Strategies to Avoid Becoming a Victim of Medication Error

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014 in Medical Malpractice, Pharmaceutical Liability | 0 comments

More than 51 million prescription errors are made each year, and more than 1.3 million people are injured annually because of medication errors. What is even worse is that people who take prescription or over-the-counter drugs have no way of knowing if their medication is defective prior to taking them. Fortunately, there are precautionary steps you can take to avoid becoming a victim or pharmaceutical or medication error.

One step you can take is to open your bottle at the pharmacy. This can allow you to show the pills directly to your pharmacist, and to become aware if your medication looks differently than it has in the past. Another step is to avoid getting your prescription filled during the beginning of the month if possible. A study shows that medication errors rise by 25%, mostly because Social Security checks come in at the beginning of the month, causing pharmacies to be swamped with filling requests. The last precautionary step is to not be in a rush. You should take the time to learn exactly how to take your medication and what foods or other drugs to avoid while you’re taking it. Many drug names look similar, so taking the extra time to double check your prescription could also prevent you from taking the wrong drug altogether.

Medication errors are preventable, and could be the fault of the pharmacist who incorrectly dispensed the medication or the manufacturing company that created a faulty product. Pharmaceutical errors can be defects in a drug’s composition, or manufacturing errors that made the drug dangerous. Common examples of these defects include mislabeling, unintended side effects, undiscovered drug interactions, or contaminated drugs. Never be afraid to ask your doctor or pharmacist about your medication, you could be saving yourself from pharmaceutical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has been affected by a pharmaceutical error, make sure to contact a pharmaceutical liability lawyer today. An attorney will be able to help you through your case and explain the complexities of your situation.

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Medical Mistakes and Cerebral Palsy

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury | 0 comments

Each year, around 10,000 babies develop cerebral palsy, and unfortunately, thousands of these cases are a result of medical malpractice. When proper procedure is not followed, it can have permanent results for your child.

Cerebral Palsy is caused by a brain injury that occurs during brain development. It typically develops by the age of three and can have symptoms such as stiff or weak muscles mainly in the arms or legs, tremors, irregular twisting motions, or fragmented motor movements. Affected babies are often slow to learn to roll over, crawl, walk, or smile. Mistakes such as failure to recognize seizures, leaving the baby in the birth canal too long, or failure to treat the mothers changing conditions are medical mistakes that can cause babies to develop cerebral palsy. A few signs that can indicate your baby may be a victim of medical malpractice leading to cerebral palsy include:

  • Your baby required oxygen after birth
  • Your baby required CPR, a brain scan, or special care after birth
  • Your baby had seizures either immediately after birth or within 3-4 days of life

Brachial Plexus palsy is a common birth injury involving weakness arm, shoulder, or hand muscles. Most infants with brachial plexus palsy make a complete recovery, but some continue to suffer from arm weakness and require physical therapy or surgery. A brachial plexus injury can occur naturally, but there are some medically negligent events that can cause this injury during birth. These events include failure to perform an appropriate c-section, excessive stretching or manipulation of the neck or shoulders, or the use of forceps.

Treatment, therapy, and surgery can be draining, so it is important to contact a cerebral palsy lawyer if you believe your child is suffering from cerebral palsy due to medical malpractice.

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Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Jul 23, 2013 in Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse | 0 comments

If they are not properly cared for, nursing home residents can suffer serious injuries. Sadly, many signs of nursing home malpractice are overlooked because they are thought to be signs of aging. Familiarizing yourself with the warning signs of abuse and neglect can help you prevent a loved one from experiencing unnecessary pain or death.

Slip and falls are the most common injuries among the elderly. Falling is potentially dangerous because of the likelihood of bone breaks or fractures, especially hip injuries. Hip injuries are often the result of a slip and fall, but it is often likely for females that the hip broke first, resulting in a fall. Unfortunately, this can be the result of malnutrition. Regularly monitoring residents can prevent falls from turning into something more severe. When residents are not properly observed, they are likely to experience additional trauma because they were unattended for too long after a fall.

According to the website of the Lake Geneva nursing home neglect attorneys Habush Habush & Rottier, nursing home malpractice often happens when facilities fail to train their employees properly, are short staffed, or don’t give proper medical care when it’s needed. Some signs of abuse may be more obvious than others, but all signs deserve medical attention and further investigation. The more obvious signs are unusual bruising, cuts, bed sores, poor hygiene, weight loss, or infections. Some less obvious signs are a sudden change in behavior, withdrawal, or disappearance of personal items or finances. Another red flag to be aware of is if you visit a resident and staff members delay or refuse access, or refuse to leave the room throughout the duration of your visit. If you notice any of these signs, you should begin by notifying the nursing home’s management. If your concerns go unnoticed, then it is important to know that you have legal rights to protect your loved ones and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer.

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Types of Cerebral Palsy and its Possible Causes

Posted by on Jul 14, 2013 in Birth Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Medical Malpractice | 0 comments

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that influences one’s ability to move about and keep balance and posture. It is a result of abnormalities in that part of the brain that controls movement of the muscles. Contradictory to former medical diagnosis that cerebral palsy is due to oxygen deficiency in the brain during birth, more commonly called asphyxia, it was discovered that this disruption in the development of the brain can actually occur during the first 6 months of pregnancy due to:

  • Transformation in genes which control the development of the brain Infections in the mother which can affect the developing fetus
  • Fetal stroke which causes disruption in the supply of blood to the developing brain
  • Lack of oxygen to the brain during birth (asphyxia) related to difficult labor or delivery
  • Infections which can result to inflammation in or around the infant’s brain
  • Traumatic head injury to an infant due a fall, a motor vehicle accident or child abuse

Children suffering from cerebral palsy are usually born with the disease; it is only usually detected, though, before the child’s third year of age, the time when its signs and symptoms begin to appear.

This very common child disability, which affects children eight years old and below, has no known cure. Treating it early, however, may enable children to overcome developmental disabilities and allow them to learn ways by which to accomplish any tasks they may be faced with in the future. There are different treatments that will help children with cerebral palsy, like speech therapy, physical and occupational therapy, seizure-controlling drugs and many others.

There are about 760,000 people suffering from cerebral palsy in the US today and every year, around 8,000 more are added to their number. Among those affected, boys are greater in number, while the most common type that victims suffer from is spastic CP, which affects one or more limbs and the upper or lower part of the body, due to a lesion or cut in the brain. Other types of cerebral palsy include:

  • Ataxic – the least common among the types of cerebral palsy. It affects a person’s visual and auditory processing, balance and motor skills.
  • Athetoid or Dyskinetic – persons affected by this type of cerebral palsy experience difficulty walking and in keeping upright.
  • Mixed – the type of cerebral palsy that causes suffering from different cases of muscle impairment .

Medical professionals who have improperly performed medical procedures which might have caused a child’s cerebral palsy ought to be held liable for their medical negligence or carelessness. This is a serious condition that can have long term consequences on a victim’s life.

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