Birthing injuries caused by medical malpractice can be devastating to a family. If you believe the negligence of a medical professional is to blame for a birthing injury in your family, it is important to consult with an experienced Arkansas birth injury lawyer like those at Law Offices of Gary Green for any compensation you may be eligible to receive.

A birth injury can be devastating for children, parents and loved ones. While nothing can make up for the fact that a child may need medical attention for life after an injury caused by medical malpractice, compensation for medical bills and pain and suffering can help ease the financial burden that is left behind. Arkansas birth injury lawyers like those at Law Offices of Gary Green understand the rights of patients and families who have fallen victim to a medical malpractice injury and can help in obtain the much-needed compensation they deserve.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a medical professional causes harm to a patient through negligence. While the intent of the professional may not be to cause harm, any deviation from the medical industry’s standard of care that is the cause of an injury can be considered malpractice.

Medical malpractice occurs when an act or omitted act by a health care provider falls below the accepted standard of practice in the medical community and causes injury or even death to the patient. This definition allows the court to distinguish between malpractice and accidents that could have happened at any medical facility.

Medical Malpractice During the Birthing Process

Medical malpractice that occurs during the birthing process can cause birth injuries in the child. Most cases of medical malpractice related to childbirth occur during labor and delivery. Serious injuries have the potential to cause life-long developmental complications for which the hospital or medical provider can be held liable. For example, if a baby develops a defect as a result of a doctor choosing to deliver a child before the mother has reached full term in her pregnancy, compensation for medical expenses and other costs may be due to the family as a result of the early delivery.

Mothers can also be injured during the birthing process. If a patient’s medical history indicates an allergy to a particular medication, for example, and the patient has a dangerous allergic reaction to the medicine while in the hospital’s care, the hospital may be found guilty of medical malpractice.

Medical Malpractice Compensation

Those affected by medical negligence resulting in birthing trauma are entitled to compensation for their injuries. Compensation is typically based on medical bills, lost wages and any loss of quality of life that the victim may suffer following the incident. Medical care that is immediate and ongoing will be considered when the court is calculating appropriate compensation. Arkansas birth injury lawyers can help you understand the compensation you may be entitled to.

Babies who have birth injuries due to negligence may receive compensation for life because of the possible long-term loss of quality of life than is suffered. For example, a child who had no developmental delays in the womb may be permanently disabled by a brain injury that occurs during the birthing process.

Law Offices of Gary Green

If you think that you or a loved one may be the victim of medical malpractice, contact Law Offices of Gary Green to put our hard-working, experienced Arkansas birth injury lawyers in your corner to get the compensation you need and deserve during this difficult time. Calling Law Offices of Gary Green is toll free, at 1-888-442-7947 or email ggreen@gGreen.com for your free medical malpractice no obligation consultation.

Compartment syndrome, an excess of pressure building inside an enclosed space in the body, usually results from bleeding or swelling after an injury. Dangerously high pressure impedes the flow of blood to and from the affected tissues and can cause permanent injury, or require emergency surgery to prevent permanent injury.

Groups of organs or muscles are organized into “compartments.” Connective tissue called fascia form the walls of these compartments. After an injury, blood or fluid may accumulate in the compartment, and the fascia cannot easily expand to accommodate the fluid causing the rise in pressure. Treatment requires a prompt diagnosis. If quickly treated, excessive pressure can be relieved without damaging blood vessels or tissue. A misdiagnosis or delay can cause severe tissue damage with loss of body function, amputation, or even death.

Based on the patient’s symptoms and complaints, and taking into account any injury that may have preceded the complaint, the doctor or hospital must rule out other possible causes of the pain. The onset of compartment syndrome varies from hours to days after the initial injury.

You should keep a few things in mind about your diagnosis.

1. Doctors and nurses are taught that compartment syndrome is a medical emergency. If a patient’s symptoms and complaints are ignored, or the hospital staff is not paying attention, and the patient goes untreated long enough, the results can be devastating.

2. There are tests a physician can perform to measure the pressure in compartments in patients whose injuries put them at risk for developing compartment syndrome, or whenever clinical signs and symptoms are absent or confusing.

3. Common symptoms of compartment syndrome include:

  • Excessive pain
  • Absence of color
  • Lack of feeling
  • Paralysis in the muscle
  • No blood flow

Complaints of any of these symptoms should be considered by the doctor to gauge the pressure within the muscle compartment.

4. Injuries or permanent bodily damage sustained due to a compartment syndrome complication may have been preventable. Many patients who suffer compartment syndrome lose more than the affected tissue. They have lost jobs, homes, life savings, mobility, and sometimes their lives.

If you were diagnosed, misdiagnosed, or suffered a compartment syndrome loss, contact Law Offices of Gary Green toll free and without obligation at 1-888-442-7947 or send us an e-mail. Our medical malpractice lawyers are here to discuss your legal options and a possible malpractice suit.

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.