs that patients in the hospital should know about: surgical site infections, central line-associated bloodstream infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia and catheter-associated urinary tract infections. Each of these infections can have a serious impact on a patient's health while he or she is in the hospital and long after.

Surgeons don't have a free pass to harm patients

Surgical errors can often lead to horror stories. We have covered a variety of stories that have to do with errors in the operating room. Just last week, we discussed the case of the woman who was forced to have an episiotomy. While that didn't happen in an operating room, it is still a form of surgery that should be taken seriously.

As medical technology advances, the risks associated with common surgical procedures goes down. While that is amazing, it is important to note that surgical procedures still have some risks involved, but that doesn't give surgeons a free pass to harm patients out of negligence or malice.

Episiotomy without consent leads to lawsuit

Some women who go through labor and delivery are asked to consent to an episiotomy. This procedure was recommended in the past for women who were experiencing longer labor. It was thought that cutting the perineum, which is the area between the anus and vagina, would help to speed up the labor by allowing more room for the baby to come through. Episiotomies are now thought to be unnecessary and in some cases, barbaric.

One woman was forced to undergo an episiotomy against her wishes. The incident was videotaped and has led to a lawsuit against the doctor for assault and battery.

New trial ordered in case of hysterectomy after birth injury

Getting medical care means that you are trusting the medical professionals to make decisions about your case based on their knowledge and training. In some cases, the medical professionals make the wrong decisions. Patients can get hurt when that occurs. The recent case of a woman who had a hysterectomy highlights the issue.

The case involves a woman who was pregnant. Her claim asserts that she was treated in an improper manner when she gave birth in 2009. Her uterus lost tone and wasn't contracting. After a woman gives birth, the uterus continues to contract to control blood flow; however, that didn't occur in this woman's case. She was eventually flown to a different hospital and had to undergo a hysterectomy.

Take a stand against nursing home neglect and abuse

Nursing home abuse and neglect are horrible events that happen to people who have lived a full life and should be enjoying the time they have left on the Earth. When residents of nursing homes aren't cared for in a proper manner, they can get hurt. Bed sores, falls, dehydration, and malnutrition are only a few of the effects that nursing home abuse and neglect can have on senior citizens.

We know that you want to do everything you can to protect your loved ones in nursing homes. Making sure that your loved one isn't going to be subjected to abuse or neglect is probably high on your priority list. Our firm can help you to explore your options for holding the facility and staff members liable for the injuries of your loved one.

Civil claims against nursing homes for neglect and abuse

When you find out that your loved one has been the victim of nursing home neglect or nursing home abuse, you might be ready to make someone pay for those actions. There are three ways this can happen: civil action, investigation by an adult protective services agency or criminal action.

In many cases, you will need to file a complaint with the adult protective services agency. This puts the nursing home in the spotlight so the authorities can determine what is going on at the facility.

Medication errors can lead to a host of problems for the victim

Last week, we discussed the case of the woman who had bariatric surgery and received incorrect medications after the surgery. If you remember, she suffered from brain damage and was recently awarded compensation for that brain damage. Her case is only one of the cases that can show you just how serious incorrect medications can be.

Medication errors can lead to a host of issues for the victim. Brain damage is only one possible complication that occur. Some victims can suffer in other ways as well. These medication errors can occur for a variety of reasons such as improper prescriptions, defects in medication manufacturing and inappropriate administering of the drug. In all these cases, the patient can suffer from lasting harm.

Woman awarded compensation after medical malpractice

For people who are obese, losing weight can be a long and difficult challenge. Some people opt to have bariatric surgery so that they can boost their weight loss and get healthier faster. Sadly, bariatric surgery isn't without risks. The recent case of a 52-year-old woman highlights one of those risks.

The woman had bariatric surgery at Advocate Good Samaritan in 2010. She has filed a federal lawsuit against the doctors who did the surgery on her. The case went before a federal jury. The jury came back saying that the doctors were responsible for the woman's brain damage.

What are some common birth injuries?

No pregnant woman wants to learn that something is wrong with the baby she is carrying. For some women, the baby seems fine and healthy until labor and delivery. The women who learn their baby was harmed during the labor and delivery process might have the option to seek compensation if the injury was caused by medical neglect or malpractice. Knowing the basics about some of the most common birth injuries might help these mothers to decide how to proceed.

Why does my baby have eyes that look bloodshot?