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When birth injuries upend life for an entire family

On this blog, we have written about many different aspects of birth injuries and the consequences associated with mistakes that are made during delivery. From brain trauma to cerebral palsy, these injuries are often devastating for mothers and their children. However, the wide range of consequences that these injuries cause should not be overlooked. From financial challenges to extreme emotional distress, our law office knows how hard birth injuries can be for an entire family in Stamford and other parts of Connecticut.

When a birth injury occurs, those in the delivery room may be devastated. On top of a newborn sustaining an injury or even passing away, the emotional pain can be overwhelming. After the injury, all sorts of challenges may arise that could have a negative impact on the whole family. For example, a family may have a hard time with hospital bills or costs associated with therapy for cerebral palsy. The injury may necessitate taking time off work and additional driving, which can add even more strain to a family's finances.

Connecticut VA accused of leaving scalpel in patient for 4 years

Imagine having a knife lying inside your body right next to your stomach and intestines. Not a pleasant thought, is it? Well, it really happened to a Connecticut man. A surgeon allegedly left a scalpel inside his body -- for four years.

According to WFSB-TV, about a year ago the man was dealing with dizziness and chronic abdominal pain. A military veteran, he scheduled an appointment to undergo an MRI at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System clinic in West Haven.

Overloading is a major cause of truck-related crashes

According to statistics compiled by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, there were 87,000 injury crashes in the U.S. involving large trucks in the one-year span between 2014 and 2015.

A big rig might crash because of engine malfunction or brake failure. The driver might feel drowsy or distracted. However, there is also one less obvious but still major cause of a truck-related accident: overloaded cargo.

Claire's makeup said to contain asbestos

Little girls often love to play dress-up and put on makeup. To encourage creative play, you may have bought your daughter makeup kits, costume jewelry and princess dresses. Understandably, you also might not have given a second thought about the safety of these products, since children's items in Connecticut and elsewhere should be safe for those the manufacturer intends them for. However, what would happen if you found out the eye shadow you bought for your little girl had harmful ingredients in it?
This was the case for a mother recently, who had sent some of her daughter's makeup from Claire's to a laboratory to test its ingredients. She learned that the cosmetics contained asbestos. Soon after, testing of additional products from stores across numerous states also reportedly came back positive for asbestos, prompting Claire's to pull nine products from shelves nationwide. 

The seven most commonly misdiagnosed conditions

The average American will suffer at least one serious health condition in his or her lifetime. Unfortunately, some of these people will have their conditions misdiagnosed. Connecticut residents should know about the seven health conditions that doctors most frequently misdiagnose; that way, they can watch out for symptoms that may seem minor in isolation and ask accordingly for second opinions.

Coming in seventh are pulmonary embolisms, which are blood clots in lung arteries that lead to chest pains, shortness of breath and coughing. Emergency department patients are most at risk for the misdiagnosis, so anyone who exhibits these symptoms should see a doctor right away. Next are thyroid disorders -- underactive or overactive thyroids can lead to fatigue, constipation and feelings of depression. Being gradual, the symptoms are often misdiagnosed.

Panel revises diagnostic criteria for multiple sclerosis

It may take some time for Connecticut patients to get a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, and an erroneous diagnosis is not uncommon. One of the difficulties is that no single test can identify the disease. Instead, clinicians generally must rule out other causes of the presented symptoms and then use a number of processes including lab tests, medical history, a clinical examination, and an MRI of the brain.

On Dec. 21, 2017, the online journal "The Lancet" published updated diagnostic criteria based on the findings and recommendations of an international panel with 30 members. The McDonald Criteria for the Diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis has been the same since 2010, and experts felt that due to new knowledge and research, it was time for a review.

Malpractice trends for spinal membrane tears after back surgery

Back pain sufferers in Connecticut sometimes turn to back surgery for relief. The procedures frequently result in incidental durotomy, which describes small tears on the membrane of the spinal cord. These tears sometimes prompt patients to file malpractice claims. A review of three legal databases revealed differences among cases that were decided in favor of the surgeon and those that benefited the patient.

A slight majority of cases, 56 percent, reached verdicts that did not hold the defendants accountable for alleged medical injuries. Most of these cases did not involve plaintiffs who had neurological complications that caused weakness or brain damage.

A second HIV test could reduce HIV misdiagnosis

Connecticut parents may be interested to learn that a study found that testing infants who had a positive HIV test a second time could reduce misdiagnosis of HIV. Infants in vulnerable populations, such as South Africa, undergo nucleic acid amplification tests to look for an early HIV diagnosis. However, these tests are not 100 percent accurate, potentially resulting in misdiagnoses that can cause unnecessary stress and healthcare costs for parents. Although the World Health Organization recommends that infants undergo a second test, many are not given that second test.

The study used a computer simulation model to project what the impact of a second, confirmatory test would have in infants whose first results showed that they were HIV-positive. The simulation found that, without the second confirmatory test, 128 out of every 1,000 infants were HIV-positive. When the simulation added the confirmatory test, only one infant would have started unnecessary antiretroviral therapy.

Pharmacy staff involvement can cut medication errors

Going to the hospital is rarely a pleasant experience for people in Connecticut and around the United States; people usually only go to the emergency room when they are seriously and suddenly sick or injured. An additional concern that some people may have in the hospital is the possibility of a medication error. Powerful medications can have serious side effects, especially when incorrectly administered. In addition, patients may fail to receive the drugs they actually need if they are prescribed an incorrect medication.

A study led by Cedars-Sinai found that pharmacy professionals taking medication histories in emergency departments can lead to an 80 percent reduction in prescription medication mistakes. The hospital assigned pharmacy staff, rather than doctors or nurses, to take these histories for high-risk patients. This reduction in mistakes is especially significant for patients whose medication histories are complex, with the potential for dangerous drug interactions.

Know The Warning Signs For Nursing Home Abuse

Making the decision to entrust your elderly parent's care to a nursing home can be one of the more difficult decisions you will be called on to make as your parents age. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse is a reality many families encounter.

There are some warning signs, however, that can help you be alert and aware to ensure your parent is receiving a quality standard of care and is not being abused. This list provides just a few of the most common signs to help you learn more if you suspect a nursing home is abusing your parent.

Wocl Leydon, LLC is a law firm experienced in handling wrongful death, medical malpractice, auto accidents, fall down claims, nursing home negligence and abuse, car crash and motor vehicle collision lawsuits. The personal injury trial lawyers handle cases throughout Fairfield County. If you have been seriously injured in Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call one of our litigation attorneys at 203-333-3339, or email the firm to schedule a free consultation.

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