Birth Injury Due To Placental Abruption

The placenta is an organ that develops inside a woman’s uterus during pregnancy. Once a baby is conceived, the placenta forms to supply oxygen and nutrients to the baby, as well as remove waste products from the baby’s blood. The placenta attaches to the uterine wall, and the baby’s umbilical cord arises from it. In some cases, however, the placenta can separate from the uterine wall, causing the baby to stop receiving an adequate supply…

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Getting Essure Removed: What You Need to Know

Since the permanent birth control device Essure went on the market in 2002, 26,000 complaints and 16,000 lawsuits have been filed against Bayer, the manufacturer of the device. As a result of the chronic and debilitating side effects (nickel poisoning, abnormal/heavy menstrual bleeding, autoimmune disorders, severe abdominal/pelvic pain, etc.) caused by Essure, many women have had to have the device removed. However, prior to implantation, women were not only ill-informed about the side effects of…

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Microcephaly Following Hypoxic Brain Injury at Birth

Microcephaly is a medical condition defined by a small head circumference. It is noticeable as a disproportionately small head for the size of the growing child. There are many different ways this condition can develop, including preventable brain injury at birth, which stunts the growth of the baby’s brain and skull. Acquired microcephaly in very young children can be caused by lack of oxygen during birth. If signs of the baby suffering from hypoxia during…

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Signs and Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer

The diabetes (incretin) medications outlined in the adjacent table are linked to causing pancreatic cancer. Therefore, if you or a loved one has taken, or is currently taking, one or more of these medications, you could be at an increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, there are usually no early warning signs of pancreatic cancer. Typically, by the time someone starts to experience symptoms, the cancer has spread outside of the pancreas. Nevertheless, there…

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Another Stryker Hip Recall: LFIT V40

The reputation of medical device manufacturer Stryker Corporation has been called into question in the past, after having to recall two of its metal hip replacement systems in 2012. More recently, the company once again faces criticism and outrage for its negligence in distributing yet another defectively designed hip replacement system. On August 29, 2016, Stryker sent an Urgent Medical Device Recall Notification Letter to all surgeons who implanted the LFIT V40 femoral head as…

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Diabetes Drugs Linked To Causing Pancreatic Cancer

At present, approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have been diagnosed with diabetes, and as many as 8.1 million (more) Americans have the disease but have not yet been diagnosed. Perhaps equally as staggering, by the end of this year, about 1.4 million new cases of diabetes will have been diagnosed. According to the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”), diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. People with…

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Compartment Syndrome, Post-Operative Onset

Compartment syndrome is a potentially devastating post-operative complication in which increased pressure results in insufficient blood supply to muscle and nerve tissue within the effected internal space. Causes of compartment syndrome in the post-operative patient include: being left too long in a position during surgery that blocked one or more blood vessels; or, having bandages or casts too tightly applied. This medical condition can arise in response to bleeding and/or swelling in any area of…

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Important Reminders for Personal Injury Plaintiffs

How Can You Help Your Lawyer in a Personal Injury Lawsuit? As a plaintiff in a personal injury matter, you are the most important part of your lawsuit. What you do (or don’t do) matters. Understanding this dynamic and completing key tasks will help your attorney to represent you more effectively. More specifically, during the pendency of your case, it is critically important that you attend to the following: RECORD SUBMISSION – send your attorney…

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Chorioamnionitis

Chorioamnionitis is a serious complication during labor that may result in serious, irreversible injuries to the mother and child at birth.  Affecting approximately 10% of pregnancies, this condition is also known as intra-amniotic infection (IAI).  Chorioamnionitis is characterized by inflammation and infection of the fetal membranes (amnion and chorion) due to a bacterial infection. This intrauterine infection typically occurs when bacteria ascends from the vagina, through the cervix and into the uterus. This condition is…

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Diagnosing Hip Implant Pseudotumors with MARS MRI

The symptoms related to defective metal-on-metal hip implants can be extremely overwhelming for some patients. For many individuals, the device that was supposed to restore their quality of life has instead resulted in pain and immobility. Several of the negative side effects of the metal-on-metal hip implants can be difficult to diagnose. Fortunately, there is now a test available to better monitor and diagnose pseudotumors, a serious condition that often occurs with metal-on-metal hip implants….

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