Category Archives: Medical malpractice law

How Does Noise Affect the Health of NICU Babies?

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is essential to the survival of many premature and sick infants. However, babies in the NICU may also be exposed to certain types of harm, including neurotoxic chemicals (such as phalates and phenols), restricted social interaction (which can hinder bonding and language development), and abnormal light and sound stimuli (1). Auditory aspects of the NICU environment can be particularly troublesome. Beeping monitors, ventilators, and alarms can make it difficult for babies to sleep and have negative effects on vital functions such as breathing. The layout of a NICU can influence noise level (2, 3, 4); the open-bay model, in which multiple infants are kept in one room, has more auditory disruptions than the single bay model, in which babies are housed in their own private rooms (4). In addition to minimizing negative auditory stimuli through redesigning NICU layouts (or by other means), hospitals can help their newborn patients by….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Keyless Ignitions Causing Death and Injuries from Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

If you have a car with a keyless ignition, odds are you’ve started to leave your car before you realized you still had the engine running. Maybe you’ve even stepped out and closed the door. Or even worse, maybe you’ve gone in your house with the car parked in the garage and only after second guessing yourself, gone out to find you did leave the car on. It’s surprisingly easy to do given that car engines are quieter than ever, we’re busier than ever, and many cars are not outfitted with alerts to notify us that the car is still on. Suburban Chicago Couple Dies After Car Left Running in Garage A New York Times investigation found that while no agency or group tracks the number of deaths or injuries related to carbon monoxide poisoning from cars with keyless ignitions, at least 28 people have died after leaving their car on in their own garage. The known number of those injured is at least 45. The Times tells multiple stories of victims both living….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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Georgia Supreme Court Details Limits on Wrongful Death Recovery After Personal Injury Settlement

Stock image.  Atlanta—In an opinion handed down yesterday, the Georgia Supreme Court highlighted the limits a personal injury settlement could place on a wrongful death claim filed years later. Bibbs, et al. v. Toyota Motor Corp., et al, S18Q0075... To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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U.S. Court of Appeals Affirms Jury Verdict in Favor of Orthopedic Surgeon in Medical Negligence Lawsuit

On June 26, 2014, Dr. Corey Solman performed arthroscopic surgery on the knee of Leslie Grussing. At her follow-up appointment on July 9, 2014, she met with a physician’s assistant and reported swelling in her knee. The physician’s assistant suggested physical therapy. Dr. Solman did not examine her at that visit. Grussing returned to Dr. Solman’s office on July 18, 2014, again reporting pain and swelling in her knee. Dr. Solman then removed fluid associated with the swelling from Grussing’s knee and observed that the synovial fluid looked normal. Dr. Solman did not test the fluid for infection. Grussing continued to experience pain and swelling in that knee. In October 2014, a different doctor aspirated Grussing’s knee and sent the fluid for analysis. The knee was found to be chronically infected. Grussing underwent a total knee replacement. The principal issue in this medical malpractice lawsuit was whether Dr. Solman deviated from the standard….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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How Eating Disorders Should Influence OB-GYN Care: ACOG’s New Committee Opinion

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recently published a committee opinion discussing necessary precautions for patients who may have eating disorders. Eating disorders encompass a wide range of conditions in which a person has abnormal feeding habits; often, eating disorders affect physical health in addition to mental and emotional well-being. Some of the most common eating disorders include the following: Anorexia nervosa Avoidant restrictive food intake Bulimia nervosa Binge-eating Although gynecologists and obstetricians do not typically focus on the diagnosis or treatment of eating disorders, ACOG stresses that it is important for these professionals to be competent in recognizing warning signs, conducting preliminary screenings, and making referrals to specialists when necessary. ACOG gives an overview of common signs and symptoms of eating disorders, known risk factors, screening procedures, and how gynecologists and obstetricians can….. To continue reading this legal news please click Read full information...

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