The long-term effects of brachial plexus birth injuries

Having a child is one of the most incredible, life-changing experiences a mother can have. However, as exciting as this event is, labor and delivery can also be very frightening and stressful.

The reality is that complications do happen during childbirth. And these complications can lead to serious birth injuries that can affect a child long after birth. One such injury is a brachial plexus injury.

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Why July is the most dangerous month for surgeries

medical malpracticeDid you know July is the most dangerous month to undergo surgery?

At teaching hospitals across the country, July 1 generally marks the first day on the job for medical school graduates beginning their residencies. While teaching hospitals do their best to create a safe and seamless transition, studies have raised concerns about the “July effect” – the suspected link between the start of the residency period and increased risks of surgical complications and medical errors. Continue reading “Why July is the most dangerous month for surgeries”

Dancing doctor faces multiple lawsuits, has her license suspended

Two of the most important tenets of medical care are trust and privacy. When medical workers violate the trust or privacy of a patient, his or her health and rights could be put in jeopardy.

Unfortunately, this happens far too often when reckless or negligent care providers, medical staff and hospitals fail to take their role in protecting patients seriously. Recently, for instance, a doctor was sued by seven patients who claim she violated their privacy and/or committed malpractice during surgical operations.

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Studies suggest overuse of antibiotics among premature babies

When babies are born very early, it is crucial that they receive competent, continuous medical attention. Often, these babies have highly underdeveloped body organs and systems, including their immune system. As a result, they can get very sick very quickly.

One step that clinicians often take to protect babies in this situation is administering antibiotics. However, this practice is under scrutiny after studies revealed a potentially high rate of unnecessary exposure to antibiotics among premature babies.

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Recommendations aim to improve medical care for new mothers

Having a baby is an exciting – albeit, frightening – experience for many women. It is typically the most important event in a mother’s life, and it is crucial that she receives the care and medical attention to ensure the labor and delivery goes as smoothly as possible.

Unfortunately, for many mothers, the attention to their well-being drops off considerably after the baby is born. According to this recent report from NPR, new mothers typically go months without a doctor visit after having a child. This is far from ideal, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the group is recommending changes to address that.

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When nursing home residents wander off

Nursing homes have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their residents. This means ensuring the proper distribution of medications, providing adequate food and water, repositioning residents that are prone to bedsores, taking measures to prevent wandering in certain residents, etc.

Unsupervised wandering, or elopement, is a risk when a resident has good mobility and is confused in his or her surroundings.

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Recovering for a Birth Injury in Ohio: Compensation can provide for extensive care needs

Elk & Elk Partner Marilena DiSilvio recently shared her extensive experience in the area of birth injuries in an interview with Super Lawyers. This article originally appeared on  

By Judy Malmon

babyAwaiting the birth of a baby is an exciting time that brings with it countless things to think about, including planning for labor and delivery. In an ideal world, the worst thing that happens at your baby’s birth is that your carefully organized playlist doesn’t make it to the delivery room. In some cases, however, much more serious problems occur.

Marilena DiSilvio represents families who have suffered an injury during birth due to medical malpractice. She draws on her background as a neonatal intensive care unit nurse to understand and explain to clients and juries the medical complexities of these cases. Continue reading “Recovering for a Birth Injury in Ohio: Compensation can provide for extensive care needs”

Signs that could point to nursing home abuse, neglect

If you have a loved one in a nursing home facility, you likely expect that the facility will provide the care they promise and treat your loved one with the dignity he or she deserves.

Tragically, this doesn’t always happen. Patients and residents in too many nursing homes across Ohio fall victim to neglect and abuse. And between cognitive decline and emotional vulnerability, many of these victims cannot or do not report misconduct. As such, it can be up to friends, family members and others to watch for signs of abuse or neglect in a nursing home.

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Letter from University Hospitals reveals new details about catastrophic failure at fertility clinic

university hospitalsA new letter to patients affected by the recent storage tank malfunction at University Hospitals fertility center revealed the actual number of affected eggs and embryos was twice the amount initially reported. The hospital is blaming the malfunction on human error as investigations into the failure continue. Continue reading “Letter from University Hospitals reveals new details about catastrophic failure at fertility clinic”

Women may have trouble getting treatment for heart attacks

According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, women are more likely than to die within one year of a heart attack than men are. This may be because women don’t necessarily get the same care as men. Women in Ohio and elsewhere who are under the age of 50 may be more likely to experience a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. They may be especially harmful because they tend to be incorrectly diagnosed.

One reason is because doctors have a hard time acknowledging that a healthy woman could have a heart attack. Overall, women are 34 percent less likely to have a bypass or stents installed if their heart attack is because of a blocked artery. However, when women were given the same type of treatment as men did, they were just as likely to survive as a man was.

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