Recently, there has been much debate over medical malpractice lawsuits and the potential need for tort reform across the United States. Although some experts are quick to “poo-poo” medical negligence cases as attacks on medical professionals, lawyers maintain that an individual’s right to sue is part of their bigger right to compensation for losses at the hands of others. Medical malpractice attorneys will point to certain social goals that are achieved by bringing these cases, while others may counter by pointing to the increased costs, strain on the court systems, and the high prices paid by doctors for some sort of defensive insurance.
Important Social Goals of Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
One major benefit of medical malpractice lawsuits is that they force healthcare providers to maintain acceptable standards of care. Doctors and nurses will be less likely to implement unsafe practices if they face a potential of being hauled into court and forced to pay for the results of their negligence. With certain reform systems suggesting a cap for damages, the maximum amount that lawsuits would be worth may not be enough to deter healthcare providers from engaging in unsafe behavior.
A second benefit is that verdicts and settlements also serve as a form of punishment. Negligent physicians should be reprimanded for their actions, but without sufficient punitive cost, no punishment is really handed down. Considering that most victims of medical malpractice will never attempt to bring a case against their doctor, negligent doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers should be forced to answer for their behavior in the event they are called on to do so.
Finally, a third social goal is the compensation of patients who have been injured by negligence. These victims are often left in worse shape after sustaining injuries due to malpractice and it is important for medical malpractice attorneys to seek the compensation necessary to make the lives of their clients as normal and fulfilling as possible.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or a family member have recently been the victim of medical negligence, you should speak to our professionals about your legal rights. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
A $2.3 million dollar verdict for a birth injury case was awarded to a Virginia attorney and his client. In 2006, the negligence of a midwife hired by a woman’s obstetrician/gynecologist (OB/GYN) caused permanent nerve damage to her baby boy’s arm. The attorney for the boy showed that the negligence that occurred during delivery occurred during the birth due to shoulder dystocia.
Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind a mother’s pubic bone. In order to avoid injury, certain changes must be made during delivery. Birth injuries arising from the improper delivery of a baby with shoulder dystocia can be permanent. In the case of the Virginia boy, it was shown that the nerve damage caused him permanent disablement of his right arm. He may need assistance for simple tasks for the rest of life, and may not be able to do many of the typical activities of childhood due to the birth injury he received.
The verdict the attorney gained for the boy will help him receive the special assistance and training he needs due to the negligent birth injury he received at birth. The jury also awarded an additional $60,000 to reimburse medical expenses that the mother as acquired. Such birth injuries can be compared to injuries caused by auto accidents, they cause life changing challenges for the baby, just as he or she is entering into the world.
Birth Defects Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your child was injured at birth and you now have questions regarding your legal rights, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the experienced medical malpractice and birth injury attorneys answer any questions you may have.
As New Jersey and Philadelphia lawyers specializing in nursing home abuse and neglect cases, it is important to remind everyone of a common form of nursing home abuse and neglect, the occurrence of bed sores. To help prevent the painful and dangerous bed sores from forming, certain things are vital in a nursing home patient’s care. One of the most important factors is the proper positioning of the patient.
Repositioning Wheelchair Bound Patients
For those patients that are wheelchair bound, there are certain helpful recommendations for proper repositioning. An attempt should be made, by the patient, to move every 15 minutes. Nursing home staff should help assist with larger changes every hour.
To assist in this process, patients can utilize specialized wheelchairs. These pressure-release chairs tilt to redistribute pressure. This helps provide some assistance in repositioning, and thus give pressure relief to help prevent bed sores. Sometimes, appropriate cushions can be helpful. They are generally gel, water, or air filled. These cushions assist in alleviating pressure and ensuring proper positioning while in the wheelchair.
A wheelchair bound patient in a nursing home should have a set care plan to make sure that proper repositioning takes place. A nursing home physical therapist can advise the patient on proper cushion positioning, and can give lifting and upper body movement exercises to help assist those patients that are able to reposition themselves.
When a wheelchair bound patient isn’t properly and regularly repositioned, bed sores are an almost certain outcome. Bed sores are harder to treat than they are to prevent, so it is imperative that nursing home staff take this movement very seriously. Those that do not are truly showing an abusive and neglectful attitude to their patients.
Nursing Home Abuse Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia
If your loved one is a resident in a nursing home and you fear that their well-being is in jeopardy due to abusive or negligent care, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the nursing home abuse attorneys at the Mininno Law Office answer any questions you may have regarding your legal rights and your next step.