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March 2012 Archives

Gallbladder Surgery Malpractice

The gallbladder is a pear shaped organ that rests beneath the right side of the liver. It stores bile produced by the liver, which is used to aid digestion. The bile travels into the small intestine via bile ducts, the largest being the common bile duct.

Ulnar Impaction Syndrome Surgery Malpractice

Ulnar impaction syndrome is the impaction of the ulnar head of the wrist against the triangular fibrocartilage complex and ulnar carpus causing degeneration of those structures. This can be caused by traumatic pressure on the hand. Child gymnasts may develop this from stress on the wrist.

Transit Worker Claims Against The City For Construction Accident Injuries

A Transit Authority ("TA") employee who is injured on the job while working on a construction project will collect workers compensation, which disqualifies that employee from suing his/her employer. However, where there is a Labor Law violation, the TA employee has a claim against the landowner, which is the City, even though the City was not controlling the work. The City owns train stations as well as railroad tracks. Such a claim will include damages for pain and suffering, loss of quality of life, economic loss, and the spouse will have a claim for loss of services.

New Drug for Patients Who Suffer Traumatic Brain Injury

Research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that the drug amantadine helped recovery of patients with severe traumatic brain injury. The study included 184 patients who were in a vegetative or minimally conscious state. After 4 weeks of treatment a significantly higher number of patients treated with amantadine recovered from coma than those treated with placebo. The improvement carried over to recovery of cognitive functions. It believed that amantadine improves recovery by increasing dopamine in the brain, which is a neurotransmitter.

Traumatic Brain Injury from Repeated Concussions

Brain injuries from concussions, which result from brain movement within the skull after an impact, may lead to problems with memory and communication, personality changes, as well as depression and the early onset of dementia. Multiple blows to the head can lead to long-term brain injury, including memory loss, dementia and depression.

Failure to Diagnose Atrial Septal Defect Lawsuit Brings $3,500,000 Settlement

Atrial Septal Defect ("ASD") is a hole in the heart which exists at birth. It may not cause symtoms until the child matures. Over time the hole may get larger. The hole prevents the blood from efficiently moving through the heart to provide proper blood flow to the lungs. The patient develops pulmonary hypertension, where the arteries in the lungs become small, the blood pressure increases, and the heart must work harder. The lungs become impaired and lose function. Breathing becomes difficult and supplemental oxygen may be required. Medication can help. However, in the worst cases, the patient may require lung and /or heart transplant. Early symtoms of ASD are lethargy and shortness of breath. These signs are unusual in young people, who have healthy hearts and lungs. A simple ultrasound, which is non invasive and inexpensive, can determine if the patient has ASD. If diagnosed before severe hypertension, it can be surgically repair by sewing up the hole. If not treated it can lead to pulmonary hypertension. Weisfuse & Weisfuse LLP represented a woman who was treated by a medical clinic for many years. She frequently complained of lethargy and shortness of breath. The doctors assumed she had asthma and prescribed an inhaler. Her complaints continued, and her condition became progressively worse. Finally, she was referred to a pulmonary specialist who diagnosed the ASD. By this time it was too late to close the hole, and she required supplemental oxygen and medication to breathe. She sued the clinic and the doctors who failed to diagnose her condition. Her case was settled for $3,500,000.