Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

by Bonner Law | Jun 26, 2024 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH) occurs when high blood pressure around the brain causes symptoms such as headaches and vision changes for no apparent reason. The term “idiopathic” means the cause is unknown. It occurs when cerebrospinal fluid, the liquid that protects your spinal cord and brain, builds up in your skull and affects the brain and optic nerve. This condition is rare, but with timely diagnosis can be managed by a medical professional. Symptoms Including but not limited to: Headaches localized behind the eye(s) Dizziness Fatigue Tinnitus (Ringing in the ears in time with your heartbeat) Brief episodes of blind...

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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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Neurogenic Bladder

by Bonner Law | Jun 01, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

The nerves and muscles of the urinary system work together to hold and release urine at the right time. Ordinarily, the nerves carry messages between the bladder and the spinal cord and brain telling the muscles in the bladder to tighten or release. However, in someone suffering from a neurogenic bladder, these nerves and muscles do not communicate and work together the way they should–causing issues with the storage and release of urine from the body. When a neurological condition affects the way someone’s bladder functions, it is referred to as a “neurogenic bladder.” These “neurological conditions” can be injuries...

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Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

by Bonner Law | Jun 01, 2023 | Medical Issues/Negligence

There are two types of veins in the body: superficial veins and deep veins. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot develops in a “deep vein.” This can happen when the vein becomes damaged or if the blood flow within the vein slows down or stops. While superficial veins lie just below the skin’s surface, deep veins are located deep within the muscles and are not as easily accessible. DVT can occur in any deep vein, but most commonly occurs in the legs–typically in the upper thigh or calf. DVT can also occur in the arms and the...

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Understanding IV Complications and When You Need an Attorney for Medical Malpractice

by Bonner Law | Jan 05, 2023 | Legal Questions/Issues Medical Issues/Negligence

IVs or intravenous therapy can be lifesaving, but, if mistakes are made, can lead to life threatening consequences. An attorney for medical malpractice can help you navigate the aftermath of this type of medical complication. If you or a loved one has experienced a medical problem due to the negligence of a medical professional’s administration of an IV, this guide will help get you started as you determine if you may need an attorney for medical malpractice. Frequently Asked Questions About IVs and Hiring an Attorney for Medical Malpractice What is intravenous therapy? Intravenous therapy (commonly referred to as an...

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