Birth Defects Attorneys: Oral Clefts Cause Speech and Hearing Issues

Young children who are born with a cleft lip or cleft palate may experience speech and hearing problems as they grow older. Birth defects attorneys believe that speech-language pathology can often times be very beneficial to children with speech issues associated with these birth defects. Children who receive speech assistance at a young age are often times less likely to develop certain speech compensatory error patterns later in development. In dealing with a child's hearing, a tympanostomy tube is often put into the eardrum in order to aerate the middle ear which should allow the child to improve hearing. Problems with Speech in … [Read more...]

Birth Defects Attorneys Inform about Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft lip and cleft palate are some of the most common birth defects that are seen today, occurring in about one or two children in every 1,000 births in this country. Although cleft lip and cleft palate are quite prevalent in the United States, birth defects attorneys say that these craniofacial malformations occur even more often in children of Latino and Asian descent. These happen when there is an incomplete development of the lip or roof of the mouth during fetal formation, which leaves an opening. Although these birth defects are quite common, women who take Topamax, the popular migraine and epilepsy drug, during pregnancy may be at an … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Sponge Left in Patient After Procedure

Erin Webster, a Pennsylvania woman, was recently awarded $525,000 in a medical negligence lawsuit after a surgical sponge was left in her abdomen following a cesarean section. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the lawsuit was brought against Lower Bucks Hospital, Dr. Richard Turner, and two nurses, Megan Blatcher and Laura Tedesco. The jury found the hospital and the two nurses liable, while they determined no liability should be placed on Turner. Rare but Serious Mistake Leads to Countless Problems After the laparotomy sponge was left in Webster, she suffered from a severe infection, bowel perforation and obstruction, digestive … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys and Judge Fight Caps on Damages

Circuit Judge, Ronald Wilson, joined the West Virginia Supreme Court on a temporary basis to hear a challenge to the state's law which capped non economic medical malpractice damages. Medical malpractice attorneys say that Wilson, although his position was not a majority among the court, acted as a strong advocate for victims of medical negligence who may seek damages. Some argue that non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are frivolous and should not exceed a certain amount for victims and their families. Wilson combated this argument by saying, "spend a day in their shoes if you think mental pain and loss of enjoyment are … [Read more...]

Bed Sore Attorneys Get Justice for Philadelphia Girl’s Death

Danieal Kelly was a 14 year old handicapped girl who died a horrific and painful death after she was neglected by both her family and social service agencies. Bed sore attorneys say that in 2006, at the time of her death, the young girl weighed only 42 pounds. Kelly had not attended school in years and she could not walk or talk. In a time that she needed help the most, she was provided none. She was forced to spend almost all of her time in the same position, in the same bed, she had limited medical care, was often times not given sufficient food or water, and she suffered from severe, maggot infested bed sores. Defendants in Kelly Neglect … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: NC Governor Stands Up For Victims

Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina took a major step in sticking up for seriously injured victims of medical negligence within the state. Governor Perdue vetoed North Carolina Senate Bill 33 which would have capped non-economic damages at $500,000 regardless of the severity of the patient's injuries. Medical malpractice attorneys believe that this is a great win for patients of medical negligence because they will be awarded a damages amount that they truly deserve, not a figure that was arbitrarily decided by a group of politicians. Malpractice Reform Won't Work if it Does Not Protect the Catastrophically Injured The damages for pain … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: South Carolina Woman Awarded Damages

A South Carolina hospital, AnMed Health, lost its appeal after a plaintiff was awarded a quarter of a million dollars following a case of negligence. Medical malpractice attorneys report that Ms. Elise Burke, a 73 year old woman, was awarded this amount of money after she endured pain, discomfort, and extreme embarrassment because a sponge was accidentally left in her vagina following a hysterectomy procedure. The hospital admitted liability in the case but raised numerous arguments on appeal in an effort to get the trial court's verdict overturned. Unfortunately for them, the Court of Appeals of South Carolina was not buying these … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Compensation For Botched Circumcision

Judge Rex Heeseman of the Los Angeles Superior Court has approved a settlement for $4.6 million. The approval concludes a lawsuit which was filed following a botched circumcision procedure. The young baby, only a week old at the time of his circumcision, had 85% of the top of his penis removed. Medical malpractice attorneys say that this is a great victory for the young child, now eight years old, and his mother, Melanie Hall, who decided to file the case. The defendants in the case were Miltex Inc. and its parent company, Integra Life Sciences Holding Corp. who manufactured the clamp that was used during the procedure. Defective Product … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorneys: Suspected Killer’s Dad Sues Doctor

Victor Bruscato was assigned to a psychiatrist, Dr. Derek Johnson O'Brien, in 2001. The doctor placed his patient on anti-psychotic drugs which were believed to be helping to manage sexual impulses and certain violent tendencies. Unfortunately, in 2002, Dr. O'Brien elected to discontinue the use of two powerful medications in an effort to rule out the possibility that Bruscato was developing a dangerous syndrome. Medical malpractice attorneys say that the man began having violent nightmares and claimed that he was getting direct orders from the devil to do bad things. Man Kills Mother, Father Sues Doctor In August of 2002, Bruscato … [Read more...]

Bed Sore Attorneys: African Americans Have a Higher Risk

A recent study shows that African American patients have a higher risk of developing bed sores in comparison to their white counterparts. Bed sore attorneys warn that this serious condition has the potential to significantly increase a patient's cost of care as well as cause potential illness or even death. Bed sores, although very dangerous, can almost always be avoided through proper care and medical attention. Bed sore attorneys believe this disparity may lie in the differences between the nursing homes that house mostly black patients compared to white patients. Data shows that nursing facilities with higher concentrations of African … [Read more...]