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California Birth Injury Blog

What should I do if harmed by a medical error?

Statistics show that medical mistakes occur at an alarming rate, often with catastrophic results. This may be as the result of surgical error, an anesthesia error, or when an error occurs during the ...
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Can Punitive Damages be Awarded in Birth Injury Cases?

When birth injuries occur the results can be catastrophic, requiring a lifetime of medical care and therapy. Where the injury is the result of negligence, the family may be able to file a medical ...
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Study Finds US Dangerous for Giving Birth

According to a recent study, the United States is the most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world. The study published by USA today determined that each year in the United States 50,000 ...
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Physician Burnout Leads to Medical Errors

Medical errors constitute one of the top 3 leading causes of death in the United States, with 100,000 – 200,000 fatalities each year. A recent study showed that your doctor’s mental health ...
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Jury Awards Family $6 Million in Birth Injury Lawsuit

Recently, a jury awarded a $6million verdict to the family of an infant who suffered severe brain injuries during the labor and delivery process. The jury determined that the physician’s actions ...
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Common Birth Injuries

Complications during the labor and delivery process may lead to birth injuries that can affect a newborn for his or her life time. While in many situations an injury may occur due to no one’s ...
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Study Underway to Determine Brachial Plexus Injury Risks

News reports that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has issued a multi-year grant to study the neo-natal conditions that may increase the risk of birth injuries such as hypoxia and brachial plexus ...
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Medical Errors Not Limited to Surgical Mistakes

Much has been made of the prevalence of preventable medical mistakes. Many time – when people think about medical errors they imagine situations such as doctors leaving surgical instruments ...
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Failure to promptly respond to signs of fetal distress may lead to birth injury

A local medical center along with numerous clinicians have been named in a medical malpractice lawsuit. The birth injury lawsuit asserts that a child suffered permanent disabilities following several ...
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The use of hospitalists may decrease the incidence of medical malpractice

Over the last decade, many hospitals have increased the practice of using “hospitalists” – medical staff who remain at the hospital rather than alternate between their offsite ...
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Hospital Staff Must Act Within the Standard of Care

Often, when people think of medical malpractice claims, they envision suing a doctor for an error that harmed them. However, medical negligence claims may also encompass claims against hospitals, ...
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Infant Head Circumference Linked to Cerebral Palsy

A recent study concluded that infant head-size may be a risk factor for sustaining brain damage during birth, and increasing the risk of developing cerebral palsy. According to the study, infants with ...
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Do I have a medical malpractice case?

With medical errors the third leading cause of death in the United States (behind cancer and heart disease), when a visit to the doctor doesn’t go as expected, many people wonder – am I ...
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Federal Government Settles Forceps Injury Case

The federal government has just agreed to settle a medical malpractice/birth injury lawsuit on behalf of the family of a child who sustained a substantial injury at birth. According to the medical ...
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Jury Awards Millions to Child Injured During Delivery

Recently, a jury awarded a 6-year-old girl $40.3 million in a birth injury lawsuit. According to the complaint, the girl sustained a spinal cord injury during birth. Prior to delivery, the baby had ...
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Wrongful death lawsuit asserts prescription error led to suicide

A widow recently settled a wrongful death lawsuit based on allegations of negligence in the administration of anti-anxiety medication. The medical malpractice lawsuit asserts that the man was been ...
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Proposed law would put cameras in operating rooms

In order to help answer questions and increase transparency when medical errors occur, one state has introduced legislation that would allow video and audio recording in operating rooms. Named ...
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Medical malpractice lawsuit alleges lack of consent

A recently filed lawsuit examines the lack of consent and medical malpractice during childbirth. The lawsuit asserts that a woman explicitly told her obstetrician that she did not want to have an ...
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Class-action lawsuit filed based on hazardous chemical exposure

Recently, a class action lawsuit was filed against 3M manufacturing company asserting that chemicals from their plant leeched into the ground soil, leading to an increase in cancer, infertility and ...
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Does Telemedicine increase your risk of receiving negligent medical care?

The popularity of “telemedicine” or “telehealth”, where you receive a diagnosis or treatment virtually is on the rise. This includes remote patient monitoring, two-way video ...
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Genetic Testing Malpractice Can Lead to Devastating Injuries

Recently, a medical malpractice lawsuit was filed on behalf of a woman who underwent a double mastectomy and a hysterectomy after a nurse practitioner misread the results of a genetic screening test. ...
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Capping Non-economic Damages Doesn't Improve Patient Safety

After years of discussion, Congress is moving forward on enacting legislation that seeks to place limits - or caps - on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice cases. When an individual suffers ...
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What steps do I need to take to bring a birth injury lawsuit?

One of the most devastating types of medical malpractice is when a health care providers’ mistake leads to a birth injury. Some birth injuries may be mild, and significant improvement may be ...
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Hospital maternity ward shutdown due to medical errors

A recent story out of our nation’s capital exposes the horrific care obstetrics patients received at a Washington D.C. hospital, leading to the shutdown of the maternity ward. Mistakes were made ...
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How do I know if I have a medical malpractice case?

If you obtain medical assistance, and suffer harm as a result, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. To determine if you have a case for medical negligence, you should contact an ...
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