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HELPERR: A Guide for Treating Shoulder Dystocia

posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018 and is filed under Blog

HELPERR is the official guide that doctors and midwives use to treat shoulder dystocia. The procedure is not guaranteed to work, but it increases the chances of an infant’s survival. If the procedure fails and a severe injury or death occurs, it’s important to work with a medical malpractice attorney. 

What HELPERR Means

 
HELPERR is the acronym used to identify and treat shoulder dystocia injuries. Shoulder dystocia is a sudden problem that affects the proper delivery of a child. After the head is delivered, the shoulder cannot pass through and may result in the infant’s death. 

The “H” in HELPERR stands for help because it’s important to seek help immediately. The “E” stands for episiotomy, a surgical procedure that assists with shoulder dystocia, and the “L” stands for legs, as in lifting the legs during the McRoberts maneuver. The “P” is for pressure, as in suprapubic pressure, the “E” is for Enter maneuvers, the “R” means to remove the posterior arm and the second “R” means to roll onto the stomach. 

When a doctor or midwife is not present, a shoulder dystocia can be fatal to the child or cause serious birth defects. A medical professional may be present, but either not perform the HELPERR procedure at all or perform it incorrectly. 

Know Your Rights

 
Every medical patient has the right to receive proper medical care. If not, every person has the right to sue the doctor or hospital for medical malpractice. The first step is to know your legal rights and then contact a medical malpractice attorney. 

Contact an Attorney

Make sure that you consult with a medical malpractice lawyer who has more specialized expertise than a personal injury lawyer. Kenneth J Bush PA has helped the families of victims who have had unnecessary problems with shoulder dystocia. He understands the laws in Florida that protect the victims of medical negligence and offer them compensation. Contact the right Miami medical malpractice law firm to schedule a consultation with Kenneth J Bush PA.

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Heart Stents Are Useless for Most Stable Patients. They’re Still Widely Used

posted on Friday, March 30th, 2018 and is filed under Blog

There are many medical procedures may result in the need for an attorney, because of the variety of possible complications. Many people see heart stents, which are mesh tubes that are inserted into arteries that supply the heart in order to hold them open and increase blood flow for the purpose of treating angina, as very useful.

However, recent evidence, published in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA Internal Medicine, shows otherwise and shows that they may indeed be more of a legal risk than a medical benefit.

The doctors who put in these heart stents have seen their patients reported feeling better and appeared to be healthier. However, in recent years, studies have been done showing patients who have heart conditions, but are in a relatively stable state, were not actually at a lower risk of death after a heart stent had been placed. However, a number of cardiologists were still arguing that stents were improving the pain of their patients and their quality of life, which was a reason why they should continue to be instituted despite their lack of positive effect on ultimate outcomes.

It had been unclear whether the effect of the stents on quality of life was due to the stents themselves or the placebo effect, but a study was done with results being published this year showing heart stents made no difference in a patient’s pain level during exercise, which is a good measure of whether they would make a difference at all.

Essentially, stents are a good example of the placebo effect, which while very powerful, is not considered to be a good justification for an invasive treatment.

If you have had an issue with a heart stent that you feel warrants some sort of legal action, you should contact a skilled and experienced attorney, such as Kenneth J Bush Law PA. Kenneth J Bush Law PA will be able to answer questions you may have about your situation and will be able to provide you with the assistance you need.

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5 Most Common Birth Injuries And How To Prevent Them

posted on Tuesday, September 19th, 2017 and is filed under Blog

Common Birth Injuries

Brachial Plexus Injury

This is an injury that affects the nerves in the upper spine, hand, arm and neck. The damage can be mild or severe. It is estimated that 10 percent of children who suffer a brachial plexus injury will be permanently disabled.

Fractured Bones

A bone can easily break during a prolonged or complicated delivery. The clavicle is one of the bones that is broken the most often. The bone can heal on its own. However, immobilization may be required.

Facial Paralysis

An injury to a facial nerve can result in paralysis. This paralysis can be temporary or permanent. A lack of control of the facial muscles is one of the most common signs of facial paralysis.

Cerebral Palsy

This condition affects 500,000 children in the United States. It causes muscle weakness, spasms and can impair motor development.

Spinal Cord Injury

A spinal cord injury can occur as the result of a blow to the spine. It often occurs when forceps are used during a traumatic delivery. It can cause neurological problems and paralysis.

Preventing Birth Injuries

Fetal monitoring is one of the most important things that can be used to prevent a birth injury. The baby’s heart is monitored for signs of distress. If the baby is in distress, then a C-section may be recommended.

Treating complications that arise during pregnancy can also prevent birth injuries. It is important to note that there are some cases where birth injuries cannot be avoided.

Contact a Birth Injury Attorney Miami

You need a Miami medical malpractice attorney if you believe that a healthcare provider’s negligence caused your baby’s birth injury. Kenneth J. Bush P.A. is an experienced medical malpractice attorney who has handled many birth injury cases as well as many other medical malpractice cases. We will do everything that we can to get you compensated.

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What Is The Difference Between A Birth Injury And Birth Defect?

posted on Monday, July 31st, 2017 and is filed under Blog

birth defectBecoming a parent can be exciting. People look forward to holding their precious baby in their arms. However, if a child is born with a birth defect or is injured at birth, then this can take away some of the excitement of being a parent.

Difference Between a Birth Defect and Birth Injury

The terms birth injury and birth defect are often used interchangeably. However, they are not the same. A birth injury is caused by a problem that occurs during the delivery process. A birth defect is caused by an issue that typically developed during pregnancyThere are several types of birth injuries. Broken bones, nerve damage and meconium aspiration are examples of birth injuries. Meconium aspiration occurs when the baby breathes in feces. It can cause the baby to become seriously ill. In some cases, birth injuries cannot be prevented. However, many birth injuries are caused by the negligence of a healthcare provider.

Genetic mutations can cause birth defects. Medications that the mother takes can also cause birth defects. Exposure to toxins can also cause birth defects.

How Physician Negligence can Cause a Birth Injury

There are a number of ways that physician negligence can cause a birth injury. For example, a physician can injure a baby if forceps are used during delivery. Doctors are also supposed to monitor the baby closely for signs of distress. If the doctor fails to do that, then the baby can be injured. This physician can also be charged with neglect.

Contact a Miami Medical Malpractice Attorney

If you believe that medical malpractice caused your baby’s birth injury, then you will need to contact Kenneth J. Bush P.A. A birth injury attorney Miami will review your claim and help you get compensation. If you are able to get compensation, then life will be a little easier for you. Children who are injured during birth often require lifelong care. However, you can use your compensation to cover the expenses.

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