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Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Fetal monitoring is important during labor and delivery

We recently discussed some of the reasons why a newborn might have a brain injury. One of the reasons is that the child's brain didn't receive enough oxygen during the labor and delivery process. This can lead to a condition known as cerebral hypoxia, which can cause long-term problems for the child.

Many pregnant women don't really like the fetal monitor that hospitals and birth centers attach to them; however, these monitors provide a vital look into what is going on with the baby during the strenuous process. We understand that you might not think this is comfortable, but think about what you want for your baby.

Misdiagnosis in the ER could lead to more emergencies later

Emergency rooms are places for very sick or very injured individuals to go and receive emergency care. They are for people who need an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medical care, fast. While many emergency rooms do provide quality care for patients, some visitors to the ER may actually face further health complications later because of a missed diagnosis or an incorrect diagnosis.

If you went to a New Mexico ER for medical care yet did not receive appropriate treatment or suffered from additional health problems because the doctor misdiagnosed your issue, you have options. You have the right to expect a certain standard of care when in a hospital, and responsible parties are liable for damages that result from a deviation from this standard.

Understand the causes of brain injuries in newborns

Brain injuries in newborn babies can cause various issues in both the short term and the long term. For the parents of these fragile babies, the nightmare doesn't seem to end. In some cases, finding out the cause of the injury might help the parents to determine if they are going to launch a medical malpractice or birth injury claim.

In the United States, around three out of every 1,000 babies who are born full-term have a brain injury. Not all of these are attributed to lack of oxygen during the birth process. In fact, around half have other causes besides oxygen deprivation. Some of the cases of oxygen deprivation might have even been due to factors that occurred before the birth.

Hospital negligence can devastate patients

We recently discussed how central line infections can be devastating to the body. If you recall, these lines go directly into the heart or very near the heart. Even the placement of a central line is a sensitive matter. While this is something that must be handled carefully, it is far from the only risk that some people in the hospital face.

Hospital negligence is something that can devastate patients. Even something as seemingly minor as a nurse failing to wash his or her hands or a doctor failing to clean his or her stethoscope could transmit germs from one patient to another.

Central line infections can be life-threatening

Having a central venous catheter is sometimes necessary when a person needs intensive medical care. You might have one of these catheters inserted in your groin, neck, or another area if you are going through treatment for cancer or a chronic condition. Some people have these catheters if they are in the intensive care unit.

It is imperative that central venous catheters are properly inserted and maintained. Unlike the surface intravenous catheters, or IVs, a central venous catheter is deeply positioned. It is either in the heart or right near the heart. This makes it ideal for pushing medications or getting blood; however, this is also a dangerous place because of the risk of infection.

Wrongful death due to medical malpractice is a sensitive matter

Medical malpractice issues can be some of the most serious. In the worst cases, the patient actually dies as a result of the malpractice. For the family members who are left behind, this tragedy will painfully rock every aspect of their lives.

When a patient dies due to malpractice, the family members might decide to take action to hold the doctor or other medical professional accountable for their loved one's untimely death. This can be achieved by filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. However, making a wrongful death claim is another avenue to consider.

When TLC becomes TMC: too much care

If you have recently gone to a New Mexico emergency room or your primary care provider, you may have felt comforted by the level of care you received. Your doctor may have ordered a battery of tests to address your complaints, and perhaps you left with a prescription in hand or an appointment to see a specialist, or to have an exploratory procedure.

This kind of comprehensive care may have given you the feeling that the doctor was really listening to your concerns. However, a recent survey shows that even doctors feel they may be endangering your health and life by providing more care than you need.

Know the elements of wrongful death after a fatal medical error

Fatal medical errors are difficult for family members to cope with. The primary concern of these family members is likely getting their loved one's final arrangements made. They might also need time to go through the grieving process. One more thing that they should also consider is that they might opt to file a wrongful death lawsuit.

A wrongful death lawsuit has several elements that must be present before it can be filed. This is a case that can only be filed because of the death of a human, which is the first element.

Know when to seek compensation for medical malpractice

We recently discussed how it is difficult to spot medical malpractice in some instances. If you are under a doctor's care and feel that your case isn't being handled properly, you might want to have it evaluated. This could help you determine if there is an element of malpractice going on.

There are several things that we can look into when we are trying to determine if you have a malpractice case. One of these is the standard of care that you were due. If the doctor didn't provide that, you might be able to use that as the basis for your claim.

Medical malpractice isn't always easy to spot

When you see headlines about medical malpractice, what might follow is a case that is so horrific that the malpractice was easy to spot by anyone. Certainly, these cases do make good reads, but you mustn't fall into thinking that all medical malpractice is dramatic, and you shouldn't think that all deaths in medical settings are the result of malpractice.

One thing that is often misstated or misunderstood is the statistics for deaths at a facility. You might see a high death rate and become concerned; however, the death rate has to be put into perspective. You will likely find a higher death rate at a facility that handles people with serious or life-threatening illnesses. At the same time, a facility with a low death rate might not handle life-threatening cases.