Wednesday, 24 October 2012 20:48

Medical Malpractice

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Law Offices of Gary Green has offices located in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Memphis, Tennessee. Our lawyers are familiar with the individual laws of each state, and practice in the following types of medical malpractice:

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:40

Compartment Syndrome

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Acute Compartment Syndrome is an acute medical problem following injury, surgery or in most cases repetitive and extensive muscle use in which increased pressure (usually caused by inflammation) within a confined space and without proper treatment, may lead to nerve damage and muscle death. This condition is most commonly seen in the leg. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate surgery known as a fasciotomy to allow the pressure to return to normal.

The connective tissue that defines the compartment does not stretch. A small amount of bleeding into the compartment, or swelling of the muscles within the compartment can cause the pressure to rise greatly.

Common Causes of Compartment Syndrome include:

  • Tibial or forearm fractures
  • Hemorrhage (bleeding)
  • IV Drug injection
  • Prolonged limb compression, crush injuries and burns
  • Casts

Signs and Symptoms: (Known as the 6 “P”s)

  • Pain out of proportion to what is expected
  • Paraesthesias (altered sensation)
  • Passive Stretch pain
  • Pulseless
  • Paralysis
  • Pressure on passive extension of the compartment

Pain is often reported early and almost universally. The patient usually reports deep, constant, and poorly localized pain that is usually out of proportion with the injury. Pain is aggravated by stretching the muscle group and is not relieved by medication up to and including Morphine.

Parestheisa is altered sensation e.g. “Sticks & Needles”.

Paralysis & Passive Stretch of the limb is usually a late finding. The affected compartment may feel very tense and firm as well as pressure.

Failure to relieve the pressure can result in necrosis (death) of tissue in that compartment and hypoxia (lack of oxygen) of those tissues. If left untreated, Acute Compartment Syndrome can lead to more severe conditions and loss of the affected limb.

If you you or a loved one is suffering from Compartment Syndrome, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 to discuss your legal options or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:35

Medical Malpractice

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Law Offices of Gary Green staffs in-house medical and legal personnel to review most cases. In addition, we have developed a network of expert witnesses whom we can call on for additional review and testimony, if needed. We know how violated you may feel discovering that you or a loved one is a victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice.

Our offices are equipped to deal with all cases concerning medical malpractice including:

If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:32

Birth Injury

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Birth injury lawsuits can be brought against healthcare facilities, doctors, surgeons and medical staff with allegations that can include negligence, wrongful diagnoses or failure to diagnose physical defects in unborn children, and for causing injuries or disabilities in newborn children including cerebral palsy.

If you suspect that your child is the victim of a birth related injury, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.

Friday, 21 May 2010 22:30

Medical Negligence

Written by Law Offices Of Gary Green

Medical negligence cases are complex and challenging. Their difficulty is increased by the fact that most medical professionals refuse to testify against a colleague. So, the cost and risks associated with these cases are high.

The time limit imposed by law for filing a case is called the law’s statute of limitation. Medical cases statues of limitations are usually shorter than most others. For example, the statute of limitation for a tort case in Arkansas is 3 years, while the statute of limitation for a medical negligence case is 2 years. The statute of limitation for a medical negligence case in Missouri and Oklahoma is 2 years but only 1 year in Tennessee. However, there are varying exceptions for minors for all statues of limitations.

Dystocia

A shoulder dystocia occurs when, after delivery of the fetal head, the baby’s shoulder gets stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone. It has the potential for causing significant, lifelong injury to the baby.

Possible Complications of Dystocia:

Brachial plexus (BRAY-key-el PLEK-sis) injury is the classic injury. If this network of nerves under the neck is damaged, weakness and partial or total paralysis of the affected arm may occur.

Fetal asphyxia (lack of oxygen) is the most feared complication of dystocia. Cerebral palsy and fetal death are rare, but not unknown. During a dystocia delivery, the baby’s head emerges from the mother, and the umbilical cord becomes tightly compressed between its body and the mother’s birth canal. This decreases or totally cuts off blood flow to the infant. If the pressure on the cord is not rapidly relieved, decreased delivery of oxygen to the baby will occur.

The mother, too, is at some risk when shoulder dystocia occurs. The most common complications she may suffer are excessive blood loss and vaginal lacerations. Uterine rupture has also been reported.

Most Common Risk Factors for Dystocia

• Birthweight greater than 8.8 lbs

• Maternal diabetes

• Previous dystocia

• Being past-due

There are two main signs that a shoulder dystocia is present:

• The body does not emerge with standard moderate traction and maternal pushing after delivery of the baby’s head.

• The “turtle sign”: baby’s head suddenly retracts back after it emerges, resembling a turtle pulling its head back into its shell.

Shoulder dystocia cannot be predicted with any degree of accuracy; it cannot be prevented. So, how can your obstetrician treat dystocia when it occurs?

The general consensus is that the best results in resolving shoulder dystocias are obtained when an obstetrician:

(1) Recognizes the shoulder dystocia

(2) Calls for help

(3) Knows the different maneuvers involved in attempting to resolve shoulder dystocia

(4) Implements them in a carefully controlled, calm, and organized fashion.

Because shoulder dystocia is a true obstetrical emergency, its occurrence requires a rapid and well-coordinated plan. In the presence of one or more risk factors, a pre-partum discussion of the risks and benefits of cesarean section should be discussed due the unpredictable nature of the occurrence of a dystocia.

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If you suspect that you or a loved one is the victim of medical negligence or medical malpractice, call Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail at ggreen@gGreen.com.