Detroit Medical Malpractice Law Blog

The 4 most common orthopedic injuries during childbirth

Birth injuries take place every day in the United States. While some are the result of unavoidable circumstances or underlying health conditions, others happen due to medical negligence.

Medical professionals are expected to provide the best care possible. It’s important to recognize the most common birth injuries, since they are sometimes the result of negligence. Here are the top four orthopedic injuries sustained by infants during childbirth:

Malpractice and negligence: Know what it takes to make a case

When you're hurt as a patient who was relying on medical care provided by a professional, you may not be sure what to do. On one hand, if the injury was caused by negligence or malpractice, you can usually pursue a claim. On the other, you need to be cautious and understand if and when those mistakes were intentional, a breach of the standard of care or enough to result in a case.

Medical negligence happens when you don't receive the care you deserve based on carelessness or a deviation from the appropriate standard of care recognized by the medical community.

Overcrowding lowers quality of care for ER patients

The Institute of Medicine recently reported on the problem of overcrowding in emergency rooms across the U.S. Overcrowding, the report said, is lowering the quality of care for emergency room (ER) patients and even increasing mortality rates.

Michigan residents should be aware that they could be the victims of a harmful delay in treatment, a diagnostic error or an overly long hospital stay – if they seek care at an overly crowded ER.

Service members earn right to file medical malpractice claims

A Green Beret who survived being shot by an Iraqi sniper in 2004 was the inspiration behind a provision that allows military members, for the first time ever, to file claims against the U.S. military over medical malpractice in military clinics and hospitals.

Sgt. 1st Class Richard Stayskal, 38, is living with stage 4 lung cancer after military doctors failed to recognize a tumor that was evident on a 2017 CT scan during a required physical exam while he was trying to qualify for a diving course.

Misdiagnosis is leading cause of pediatric malpractice claims

A recent study shows one-third to nearly half of all medical malpractice cases for children are related to diagnosis-related errors. The survey by The Doctors Company shows while the types of claims tend to change over time, infants under age 1 experience the most severe injuries.

The study looked at more than 1,000 claims and was divided into four categories: neonates - children under four weeks old, infants from 2 months to 11 months, 1 to 9 years and those 10 to 17. Diagnosis-related claims were most common in 33% to 44% of all lawsuits, except for neonates.

Several “best” U.S. hospitals penalized for high infection rates

Seven of the nation’s top-rated hospitals will be punished this year after the government said that they are among hundreds of health care systems with higher infection and patient injury rates.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services identified 786 hospitals penalized under the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, which was created by the Affordable Care Act.

Lack of informed consent is a serious problem

Seeking medical care is sometimes an easy task. However, if you have a chronic medical condition or a difficult condition to treat, things might be more complex. Regardless of the situation you are in, it is imperative that you take steps to make medical decisions that are in your best interests.

The decisions you need to make might not always be simple. There are times when you have to determine whether the risks that come with a specific treatment are worth the benefit that you'll reap.

Misdiagnosis of three conditions causing the most harm

When we do not feel like we should, we turn to doctors to tell us what is wrong and how to fix it. After all, medical professionals have a duty to provide the best possible care to each and every patient. That means they should do their best to determine what an individual’s health problem is and treat it effectively.

Unfortunately, diagnostic errors are some of the most common medical mistakes that doctors make. And a 2019 report found that the misdiagnosis of only a few health conditions caused patients across the nation the most harm.

Tran Family, past client, enjoying Christmas after Post-Trial Settlement

Vinh Tran suffered a catastrophic brain injury when he was two-months old because of the medical negligence of nuclear medicine technicians. We took the case knowing it would be difficult, but that the family desperately needed help and deserved justice. The Tran family provided all the care Vinh needed without assistance. Vinh's father worked to support the family, and Vinh's mother stayed home to care for him.

Can I sue over a prescribed medication error?

Every day, people all around the U.S. pick up prescription medication at their local pharmacies. They trust that these prescriptions are filled with the correct dosage of the right medicine. But what happens when that is not the case?

Prescription error and fault are two of the most common mistakes made in general practices and hospitals. Prescription error refers to a mistake made due to outside circumstances such as bad handwriting, system issues and mixing up sound-alike drugs. Prescription fault means the error is the doctor’s mistake, such as prescribing too high of a dosage or the wrong drug entirely.

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