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Hemorrhagic vs Ischemic Stroke
Category:Medical Malpractice
Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, 130,000 Americans die annually each year from stroke. 795,000 Americans experience a stroke yearly, and many of these stroke result in long-term disability.   A stroke is a brain injury. Our brains need oxygen. The brain comprises 2% of body weight, but requires 20% of available oxygen. That oxygen is delivered by the arteries of the body to all parts of the brain. An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery, large or small, is blocked. When the cells in the brain do not receive oxygen, they die with...
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compartment syndrome
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Patients frequently visit the Emergency Department with musculoskeletal injuries, including fractures. The standard practice is for the doctors to obtain radiographic images (X-rays), then reduce and immobilize the fracture. If the fracture is fairly simple to reduce, without the need for neurovascular injury, then the patient is generally referred to an orthopedic surgeon, a doctor who deals specifically with bone and joint injuries, for a thorough follow-up.   People typically don't realize that when they sustain a fracture, they are at risk for a number of more seriou...
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complexregionalpainsyndrome
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Complex regional pain syndrome refers to a type of chronic pain syndrome that is thought to be the result of damage to the peripheral or central nervous system, typically after an acute injury to a limb. This is a vexing condition in which the malfunctioning nervous system produces signals that result in the perception of continued pain, even after the original injury has healed.   CRPS Types 1 and 2   Two types of complex regional pain syndromes exist. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome I was previously known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy. CRPS I refers to prolon...
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meningitis-baby
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
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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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