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Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Law Blog

You have a lot to do after a loved one's death

The unexpected death of a loved one is the first event in a long line of things that you might not be prepared for. If the person who died is a loved one, you might be responsible for his or her final arrangements and other related matters. Here are a few things that you should consider if you've recently lost a loved one:

One of the priorities is going to be getting the funeral arrangements made. You need to contact a funeral director to make these plans. You will need to decide between burying your loved one or cremating him or her. You will need to write an obituary and plan the services that you will have for the person.

Pay attention to your finances after a brain injury

Making the right decisions after you suffer from a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be difficult, especially when it comes to your finances. There are several different things that you need to think about, but it is important for you to take the time to figure everything out and make a plan.

A budget is important no matter what type of financial situation you have going on, but it is even more important when you have a brain injury that is going to cost money and might prevent you from being able to work. Not only do you need a good budget, but you also need to think about how you are going to earn money.

Even busy hospitals must provide adequate care

Hospitals must ensure that they are doing what they must to keep patients safe. This includes ensuring that the medical team on staff is capable of providing medical care that patients deserve. When medical professionals don't provide care that meets that standard, the doctor or nurse and the hospital might be held accountable for the issue.

Hospital negligence isn't anything that is easy for patients to deal with. In fact, it can be a life-threatening situation. Each patient in the hospital must be considered individually when trying to come up with a plan for what needs to happen.

The current flu season is likely going to be severe

Many people think of the flu as something that is a miserable excuse to stay home from work for a few days. What you might not realize is that some people who get the flu might require intensive medical care because there are some serious risks associated with this virus. When issues are present, doctors who treat the patients need to make sure they are offering care that meets or exceeds the standard of care.

For the current flu season, experts are warning that the season is going to be severe. This is a warning that prompt treatments are necessary. The prediction came after the Australian flu season, which is a predictor of the United States flu season, was more severe than normal.

Don't let a faulty forceps delivery impinge on your baby's future

As nervous as you were about the impending birth of your child, you likely assumed that your baby's -- and your own -- best chance for a healthy delivery was to trust in the knowledgeable expertise of your New Mexico obstetrician. Of course, most of the time, this really is the safest plan, as doctors go through years of specialized training and education to ensure they can provide the best care possible. Sometimes, though, the very instinct telling you to follow your doctor's advice may be leading you astray.

Doctors are human, and unfortunately that can mean they are prone to human error. The thing is, it's not a simple mistake when a doctor's oversight or lack of judgment results in a serious injury to you or your baby. Even more upsetting, perhaps, is when a doctor makes a decision based on what is easiest and most convenient for him or her, rather than what is safest and best for you and your child. Take, for instance, the use of forceps during delivery.

Preemies are at risk of brain injuries, proper care is crucial

One thing that can bring fear to the heart of a preemie parent is hearing about any brain injury. These tiniest of babies are at risk of suffering from some life-threatening injuries. It is imperative that these injuries are handled appropriately and immediately so that the baby doesn't end up with severe damage or even death.

Babies who are born prematurely face the risk of behavioral disorders, cerebral palsy or epilepsy, just to name a few. The risk of something going amiss in these preemies is greater with the earlier the baby is born. Babies who are born at six months gestation are at the highest risk because babies born prior to that are unlikely to survive.

Fight back against medication errors that can kill

We recently discussed the horrors that can come with improper morphine dosages. The fact here is that there are many people who are addicted to narcotics and who try to game the system to get drugs. This is one reason why doctors and other medical professionals must try to ensure that they are adequately controlling pain in patients without contributing to addictions.

As you can imagine, this is a difficult job to do. Still, it is necessary because there isn't any reason for a patient to leave the hospital addicted to drugs; however, no patient should be left to suffer involuntarily because of a drug problem.

Proper morphine dosages must be administered to patients

Patients in the hospital might rely on morphine to help them get the pain relief they need. This is a medication that must be administered very carefully because there are very specific and serious risks that can occur when the drug isn't given properly.

Medical professionals must take steps to ensure that they are balancing safety with medications and the need to keep the patient's pain to a tolerable level. With morphine, there is a good chance of overdose so extra care must be taken.

Surgical errors can have long-term consequences

Surgical errors run the gamut from surgeons operating on the incorrect body part to them leaving surgical tools behind in a patient. As you can expect, the results of surgical errors can devastate patients. These patients often have to live with life-long pain and other issues because of the incident.

When a patient suffers due to a surgical error, they often require more extensive medical care than what they were originally braced for. This can mean extended hospital stays, more time off of work and higher expenses. Most people don't have the financial backing to be able to handle these impacts. Instead, the incident might be the first event in a long string of devastating issues.

Common types of birth injuries and their causes

You've spent 9 months eagerly anticipating the arrival of your new baby. All at once, though, your world changes forever when your infant son or daughter suffers a serious birth injury, leaving your tiny newborn in pain and suffering, or even with permanent -- and often life-changing -- damage. What, exactly, are these traumatic birth injuries? Simply put, they're injuries that occur before, during or immediately after labor and delivery. However, there's nothing "simple" about birth trauma when your child's health or very life is at stake.

Often, through basic monitoring and skilled medical care, doctors and nurses can avoid or prevent these injuries entirely. Sadly, though, hurried or incompetent health care professionals sometimes make errors in judgement, and mistakes made during the labor and delivery process all too frequently come with a heavy, lifelong price for both the injured infants and their families. So, what are the risk factors for birth injuries, and what can doctors do to prevent them?