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January 2018 Archives

Prolonged treatment needed for severe Erb's palsy birth injury

Injuries to nerves heal slowly or not at all. When Texas physicians diagnose infants with Erb's palsy, months and sometimes years of therapy are needed to reduce paralysis and weakness caused by the condition. Erb's palsy describes an injury to the brachial plexus, a bundle of nerves that connect the spinal cord with the shoulder, arm, and hand. Difficult or prolonged deliveries that stretch infants' necks can be a cause of this.

Common medical mistakes that can cause patients harm

When Texas residents are sick, they expect their healthcare professionals to help them with their ailments. However, they may be surprised to learn that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S. This is because there are many different mistakes that doctors can make when treating their patients.

Parental knowledge of risks to baby is important before procedure

Texas childbirth comes with risks to both mother and baby. Sometimes, those risks are due to less-than-ideal pre-natal care. Other times, it is the result of medical malpractice by the delivering doctor. It may arise because of information a physician does not share with the patient or how the doctor performed the intended procedure.

Understanding sepsis

Texas residents who have recently had an infection should know that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that up to 3 million Americans receive a sepsis diagnosis annually. The condition will prove fatal for 15 to 30 percent of those who have been diagnosed.

Male dermatologists more likely than females to be sued

Texas doctors may be interested in a study that found female dermatologists were less likely to face lawsuits than male dermatologists and that the reason seemed to hinge on better communication. According to a meta-analysis, female doctors offered more reassurance and encouragement and tended to get more patient input. There was a 250 percent higher chance that male physicians would be sued than female physicians.

Frequently misdiagnosed conditions

Misdiagnosis is a form of medical malpractice. To prove medical malpractice, a plaintiff in Texas must prove that the medical provider acted or failed to act below the standard of care, which is defined by how a practitioner in the same specialty would have behaved under the same or similar circumstances. Some conditions are more commonly misdiagnosed than others.

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