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Category:Child Injury Lawyer
Meningitis refers to a clinical syndrome that is characterized by an inflammation of the 3 layers of tissue that line the spinal cord. This tissue is called the meninges. The inflammation affects the underlying cerebrospinal fluid. Bacterial meningitis is a dangerous disease process that attacks the central nervous system. It is critical to diagnose this process quickly, because any delay in treatment may result in brain damage or death. Meningitis may result in hearing loss, mental deficits, paralysis, peripheral gangrene, or seizures.   Bacterial meningitis was usually f...
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Malignant Melanoma
Category:Medical Malpractice
A review of data from a physician owned professional liability insurer in the US that insures over 1,000 pathologists throughout the country reveals a recurrent problem in the misdiagnosis and failure to diagnose melanoma.  A study done by the liability insurer of all pathology claims reported between 1990 to 2001 demonstrated that 8.6% of these claims were related to either skin cancer or melanoma. Approximately 14% of claims in dermatology were denoted by these same key words. Subsequent analysis of 218 cases of surgical pathology specimens and fine needle aspiration biopsy clai...
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Category:Toxic Exposure
In recent years, artificial turf fields have replaced traditional grass fields in schools, municipality fields, and athletic complexes.  At the same time, there have been a wave children and young adults with a history of extended exposure to artificial turf -- usually though organized sports -- who have been diagnosed with cancer.  This has led many doctors, researchers and the government to question whether a link exists between artificial turf and cancer.   The concern is with the metals and chemicals -- potentially carcinogenic -- found in the rubber infill ("Cr...
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ALS in Trauma Patients
Category:Blog
A 2011 study in the Journal of Trauma concluded, after a retrospective study of deaths due to mechanical trauma, that the overall preventable death rate in trauma was 7%, and of those patients who survived to be treated at a hospital, the preventable death rate was 11%. The study found “opportunities for improvement” in care in those cases at a rate of 67% in those patients treated in the emergency department. In fact, most opportunities for improvement exist in the emergency department setting. Those areas in which care could be significantly improved with decreased mortality in...
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Commercial Carrier Insurance
Category:Truck Accident Law
Recent Commercial Carrier Tragedies On April 25th, we learned of a horrific accident involving a FedEx truck’s collision with a college tour bus in Northern California, killing 10 people. The tour bus, carrying 43 high school students and three chaperones erupted in fire after the FedEx truck with its two 28-foot trailers jumped the center median. After colliding with a Nissan Altima, and came to a halt when it hit the bus.   Then on May 25, yet another commercial carrier collision occurred when the driver of a charter bus crashed and overturned trying to avoid steel pi...
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succinylcholine cardiac arrest
Category:Medical Malpractice
What is succinylcholine? Succinylcholine is the generic name (brand name examples include Anectine and Quelicin) of a neuromuscular blocking drug that induces paralysis, and is often used to relax a patient prior to placement of a breathing tube (aka intubation or placement of "trach" or tracheostomy).  In fact, rapid sequence intubation is commonly used in the Emergency Department as an aid to intubation, or placement of the breathing tube. There is a specific sequence of drugs that has been shown to be very useful in accomplishment of this goal, but there are precautions indic...
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Stimulation for Paraplegia
Category:Spinal Cord Injury Law
A new study has been heralded as having “staggering” success and implications for the future treatment of paralysis. A group of researchers at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Louisville were able to help restore voluntary movement to four individuals who had been told they would never be able to walk again.   The findings of this research were recently published in the journal Brain, by turning traditional thought about the spinal cord upside down.   [pullquote] This has the potential to completely alter life for the o...
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Doctors Abusing Drugs
Category:Medical Malpractice
It sounds like something out of a soap opera, but unfortunately, it’s happening in hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country: doctors find themselves abusing drugs, putting patients at risk of improper care or even injury.   Dangerous Statistics Physicians are actually five times as likely to abuse prescription drugs when compared with members of the general public. Some use the medication for emotional pain or stress management and others may get introduced to painkillers while recovering from a procedure, only to learn that it’s too easy to keep using. Ac...
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