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March 2015 Archives

Reducing the rates of birth injuries

When New Mexico parents are expecting a child, the worst thing they can imagine is for their baby to suffer injuries or even potentially die during the delivery process. However, some hospitals have taken up initiatives that have drastically reduced the number of injuries and fatalities that often occur during childbirth.

Half of New Mexico birth injuries may be avoidable

Delivering babies can be a routine procedure for experienced obstetricians, but medical professionals need to remain aware of signs that indicate the potential for a traumatic birth. Adequate monitoring of the process is a critical component in minimizing birth injuries. Approximately six to eight infants of 1,000 live births experience an unavoidable injury, but about half of all birth trauma incidents could have been avoided if risk factors had been more adequately considered.

Hospital's appeal rejected, family gets $20M in birth injury case

If you read our blog regularly, you know how devastating birth injuries are to both the child and the family. Birth injuries like cerebral palsy can leave children with permanent disabilities that not only make life very difficult for them and their families, but are also very costly to manage.

Can anyone besides doctors be sued for medical malpractice?

When many people in New Mexico think about who is responsible for a surgical error, misdiagnosis or other type of medical negligence, they think first of the doctor involved in the case. If a nurse or other staff member was involved, they might come to mind as well. Did you know, however, that licensed medical professionals are not the only ones who can be held accountable for medical malpractice?

AAN gives new guidance for managing sports concussions

New guidelines and recommendations have been established to better handle sports concussions and protocol for return to play. The guidelines were issued by the American Academy of Neurology, and these new policies may help protect children New Mexico and across the country.

Fatal birth injuries

Typically, the day that a baby is born is one of the greatest days in a New Mexico parent's life. However, this is not true if the baby dies unexpectedly during delivery or is stillborn. While there are several reasons why the baby died, it may be because a doctor or some other third party was negligent. If this is so, the parents may in some cases choose to file a wrongful death suit against a doctor or hospital.

What is the difference between a birth injury and a birth defect?

Few things are more important to soon-to-be parents in New Mexico than having a healthy baby. When a baby is born with an unexpected medical condition, however, it can be very worrying for the parents. Many rightfully question what caused it.

Study shows breast cancer biopsies often misdiagnosed

New Mexico residents may be interested to learn that a new study found that cancer pathologists often misdiagnose breast tissue, which suggests some patients receive over-aggressive or under-aggressive treatment. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on March 17, matched 240 diagnoses made by 115 U.S. pathologists against the opinions of three experts. The results showed that biopsy specialists could accurately diagnose invasive breast cancer, but their ability to correctly diagnose less serious forms of cancer and healthy breast tissue was found lacking.

Cerebral hypoxia: What it is and how we can help

Cerebral hypoxia is a serious condition caused by a limited flow of oxygen to the brain. It can affect people of all ages, including babies. At our firm, we have devoted part of our practice to helping people in New Mexico who have suffered cerebral hypoxia because of medical malpractice.

Lawsuit blames death of New Mexico man on assisted-living home

Excessive medication, profit motives and placing their loved one with an aggressive roommate are all on the list of accusations made by a New Mexico family in its wrongful death lawsuit against a Rio Rancho assisted-living home. The wife of a deceased 79-year-old man diagnosed with dementia, his two daughters and his son claim that the negligence of the company and its staff led to the man being attacked by his roommate. He died of a brain hemorrhage three weeks later.

Family of girl declared brain dead files lawsuit

New Mexico residents may have heard of a case in which a girl was declared brain dead by her doctors, but her family does not wish to have her removed from life support. The California family has filed a medical malpractice suit stemming from surgery she had in December of 2013 for sleep apnea. The lawsuit is for negligent infliction of personal distress, personal injuries and wrongful death depending upon whether the girl died in December 2013.

Cause and treatment of damaged laryngeal nerves

Most New Mexico parents who are expecting a baby anticipate that the delivery process will happen safely. However, there is always a risk that the infant may suffer an injury during the birth. In some cases, infants can suffer nerve damage during assisted deliveries. Laryngeal nerve damage can result in harm to the nerves that are attached to the child's vocal chords.

Intra-abdominal injuries caused at birth

While most New Mexico parents expect to experience a normal, safe child birth, there are certain injuries that can be suffered by the infant during the birthing process. Though it is rare, an intra-abdominal injury could cause an infant to die if the signs are missed. While many infants begin to show the signs almost immediately following the delivery, the indications of the injury could become apparent within several hours to a few days after the child was born.

Woman needs heart transplant after misdiagnosis

New Mexico residents may not have heard of the case of a woman who had a pregnancy-related heart condition so severe that she needed a heart transplant. The woman, who suffered from misdiagnosed peripartum cardiomyopathy, experienced a medical emergency that eventually led to her transplant operation when her daughter was only eight months old.