Testicular Torsion

by Bonner Law | Nov 03, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Testicular torsion is a rare but serious medical condition that often requires emergency surgery. The testicles are the male reproductive organs located behind the penis, inside the scrotum, and produce hormones and sperm. Testicular torsion occurs when a testicle rotates on the “spermatic cord.” The spermatic cord is responsible for supplying blood flow to the scrotum and testicles from the abdomen. When the testicle rotates, it can twist the spermatic cord and subsequently reduce or cut off the blood supply to that testicle. If the blood flow is cut off for too long, the testicle could die. Symptoms The reduced...

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Sepsis and Septic Shock

by Bonner Law | Sep 07, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Sepsis is serious medical emergency in which the body has an extreme and life-threatening reaction to an infection. Typically, when there is an infection in the body, the immune system will work to fight the infection. Sepsis occurs when this infection-fighting process turns on the body. The immune system stops fighting the infection, and starts damaging the body’s tissues and organs. This leads to an abnormal chain reaction in the clotting system which can cause blood clots to form in the blood vessels and can reduce blood flow to different organs. Sepsis causes a widespread inflammation throughout the body, and...

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Breast Cancer

by Bonner Law | Jul 20, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Breast cancer is a disease in which cells inside one or both breasts mutate and grow out of control. It is the second most common cancer among women, the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, and the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 35 to 54. Although breast cancer occurs almost entirely in women, men can get breast cancer as well. Types of Breast Cancer The breast has three main parts: (1) lobules, (2) ducts, and (3) connective tissue. Most breast cancers begin in the ducts or lobules. There are different kinds of breast cancer; the type...

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Shoulder Dystocia

by Bonner Law | Jun 29, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

During childbirth, an obstetrical emergency called “shoulder dystocia” can occur when the baby’s shoulder becomes stuck behind the mother’s pubic bone or sacrum (the bone at the back of the pelvis above the tailbone). When this happens, it prevents the baby from continuing through the birth canal and the baby becomes stuck inside the pelvis. This can cause serious complications for the baby and the mother if not handled properly. Causes and Risk Factors Shoulder dystocia is a relatively rare delivery complication. There are several common, interrelated risk factors, but there is no one certain cause. Factors that may increase...

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Cauda Equina Syndrome

by Bonner Law | Jun 27, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

The collection of nerve roots at the bottom of your spinal cord are known as the “cauda equina” (which translates to “horse tail”). The cauda equina nerves are responsible for the motor and sensory function in the legs and bladder. They send and receive messages to and from the lower limbs and pelvic organs. When there is a dysfunction or compression on the cauda equina nerve roots, it can cause pain, weakness, and incontinence and is referred to as “cauda equina syndrome.” Although it is not life-threatening, cauda equina syndrome can permanently damage a person’s body and affect their health...

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Aortic Dissection

by Bonner Law | Jun 27, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

The aorta is the largest and main artery of the human body. The wall of the aorta is made up of three layers: (1) the inner layer (intima), (2) the middle layer (media), and (3) the outer layer (adventitia). It extends from the base of the neck, down through the chest and abdomen, and branches off to two other arteries–the right and left common iliac arteries–just below the navel. The aorta pumps blood away from the heart and delivers oxygen-rich blood to the rest of the body. An aortic dissection is a life-threatening medical emergency that requires immediate attention and...

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What is Central Cord Syndrome?

by Bonner Law | Oct 07, 2021 | Legal Questions/Issues Medical Issues/Negligence Medical Malpractice

  Central Cord Syndrome (CCS) is an injury that occurs in the center of the spinal cord that causes nerve damage which impedes or destroys the ability of the brain to communicate with some part of the body, usually the victim’s hands or arms, and in rare instances, the legs. How Does Central Cord Syndrome Occur? CCS usually happens from a neck (cervical) hyper-extension injury. This type of injury occurs when the head is forcefully tilted back. The forceful extension of the neck can cause squeezing and compression of the spinal cord. This can occur in: Automobile accidents. Falls. Sports...

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Failed Bunion Surgery/Bunionectomy

by Bonner Law | Oct 01, 2021 | Legal Questions/Issues Medical Issues/Negligence Medical Malpractice surgery complications Uncategorized

  A bunion is a bump on the side of your foot that forms near the base of your big toe. Bunions usually occur when the big toe pushes against the toe next in line, which causes the joint of the big toe to become larger and protrude. When bunions grow too large, they become very painful and can negatively impact your life. A bunionectomy is done to realign you bones and reduce the size of the bump on the side of your foot. This is also known as bunion surgery.   It is a treatment to correct bunions. There are...

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Complications During Prostatectomy Surgery

by Bonner Law | Sep 28, 2021 | Legal Questions/Issues Medical Issues/Negligence Medical Malpractice

                Prostate surgery or surgery to remove the prostate otherwise know as a Prostatectomy is associated with many potential complications and surgeons who do not follow the applicable standard of care can, through their negligence, cause life-changing complications. It is estimated that roughly 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Many other men will suffer from an enlarged prostate without getting cancer, otherwise known as benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), and surgery may be the only treatment option. Regardless, if surgery is selected as the treatment, there are...

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Nerve Damage from Surgery

by Bonner Law | Aug 17, 2021 | Medical Issues/Negligence Medical Malpractice

Nerve Damage from Surgery Surgery is invasive, and any invasive procedure comes with several risks. Even after successful surgeries, many people suffer from complications. Nerves can be accidentally damaged when a doctor nicks them, cuts them, damages the myelin (sheath of protection), or causes the scar tissue to put pressure on a nerve. Some types of nerve damage are the result of medical malpractice. If a surgeon was insufficiently careful, a victim could suffer nerve damage that could have otherwise been unavoidable. Nerves could even be damaged during the administration of anesthesia. There are 3 basic types of anesthesia: local,...

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