Showing 16 posts by Richard Galperin.
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
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
Before a woman is about to deliver her baby, she will enter into a process called labor. Labor refers to the period before delivery when the mother experiences a series of continuous and progressive contractions of the uterus. This causes the cervix to open (or dilate) and to thin (or efface). These changes to the cervix allow the baby to move through the birth canal, culminating in delivery. More ›Share
What is a failure to diagnose?
A failure to diagnose generally occurs when a physician or other healthcare provider does not diagnose a patient’s current medical condition or makes the correct diagnosis but not within a timely manner. It may also happen when the healthcare provider misdiagnoses the patient, thereby preventing the correct diagnosis and treatment from occurring. This can lead to a patient’s injury getting worse or, in the worst case, becoming untreatable due to the delay. These errors can lead to physical and emotional suffering, and financial loss, for the patient. A healthcare provider’s failure to diagnose a medical condition can give rise to a legal claim for medical malpractice. More ›Share
What is considered medical malpractice?
Under Maryland law, a medical professional commits medical malpractice by providing medical care that is inconsistent with the accepted standards of practice for similar health care providers. Simply because a medical professional did not act in accordance with generally accepted standards of practice does not mean that a patient has a valid medical malpractice claim. Likewise, simply because a patient is injured by a medical professional does not mean that the medical professional committed medical malpractice. If you suspect, however, that you suffered an injury, and if you believe that the injury was due to a medical professional’s inappropriate medical care, you may have a medical malpractice claim. More ›Share
What is considered medical malpractice?
As in most states, medical malpractice in Pennsylvania refers to a medical professional’s inappropriate conduct that is inconsistent with the generally accepted standard of care practiced by medical professionals and that results in injury to a patient. Not all failures to comply with the standard of care (also called a “breach” or “violation” of the standard of care) equate with medical negligence. Nor do all injuries to patients mean that a medical professional breached the standard of care. But, where the medical provider deviated from the generally accepted standard of care, and where the patient suffered an injury as a result, the patient may have a medical malpractice claim. More ›Share
Unfortunately, birth injuries to infants and their mothers are not uncommon. Some birth injuries are caused by the natural processes of pregnancy and childbirth and are unavoidable even with appropriate medical care. Other birth injuries, however, may be caused by medical malpractice. More ›Share
A birth injury, sometimes called birth trauma or neonatal birth trauma, is any physical harm caused to a mother or baby as a result of harm during pregnancy, childbirth, or the period after delivery. More ›Share
A birth injury or birth-related injury is any physical harm caused to the mother or baby immediately before, during, or shortly after childbirth. We recently discussed birth injuries in relation to the mother here. In this article, we will consider birth injuries to the baby. More ›Share
In 2020, 861 women in the United States died of maternal causes. Despite continued medical advances, the number of pregnancy-related deaths has steadily increased since the Pregnancy Mortality Surveillance System was first introduced in 1987. Some of these deaths could not have been prevented with current medical knowledge and tools, but others were preventable with proper care or, tragically, were caused by the medical malpractice of healthcare providers. More ›Share
Childbirth is usually a wonderful experience. Sometimes, however, mothers suffer serious injuries during childbirth that may have been preventable with appropriate medical care. Such injuries can be so severe that they may prevent the mother from having more children. More ›Share
If you or a loved one has been injured and you believe it was due to medical negligence, you should contact a reputable, experienced attorney as soon as possible. We understand this can be a very difficult situation for many reasons: the uncertainty of what went wrong and why, the pain and suffering caused by the injury, or the medical bills piling up. More ›Share
Nursing homes, skilled nursing facilities, rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and in-home elder care services are used by many families trying to provide care for their parents, grandparents, and other loved ones in our aging society. Sometimes, family members need to spend time in short-term or long-term care facilities because of a recent injury that requires focused treatment, but other times, patients may need this care because of a chronic medical issue for which a family is simply ill-equipped to handle. Unfortunately, the trust that we put in long-term care facilities and other caregivers is all too often abused. Throughout the country, the elderly are suffering neglect and abuse from the very people entrusted with their care. In 2021, the World Health Organization revealed that 2 in 3 staff in institutional care settings, such as nursing homes and long-term care facilities, reported that they had committed elder abuse in the past year. Unfortunately, family members cannot monitor caregivers 100% of the time, and in today’s world, family can be scattered across the country and the world, doing their best to care for their elders from a distance. More ›Share
A birth injury is an injury to a mother or baby that occurs before, during, or shortly after childbirth. Serious birth injuries are rare, but when they occur, they can cause devastating effects that may require a lifetime of treatment. If these injuries were due to the medical malpractice of a doctor, nurse midwife, nurse, or any other healthcare provider, the child and/or their family may be able to bring a lawsuit. More ›Share