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December 2013 Archives

Problems in routine surgeries

While many New Mexico residents who go in for routine surgeries come out better than they went in, this is not the case for all of them. Every year, individuals go in for a common surgery and suffer serious health repercussions or even die, giving rise to medical malpractice claims if surgeons or their staff make mistakes.

The frequency of asthma misdiagnosis

New Mexico residents may be alarmed to learn that studies have found that up to 30 percent of the people diagnosed with asthma may not in fact be suffering from the chronic lung disease. The failure to diagnose the correct breathing disorder can sometimes be made worse by asthma medications, which may do more harm than good when patients are not suffering from the condition.

Information for New Mexico residents about malpractice

While people are generally aware what a medical malpractice claim is, there are some details about these cases that a number of individuals are not aware of. Malpractice can range from a delayed diagnosis to a surgical error, but the common denominator is that negligence on the part of a doctor led to injury to a patient. It is important to note that not all harm done as a result of a medical procedure is malpractice; there are some circumstances where damage is unavoidable even by the best of physicians.

Girl declared brain dead after not recovering after tonsillectomy

We have discussed often on our New Mexico medical malpractice blog about how sometimes, things can go wrong in a hospital or operating room that come as a complete shock. This is certainly the case for the family of a 13-year-old girl in California. The girl went in to the hospital for a routine operation to have her tonsils removed; about half an hour after getting out of surgery, she began to cough up blood. Shortly thereafter, she went into cardiac arrest; she has since been declared brain dead.

Boy can't speak or walk after jaundice at birth goes untreated

Jaundice in newborns is not unheard of. Like many other afflictions that might affect a just-born baby, jaundice can usually be easily treated with no ill effects for the child in the long term. However, if left untreated, jaundice can cause serious problems for newborns.

Family's birth injury lawsuit on verge of approval by government

Expectant parents have a lot on their mind. From getting the baby's room ready to sending out birth announcements, there are many tasks to accomplish. Of course, the primary one is to make sure that the baby is healthy. Deliveries are so routine these days that people might not think that much could go wrong when a baby is born. While complications are certainly not the norm, they are definitely a possibility.

Medication errors may be widespread at nursing homes

When people in New Mexico don't respond well to medications, they -- or their family members -- might suspect that the drugs they are receiving are not the right ones; many people receive the incorrect dosage of drugs, or sometimes the wrong drug altogether. When these patients are in nursing homes, however, it can be more difficult for family members to detect that their loved ones are the victims of medication errors. After all, families put their trust in care facilities with the expectation that their family members will be taken care of properly.

Unfathomable surgical accident leaves woman unable to speak

When New Mexico residents enter a hospital for surgery, they face a certain amount of risk. Regardless of the relative simplicity of a procedure, there is always the possibility for something to go wrong. Ideally, physicians will have explained the risks of the surgery to the patient before the patient consents to it -- regardless of how remote those risks might be.

Various birth injuries could result from delivery mistakes

While most babies born in New Mexico are healthy, it is impossible to have a 100 percent success rate when it comes to delivery. Birth complications can be devastating to a family -- particularly if the injuries are caused by hospital or physician negligence. It is important for parents to know that they have options when it comes to seeking compensation as a result of harm that has been done to their child.

Are nursing homes in New Mexico committing wrong dose errors?

A recent journalist's investigation of nursing homes in one state has revealed multiple medication mistakes that have ended in permanent injury and death. In some of the situations, the wrong dose was given or prescriptions were missed entirely. Allegations of substandard medical care are a concern in nursing homes in every state, including those in New Mexico.