Medical Injury

There is simply no Excuse for Harmful but Preventable Medical Mistakes

»Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

Three different doctors injured each of their patients by operating on their patients’ wrong side of the brain; a patient complained of unexplainable pains after his surgery – the cause of the pain was a surgical instrument that was left inside his body; a patient, while undergoing surgery, was accidentally set on fire; a young man was rushed to a hospital emergency department twice due to severe headache, nausea and vomiting – he was diagnosed to be suffering from viral infection and then sent home – a couple of days after, he suffered a massive brain hemorrhage that cost him his life; other cases involved a patient whose healthy kidney, instead of the damaged one, was removed, the wrong leg of a patient getting amputated, and the wrong testicle of another getting removed.

All of the cases mentioned above are true and, sadly, all those medical errors were committed by experienced and highly-skilled doctors, and in some of the famous hospitals in the U.S.

At least 200,000 thousand cases of medical errors, resulting to serious injuries or patient death, are registered in the list of medical malpractices every year; however, an article posted in the Journal of the American Medical Association says that the real number can be much higher because many other cases are said to be kept hidden by hospital administrators.

Thousands of doctors have been reported to have committed, and still continue to commit, medical errors, as investigations that will prove them either innocent or guilty, are still pending. Meanwhile, patients could only pray that they do not end up under the care of these doctors.

Patients (and their families) should know that if they are victims of medical malpractice, then they have the legal right to file a lawsuit against their doctors. Because a medical error is never intended, this makes it an undoubtedly avoidable occurrence. Error or accidents, including those committed by erring medical professionals, are mostly due to negligence or carelessness. Thus, all liable parties, under the rule of law, have the responsibility of compensating their injured patients for whatever consequences their unprofessional acts lead to.

According to the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, “Surgeons are highly trained medical practitioners who are expected to consistently adhere to some of the highest standards in the medical industry. If any mistake was made during a surgical procedure that you or a loved one recently underwent, you have every right to seek compensation for all of the pain and suffering that you have been made to endure.”

Along this same line of thought, the Abel Law Firm says, “We place a great deal of trust in medical professionals, especially when they are prescribing medications or performing surgical procedures. Many patients do not even feel comfortable asking too many questions or disagreeing with healthcare professionals. While this trust is often well earned, egregious errors do occur even within the medical community. This firm believes there is simply no excuse for such harmful and preventable mistakes.”

 

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Negative Side Effects of Depakote

»Posted by on Feb 24, 2017 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

Depakote is a prescription drug used to treat mania and other moods associated with bipolar disorder and epilepsy, seizures, and even headaches. It has divalproex sodium, which is known to soothe the nerves associated with these complications.

But Depakote is not a perfect drug, as it has been linked to several negative side effects. According to the website of the Depakote lawsuit attorneys of Williams Kherkher, you may have a legal case against a drug manufacturer for the drug’s negative effects.

Birth Defects
Pregnant women who are taking Depakote may inflict defects on their unborn children, such as malformations in the skull and brain, extra fingers and toes, heart problems, and mental problems like autism.
Medical conditions may also be sustained. The most common conditions include neural tube defects and spina bifida, which can cause brain and spinal cord damage, and facial malformations such as cleft palates, or the improper formation of the lip and mouth.

Liver and Pancreas Damage
Taking Depakote is also known to create liver and pancreas issues. If a patient is experiencing pain in the upper right abdomen, vomiting, and losing of appetite, he or she may be sustaining liver damage. Pancreatitis, or an inflammation in the pancreas, can also be characterized by vomiting, losing of appetite, and feelings of nausea.

Milder Side Effects
Aside from the devastating birth defects and damages to the liver and pancreas, taking Depakote can result into milder conditions. Though these conditions are not as devastating as the others mentioned earlier, they can still be problematic. The most common conditions include:

  • Hair loss
  • Menstrual cycle changes
  • Vision problems, such as blurring and uncontrollable eye movements
  • Weight gain

The health community is aware of the issues involved in taking Depakote that it does not recommend the drug, especially on pregnant women, because its benefits may be outweighed by its risks. What makes it worse is the fact that the victim is not just the pregnant woman, but also the unborn child who may have unnecessary burdens such as birth defects.

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Have You Undergone Morcellation Treatment?

»Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Medical Injury | 0 comments

On April 17, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert that warned doctors from the continued use of power morcellators in laparoscopic surgery. The first to respond to this FDA safety communication notice was Ethicon, the power morcellator manufacturing unit of Johnson & Johnson. Ethicon suspended its national and global promotion, sales and distribution of its highly-engineered power morcellators, the Gynecare X-Tract Tissue Morcellator, the Morcellex Sigma Tissue Morcellator System, and the Gynecare Morcellex Tissue Morcellator; it also recallied from the market and requested doctors and hospitals to return their power morcellators to the giant manufacturing firm.

A morcellator is a medical device used in laparoscopic or minimally invasive, surgeries. It is designed to cut the uterus and other larger tissues into tiny pieces to enable these (pieces) to pass through a tube that is inserted into the body through a 0.5-1cm incision. This device was made available in the early 1990s to enable doctors to perform hysterectomies faster, with lesser blood loss and pain, and with minimum chances of infection. Despite requiring (four) incisions, these tiny surgical wounds made by the device still healed much faster compared to the 5 – 7 inches abdominal cut necessitated in traditional hysterectomy procedures, which took a long time to heal. Since the 1990s the FDA has approved the use of about two dozen laparoscopic power morcellation devices and, unfortunately, despite the safety warning it issued in 2014, many doctors continued to use the device.

Hysterectomy, which is the second most common surgery performed on women (the first is caesarean section), is the surgical procedure that removes the uterus. It is usually required to treat various conditions, including: ovarian cancer; pelvic cancer or cancer of the uterus; uterine fibroids or myomas; pelvic inflammatory diseases; chronic pelvic pains; uncontrollable vaginal bleeding; growth of uterine fibroids or benign tumors in the uterus; uterine prolapse (a condition wherein the womb or the uterus drops halfway from the cervix to the vagina or birth canal); adenomyosis; and, endometriosis.

As explained by a Morcellator lawsuit attorney, morcellators are particularly well-suited to remove certain noncancerous growths during a laparoscopic surgical procedure, as these devices can help break down non-cancerous tumors and tissues into smaller pieces. However, if a patient does have cancerous tumors or growths (specifically, uterine sarcoma, which are almost undetectable), morcellators can spread these cancerous tissues too. As such, the unintended consequences associated with the use of morcellators can be devastating and may include cancer growth, particularly metastatic leiomyosarcoma, uterine cancer, uterine sarcoma, endometrial stromal sarcoma, the abnormal growth of tissue and/or direct harm to healthy tissues.

Lawsuits have already been filed by a number of women already diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma, the most common type of cancer in women who have gone through morcellation treatment. There are many more women who may still not be aware of the possible effects of power morcellators or who may not know what legal steps to pursue to attain justice if ever they too are victims of the cancerous effects of the device. Contacting a morcellator lawsuit attorney immediately to find out their medical condition and for guidance on the best legal option to take will be a wise thing to do.

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