Category Archives: Medical Malpractice

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How Can Medical Mistakes Cause Cerebral Palsy?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines cerebral palsy as a group of disorders that affect balance and movement. Cerebral palsy can occur when the developing brain is harmed by an abnormality or injury. Medical mistakes made before, during or shortly after birth are a cause of cerebral palsy. The following medical mistakes may lead to cerebral palsy: Failure to respond to fetal distress. Doctors must quickly respond to fetal distress to prevent the possibility of brain damage. For example, a twisted or prolapsed umbilical cord could lead to a hypoxic or anoxic brain injury. Newborns can also suffer oxygen deprivation if they become stuck in the birth canal. Failure to treat severe infant jaundice. Infants can develop athetoid cerebral palsy if they do not receive care for severe cases of jaundice. Jaundice, a condition caused by excessive levels of bilirubin, can lead to kernicterus. This is a…
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Common Myths about Medical Malpractice

Often, people are unaware of the particulars of medical malpractice cases until they or their loved ones are injured by a negligent doctor. Malpractice occurs when a doctor or other healthcare provider deviates from the reasonable standard of care that another provider would have done based on the same circumstances. Here is a look at some of the myths and misconceptions you might have heard about medical malpractice, as well as what to do if it happens to you. Myth: Many medical malpractice claims are frivolous. Fact: A study performed by the New England School of Medicine found that only 3 percent of claims studied did not involve an adverse medical outcome, and 63 percent of claims were directly attributed to medical error. That means that the majority of claims are not, in fact, frivolous. Myth: Frivolous claims often end with the claimant receiving compensation. Fact: The same study found…
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How Safe Are Georgia Hospitals?

When it comes to patient safety, how do Georgia hospitals compare to others around the country? According to the Leapfrog Group, a patient safety organization, not particularly well. A recent report by the group scored Georgia hospitals among the lowest in terms of top safety ratings in the country. Fewer than 20 percent of Georgia hospitals earned an “A” grade in patient safety. Georgia ranked 40th in the country for percentages of hospitals with top safety ratings. Compared to last year’s ranking, Georgia’s has not shifted at all. The Leapfrog Group issues these hospital safety reports every six months and ranks more than 2,600 hospitals across the country. The group looks at factors including medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections to determine grades. The group creates these reports to help consumers become more knowledgeable about hospital safety records. While Georgia’s score this year was not stellar, none of the ranked…
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