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Common birth injuries and the repercussions

Bringing a little one into the family can be an exciting time, but also an overwhelming one. With all of the nursery planning, new scheduling and financial arrangements, doctor visits should be the last worry on the list. However, some Pennsylvania mothers discover that a doctor visit does not go as planned; others even experience trauma during delivery. When a birth injury occurs and a surgeon may be at fault, families may decide to place matters into legal hands.

As Public Opinion reported last April, one Pennsylvania family faced the horror of a birth injury after a doctor allegedly used too much pressure to deliver the baby. As a result, the now-five-year-old will spend the rest of his life with disabilities -- both mental and physical. The child's family received $42 million in a malpractice lawsuit. Public Opinion shared that all had been going well in the delivery until the mother pushed once, which resulted in the doctor using forceps. The doctor continued to use forceps multiple times, causing marks on the baby's face that had begun to show signs of intracranial bleeding. While no amount of money can repair such damage, Opinion noted that this case was the largest medical malpractice case in the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Poor hygiene among providers puts patients at risk

People in Pennsylvania who are concerned about their risk of experiencing a medical error may focus primarily on things like having a diagnosis be missed or incorrect or perhaps having an object left inside of them after a surgery. Certainly these are serious problems that deserve attention but they are far from the only dangers posed to patients today.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that as many as one in every 25 hospitalized patients will contract an infection unrelated to the reason for their hospitalization. Many of these infections are believed able to be prevented if workers in hospitals improved their hand hygiene. It is equally important for patients to know that they may and even should discuss this issue with their doctors, nurses and other providers to request that they wash hands before toughing them.

What if the other driver persuaded you not to call the police?

Another car hit yours, and the driver persuaded you not to call the police. Perhaps the driver reminded you of yourself when you were younger, or there did not seem to be any injuries or serious damage.

However, you now wonder if you should have called the police. What might happen next?

What is postoperative negligence?

When Pennsylvanians like you head in for surgery, you expect your care to be smooth and free of mistakes. Unfortunately, that isn't necessarily always going to be the case. Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., are here to help you if you find yourself having issues before, during, or after your surgery.

Let's take a look at issues that can arise after a surgical procedure. Postoperative negligence is a blanket term used to describe what happens when you have a complication, injury, or other issue that happens after your operation has successfully finished. The reasons for this issue can vary, but it's likely due to the medical staff at the hospital.

How do concussions manifest?

If you're a Pennsylvania resident who has recently received a head injury, you may also be facing concussive symptoms. Phillips, Phillips & Smith-Delach, P.C., can help you handle the legal portion of your brain injury case. However, the first step is identifying your symptoms and determining the extent of your injury.

Concussions can be somewhat difficult to detect and treat. This is because their symptoms can be incredibly varied and may change depending on the kind of hit you received and its location. However, there are some common symptoms that can manifest regardless of the injury. These symptoms may include:

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Difficulties sleeping
  • Constant headache or unusually painful headache
  • Issues with balance
  • Sensitivity to sound and light

Patient photos during surgery lead to lawsuit

When most people in Pennsylvania think about acts of medical malpractice they might first think about things like incorrect diagnoses being made or not even made at all. When it comes to surgeries, leaving items like sponges or scalpels inside a patient's body is another form of medical error that is all too often heard about. While these are indeed valid forms of medical mistakes, they are far and away not the only examples of such errors or negligence.

A different type of action has led one patient to file a lawsuit alleging medical malpractice along with an invasion of privacy among other claims. While the patient was in the operating room for surgery related to a hernia, a nurse apparently took multiple pictures of the patient. These photos showed the woman's genatalia. The patient had worked at the hospital and was showed the photos by the nurse who took them.

Preeclampsia signs and treatment

Whether pregnant for the first time or a subsequent time, an expectant mother in Pennsylvania deserves to know that she and her unborn baby can receive the right level of care needed, especially if a problem develops. Many complications that may arise during pregnancy are associated with dangerous and even fatal outcomes if not properly addressed by health care professionals. Preeclampsia is one of these complications.

According to The Mayo Clinic, preeclampsia is a condition that can never actually be cured while a woman is still pregnant. The only way to eliminate the condition is for the mother to give birth. While this condition generally does not appear until around the halfway point of a pregnancy, this may still be so early that delivery itself poses a risk to the baby.

Symptoms of cerebral edema

Pennsylvanian residents who were involved in an accident resulting in trauma to the head could experience cerebral edema. Also known as brain swelling, cerebral edema can cause the sufferer many painful and alarming side-effects. If left untreated, it can even result in permanent injury or death.

As WebMD states, many of the symptoms of cerebral edema are the same as concussive symptoms, because a concussion will usually also result in brain swelling. The signs include:

  • Memory loss
  • Behavioral changes
  • Difficulty moving or speaking
  • Dizziness, nausea or vomiting
  • Headache or neck pains
  • Confusion or stupor

Are all brain injuries the same?

The brain is clearly a part of the body that requires special protection and care and any injury to it can be devastating and life altering. If you are one of the people in Pennsylvania who has seen a loved one through a brain injury, you have some idea of just how extensive the ramifications of this can be in a person's daily life. However, it is important to understand that all brain injuries are not the same.

As explained by the Brain Injury Association of America, there are different classifications of brain injuries. Many people hear about traumatic brain injuries which may result from extreme force and leave the brain function altered in some form. This alteration may be permanent or temporary. Acquired brain injuries are those that are not necessarily the result of force but that are also not genetic as they too result from an injury.

Lifestyle changes to accommodate brain injuries

Pennsylvania residents who have suffered from a traumatic brain injury may find themselves struggling with the recovery process for a long time to come. Depending on the type of injury, the intensity, and the location, it's possible that lifestyle changes will need to be made in order to make daily living easier.

Changed Lives, New Journeys shows the numerous different cognitive and physical impacts that traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, can have on an individual. They show that these impacts differ depending on the injury's severity, but say that people report similar life changes in the end. These changes can occur in many areas, including but not limited to:

  • Interpersonal relationships
  • Employment or education
  • Housing situations or home life
  • Development and self-esteem
  • Financial situations
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