Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is one of the most common birth injuries associated with medical negligence in the United States. This serious medical condition is the result of an injury to the baby’s brain, including brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery. Cerebral palsy can be categorized into different forms, based on the degree of brain damage and the area/areas of the body affected.  Forms of cerebral palsy include dyskinetic CP, spastic…

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RoundUp Lawsuit

As Monsanto’s flagship product, the weed killer Roundup generates approximately $5 billion in annual sales for the company. In March of 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), part of the highly respected World Health Organization, reported that Roundup contains a probable cancer causing chemical called glyphosate. Cases of persons suffering from the cancer known as non-Hodgkin lymphoma caused by exposure to Roundup have been filed and consolidated in a federal court Multi-District…

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Sepsis Following Weight Loss Surgery

The Centers for Disease Control reports that more than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults suffer from obesity. High blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and stroke are all life threatening conditions linked to obesity and are some of the leading causes of preventable death. There are various surgical procedures that doctors perform in order for patients to achieve desired weight loss and avoid obesity-related complications. These procedures are referred to as bariatric…

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Fetal Acidosis

Before a baby is born, the fetus is completely dependent on the mother’s blood supply to receive oxygen and nutrients. These necessities are delivered from mother to child through the umbilical cord and placenta. If proper care is not taken by a medical professional during the labor and delivery process, the baby’s oxygen supply can become compromised. When a baby is suffering from oxygen deprivation, brain cells begin to die off and brain damage can…

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Perforation of Small Intestine During Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy

Laparoscopic cholecystectomy, commonly referred to as a “lap choly,” is a procedure that involves removing the gallbladder. A patient may need removal if the gallbladder is full of gallstones (cholelithiasis), inflamed, or infected (cholecystitis). When a lap choly is needed, laparoscopic techniques are used to perform this minimally invasive surgery with the assistance of a video camera and several thin instruments. The laparoscopic incisions, each one about ½” in size, limit the surgeon’s view of…

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First Testosterone Gel Trial to Begin in June Andro Gel

The first of seven multidistrict litigation (MDL) trials involving testosterone therapy gel products begins on June 5, 2017 in the U.S District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  About 7,000 individual cases have been filed in this MDL. The Plaintiffs allege that over a dozen pharmaceutical companies unethically and aggressively marketed testosterone replacement therapy drugs to treat symptoms of normal male aging. AbbVie Inc. and Abbott Laboratories face most of the claims in the…

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Spastic Cerebral Palsy at Birth

Spastic cerebral palsy is a permanent loss of muscle control caused by an injury to the brain resulting from a variety of causes, one of which is a lack of oxygen to the baby during labor and delivery. Spastic CP is characterized by involuntary movement of the arms and legs, uncontrolled muscle spasms and can also affect the muscles controlling speech and swallowing.  Spastic CP can affect all four limbs, neck and torso (tetraplegia), both…

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Cardiac Arrest During Spinal Block

While general anesthesia is used for many surgical procedures, and local anesthetics are usually given by injection into a very specific part of the body that needs to be numbed, an injection of numbing medication into a patient’s back allows a whole region of the lower body to be pain-free without putting the patient to sleep during some abdominal surgeries, leg and feet surgeries or other lower body procedures, such as urinary tract procedures. Spinal…

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Xarelto Update: First Federal MDL Trial Verdict

The first multi-district litigation (MDL) trial for the blood thinner medication Xarelto began just a few weeks ago. This drug is used to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from arrhythmic heart disorder. If not properly monitored, Xarelto increases the risk of severe internal bleeding. The legal team representing Xarelto victims argues that the manufacturer of the drug failed to properly warn the medical community of the danger of uncontrollable bleeding presented by Xarelto. Sadly,…

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Uterine Rupture and Birth Injury

Uterine rupture in pregnancy can be life-threatening for the mother and baby. Signs and symptoms associated with uterine rupture should be identified by a medical provider through careful monitoring of the mother and baby during labor and delivery, and include: Significant uterine bleeding Severe chest pain or abdominal pain Falling blood pressure in the mother Abnormal or absent pattern of uterine contractions (visible on the fetal monitoring strip) Abnormal fetal heart rate (visible on the…

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