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Paying attention to the dangers of a traumatic brain injury

For people in Boston, traumatic brain injury is one of the worst possible injuries and outcomes that a person can be suffered short of paralysis or death. Because the brain is such a complicated and important part of the human anatomy, relatively little is understood about how it functions. So many different things can happen when there are head injuries and many can lead to long-term injury and the need for extensive therapy just to return to some semblance of normalcy. Having a baseline understanding of how the brain can be affected by an accident is a giant step toward dealing with the aftermath of a brain injury.

It goes without saying that traumatic brain injury can be severe and take a long time to recover from. With increased research into the intricacies of how the brain functions, as well as the warning signs from a brain injury after head injuries have been suffered, it might be possible to stop these problems from manifesting themselves to the worst possible degree.

Child's traumatic brain injury spurs mother's lawsuit

For people in Boston, a traumatic brain injury can occur in a multitude of ways and lead to significant issues for an extended period. When this type of injury occurs in a way that is considered the fault of another, a personal injury case should be considered to recover compensation to care for the person that was hurt. This could happen in an accident or due to one person abusing another. There are times when it happens through negligent acts and a lack of attention being paid. This is frequent in incidents with children.

A mother has chosen to file a lawsuit due to her son's traumatic brain injury that has left him with brain damage. The child, then five, was attending a summer camp when he was being bullied by older children. One eight-year-old in particular pushed the woman's son off a slide. The staff placed the child on a bench to let him sleep. The child's grandmother picked him up from the camp and the child was lethargic. He was diagnosed as having a concussion and the mother given painkillers for the child. Later, the child suffered a seizure. He had surgery to remove fluid from his brain. After this series of incidents, the child lost sight in one eye and can no longer speak. She believes the child was not adequately protected from bullying.

Can a careless surgeon actually benefit a hospital's profits?

A surgeon mistake is one of the biggest concerns that a person and his or her family will experience prior to a medical procedure. It goes without saying that medical professionals don't try to make errors. However, what many people in the Boston area may be unaware of is that hospitals could stand to benefit from errors due to the extra income they will receive from extended hospital stays and, perhaps, the need for more surgery.

While it might be shocking to learn that hospitals actually receive collaterally beneficial results from surgeon mistake and other errors, the Journal of the American Medical Association has researched the facts in these situations and made some remarkable discoveries. The study examined 34,256 people who underwent surgery at one of 12 hospitals. Of those patients, 1,820 wound up with complications after surgery such as blood clots and pneumonia.

Lawsuit claims surgeon mistake led to woman's death

A person who requires surgery in Boston expects the doctor and operating room staff to adhere to all proper procedures and ensure that the patient is adequately cared for. A surgeon mistake is not only a betrayal of the patient's trust, but it can cause a significant amount of damage and even death. Surgical errors like surgical equipment left inside a patient are egregious. If a mistake such as this happens, the patient and the patient's family have a right to seek answers as to how and why it happened.

Recently, the family of a woman who died after the surgical team failed to remove a sponge from her abdomen filed a lawsuit seeking compensation. The woman's husband alleges that during a surgery lasting 17 hours, the surgeons didn't remove the sponge and she died because of it. The sponge was in the woman's body for seven months. There were two failed tries to take it out. The woman died at age 58, one year and two months after she had the surgery.

Dealing with prescription medication errors

One of the last things a patient in Boston expects when receiving treatment for a health problem or illness is to face prescription medication errors. It's a matter of trust between a patient and the medical professionals when having surgery or being given medicine to clear up a problem. For the most part, doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists and pharmacists are cautious when fulfilling their duties. But that doesn't stop the inevitable mistakes such as an anesthesia error that can occur. These errors can make a person sick and even lead to death.

Patients need to be cognizant of the possibility of a negligent pharmacist or doctor making prescription medication errors. There are certain steps that a person should take to ensure that they are paying strict attention to the medication they're given.

Activist and actor dies after alleged failure to diagnose cancer

Cancer is a worst-case scenario for a person who is feeling under the weather. A person goes to the doctor in Boston to receive treatment for the ailment and to assuage the fears that accompany the mere thought of having cancer. In many instances, the medical professionals will properly diagnose what the issue is - whether it's cancer or not - and take steps to treat it. There are times, however, when there is a missed diagnosis of cancer. This error can result in the spread of disease, worsened condition and death.

Russell Means was well known for his activism on the part of Native Americans, his presidential candidacy and for his sometime acting roles. At the age of 72, Mr. Means died of esophageal cancer. His widow has filed a lawsuit alleging that his doctors misdiagnosed his cancer causing delayed treatment and his eventual death. Mr. Means had gone to the hospital with trouble swallowing. He was choking up blood and had a persistent cough. They failed to diagnose his cancer. He went to another hospital for a second opinion where he was diagnosed. The cancer had spread from his esophagus to his lungs, lymph nodes and tongue. He was treated aggressively, but eventually died.

Birth injuries a frequent occurrence in military settings

For people in Boston, the joyous time of having a baby can quickly turn into a nightmare. In many cases, it is due to a negligent doctor that a newborn will suddenly be stricken with a problem that will require long-term care. Parents who were prepared to welcome a healthy child into their home are suddenly left to face a life with a child that is suffering from a birth injury.

The nation's military makes an enormous sacrifice. In exchange, the least they can expect is to have quality care when they need medical assistance or are having a child. However, it is a frequent occurrence that medical mistakes are made leading to children born with birth injuries or even dying soon after birth.

Delayed treatment of gangrene causes spread and veteran's death

Regardless of a person's age, whenever there is a medical issue in Boston, it's a cause for concern. That concern is meant to be assuaged when a doctor says that it is nothing to worry about or diagnoses it as an issue that can be easily treated. There are, however, far too many instances in which a negligent physician will make a mistake. A failure to timely diagnose can lead to a worsened condition and possible death. Delayed treatment can mean the difference between living a normal life and ending up debilitated or in the grave.

A Marine veteran's widow is revealing how the VA hospital made a mistake in her husband's diagnosis, ultimately leading to his death. The man was suffering from Alzheimer's and was pre-diabetic. When he began feeling dizzy, he went to the hospital. While there, his wife says he suffered a fall. He was given an x-ray to see if he had any broken bones. A discolored area on his leg was considered a bruise. The wife believed that it was more than a bruise. A week later, another doctor proved her right when gangrene was diagnosed. The wife wanted the hospital to amputate the leg to prevent the spread of gangrene. The doctors didn't want to because of concerns about his Alzheimer's resulting in more falls due to not realizing the leg was gone. Eventually, they agreed to amputate, but by then the gangrene had spread. The man soon died.

Failure to diagnose cancer in man leads to spread of disease

When a person in Boston goes to the doctor with a problem that might be cancer, one of the most relieving responses the doctor can give is that it is not cancer. There are times, however, that the issue actually is cancer and the patient is not only suffering from the disease, but was also subject to the doctor's failure to diagnose cancer. The failure to timely diagnose cancer can result in delayed treatment, the spread of disease and worsened condition. In the most negative instances, it can even led to death when it could have been delayed or prevented entirely.

A 30-year-old man who had gone to the doctor with concerns about a mole on his back was told that it was nothing to worry about. For nine months, the doctors chose not to remove it and perform a biopsy to ensure that it was not cancerous. In the subsequent six months after he'd initially gone to the doctor, the mole started to crack and began bleeding. Eventually, his doctor removed the mole and sent it for testing. It was found to be cancerous. The disease has since spread to numerous other parts of his body including his heart and brain. He has been diagnosed as having stage 4 cancer and is considered terminal.

Sick infant receives wrong drug in medication mistake

One of the most glaring mistakes for people receiving treatment in Boston are prescription medication errors. If a person is given the wrong drug, any number of things can happen. They will not receive the proper dosage for the issue the medication is designed to treat; they might receive too much of the medicine leading to a dangerous situation or they could receive the wrong medication entirely. This can cause serious injury or even death. This is similar to an anesthesia error when a person is set to undergo surgery and the consequences can be the same.

A woman took her eight-month-old child to the doctor for a cough and cold. Doctors gave her a prescription for the little girl, which she filled at her local pharmacy. When she gave the medicine to the child, the child went to sleep quickly and, at one point, her eyes rolled to the back of her head. It was two days after that when a person from the pharmacy came to her home and informed her that the child had been given an adult dose of codeine. The woman stopped giving the child the medicine.

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