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What Can Cause Anemia During Pregnancy?

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

Pregnant woman holding stomach

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.

Hospital room with three beds

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.

Four hospital beds in room

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.

Bird's eye view of dentist chair and tools

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.

When is a Failed Plastic Surgery Procedure Considered Malpractice?

Published on Sep 6, 2019 at 2:58 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Social media and influencers have put plastic surgery procedures more into the mainstream over the last couple years even though they have been common for a long time. According to Health Research Funding (HRF), 14.6 million cosmetic surgeries are completed in the United States each year.

With that many procedures happening annually, it only makes sense that some of them go wrong. In fact, about 1% of all plastic surgeries result in complications. That might sound small, but that averages out to about 150,000 patients a year with complications. When a cosmetic procedure goes terribly wrong, you may have legal options depending on the outcome of the procedure and to the effect it has affected you.

Neil Armstrong’s Death: Why Secrecy is Harmful in a Medical Negligence Case

Published on Aug 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Around the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk and nearly seven years since his unexpected passing, information regarding the circumstances of his death and the legal actions that followed have surfaced. The New York Times received records from an anonymous source that detailed the complications that Armstrong faced and the legal settlement that was made after his death between the hospital and his family. This new information brings about questions regarding how harmful secrecy can be when medical malpractice is involved in a patient’s death.

What to Do When a Delayed Diagnosis Causes Irreversible Harm

Published on May 30, 2019 at 1:44 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Stethoscope and pen on chart

When you’re dealing with a medical problem and don’t know how to take care of it, you expect your doctor to examine you, assess your symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and give you treatment options. Unfortunately, not all doctors practice medicine according to the required standard of care. When a negligent physician delays your diagnosis and you sustain permanent injuries, you can hold them accountable and seek compensation in order to live as high a quality of life as possible.

Learning your condition could have been diagnosed sooner to prevent injuries can be devastating, especially when the harm is irreversible. When negligence is attached to the delayed diagnosis, medical malpractice can be proven. In order to start building a strong claim against the physician who wronged you, you’ll want to understand what a delayed diagnosis is, what the possible consequences are, and how a lawyer can help you.

How to Maximize the Chances of a Successful Surgical Outcome

Published on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:36 pm in Medical Malpractice.

Knowing you’ll be going into surgery can be overwhelming. It’s likely you have many thoughts running through your head about how the procedure will go and what recovery will be like. If you’re worried about the risks, possible outcomes, or medical errors, there are things you can do to maximize your chances of having a successful surgical outcome. Overall, it’s important to remember that you are the one undergoing surgery, which means you should feel as prepared as possible before the operation.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center Under Investigation for Deadly Medication Error

Published on Jan 17, 2019 at 3:12 pm in Medical Malpractice.

On December 26, 2017, an unidentified patient was accidentally injected with a paralyzing anesthetic at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The hospital is under investigation for not being upfront with the Davison County Medical Examiner about the deadly medication error.

The patient was being treated at Vanderbilt for a subdural hematoma, also known as bleeding in the brain, and was suffering from headaches and vision loss. Even with those symptoms, the patient was awake, alert, and improving.

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