Thousands of people around the world live their lives with the assistance of a brain shunt, which drains excess fluid from the brain. Excess cerebral fluid, a condition known as hydrocephalus, can be a congenital condition caused by spina bifida or another spinal malformation, or may be a result of a traumatic brain injury (TBI),...
The idea of being awake but paralyzed during a surgery—unable to talk or scream, but feeling the entire procedure—sounds like something out of a horror film. Unfortunately, this phenomenon happens to an estimated 20,000 to 40,000 Americans per year. Known as anesthesia awareness, this type of horrifying mistake can be prevented with the use of...
When a doctor writes a prescription, most people assume that the pharmacy simply fills the right bottle with the right dose of the right medication. In reality, more than 1.3 million people are injured every year by medication errors. Patients who receive the wrong dose or wrong type of medication are vulnerable to additional injuries...
Childhood is full of bumps and bruises. From sports injuries to falls off a bike, children tend to injure themselves frequently. Unfortunately, children are especially susceptible to brain injuries when they hit their heads. According to the Brain Injury Association of America, traumatic brain injury (TBI) is the leading cause of disability and death in...
The decision to circumcise an infant is an intensely personal one. Whether circumcision is done for religious reasons, hygiene reasons, or just as a personal preference, many parents still worry about the risks of such a delicate surgery on a newborn. Circumcision errors and injuries are uncommon, but they do happen. When a circumcision is...
Because childbirth happens so frequently, it is easy to forget that the process is both a miracle, and a very dangerous event. Though thousands of women give birth across the country every day, there is still a risk for serious complications for both mother and baby. If you or someone you know is planning on...
After the death of a loved one, the surviving family and friends often wonder, what now? Do I have the right to file a lawsuit? Is it even worth it to file? How much time do I have? What Is Wrongful Death? In California, if a person’s death is “wrongful,” that means that it was...
Southern California has wholly embraced the trend of using natural, alternative, or holistic medicine to treat many common ailments. Whether or not these treatments provide any real medical benefit is a matter of some debate—what is not debatable is that these treatments can be dangerous if performed improperly Chiropractic adjustments have gained relatively mainstream acceptance...
Walgreens, the country’s largest retail pharmacy chain, has announced plans to create virtual medical services by the end of this year. The company has created an app which allows patients to see a doctor using the app on either mobile phones, tablet devices, or desktop computers. The app would allow patients to consult virtually with...
Not every doctor can be an expert in every specialty. Sometimes, a particular health issue or problem may require an expert. When a doctor fails to refer a patient to a specialist, can he or she be liable if that patient’s condition worsens? Physician Standard of Care When a doctor is sued for medical malpractice...
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