We all rely on skilled physicians and those in the medical field. We trust them with the things that are most valuable to us, which are the health and lives of ourselves and the people we care about most. Doctors aren’t infallible though; they are people too, and sometimes, doctors make mistakes. Often caused by negligence, physician errors can have a negative impact on health, and sometimes these mistakes are so severe they lead to a patient’s death. No matter the cause of the mistake, as a missed diagnosis, improper courses of treatment, or other error can be classified as medical negligence or malpractice.

In the event of even potential medical negligence, those injured need to contact an attorney who knows malpractice law. At Law Offices of Gary Green, experienced medical malpractice and medical negligence lawyers are ready to help. Many people are unaware of their recovery possibilities when it comes to physician and medical care missteps. Often working with a medical malpractice attorney is the best way to figure out what the next best course of action may be.

The attorneys at Law Offices of Gary Green understand the struggles that come with understanding malpractice, and they can help you understand your rights. You and your attorney will discuss your situation, and you may be entitled to compensation, and in the unfortunate event of wrongful death due to malpractice, compensation for family members may be due as well.

There are many types of negligence that warrant a medical malpractice lawsuit, and as such, Law Offices Gary Green practices malpractice law including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, compartment syndrome, and birth injury. We understand that something as seemingly simple as a doctor prescribing the wrong medication, or making an improper diagnosis could actually be devastating. Also, it is important to note that nurses and assisting physicians might have also played an important role in your situation.

Any medical malpractice effect can ripple throughout all areas of your life, especially if you end up suffering from temporary or permanent disability or additional medical issues. Doctor negligence can leave you and your family with stress, mental anguish, and financial distress due to things like medical bills and lost wages. If malpractice leads to the victim’s death, there is an additional impact on the family due to the loss of companionship from their lost loved one and a need for care and comfort. A medical malpractice suit helps to recover compensation for these hardships in such a difficult time.

Any type of malpractice could potentially impact all areas of your life, so act now if you or someone you loves may be a victim of some form of medical malpractice or doctor negligence. You need to find out if you are entitled to receive compensation. To learn more, please contact Law Offices of Gary Green today by calling us toll free at 1-888-442-7947. You can also reach out by email to ggreen@gGreen.com. We would love to offer you a no obligation consultation with an experienced, caring medical malpractice attorney to help you learn about your rights.

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.

When you visit a medical provider due to an illness, injury or other condition, you put your health and well-being in another person’s hands. No one expects to become the victim of medical malpractice, but the sad fact of the matter is that it happens all the time. If you or a loved one have suffered serious injury or death due to the negligence of a physician, hospital or medical provider, it’s crucial to defend your rights. Law Offices of Gary Green is available to help you build a case in court. Learn more about medical malpractice cases below.

It’s easy to feel alone when you suffer a serious injury or illness due to the incompetence or negligence of a doctor. However, you’re in the same boat as many other people. The following five facts are sure to open your eyes:

Very Few Medical Malpractice Lawsuits are Filed – Hundreds of thousands of cases of medical negligence happen every year in the U.S., but a comparatively small number of lawsuits are filed. In other words, doctors and hospitals often get away with it, and that simply isn’t acceptable.

Hundreds of Thousands of People are Affected Each Year – Completely preventable medical errors are to blame for hundreds of thousands of injuries and deaths each year in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control doesn’t include them on its list of the ten most common causes of death in the U.S. If it did, these cases would rank sixth.

There are Many Common Types of Medical Malpractice – As common as medical malpractice and negligence are, it’s not surprising that it comes in many forms. The most common types of medical malpractice are: post-surgical infections, injuries that are acquired in the hospital, medication errors, bed sores and pressure ulcers, infections, medical errors and objects retained during surgical procedures.

The Majority of Patients aren’t Informed – A Kaiser Family Foundation survey found that 70 percent of those who were victims of medical malpractice were not told about the situation at all. When issues occur, they are often swept under the rug. That’s why it’s critical for patients to speak up when necessary.

Doctors are Rarely Disciplined – If you think your doctor will be disciplined for his medical errors, think again. According to research, two-thirds of doctors who make 10 or more medical malpractice payments are never subjected to discipline of any kind.

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

If you have been harmed due to the negligence of a physician or other medical provider, it’s up to you to sue them in a court of law. However, you don’t have to go about it alone. With Law Offices of Gary Green by your side, you will be able to pursue your case in court and be compensated for your pain, suffering and medical expenses. Don’t wait around for your doctor to do the right thing. Contact 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 if you have questions or need additional information.

Some drugs save our lives; some are harmful; some make us forget! That’s what they are now saying about Lipitor – that it makes us forget!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has important new safety information on cholesterol-lowering medications, commonly called “statins.” The FDA is advising consumers and health care professionals that:

  • Routine monitoring of liver enzymes in the blood is no longer needed. Once considered standard procedure for statin users, regular monitoring of liver enzymes has not been found to be effective in predicting or preventing the rare occurrences of serious liver injury associated with statin use.
  • Cognitive (brain-related) impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users.
  • People being treated with statins may have increased risk of raised blood sugar levels and the development of Type 2 diabetes.
  • Some medications interact with lovastatin (brand names include Mevacor) and can increase the risk of muscle damage.

The FDA will be changing the drug labels containing the prescribing information for statin products to reflect these new concerns.

Please do not be overly alarmed by this new information about Lipitor and other statins. Statins continue to be effective in preventing heart disease. The benefits of statins will continue to outweigh the risks for most patients.

The statin prescribing information has been revised to provide patients with more information on the safe and effective use of statins. If you take a statin, you should be aware of the following information:

  • There have been rare reports of serious liver problems in patients taking statins. You should notify your healthcare professional right away if you have the following symptoms: unusual fatigue or weakness; loss of appetite; upper belly pain; dark-colored urine; or yellowing of the skin or the whites of the eyes.
  • Memory loss and confusion have been reported with statin use. These reported events were generally not serious and went away once the drug was no longer being taken.
  • Increase in blood sugar levels have been reported with statin use.
  • Certain medicines should never be taken (are contraindicated) with lovastatin (Mevacor).
  • You should contact your healthcare provider if you have any questions or concerns about statins.

Forbes reports that the current FDA warnings are for diabetes and memory loss, but there’s another side effect of statins that’s getting a great deal of attention among doctors, and that’s muscle damage. Patients have long complained that statins make their knees and shoulders hurt, and physical therapists will openly admit statins send many people into rehab.

If you are experiencing tenderness, pain or weakness in muscles or joints while on a statin, it’s important to report this to your doctor right away, and in an assertive way that gets taken seriously. (Studies also show doctors tend to under-report and under-react to this side effect, mistakenly believing it’s not serious or will resolve itself.) A small percent of those with muscle damage go on to develop a rare but potentially fatal condition called rhabdomyolysis. In many cases, the muscle damage is irreversible, or requires therapy and invasive procedures to fix the problems. And if you’re out of commission because your knees are messed up, you can’t exercise, and thus lose the heart-healthy benefits of exercise, so that’s an important consideration that’s not being factored into medical statistics.

The FDA made clear that they don’t want the warnings to scare people away from taking the drugs. But the expert commentary has been much more interesting; doctors seem to be turning away from statins for those whose risk of heart disease is fairly low, or who could improve their health through making lifestyle changes like losing weight and exercising more, rather than popping a pill.

There are a bunch more side effects from statins that are flying under the radar right now, so to speak. Sexual dysfunction, peripheral neuropathy (numbness and tingling in the hands and feet), depression, irritability, headache, and sleep problems have all been reported by many people while taking statins.

Switching to a different statin or lowering the dose can help most, if not all side effects, so bring anything that’s bothering you to you doctor’s attention.

Recently I was traveling with a friend who had for years taken Naproxen to control back pain. Suddenly, he was the victim of a bleeding ulcer. After two days of hospitalization and having to endure tests that were worse than the bleeding ulcer, he was told to stop taking the Naproxen and to find something else to control the back pain. The fact that some patients die from bleeding ulcers was included in the package insert warnings for Naproxen. The important thing to note here is that all drugs come with risks.

Until recently I took Finasteride to slow down hair loss – until I found out it causes breast cancer in a small percentage of men taking the drug! I’d rather lose my hair!

All drugs come with risks.

Very truly yours,

Gary Green

For the vast majority of people, childbirth is an easy, trouble-free experience. After experiencing a complication-free pregnancy, few parents-to-be expect to experience problems in the delivery room. Even fewer expect any problems that do arise to be caused by the negligence of the doctor or hospital. Unfortunately, disabilities like cerebral palsy are often caused due to the negligence of hospital employees and medical professionals. If your child is one of the more than 8,000 children who are diagnosed with cerebral palsy each year, it’s important to know that you and your child have rights. In order to protect those rights, you need to contact a medical malpractice attorney at Law Offices of Gary Green right away.

Fight Back against Negligence in the Delivery Room

It seems unthinkable that highly trained professionals in a delivery room could make mistakes that cause conditions like cerebral palsy, but it happens all the time. Injuries that are sustained at birth can have long-running physical, emotional and financial repercussions for children and parents alike. A single medical mistake can significantly alter a child’s future. By suing those who are accountable, you will do what it takes to receive compensation. You may also help prevent future incidents from occurring.

Common Mistakes can Cost You and Your Child Dearly

Parents often blame themselves upon learning that their child has cerebral palsy or another disability that was caused by an injury at birth. It’s critical to realize, however, that many of the more than 750,000 children and adults who currently suffer from cerebral palsy got their injuries due to the negligence of hospital staff. Mistakes like misreading an ultrasound, not responding quickly enough to fetal distress on a heart monitor and the improper use of delivery instruments like forceps can all result in injuries that cause cerebral palsy.

Has Your Child Been Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy? Here’s what to Do

Conditions like cerebral palsy are sometimes diagnosed shortly after delivery. In some cases, they aren’t diagnosed until a child is in preschool. If your child has been diagnosed with this type of disability, you need to act quickly to protect your rights. By contacting Law Offices of Gary Green, you can get started on discovering what went wrong and finding out what kind of compensation you are owed. It is important to hold those who are responsible accountable for their actions. Success in court won’t lessen the heartache of dealing with this condition, but it could help secure financial compensation that will pay for the ongoing medical expenses that your child will incur throughout his or her lifetime. Call now to get started.

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.