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December 2015 Archives

What is an erroneous diagnosis or failed treatment?

If a doctor fails to diagnose a condition or gives the wrong diagnosis, that error can put a person's life at risk or cause him or her injuries. In most cases, when you're left to suffer from a disease or when you lose a loved one due to misdiagnoses or a failure to diagnose, you can look into the case and see if negligence or malpractice took place. Your attorney can then help you file a claim to get compensation. If another doctor would have made the diagnosis in enough time to prevent the injuries or death, it's likely that you can hold your medical provider liable.

Will The FDA Criminally Investigate The Failure To Report Morcellator Deaths?

Hospitals are required under federal law to report patient deaths suspected to have been caused by defective medical devices to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medical device manufacturers are under a similar obligation. Michael Fitzpatrick, a Congressman for Pennsylvania's 8th District, asked the FDA's Office of Criminal Investigations to look into why three hospitals and one medical device manufacturer failed to report deaths caused by a power morcellator.

Hoverboards given as gifts cause grief this holiday season

Hoverboards were a popular holiday gift this year; however, some people who received them found out that they are just an accident waiting to happen. These two-wheeled boards aren't all that easy to ride. Many riders found themselves having to seek medical aid for injuries that occurred when they crashed the hoverboards or fell off of them.

Birth injuries and medical malpractice: You deserve answers

Negligence during the birth of your child could cause irreversible harm. You've chosen your obstetrics and gynecological care provider for the care you'll receive; not receiving the attention and help you thought you would can be traumatic. When that negligence leads to harm to you, your child, or both, that's when you need to make a claim through your attorney for medical malpractice.

Holiday challenges for people with post-traumatic stress disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition that affects many people with brain injuries. It can also affect those who have been involved in a serious accident. While many people are able to cope with the effects of PTSD and go on to live active lives, the holidays can pose a special challenge to a person with this condition.

Brain injury diagnostic testing might benefit from research

Brain injuries can be caused by a variety of accidents, but the fact that brain cells are destroyed is a tie that binds all those accidents together. One of the ways that brain injuries occurs is through traumatic means. Blows to the head, explosions and similar events can lead to brain injuries.

Automatic braking not to be required for trucks in 2016

Making the roads safer should be on the list of every politician, but truck-safety technology that could help reduce rear-end collisions is reportedly being held back due to bureaucracy in Washington, D.C. The technology, which includes automatic braking among other helpful automated features, is installed in some newer trucks and passenger vehicles. However, it's not being required in all tractor trailers, which means more accidents are happening than need to be.

Despite Rising Death Toll, Doctors Ask FDA To Reconsider Morcellator Stance

In 2014, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned physicians on the use of power morcellators in hysterectomies and other procedures. For years, physicians used power morcellators to grind up and remove fibroids within the uterus. While minimally invasive, morcellation can also grind up cancer cells within the uterus and spread them through the body.

Getting Answers From The FDA About Power Morcellators: The U.S. House Gets Involved.

On November 17, 2015, the House Committee on Energy and Commerce held a hearing entitled "Examining the Regulation of Diagnostic Tests and Laboratory Operations." In this hearing, various members of Congress questioned Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, the Director of the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH), which is part of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Handling professional advice that differs after a brain injury

Brain injury patients often have a lengthy treatment plan that usually includes several medical professionals. While each professional will cover a specific aspect of care, there are some instances in which the advice, thoughts or statements will vary from one medical professional to another. That can be a difficult situation for a patient or a patient's family member to be placed in.

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