Medical Malpractice: Anesthesia Error

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Anesthesia is an important part of the surgery process. It helps the patient be in an unconscious or semi-conscious state during the operation, resulting into inability to feel pain and loss of general responsiveness. It also helps in managing the patient’s vital signs and oxygenation.

For these reasons, anesthesia can be very dangerous when an error has occurred. It can cause serious injury to the patient, or worse, even death. According to an informative article from the website of a West Palm Beach personal injury lawyer, anesthesia errors are a form of medical malpractice, and those who are responsible may be held liable.

Common anesthesia errors

Medical malpractice can occur in many ways, but most of the time, it occurs because of the negligence of the medical party. Maybe they did not exercise reasonable care, did not have the level of skill that a reasonable professional should have, or did something that’s just totally wrong.

Below are the common errors involving anesthesia.

  • Administering anesthetics to a patient with allergies
  • Administering the wrong anesthesia
  • Failing to give proper instructions to the patient prior to the operation, such as eating and drinking restrictions
  • Failing to deliver anesthesia on time
  • Failing to monitor the patient’s oxygen level and vital signs
  • Giving too much or too little anesthesia
  • Improperly intubating the patient

Effects of anesthesia errors

Most of the time, patients and their families don’t really know the importance of anesthesiologists in surgery. They are just automatically putting their trusts in all of the medical professionals involved in the process. But they should at least be knowledgeable of the possible consequences of errors.

Here are the common complications and injuries that can result from an error involving anesthesia.

  • Allergic reactions
  • Anesthesia awareness
  • Brain damages due to lack of oxygen
  • Blood pressure issues
  • Coma and death
  • Confusion, dizziness, and nausea
  • Heart problems
  • Post-operation pain
  • Respiratory problems
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Tooth damage due to improper intubation

Aside from these physical injuries, anesthesia errors can also cause emotional and psychological damages like flashbacks, sleep disorders, post traumatic stress disorders, and phobia to doctors and medical facilities.

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Nursing Home Abuse in Illinois: A Cause for Alarm

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Elder Issues | 0 comments

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over a million individuals live in nursing homes and long-term care facilities all over America. A huge portion of this population includes elderly adults that are vulnerable to different types of abuse.

According to the National Center on Elder Abuse, around one in every three nursing homes has received citations for some sort of violation against set federal standards for long-term care facilities and other similar institutions. Even more alarmingly, reports show that almost one out of every ten nursing homes received their citations for violations that were found to have caused particular danger for its residents.

The situation for nursing home residents in Illinois is becoming even more alarming due to recent developments in legislature. As reported by U.S. News and The State Journal-Register, earlier this year, lawmakers have introduced House Bill 5601, which would ban anonymous complaints regarding abuse or neglect in Illinois nursing homes. The bill hopes to discourage individuals from making false reports, but it also has the potential to discourage actual elderly victims from speaking out due to shame and fear of retribution from their abusers.

In such a climate, raising awareness about the abuses that continue to take place in nursing homes proves to be especially important. The on-going cases of neglect, physical abuse, financial exploitation, among other devastating scenarios, can no longer be ignored. Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg note the importance of pursuing these cases of abuse to help protect current and future victims alike.

Of course, protecting elderly residents from nursing home abuse will be an uphill battle. However, families who suspect that their loved ones are being hurt in the hands of their caregivers shouldn’t be afraid to speak out and pursue justice. If you suspect that your loved one is being abused in a nursing home, do not hesitate to consult with a qualified personal injury lawyer to learn more about your legal options.

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Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Why Pedestrian Accident Victims should Seek Compensation

The National Safety Council (NSC) says that there are about 70,000 pedestrians accidents in the US every year; 4, 500 of these accidents are either fatal or end in the victim’s death a few days after the accident (the NSC is a a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization that promotes health and safety in the US by helping minimize the alarmingly high number of preventable injuries and deaths in working environments, homes and communities).

Pedestrians accidents resulting to death are more frequent in rural areas where vehicles run faster, where there are usually no sidewalks where pedestrians can walk safely, and where most streets and intersections are poorly illuminated at night. One common factor in fatal pedestrians accidents, however, is intoxication; it could either be an intoxicated driver or a pedestrian who has drank more than his of her limit.

Pedestrians is, and shlould be, a major concern for everyone, for the simple reason that everyone is a pedestrians at certain times of the day. While drivers play a major role in significantly reducing incidences of pedestrian accidents, pedestrians themselves should never exercise lesser care when crossing any street.

According to the Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. law firm, even minor accidents can result in serious injuries, and ongoing pain and suffering that would leav accident victims with serious emotional, psychological, and financial burdens. To make matters worse, those who have to contend with these serious side effects often did nothing to cause the accident.

Most non-fatal pedestrian accidents result in serious injuries, like broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries or accidental amputation. Due to the serious condition a victim may end up in, filing a civil or tort lawsuit against the at-fault driver often becomes necessary, mainly for the purpose of seeking compensation for all present and future damages resulting from the injury.

Money will never undo the trauma and injuries suffered by the victim; it can, however, help him or her pay for the costly medical treatment which may help bring back the quality of his or her life.

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Treatments for Memory Loss

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Elder Issues, Memory Loss | 0 comments

Memory loss is a frightening reality plaguing many senior citizens and there is currently no cure for reversing the process once it’s started. It can be hard to cope with the fact that your loved one could forget things and people that are important to them once they are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Being forgetful could eventually lead to your loved one being put in an unnecessarily dangerous situation. If you are consistently worried about your loved one’s safety due to deteriorating memory, it may be time to begin treatment and/or therapy to help curtail the effects of memory loss.

This is a common problem for many Americans with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease currently affects over 5 million people in the United States, including approximately one in nine individuals over the age of 65. No treatment plan is one hundred percent perfect for each individual case. An evaluation by a medical professional can provide direction for which treatment path would be best to take. Doctor’s will take into account a patient’s age, overall health, the amount of memory loss that has already taken place, and their lifestyle.

The first form of treatment is medication. There are a handful of prescriptions that help combat memory loss, but they are only effective in some cases and work best if administered in the first 6-12 months of memory loss. If given in the correct time frame, these prescriptions are proven to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

The other form of treatment available for memory loss is therapy. Music and art therapy are common forms of treatment that seek to engage the patient’s mind. It is unknown how much these treatments really help, but it definitely works to combat feelings of stagnation and depression. As the medical community continually works toward a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, patients turn to medication and therapy to treat their memory loss.

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Pradaxa Dangers

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Pharmceuticals | 0 comments

Every medication has its positive and negative effects, you and the doctor just have to weigh the pros and cons and determine whether the risks are worth taking. This has been the case for Pradaxa, an anti-clotting medication aimed to avoid strokes on patients suffering from heart conditions. Although it has some considerable positive effects to patients’ health and wellbeing, Pradaxa has been linked to major health risks and complications that can make it more risky than beneficial to some patients.

Pradaxa (dabigatran) was approved by the Food and Drugs Administration in 2010 and was made an alternative to warfarin. It offered a good option because unlike warfarin, those taking Pradaxa did not require constant monitoring and check-ups. However, in just two years after its release, Pradaxa has been linked to 500 deaths, mainly due to uncontrollable bleeding and internal hemorrhage. Furthermore, more than 4,000 claims (and counting) have been and are being settled due to other severe side effects such as stomach pains and severe vomiting or heartburn. What makes the dangers of Pradaxa more troubling is that it does not have an antidote, which made uncontrollable bleeding a life-threatening side effect.

Despite the rising number of lawsuits being filed against them, the FDA has yet to issue a product recall for Pradaxa. The manufacturer of Pradaxa, Boehringer Ingelheim, has voluntarily issued a recall only on a specific lot due to concerns of manufacturing defects. The FDA only stated that they are continuing their evaluation of various data sources regarding the ongoing safety review of the drug. Although Pradaxa does provide great benefits, the risk of bleeding and hemorrhaging should be considered, especially for those who are elderly and people who might get surgery. Convenience may what Pradaxa offers, but in cases of accidents or emergencies any emergency procedures may be hindered because of the blood flow. Before taking Pradaxa, it is important to talk with your doctor to weigh the benefits and risks that come with the drug.

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