Showing 8 posts from August 2022.
To expand court access for victims of medical malpractice, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently changed its venue rules for medical malpractice cases. Prior to this change, medical malpractice victims were required to file their case where their claim arose. Now, the new rules permit victims of medical malpractice to file their cases in any county in the state, subject to a few restrictions. This significantly broadens the ability of plaintiffs to pursue a case and serves to apply the same venue rules, regardless of the type of case. The rules will go into effect in January 2023. More ›Share
Shoulder dystocia is a common cause of birth injuries. This article discusses medical malpractice claims involving shoulder dystocia, and answers common questions patients and their family members may have about shoulder dystocia, and the birth injuries it can cause. More ›Share
What is cerebral palsy?
Cerebral palsy refers to a group of neurologic disorders that impact a person’s motor skills and cognitive development. It typically presents with stiff muscles (called spasticity), uncontrollable movements (called dyskinesia), and/or poor balance and coordination (called ataxia). The most common form of cerebral palsy is called spastic cerebral palsy, where a person has increased muscle tone, making their muscles and difficult to move. Other types include dyskinetic cerebral palsy, where people cannot control the movement of their hands, arms, feet, legs, mouth, or tongue; ataxic cerebral palsy, where people have issues with balance, coordination, or writing; and mixed cerebral palsy, where people have symptoms of more than one type of cerebral palsy. Unfortunately, a byproduct of a cerebral palsy diagnosis can be significant cognitive delays and impairments. More ›Share
Some medical conditions are considered medical emergencies because, without immediate medical treatment, the patient could die or suffer serious permanent injuries. Common examples of medical emergencies include heart attack, stroke, trauma resulting in significant bleeding or injury to an organ or limb, bowel obstruction, cauda equina syndrome, and pulmonary embolism. These conditions frequently appear in the emergency department, where staff should be trained to quickly diagnose and treat these and other medical emergencies. More ›Share
Cancer is unfortunately a common medical condition that affects many people in this country. It affects children, adolescents, and adults. The types of cancer that affect each age group can vary widely. Cancer itself can also be slow-growing, fast-growing, or anything in between. Given the wide variety of cancers, the patterns of growth, and the patient’s characteristics, it is important for medical professionals to be aware of risk factors for, and signs and symptoms of, cancers so that they can diagnose them early, and treat them to minimize the chance that a person will suffer from cancer. More ›Share
If you or your family were stationed at Camp Lejeune for 30 days or more between August 1953 and December 1987, you may be entitled to out-of-pocket health care costs and compensation for your pain and suffering. Click here for a free case evaluation. More ›Share
Despite continued medical advances, stroke remains a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. In fact, according to the CDC, every year more than 795,000 people in the United States have a stroke. A stroke can cause permanent brain damage, impacting an individual’s physical and cognitive functioning and, in some cases, can lead to death. More ›Share
Electronic fetal monitoring (“EFM”) is used for most women during labor. EFM allows the medical providers to see how the baby is doing in response to the stresses of labor. It provides important information that the medical team uses to determine many things, including whether the plan for a vaginal delivery is no longer a safe option for the baby. This article discusses EFM, medical malpractice claims involving EFM, and answers common questions family members may have about EFM if their baby suffered a birth injury. More ›Share