Medical malpractice can come in many forms. Wrong or missed diagnoses, improper surgical procedures or medication errors are just some of the more common examples that cause serious injuries or even death to victims in Pennsylvania. Resulting complications can often be life-altering such as with a traumatic brain injury. People who have suffered such an injury may never be the same and the need for long-term care can become a new reality for families.
For Pennsylvania parents, the thought of any serious injury to their children is among the worst things that can happen. This thought can be especially painful when any injury is preventable, such as in a birth injury case. When the livelihood of an innocent baby is stolen by the acts of a negligent nurse or negligent doctor, the trauma to families can run deep and it can also lead to the need for long-term care depending on the severity of the birth injuries.
Pennsylvania residents, like their counterparts around the nation, can grapple with the concerns about medical malpractice every time they seek care or fill a prescription. With more and more awareness about the true numbers of deaths that occur from medical errors every year, such concern is warranted. Consequences of errors can be minor or serious and result in brain trauma, loss of limbs, permanent disability or even death.
A medical error of any kind can bring great trauma to victims and their families. When a birth injury case occurs, the devastation that Pennsylvania parents experience can be unparalleled. Birth injuries can result in a premature birth, stillbirth or a lifelong disability such as Erb’s palsy or more. Both mothers and babies can be injured or at risk of death depending upon the specific circumstances.
The world of personal injury is extremely broad with a great number of types of injuries that can be sustained. Whether from a motor vehicle accident, a slip-and-fall, a medical mistake or something else, the result of such injuries can leave Pennsylvania victims needing long-term care and facing high medical expenses, often due to a permanent disability. In the world of medical malpractice, some common injuries can include brain trauma, birth injuries, surgical errors and more.
Medical errors are one of the most potentially frightening events that a person could ensure. When seeking medical care, Pennsylvania residents put their lives in the hands of others, trusting in the quality and effectiveness of the treatment and attention they will receive. For pregnant mothers, the issue can be even more complicated as concerns for their as-yet unborn children take precedence. Birth injuries are among the most devastating experiences for parents and can leave newborn babies in need of long-term care due to serious injuries or various forms of permanent disability.
When someone is involved in a car accident and breaks his or her leg, the prognosis is fairly clear. Unless something drastic happens, the injured victim will likely recover and not face many long-term medical conditions because of the broken leg. With a brain injury, however, the immediate recovery is only part of what could be a long-lasting injury that pervades many aspects of a victim's life. And, according to a recently published study, individuals with brain injuries are three times more likely to die prematurely than those people without brain injuries.
Not all prescription medications are safe to take during pregnancy. Pharmaceutical companies are required to disclose any potential side effects that could harm the fetus—or the mother—during pregnancy in order to get FDA approval. Doctors should also discuss how a particular drug could affect a pregnancy with their patient before prescribing it. Sometimes, however, one or both parties fail to properly inform women of the potential birth injuries or birth defects that can occur.
Occasionally, complications that arise during the delivery process can cause injuries, disfigurement or permanent disabilities. The baby’s size, position of the baby and a number of factors can lead to a difficult birth. Still, labor and delivery doctors are expected to adjust birthing plans as necessary in order to prevent birth injuries.
In a recent post we touched on the importance of young athletes being treated and diagnosed properly when they suffer a concussion while participating in sports programs. If medical professionals clear them to play before they are physically ready or the level of their injuries are misdiagnosed, it can cause even more serious brain trauma and neurological problems. Now, a pilot program involving five Pennsylvania school districts will use concussion diagnostic tool on the iPad to help track symptoms and make accurate diagnosis.