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How to Prepare for a Medical Malpractice Deposition

Published on Sep 24, 2020 at 7:57 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Medical malpractice claims are among the most complex areas of personal injury litigation. When you’ve been injured by a medical professional and decide to pursue a claim against them to seek compensation for your losses and suffering, you’ll want to be supported by an experienced legal representative who can explain the process to you. This way, you’ll know what to expect every step of the way.

Once your claim has reached the discovery phase, you’ll likely be asked to undergo a deposition. In order to alleviate some of the stress associated with that process, let’s take a look at how best to prepare for a medical malpractice deposition.

When Can a Hospital Be Held Liable for Malpractice?

Published on Aug 6, 2020 at 6:25 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When you are sick or injured and need immediate care, going to the hospital is your best choice. The doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals form a care team to treat you adequately and efficiently so that you can get onto the path of recovery as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, any member of that team can make a mistake that harms you more than it helps you. When multiple members of that team make preventable mistakes, then you could look to the hospital as a whole to recover financial damages.

You shouldn’t leave a hospital worse-off than when you entered. You deserve care that meets the standards set, and when that doesn’t happen, you deserve compensation for the injuries and damages you suffered. A Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer from Shrager & Sachs, LLC can offer you legal support that ensures you can recover financially from this injustice so you can focus on recovering physically and emotionally from your experience.

What Are the Consequences of Performing Ghost Surgery?

Published on Jul 9, 2020 at 6:48 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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No matter what type of surgery you’re preparing to head into the hospital for, it’s normal to be nervous and have some concerns. Your surgeon should address those concerns and explain to you what will happen before, during, and after your surgery. While you will be aware of some of the preoperative steps, you will most likely be voluntarily unconscious with anesthesia during the actual operation.

What Can Happen if an Anesthesiologist Makes a Mistake During Surgery?

Published on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:45 pm in Medical Malpractice.

For any patient undergoing a medical procedure or surgery, it’s normal to experience anxiety, fear, and apprehension. Part of that emotional rollercoaster is tied to the idea of anesthesia. If a patient has to undergo general anesthesia, they may be concerned about the effects it could have on their body and waking up. It’s an anesthesiologist’s job to ensure the patient understands the process. They are also responsible for administering the medications, monitoring the patient during the procedure, and ensuring everything goes as planned. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. So, what can happen if an anesthesiologist makes a mistake during surgery?

How Long Does it Take to Settle a Medical Malpractice Claim?

Published on Jun 4, 2020 at 9:09 pm in Medical Malpractice.

If you’ve been injured by a negligent doctor or medical provider, you have the right to take legal action to seek compensation for your losses. Medical malpractice claims are among the most complex when it comes to personal injury litigation, which is why it’s imperative to work with an experienced law firm. Your lawyer will be able to answer all your legal questions, including how long it will take to settle your claim.

While there’s no way to know exactly how long it will take to settle your case, understanding the claims process can give you an idea of what you’ll go through to pursue the compensation you need to recover. To get an idea of what’s to come with a med mal claim, let’s start by taking a look at the investigation process.

What Can Cause Anemia During Pregnancy?

Published on Mar 12, 2020 at 5:47 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When your red blood cells can’t carry enough oxygen to your body, you most likely have iron deficiency anemia, which means that your body doesn’t have enough iron to make hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries the oxygen. Anemia makes it hard to function because you’re tired and weak, and anemia during pregnancy is no different.

Anemia can happen during pregnancy because pregnant women need double the amount of iron than a nonpregnant woman would need. Since they’re growing another person inside them, they need more blood to get oxygen to the baby. The American Society of Hematology states that the amount of blood in your body increases about 30 percent when you become pregnant.

Another cause of anemia in pregnant women is a low-iron diet. When you’re pregnant, you’ll most likely have to increase your consumption of iron-rich foods or take a supplement with iron to prevent a deficiency. Thankfully, there are some signs that you’ll be more likely to become anemic while pregnant.

The Dangers in Neglecting to Diagnose Infection in a Hospital

Published on Feb 27, 2020 at 8:19 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When someone develops an infection and seeks treatment, it’s imperative that the care team identify what’s going on and implement treatment as quickly as possible. When doctors or nurses neglect to diagnose infection in a hospital, the patient’s condition can deteriorate quickly.

Patient care should be the number one priority for all medical professionals. When it isn’t, preventable mistakes are made. When an infection isn’t diagnosed in time, it’s common for other complications to arise, especially if a patient has a compromised immune system. Let’s take a look at common infections patients develop and what happens if a doctor neglects to diagnose the condition.

How Often Are Infections Caused by Negligence in Hospitals?

Published on Feb 13, 2020 at 4:56 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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When you’re really sick, you count on a hospital to treat you so that you can heal and recover from your illness. But when you get an infection because of the hospital’s negligence, it can make it harder to feel like you’re in good hands and going to get better quickly. You might think that hospitals are extremely clean and completely disinfected spaces, but that’s not always the case.

In fact, infections can spread faster in hospitals since many patients already have compromised health. Even though hospitals are considered clean places, there are still plenty of surfaces and nooks within the buildings that are ideal for growing bacteria. On top of that, healthcare professionals are constantly on the move and working with different people, making it easy to carry germs from person to person.

After an infection caused by hospital negligence, you’ll need representation to help you stand up for your rights. A Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer from Shrager & Sachs will fight for you against the hospital who could have prevented your infection. So that you’re informed about what caused your illness, let’s take a look at the negligent actions that can cause hospital-acquired infections.

Lawsuit Alleges Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA Fed Infants Infected Milk

Published on Nov 11, 2019 at 6:52 pm in Medical Malpractice.

The death of three infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, PA is being linked to contaminated equipment used in measuring donor breast milk. In total, eight infants were affected. Of the five who survived, one was discharged and four remain, two of whom are still receiving treatment for infection. As a result of the fatalities, families are taking legal action against the medical facility.

How Often Do Instances of Dental Malpractice Happen?

Published on Oct 10, 2019 at 5:08 pm in Medical Malpractice.

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Dentists can make mistakes just like any other doctor. This is called dental malpractice, which falls under the greater category of medical malpractice. Unlike regular medical malpractice, though, dental malpractice is harder to make a case for. When it comes to dental malpractice, a victim must prove that an injury was not only caused by the dentist failing to meet the medical standard of care, but also from mistakes caused by negligence.

In order to prove dental malpractice, a victim needs to establish duty, breach, causation, and damages in their case. Dental standards of care are regulated by the FDA, as stated in a Department of Health & Human Services report, which are considered a dentist’s duty. If the dentist or hygienist breaks those standards, they are considered to have breached their duty.

Causation is one of the most important factors in backing your case, which is proving the dentist or hygienist caused your injury, or damages. And any damages must be worse than just temporary pain and discomfort. Your injuries need to be on the more serious end in order to have a strong dental malpractice case. Because of these regulations, there aren’t as many instances of dental malpractice as you might think.

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