Torn Meniscus

by Bonner Law | Jul 08, 2021 | Medical Issues/Negligence

What is a torn meniscus? The meniscus is a C-shaped piece of cartilage that acts as a cushion between the thighbone, kneecap, and tibia to prevent them from rubbing against each other.[1] It also functions as a shock absorption, allowing us to walk and run without damaging the bones that meet at the knee.[2] Each knee joint contains two menisci. Damage to this is a torn meniscus. It is one of the most common types of knee injuries.[3] A meniscus tear rarely heals on its own. Once it tears, use of the knee prevents healing and may aggravate the situation.[4]...

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Complications of Laparoscopic Gallbladder Surgery

by Bonner Law | Jan 26, 2021 | Legal Questions/Issues Medical Issues/Negligence

The gallbladder is a small organ underneath the liver that stores bile, or the liquid produced in the liver that helps digest fats.[i] The gallbladder releases the bile into the small intestine to help break down fats so they can be absorbed and used by the body.[ii] While the gallbladder is an important part of the digestive system, sometimes medical complications require removal of the gallbladder. There are various medical diagnoses, complications and illnesses that subsequently require gallbladder removal.[iii] Cholelithiasis, or gallstones that form when liquid bile solidifies in the gallbladders, is the most common reason for gallbladder removal.[iv] When...

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Heart Attacks and Medical Malpractice

by Bonner Law | Sep 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Heart Disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in the United States. A Myocardial Infarction (MI), commonly known as a “Heart Attack”, occurs when the blood flow to the heart muscle is cut off and a part of the heart muscle does not get enough blood and dies. According to the CDC, around 805,000 Americans have a Heart Attack each year and one in five people who have a Heart Attack are not aware that they are having a Heart Attack.  A Heart Attack requires prompt diagnosis and treatment to reduce the risk of serious...

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Still Birth and Fetal Demise

by Bonner Law | Aug 25, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A still birth occurs when a mother loses her baby between the 20th week of pregnancy and birth.  Still births can be caused by complications of pregnancy or birth such as: Preeclampsia – when an expectant mother develops high blood pressure during her pregnancy. Chorioamnionitis – an infection an expecting mother can suffer when bacteria moves upward into her uterus and affects the placenta and the membranes around the baby. Cord Prolapse – when the umbilical cord comes through the birth canal before the baby. If this happens in a hospital, action must be taken by the physicians and/or nurses...

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Boating Accidents in Florida

by Bonner Law | Aug 14, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

With its year-round warm weather, Florida is one of the most popular places for boating in the country.  Unfortunately, Florida also has a higher amount of boating accidents per year than any other state in the United States. Boating accidents are often caused by inexperienced or careless operators driving their boat too fast for the conditions, not maintaining a proper lookout or operating their boat while they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. In Florida there is no minimum age to operate a boat.[1]  Section 327.395(1), Florida Statutes, provides that anyone born after January 1, 1988, must have...

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Strokes

by Bonner Law | Aug 05, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Unfortunately, strokes are rather common.  While certain risk factors can make people more likely to have strokes, a stroke can happen to anyone at any age.  There are three main types of strokes: Ischemic Stroke Ischemic strokes are the most common type of stroke.  According to the CDC, 87% of strokes are ischemic strokes.[1]  An ischemic stroke occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the brain is blocked.  The blockage reduces the blood flow and oxygen to the brain, leading to brain damage.[2]  The main cause of an ischemic stroke is fatty deposits lining the walls of the blood...

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Retained Foreign Objects – Medical Negligence

by Bonner Law | Aug 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A retained foreign object is a surgical instrument that is accidentally left inside of the patient’s body during surgery.  These can include surgical instruments such as forceps or scalpels, clamps, needles, screws, sponges or anything else used by the surgeon during surgery. Before and after the surgical procedure, it is the Standard of Care for the surgeon and the Hospital Operating Room Nursing Staff to carefully count all of the instruments and other items to ensure that nothing was left inside the patient during the surgery.  These counts must be documented in the Hospital Chart.  When a surgeon is finishing...

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Jaundice in Newborns

by Bonner Law | Jul 14, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

Jaundice is a common condition in newborns where the baby’s skin and the white part of their eyes appear yellow. For some babies, Jaundice will go away on its own; but for other babies, treatment is necessary and without treatment there could be serious health consequences. Jaundice is caused by a surplus of Bilirubin in the blood.  Bilirubin is waste created by fetal red blood cells breaking down after birth.  Bilirubin is usually filtered out by the liver but because newborns have a greater amount of red blood cells and their livers are not yet fully developed, the excess Bilirubin...

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Common Birth Injuries

by Bonner Law | Jun 24, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A birth injury is an injury that occurs during labor and delivery.  These injuries can be caused by oxygen deprivation or trauma. The consequences of birth related injuries are often catastrophic and can affect the parents and the child profoundly for the rest of their lives.  Although rare, birthrelated injuries can be caused by a healthcare provider’s failure to provide adequate care to the mother and baby during the pregnancy or during the labor and delivery. Common types of birth injuries include: Brachial Plexus Injury:  This is an injury to a set of nerves in the shoulder and neck that...

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Pulmonary Embolism

by Bonner Law | Jun 04, 2020 | Medical Issues/Negligence

A Pulmonary Embolism occurs when one of the pulmonary arteries in the lung becomes blocked by a blood clot.[i] A common cause of pulmonary embolisms is deep vein thrombosis. Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in a deep vein in another part of the body, usually the leg, breaks free and then moves through the bloodstream to the lungs.[ii]  If a clot develops in the vein and it stays there, it is called a thrombus.  If the clot detaches from the wall of the vein and travels to another part of the body, it is called...

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