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New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: OTC Medications Making Children Sick

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is currently conducting a study funded through a grant by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to determine the risks of using an over the counter laxative in children. The study was initiated following numerous reports to the FDA from parents that say their children suffered harmful side effects when prescribed the over the counter laxative, Miralax, to relieve their child’s chronic constipation. Miralax powder contains small amounts of Polyethylene glycol 3350 (PEG3350) that breaks down in the body as diethylene glycol, which is the same ingredient found in antifreeze. According to a private Facebook group of concerned parents registered as Parents Against Miralax 3350, many children have developed neuro-psychiatric and emotional side effects after » Read More

New Jersey Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers Discuss Caregiver Abuse

While many senior citizens enjoy active, independent lives, there is a growing majority that requires various levels of care. Medication management, food preparation, bathing, dressing, and safety issues leave many elderly people dependent on caregivers. The demands for caring for the elderly can be stressful and overwhelming at times, but there is never justification for caregiver abuse. Caregivers need to effectively manage the stress of their positions to avoid committing caregiver abuse. When a caregiver becomes an abuser, immediate action must be taken to stop the abuse and protect the patient. Physical, emotional, and verbal abuse by a caregiver can lead to serious and life-threatening consequences for the elderly. Types of Caregiver Abuse Physical abuse by a caregiver can included » Read More

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Risks of Cataract Surgery

Cataract surgery is one of the most common surgical procedures performed today. It is also one of the most successful procedures, with 85 to 93 out of 100 adults having a good outcome. But there are people who do suffer complications either during surgery or after due to medical errors or improper care. Even though fewer than 10 out of 100 patients will have complications that will threaten their vision or require additional surgery, when it happens it can be devastating. Possible complications include: Infection Bleeding in front of the eye Detachment of the nerve layer at the back of the eye Glare problems Dislocated intraocular lens Retinal detachment Glaucoma Astigmatism or strabismus Sagging of the upper eyelid Others If » Read More

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers Discuss Common Anesthesia Errors

A patient is never more vulnerable than when they are under general, regional, or local anesthesia. Powerful drugs used to anesthetize patients can render them unconscious, unable to speak, and even paralyzed. Patients have the right to rely on the competence and professionalism of their anesthesiologist and other medical professionals to provide a standard of care expected by their profession. When they fail to provide this level of care, they can be held liable for injuries or fatalities via a medical malpractice lawsuit. Anesthesia effectively relieves the pain associated with complicated and life-saving medical procedures. Surgery, diagnostic tests such as colonoscopy and endoscopy, painful treatments for burn victims, and orthopedic procedures have prolonged and improved the quality of life for » Read More

New Jersey Product Liability Lawyers: Bair Hugger Lawsuits

Over 1100 federal claims have been filed against the 3M Corporation alleging that its Bair Hugger surgical warming blanket is causing deep joint infections in shoulder, knee, and hip replacement surgical patients. The federal multidistrict litigation is quickly adding up with 166 new claims filed in just the past month in The U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota. The 3M Bair Hugger forced warm-air blanket is used during surgical procedures to keep the patient’s body temperature as close to normal as possible, which helps control bleeding and speed up recovery. The alleged problem with the blanket stems from how the forced warm air is fed into the unit. Multiple tests have shown that the product’s design disrupts the air flow » Read More

New Jersey Medical Malpractice Lawyers: Apology Laws

Currently, at least 36 states have adopted so-called “apology laws.” These laws prohibit victims of medical malpractice from using a physician’s apology to them in a malpractice lawsuit. Although the number of states enacting these laws is growing every year, insurance companies and defense lawyers often discourage negligent doctors from making apologies. There are two primary policy goals behind enacting apology laws. First, these laws aim to increase communication between doctors and patients by giving doctors the ability to apologize without the chilling effect of the threat of litigation. Secondly, these laws aim to reduce costs and risks to hospitals and medical professionals. Some studies note that physicians who are perceived as “nice” by their patients are sued far less. » Read More

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