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Inadequate prenatal care could lead to birth injuries

During a woman's pregnancy, she will attend several appointments with her doctor or hospital to monitor the baby's health and progress. This should be managed by the woman's health care provider, and it should be tailored to some extent to the woman's particular situation. For example, studies have shown that there are increased risks for women who are over the age of 35. Additional tests may need to be conducted for older women in order to look out for the health of both the mother and the baby.

The doctors and the hospital have the legal duty to provide adequate care throughout the pregnancy. Unfortunately, complications can occur during delivery, and these complications can lead to birth injuries. While birth injuries are sometimes unavoidable, they can also be due to a failure on the part of the doctors and other health care providers, and it could constitute medical malpractice.

New York City: Bicycle friendly, in a way

It isn't any secret that New York City has some very congested streets. In fact, people can spend hours on their commutes to work and back home if they opt to drive. The alternative is taking public transportation, but this can also be difficult if you have to drive to the station. This is partially due to having to circle around for long times to be able to park your vehicle.

With the impact that vehicles have on the environment, as well as the hassle of driving in the city, many millennials have opted for a different choice -- bicycles. This change in attitude and action is forcing the city to make some changes to improve the safety of bicyclists.

Delayed diagnosis in Long Island shouldn’t be ignored

When you are in pain or suffering physically, it is reasonable to hope that a qualified doctor will be able to get to the root of why you are feeling ill. However, sometimes patients find themselves waiting months or even years before they are able to gain a diagnosis, and therefore seek treatment.

If you experienced the excruciating struggle of waiting a long time to gain a diagnosis of your condition, it is likely that you feel relief but are also wondering why it took your medical providers so long to find the answers. In the excessive amount of time that you were waiting, you were not being treated for your condition, and, as a result, it is likely that the condition has worsened, and you experienced unnecessary suffering.

Off-label drug use in labor endangers both mother and child

Most expectant mothers take time selecting an OB/GYN who is capable of providing top tier care and who agrees with the mother's birthing preferences. Unfortunately, for some expecting mothers, the doctor they chose isn't available when they go into labor. Other times, a doctor you carefully selected and trusted with your health and the life of your infant makes choices for his or her own convenience instead of your safety.

The overuse of medical interventions in labor and delivery can complicate an otherwise natural process, putting both mother and child at risk. Sometimes, the negative outcome is simply the need for surgical delivery. Other times, the consequences can be catastrophic. That is sometimes the case when a doctor administers a drug called misoprostol during labor.

Fatal New York car crash claims one life, injures several others

A multiple vehicle accident In New York claimed the life of at least one individual and seriously injured several others. Police are still investigating the car crash, which involved five vehicles and closed I-84 westbound for several hours on a recent Monday afternoon. According to reports, the accident appears to have been caused by an inattentive driver.

The official investigation indicates that a 64-year-old New York woman failed to slow her car per traffic flow when the vehicles in front of her did so. Her automobile struck the rear of the car in front of her, driven by an out-of-state woman. This caused a chain reaction that led to several more collisions with other vehicles, including a tractor-trailer.

Toxic solution in orange juice leads to products liability suit

When New York parents rely on school-provided lunches for their children, their concerns are likely things like cost or nutrition. One aspect that probably doesn't even cross their minds is whether the contents of that lunch might be hazardous or toxic. A products liability suit in another state might cause some parents to start second-guessing this.

According to the recently filed complaint, a middle-school student procured her school lunch as usual one June day approximately two years ago. As part of that meal, she received orange juice. However, immediately after drinking the beverage, she experienced a burning sensation in her throat.

Products liability suit after e-cig batteries cause severe burns

While some guidelines have been established in New York and around the country regarding vaping in public areas, little research or regulation has been done regarding the safety of the e-cigarette devices themselves. Frighteningly, more and more complaints regarding e-cigarette accidents are surfacing. In another state, a couple recently filed a products liability lawsuit over an accident involving exploding e-cig batteries that resulted in severe injuries to the husband.

Apparently, the plaintiff was busy at work one day when he felt a fire in first one of his pants' pockets, then the other, where he had been keeping extra lithium-ion batteries for his e-cigarette. The man was rushed to a medical center for treatment of the severe second and third-degree burns he suffered on both legs. While he was released a week later, he is still expected to need surgery for skin grafts.

Doctor error and hospital negligence blamed for foot amputation

Residents of New York who seek medical treatment trust their doctors to take the time and care to make informed, professional and often life-saving decisions. In another state, however, due to alleged doctor error and hospital negligence, a woman is now left without her foot and lower leg. The woman has filed a medical malpractice suit against Lifepoint Hospitals and the other parties deemed responsible.

The recently filed complaint outlines a series of doctor and emergency room visits for acute pain in the woman's right foot. At each appointment, the woman was given various instructions with differing diagnoses and medications and then released after being told that her condition would improve. However, after each visit, her pain and swelling continued to worsen.

Woman files $6M medical malpractice brain damage suit

When New Yorkers have serious health problems requiring surgery, they rely on doctors and surgeons to provide the best treatment possible. A woman in another state recently filed a medical malpractice against a hospital, alleging that its staff failed to provide adequate care. The lawsuit claims that, following a surgery performed there, the plaintiff suffered brain damage.

The 74-year-old seeks $6 million in damages. In May 2015, a doctor diagnosed her with a tumor in the lining of her brain. The tumor was identified as a non-cancerous type that typically grows slowly and is often simply monitored, as opposed to requiring surgical removal. However, the woman's doctor apparently advised that she undergo surgery in June 2015, at which time the doctor removed the tumor and part of the woman's skull, which was repaired with screws and titanium mesh.


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