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

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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Kernicterus

Despite advances in neonatal care, preventable injuries to newborns are still prevalent in the United States. Jaundice, a common medical condition in infants, is characterized by yellow tinting of a newborn’s skin and the whites of the eyes (conjunctiva). This yellowing is a sign that there is too much bilirubin (a substance formed by the breakdown of red blood cells) in the baby’s blood. Although most jaundice resolves without causing any harm, it is important…

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We Are Excited to Announce the Winner of the 2017 Yost Legal Group College Scholarship Essay Program!

At the Yost Legal Group, Attorneys at Law, we are thrilled to be able to help students and members of the community succeed by offering programs like the Yost Legal Group College Scholarship Essay Program. The program awards a $1,000 scholarship each year for the recipient to put towards tuition to pursue any field of study from an accredited college. This year’s essay topic was on how adversity has affected your life. The essay program…

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Injury During Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the number one cause of death globally. Because more people die annually from heart disease than from any other cause, it is important to take preventative measures to examine how well your heart is working. Diagnostic procedures and medical tests are commonly performed by medical professionals to monitor the heart and keep people from suffering fatal heart attacks. Cardiac catheterization, a procedure used to diagnose and treat cardiovascular conditions, involves inserting…

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More Bad News for Smith and Nephew

Smith & Nephew continues to issue additional recalls for its defective hip implant devices. By now, Smith & Nephew has established a clear pattern of manufacturing faulty and dangerous hip devices that harm rather than help innocent users of those products. In June of 2012, Smith & Nephew issued a recall of its R3 Acetabular System hip implant, followed by a voluntary market withdrawal of the Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) Femoral System in June of…

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Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) occurs in nearly 1 in every 500 births, making it is the most prevalent cause of motor function impairment. A disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture, CP is a neurological condition caused by brain damage which is usually suffered before, during or soon after a baby is born. CP may also cause seizure disorder (epilepsy), swallowing, speech and eye movement problems, and can cause intellectual disabilities.  Premature birth significantly increases an…

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Glyphosate Added to California List of Cancer-Causing Chemicals

According to the Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular herbicide Roundup, will be added to a list of known carcinogens in the state of California. Monsanto, the maker of RoundUp, has been in a legal battle with consumers who claim that the company inadequately warned users of the risk of cancer associated with the product. This listing, which goes into effect on July 7, 2017, is a victory for…

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Hypoxic Brain Injury- Intubation

Tracheal intubation (TI), usually simply referred to as intubation, is a procedure performed by medical professionals in the setting of respiratory failure and shock. This procedure involves inserting a flexible plastic tube into the patient’s trachea (windpipe) to maintain an open airway, assist with breathing and can also serve as a channel through which to administer certain drugs. Although intubation is a life-saving intervention, life-threatening complications may arise if this complex procedure is not done…

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How Risperdal Changes Lives

At The Yost Legal Group, we have extensive experience standing up to major pharmaceutical manufacturers. We are currently representing young men and boys who were harmed by Johnson & Johnson by using the medication Risperdal which was supposed to make their lives more manageable. Instead, they are now forced to deal with the embarrassing symptoms of the Risperdal side effect gynecomastia, which causes enlarged breasts, tenderness and sensitivity, and nipple discharge. One of our clients, who…

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