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Albuquerque Medical Malpractice Law Blog

Under what circumstances would a Cesarean section be needed?

Any number of things can go wrong during a pregnancy. Fortunately, in most cases, many New Mexico women enjoy problem-free pregnancies.

However, some end up in a precarious position during the actual birth. It is up to the doctors and the nurses attending the birth to make sure that mom and baby remain safe and that they receive the best care possible. In some instances, this means ordering a Cesarean section.

Hospitals should be safe havens, not neglectful centers

Hospitals are charged with giving patients care that meets or exceeds the standard of care. When this doesn't happen, the patients can suffer from great harm. This is an atrocity that shouldn't happen to people who are trying to get the care they need from a source they trust.

We understand that there are some very real challenges that come with hospital visits so patients can't be expected to know everything about what is needed during their stay. Instead, they rely on the nurses and medical staff to let them know what they need to do.

Wrongful death claims must meet certain requirements

People who don't receive adequate or appropriate medical care when they seek it out might end up suffering harm. When the person survives the harm, he or she might decide to seek out compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit. If the person dies as a result of the improper medical care, a wrongful death lawsuit might be in order.

The family members of the person who died might decide to take this legal action. There are some very specific criteria that must be met if a wrongful death claim is going to be launched. It is imperative that all of these points are present in the case or else it might be found invalid by the court.

Impacts of surgical errors are considerable for the patient

Surgeons are only human but this doesn't mean that errors they make are always innocent. There are many times when an error in the operating room can leave a patient in pain or fighting for his or her life. It is imperative that surgeons always make sure that they are doing things by the book. This includes double checking certain things during the surgery.

One of tragic things that can happen in a surgery is that surgical tools are left in the patient. This will almost certainly lead to health problems since a foreign body is in the person. Retained objects can lead to infection and other health challenges. In these cases, the person will have to undergo another surgical procedure to remove the retained items. This can mean another stay in the hospital, more pain and more missed work.

Beware of infections after a surgery

Surgical procedures are sometimes necessary, but they don't come without risks. One of the risks that comes with these procedures is infection. Typically, an infection of a surgical site will occur within 30 days. The chance of this happening is anywhere from 1 to 3 percent, depending on the circumstances.

There are three specific locations where these infections might occur. One is superficially at the incision location. Another is deeper in the tissues that were manipulated during the procedure. The third is the organs that were operated on or the spaces around them. No matter what type of infection with which you are dealing, they will likely have the same symptoms.

Wrongful death claims aren't just about money

A loved one's death is always hard to handle. When that death comes from issues with the medical care that your loved one received, the difficulty might be intensified. In these cases, you might opt to pursue a wrongful death claim in an effort to hold the person accountable for their actions. We can help you to explore this option and move forward with it.

Filing a wrongful death claim will require a bit of investigation. Your case has to show that the death came from negligent or reckless behavior by the medical professional who was working on your loved one's case. You also need to prove that you suffered monetary damages because of the loss of that person.

Did your surgery put you at risk for sepsis?

Hearing that you needed surgery may have been daunting enough, but when your doctor described the potential risks associated with the procedure, you may have dismissed infection as a minor threat when compared to the others. Instead, you may have chosen to rely on the surgical team and those in charge of your post-operative care to manage the risk of infection.

If this turned out to be a mistake, your infection may have taken an ugly and threatening turn. When an infection goes unchecked, it can turn into sepsis, which is a serious and potentially life-threatening situation. Was there something that the medical professionals caring for you after your surgery could have done to prevent it? The probability is high.

Many civil cases are resolved through a settlement before trial

There are many different things that can come up in a wrongful death lawsuit. One of these is that it might be possible to resolve the case through a settlement that happens before the case goes to a civil jury trial. In these cases, you might be able to get the compensation that your loved one's death deserves without having as much of a delay or having to deal with the trial.

A settlement is the way that most of these cases are resolved. If you are considering this option, you should remember the pros and cons as you try to decide if this is the way that you want your case to be handled.

Catastrophic brain injuries require considerable care

Having to support a loved one who suffered a debilitating brain injury is difficult. When the injury is catastrophic, everything from personal care to finances might fall on your shoulders. This is a challenging position to be placed in. It can also be very stressful.

Caregivers for people who are disabled have a tough job. When you have these responsibilities and still need to earn a living, you might find that you are overwhelmed easily. This is understandable. There might be options that can help you in these cases. Some of them might be cost prohibitive, so you have to consider each one carefully.

Cerebral hypoxia is a very serious condition

There are times when the brain doesn't get enough blood or oxygen. These instances can lead to very serious effects. Cerebral hypoxia is the condition that can occur when the brain isn't getting what it needs.

This condition can come about due to a host of issues. One of these is that there is a complication from anesthesia. It is imperative that anesthesiologists keep a close eye on patients who are under to ensure that they aren't suffering from this condition.