Vacuum-Assisted Delivery And Birth Injury

Sometimes, during the labor and delivery process, the baby needs a little help getting through the birth canal. Approximately 1 out of 20 vaginal deliveries in the United States result in some form of assistance being required. Prolonged labor can be dangerous to the baby as well as extremely painful and exhausting to the mother. Two common forms of assisted delivery, used by medical providers to when labor is stalled, are vacuum extraction and forceps…

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Mirena IUD: The Link between Levonorgestrel and Intracranial Hypertension

Nearly two hundred lawsuits filed by women against Bayer Pharmaceuticals allege that their intrauterine device (IUD), Mirena, causes a condition known as intracranial hypertension (IH), or pseudotumor cerebri. Women all over the United States claim that Bayer was negligent in failing to warn users of the IUD of the potentially disabling side effects related to IH. In fact, Bayer has not provided any warning at all about the possibility of Mirena causing IH, despite studies…

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Paralysis Caused By Spinal Surgery

An ideal outcome in spinal surgery is dependent of the coordination of efforts by the surgeon, anesthesiologist, and neurophysiologist. Because patients are under general anesthesia during surgery, techniques for examining the nervous system for potential injuries can be somewhat limited. Intraoperative spinal cord monitoring (IOM) allows the surgeon to record the electrical signals transferred along the spinal cord and use this recording to prevent neural irritation or spinal cord injury during surgery. Electrodes are placed…

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Mirena IUD: The FDA and Bayer Pharmaceuticals

In 2001, Bayer Pharmaceuticals introduced and promoted the Mirena Intrauterine Device (IUD) as a highly effective birth control method. Mirena is a flexible, plastic, T-shaped device inserted through the cervix and into the uterus by a healthcare professional. The IUD can remain in place for up to 5 years and prevents pregnancy by releasing a progestin hormone called levonorgestrel into the body. Bayer recommended Mirena to women who already had a child and were looking…

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Mismatched Blood Transfusion And Transfusion Reaction

A blood transfusion is a common medical procedure in which donated blood is provided to a patient through a narrow tube (IV catheter) placed within a vein in the arm. Blood transfusions become medically necessary for many reasons, including a need to replace blood in patients who suffer significant bleeding as the result of a major surgery or accidental injury. Blood transfusions are also needed by patients with blood disorders which interfere with their body’s…

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Essure: The Controversy Behind this Female Sterilization Device ESSURE

In 2002, Bayer released a permanent contraception device called Essure. The device presented women with the option of having two “soft, flexible inserts” implanted through the vagina and cervix into the fallopian tubes in a “gentle, non-surgical” procedure. Bayer promoted this approach as a drastically simpler alternative to the incision and anesthesia necessary for a tubal ligation surgery. The Essure coil-like inserts were designed to generate scar tissue to block the fallopian tubes, without releasing…

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Group B Strep Infection Causing Birth Injury YostCryingBaby

Group B streptococcus (GBS), is a bacterium that can cause serious infections in newborn babies. It is one of many types of streptococcal bacteria, commonly referred to as “strep.” Approximately one in three to four pregnant women in the US carries GBS. It is found in the lower part of the digestive system (colon) and/or in the vagina. GBS is not harmful to healthy adults but is extremely dangerous for newborn infants when found in…

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AbbVie Hit with $150M Verdict in “Low-T” Trial AndroGel-2

The first jury verdict in a series of bellwether trials involving the testosterone treatment AndroGel is in. The jury found that the manufacturer of the gel, AbbVie, should pay $150 million in punitive damages to Oregon resident Jesse Mitchell. After seeing a commercial about AndroGel and using the product for 4 years, Mr. Mitchell suffered a nearly fatal heart attack. He testified that he would not have used the drug if AbbVie had properly warned…

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Foreign Objects Left In Surgical Patients

Leaving foreign objects (including sponges, needles and instruments) in patients during surgical procedures is a widely recognized medical error classified as a “Never Event”. The term “Never Event” refers to a hospital-acquired condition that should not, under any circumstances, occur. A surgical tool, such a sponge or forceps, placed inside a patient during surgery but not removed at the end of the surgical procedure, can result in serious complications including infection, vascular injury, organ damage,…

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Scientific Research Confirms Dangerous Risks from Failing to Remove IVC Filters The-Yost-Legal-Group-Baltimore-Medical-Malpractice-Lawyers-1

A Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a dangerous blockage in one of the pulmonary arteries in the lungs. Blood clots that travel to the lungs from the legs or other parts of the body cause this life threatening condition. Several medical device manufacturers developed blood clot filters, called Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) filters to surgically place in patients to prevent PE’s. Unfortunately, defects in the design of these blood clot filters cause serious injuries by tilting,…

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