Arachnoiditis Lawsuits

Arachnoiditis is a chronic incurable spinal condition which causes severe pain and various other problems. It gets its name from the description of what it is: inflammation of the arachnoid layer of the meninges, which are protective layers around the spinal cord and brain.

Arachnoiditis is a sort of chronic meningitis of the middle layer. The name stems from the scientific term for spider because the layer resembles a spider's web in appearance. This web becomes tangled when it is chronically inflamed, with Scar tissue binding the nerve roots together, causing pain and numbness/tingling in the parts of the body supplied by these roots.

A chronic condition has the potential to turn your life upside down and put you in a difficult position with regard to living your life they way you want to. If you feel as though your Arachnoiditis is the result of medical malpractice, or stems from unnatural means, then you may be eligible to receive compensation for this negligence in the form of damages through a lawsuit.

How to Spot Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect

Quite often, when a loved one is no longer able to care for themselves, the only viable option available to the family is to place them in a nursing home. However, once the transition has been made to a nursing facility, how do you know if your loved one is being properly cared for? What do you do if you suspect your loved one is suffering from abuse or neglect at the hands of the doctors, nurses or other staff members at the nursing home? As a family member it is important to know some common signs of abuse and neglect that may occur in a nursing home.

Bedsores - According to the Mayo Clinic "...bedsores are injuries to skin and underlying tissue that result from prolonged pressure on the skin." Bedsores are most often associated with patients who are confined to a bed, but they can also develop on the heels, ankles, hips or buttocks of people who have restricted mobility, such as patients confined to a wheelchair. 

Drug Overdose Lawsuits

Drug Overdose Lawsuits in Florida

In the state of Florida, doctors and pharmacists are held to a standard that requires them to take care of their patients and make certain that their best interests are always adhered to. Unfortunately, this expectation is too high for certain individuals in the medical profession, and their actions (or lack thereof) have led to many cases where a patient unintentionally, or through the instructions of a doctor or pharmacist, overdoses on prescription drugs.

From 1991 to 2001 in Florida, there was a death rate increase of 325% in non-suicidal poisonings due to drugs of various sorts. Furthermore, prescription drugs now account for 76.1% of all drug overdose deaths in the state. This all leads to the fact that there have been major missteps by those who prescribe or distribute drugs in many cases. If you or a loved one has had to deal with a drug overdose due to mistakes made by medical professionals, you may be eligible for compensation in the form of damages.

Are Shoulder Pain Pumps Causing Cartilage Breakdown?

These injections administer pain medication directly to the affected area. While the idea may seem sound in theory, in practice, these pumps have actually shown to cause further damage to the shoulder. Defective products have even caused cartilage breakdown, leading to an increase in medical malpractice cases related to these injections.

Postarthroscopic glenohumeral chondrolysis (PAGCL) refers to a condition in which complete cartilage breakdown in the shoulder causes the bones to contact each other at the joint. Without cartilage to separate them, the bones rub together with every shoulder movement. Ironically, treatment intended to minimize pain can actually lead to a condition that is far more painful than the original shoulder injury.

The issue has been studied by several major medical organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, but the U. S. Food and Drug Administration reports that while the connection between this intense post-surgery pain and shoulder pain pump injections is quite clear, the reason for the cartilage breakdown has yet to be discovered.

Cosmetic Surgery Negligence: Your Rights

Any person who has suffered any kind of damage, scarring or other problems due to medical negligence during cosmetic surgery has a right to claim compensation for cosmetic surgery negligence.

A person who chooses a surgeon puts an enormous amount of trust in the surgeon's ability to treat them well. However, with the boom in cosmetic surgery, many clinics have doctors and nurses who are not properly qualified, or who are negligent in the treatment of their patients. Once the patient is under the surgeon's counsel, it is the legal responsibility of the surgeon to care for him or her, following the right medical practices and rules.

The Patient's Rights

Medical Accidents Happen - What Can You Do?

To err is human. Random accidents and mistakes are very much a part of life just that it is quite difficult to come to terms with them especially on the medical front. Doctors and other healthcare or medical professionals are expected to be examples of perfection, offering only the very best of their services to patients; however, they too are prone to making mistakes. Patients and their families often do not even realise the mistake or notice the lack of service or adequate advice, until the consequences begin to manifest. Impact of gross medical negligence usually is instantaneous with dire results.

Anyone affected by medical negligence should first assess the situation to decide how they would like to handle the matter. Most people simply look for an explanation, a reason, or probably a simple apology to help them cope with the sudden loss of a loved one or other less severe consequences. 

How The Compensation Claim Process Works

The term 'medical negligence' refers to a situation in which a person suffers harm or injury due to negligent care, or error in treatment, by a medical professional. All medical professionals - whether doctors, nurses, anaesthetists, lab workers, physiotherapists or any other professionals - are duty bound to take care of their patients.

For a Successful Claim

In order to be awarded damages in a medical negligence claim, the patient or his family should successfully prove that the doctor (or healthcare professionals) had a duty to take care of the patient and not cause harm or injury to him; the medical negligence breached that duty to take care of the patient; the patient has been harmed, injured or traumatised due to the negligence or error; and that the patient has suffered damages, or loss of any kind due to this.

Medical Negligence Solicitors Are Your Friend

The term 'medical negligence' refers to any harm or injury a person has suffered from, due to negligence or error in treatment by a medical professional. A medical negligence solicitor is a person who helps people who have suffered from negligence, and helps them claim compensation according to the law. A patient who visits a doctor places all his trust in the doctor's abilities, and consults him in the belief that he will do only what is best for the patient. Hence, when the doctor's negligence causes any physical injury or mental stress, he can approach a solicitor to claim damages.

When to Contact a Medical Negligence Solicitor

Any patient can get in touch with a solicitor about claiming damages if he (or someone from his immediate family) has been harmed or injured by any way by a wrong diagnosis; a surgical error, like mistake in the dosage of anaesthetic given during surgery, or an instrument left inside the body; any infection contracted due to unclean conditions in a hospital; a wrong prescription given to him; death of a family member due to negligence; or birth problems like cerebral palsy which could have been caused by medical error.

Medicare As a Business Partner

If you were in business, and you had a contract with a major company that was responsible for 9-12% of your business, and that business sent you a letter saying they would be decreasing the amount of money they currently paid to you by about 30%, what would you say to this company? Imagine for a moment that you and this company had been in business together since 1965. Imagine, also, that over the years, the company had slowly and methodically begun decreasing their payment for your goods and services over the last decade; 2-3% one year, 5% another. Throughout the past generation you had already absorbed a 10% decrease in how much this company would pay for your services. At first, you were hesitant to let the company go, as they accounted for about one third of your business. You pondered the past, recalling the years of doing business together. Yet, you were quickly reminded how this company had changed drastically since its doors opened in 1965. You remembered the ease with which you initially had conducted business with this company, but how this had become more and more difficult with each passing year. 

MRSA: Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a strain of staph bacteria. However, even though most types of bacteria are able to be treated by antibiotics, this type of bacteria does is resistant. Just because staph bacteria is present in someone's body does not mean that they have MRSA. In fact, about one out of every four people are said to be colonized by staph, meaning that the bacteria is present on their skin. What may cause the person to become ill infected when the bacteria enters into the body. This could be from sores and cuts, or through hospital equipment such as breathing tubes and catheters. Some types of staff infections are very minor and may appear as a pimple. However, in some victims, their heart, blood, or other organs may become infected.

The difference between a serious case of staph infection or a minor case can depend on the person's immune system.