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When professionals fail to monitor a fetus, it can cause injury

Not so long ago, women and babies had very little protection during the labor and delivery process. Birth was incredibly dangerous for both mother and child. Thankfully, advances in medical science, as well as technology, can reduce the potential for injury and death during the birthing process. Of course, doctors and nurses actually have to utilize these tools properly for patients to benefit.

Fetal monitoring is one example of technology that protects both mother and child. Instead of progressing through labor and hoping the unborn baby is okay, it is now possible to monitor the infant and ensure that medical staff can intervene in a timely manner if the baby shows signs of distress. It is still possible for medical professionals to make mistakes when it comes to fetal monitoring, which can result in serious birth injuries.

Hospital negligence can cause life-threatening harm

For many people, the doctors they see are strangers. Even if they visit the same physician for checkups, they likely do not know these individuals on a personal level. Still, whenever a serious medical issue arises, patients must put their trust in these medical professionals. Unfortunately, hospital negligence is not uncommon and that trust can quickly be lost when patients suffer unnecessary harm.

New Jersey readers may be interested in such a situation that took place in another state. Recent reports indicated that one man has filed a lawsuit against a hospital due to negligence. The man had undergone a knee replacement surgery, and after the operation, he was experiencing constipation. As a result, a nurse administered an enema, presumably intended to help his condition. However, the man told the nurse that the procedure was causing him pain and asked her to stop.

Cognitive processing issues may equal emergency room error

When someone experiences a medical emergency, going to the hospital is often the best course of action. Hospital staff members can assess issues and hopefully determine the problem and find the most applicable treatment options. Of course, not every hospital visit has the desired outcomes, and a emergency room error could easily lead to patient suffering or even death.

New Jersey residents may be interested in a recent study examining ER errors. The study indicates that many of these mistakes occur due to the cognitive shortcomings of medical staff rather than technological issues. Unfortunately, medical mistakes cause approximately 250,000 fatalities every year in the United States, and doctors often make mistakes even when they have the correct information regarding a particular patient and his or her condition.

Bedsores, fall and negligence contribute to patient's death

Having a loved one admitted to the hospital can bring about mixed emotions. Family members certainly want the person to receive the needed care, but it can also be worrisome to consider the possible mistakes that could take place. Unfortunately, hospital negligence can lead to serious issues, like bedsores and even death in some cases.

New Jersey residents may be interested in such a situation that took place in a nearby state. Reports indicated that the daughter of a deceased woman has filed a negligence claim due to believing that the hospital staff were lax in their care of her mother. The mother had been admitted to the hospital for pulmonary disease, and during her time there, she developed serious bedsores. Additionally, she suffered blunt trauma injuries to her head and other areas of her body after falling from her bed while staff members cleaned her.

Hospital negligence can lead to immense harm to patients

When medical professionals make a mistake, it can have devastating outcomes for the patient. In some cases, the effects can be permanent or cause the need for additional medical procedures. If hospital negligence has such results, negatively affected patients may have reason to seek compensation through lawsuits.

New Jersey readers may be interested in such a lawsuit that was recently filed in another state. Reports stated that a man had gone to a hospital in order to undergo surgery for an undisclosed medical issue. As part of the operation, the man needed to have an anesthetic injected into the area. However, the man claims that the medical staff improperly injected the anesthetic agent directly into his sciatic nerve. As a result, the man claims to have suffered a traumatic injury that has caused loss of neurological and motor functions in one of his legs as well as pain and suffering.

Consumer warning: Baby powder and talcum products are dangerous

Many Americans use talcum-based powders and beauty products as a part of their personal hygiene practices. However, a $4.7 billion jury award -- to female cancer patients who used Johnson & Johnson baby powder products -- served as a rude awakening to all Johnson & Johnson baby powder customers.

In the lawsuit, which was decided in mid-2018, 22 women alleged that the Johnson & Johnson products they used caused them to contract ovarian cancer. Expert witnesses and medical test results offered definitive evidence that plaintiffs' claims were true.

Hospital negligence may lead to surgery causing additional issues

Few people look forward to having to undergo a major surgery. While they may certainly hope that the end results will be worth the operation, the potential for something to go wrong could still cause many New Jersey residents to feel apprehensive about going under the knife. Unfortunately, hospital negligence can cause negative outcomes to occur.

It was recently reported that a man in another state suffered additional medical issues after undergoing a surgery. Apparently, in 2013, the man had a coronary artery bypass graft surgery, but after the procedure, he began having pain and numbness that affected his left hand and arm. He was later diagnosed with a condition that was apparently caused by the surgery that he had undergone.

Failure to diagnose brain tumor led to death

When a person faces a serious medical condition, time is often of the essence. When a diagnosis is delayed or missed completely, a patient could suffer longer than necessary, get worse or even die as a result of the ailment. Unfortunately, the failure to diagnose conditions is not uncommon and does result in numerous deaths.

New Jersey readers may be interested in such a situation that has led to a lawsuit in another state. Reports indicated that the administrator for the estate of a deceased man has filed the claim against a hospital where he sought treatment. Apparently, the man had gone for medical attention in 2015, and while receiving services from the hospital, the medical staff failed to diagnose a brain tumor from which the man was suffering.

Father files lawsuit after foreign object left in son's knee

Any type of surgical procedure has its risks. Most people hope that medical professionals will act in a manner that has them working to reduce and avoid risks as best as possible. Of course, not all operations go as planned and mistakes happen. In fact, a foreign object left after surgery can cause a number of issues.

New Jersey readers may be interested in a case in another state that involves such a scenario. Reports indicated that a boy of an undisclosed age had undergone a knee operation due to a defect in his joint that caused tearing of joint tissue. However, during the surgery, the metal tip of a drill got left inside his knee. This mistake caused the boy to suffer pain and also required additional medical attention to address the issue.

Hospital negligence can cause allergic reactions to prove deadly

Medical malpractice unfortunately takes place more often that it should. In some cases, hospital negligence can lead to fatal outcomes, and families can be left struggling to come to terms with their losses. When negligence has contributed to such an event, it may give New Jersey families facing such situations some sense of closure to seek justice against the parties considered responsible.

While it is understandable that medical staff cannot predict how each patient will react to certain procedures, it is within their professional duties to properly treat reactions as they occur. Unfortunately, this did not happen for one woman in another state who died three years ago after an allergic reaction to the contrast dye given for a CT scan. The woman went into anaphylactic shock after ingesting the dye, but rather than being given epinephrine to reverse the effects, the doctor only administered an antihistamine.

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