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Did your infant's hypoxia result from malpractice?

During your pregnancy and delivery journey, your infant faces many risks that may affect his or her life for years to come. Although medical advancements to identify, prevent and treat neonatal threats have made great strides in the last few decades, there is still plenty of room for your child to experience unnecessary harm.

Whenever an infant does not receive proper oxygen to the brain, whether in the womb, during the birth process, or after delivery, they may suffer from hypoxia. Medical care providers can usually identify hypoxia quickly and prevent it from causing permanent damage at any stage of pregnancy or birth, but some cases do still slip through.

5 categories of nursing home abuse

If you're visiting your mom or dad at a Myrtle Beach nursing home several times a week, you're probably excellent at staying on top of his or her condition. That said, you still want be on high alert for any signs of abuse -- especially if your loved one relies on the care facility for receiving baths, medication, meals and medical services.

There are five primary kinds of nursing home abuse

Doctor calls his broker during delivery

Imagine that the day you have been waiting for has finally arrived. In just a few hours you would give birth to your child. Your pregnancy had been easy and you did not expect any complications during the delivery. But during the last, and most critical minutes of the birth, the doctor continued to leave the room and made a serious of decisions that had disastrous consequences.

This is exactly what happened to a young mother in nearby Florida in 2013. During the final 90 minutes of a low-risk pregnancy, her obstetrician not only made one bad decision after another, but he also chose to take an eight-minute phone call with his stockbroker. In addition, the doctor had the nurses restart a drug to induce stronger contractions and he did not perform a Cesarean, which may have made a huge difference in the eventual outcome.

Abuse in nursing homes: Non-physical abuse is still abuse

When we check grandparent or parent into a nursing home, many of us hope that we've done everything we can to ensure that they do not suffer abuse during their stay. Maybe you checked reviews of a facility and did a walkthrough, and even researched any recent lawsuits against the facility or operators.

Unfortunately, even here in beautiful Myrtle Beach, the possibility of nursing home abuse still exists. What's more, while most physical forms of abuse are easily identified if you stay vigilant, other forms of abuse are more difficult to spot. Still, these non-physical forms of abuse are serious violations of your loved one's rights and dignity.

Non-smokers often face lung cancer misdiagnosis

Many people who develop lung cancer experience a misdiagnosis because they "don't fit the profile." Even though lunch cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the United States, doctors often misdiagnose lung cancer if the patient is not a smoker.

If you developed lung cancer and were not a smoker, it is possible your doctor wasted valuable time and resources on a poor diagnosis. An improper diagnosis may make you eligible to file a lawsuit against your physician, but the details are all very important.

Nursing home abuse: When your parent has a bedsore

When your loved one is in a nursing home, you expect the best care. Your mother has a hard time getting out of bed without help, and when she's in a wheelchair, she barely moves. Since she struggles so much to move, it's vital that the nursing staff helps her adjust and move regularly to prevent bedsores. Not doing so can constitute nursing home abuse, a claim for which you may receive compensation.

5 facts spouses should know about nursing home abuse

You've been with your spouse for many years, but you know that he is not able to care for himself anymore. You're getting older, too, and you need to know that he is getting the care he needs. While you don't want to look into nursing care, you know it's the right thing to do. Where do you start, though? How can you make sure your spouse is cared for in the same way that you'd care for him if you could?

Here are five ways to recognize nursing home abuse or negligence, so you can find a nursing facility that fits your spouse's needs while protecting him from unnecessary pain and suffering.

What parents need to know about anesthesia errors

Anesthesia, used routinely when patients need to be calm or asleep during an operation or medical treatment, helps block pain and motion. While it's common to use anesthesia before your child goes into surgery, there are some things that can affect the way it works. Here are a few quick facts that you should know about anesthesia.

Has a parent been the victim of nursing home abuse?

As a child who wants to do what is best for an elderly parent, you hope to choose a nursing home facility that provides top-notch care. Unfortunately, there are facilities and workers who don't share the same goals as you. Instead, they only care about themselves and their paycheck. As a result, nursing home abuse often comes into play.

Before we go any further, there's one very important thing to remember: There is more than one type of nursing home abuse.

Proposed federal regulations would make it harder to bring a medical malpractice claim

Lawmakers in Washington have proposed a number of ways to reduce what they perceive to be wasteful spending. Among proposals that some experts consider particularly troubling is placing caps on medical malpractice payouts and making it more difficult for patients to prove malpractice occurred in the first place.

The lawmakers who are proposing these new regulations are doing so on a questionable premise. They contend that the cost of health care throughout the country is massively inflated because the malpractice industry has made the cost of doing business untenable for health care professionals.

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