Medical Danger


If Depakote had been around during the time of the Roman emperor Claudius, it may have been pointed out as a possible cause of the skeletal malformation. Clubfoot refers to a congenital malformation of the foot. It is also called tapiles equinovarus because it also occurs in horse (equines). Thew malformation ranges from mild to severe; the foot may only be smaller than usual, for example. However, there are cases when the bottom of the foot is pointing up. In most cases, both feet are affected.

Clubfoot is immediately apparent after birth, but does not cause any discomfort to the baby. However, immediate treatment is recommended because it can cause obvious problems once the infant is ready to walk. In most cases, surgical treatment can correct the problem, and those that have it corrected are able to lead normal lives.

As with most congenital disorders, the usual suspects are genetics, lifestyle, and teratogenic drugs. When the first two are not applicable, or not significant enough to be a major factor, drugs such as Depakote are likely to be the culprit. While there are not specific studies linking Depakote with clubfoot formation in the child, it would be reasonable conclusion considering that it is strongly indicated in other congenital malformations involving the spine, the brain, the heart, and the face.

Fortunately, the prognosis for infants born with clubfoot is excellent provided they get early treatment. However, as pointed out on the website of Williams Kherkher, such interventions can have a significant financial impact. Aside from the corrective surgery, there are other expenses that may occur in the recovery and physical rehabilitation of the child.

If you believe that Depakote may be at the root of your clubfoot problems, you may be able to demand compensation. Consult with a Depakote lawyer in your area to find out what can be done to right the wrong you have suffered.

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Blood thinners can be an effective solution to those suffering from cardiac and blood vessel diseases that cause clotting. Anticoagulants cause the blood to thin and more easily move through the blood stream. While the benefits of blood thinners is substantial, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and physicians prescribing blood thinners often are forced to weigh the benefits with the life threatening side effects these blood thinners can cause.

All anticoagulants come with a risk of serious bleeding incidents. Since the blood thins and does not clot when hemorrhaging occurs, the loss of blood can be substantial. Most blood thinners require the patient to be vigilant in taking precautions against these bleeding incidents. Some coagulants, such as Coumadin and Pradaxa, require frequent check-ups and monitoring by physicians to regulate the amount of drug within the blood stream. Other drugs, like Xarelto, do not require these types of precautions and are therefore more dangerous to the patients prescribed it.

In comparison to similar drugs, Xarelto is more dangerous because of the lack of antidote. If a bleeding incident occurs due to Xarelto, the patient must wait until the drug leaves the blood stream. Other medications on the market have reversal agents that an individual can take during a bleeding incident to stop hemorrhaging from becoming life threatening.

While bleeding risks are a side effect of any anticoagulant, the risk of these types of incidents may increase with the use of other medications. Pain relievers have blood thinning properties that, when taken with anticoagulants, can increase the susceptibility of patients to bleeding accidents.

If you are interested in learning more about Xarelto and the legal options you have to receive compensation for the pain and suffering you sustained due to negligent drug manufacturers, click here.

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Regardless of the possibility of differences between states on the standard of care that health care professionals and institutions should provide their patients, one principle remains the same – that patients should be given the best care which will help them remain healthy, help them recover from their ailment/s, or prevent their illness from becoming worse.

The outcome of thousands of medical treatments, however, are far from being favorable as medical malpractice due to a single, or a series of, negligent act/s lead/s either to severe patient harm or death. And, sad to say, but medical malpractice is an alarming reality in the US, probably worse than most Americans realize, as national statistics show that it claims about 225,000 lives annually: about 106,000 deaths are due to severe side-effects from drugs; 80,000 are caused by nosocomial infections (infections acquired in hospitals or other healthcare facilities after being admitted for health complaints other than infection); 12,000 are due to unnecessary surgery; 7,000 are caused by wrong medication; and, 20,000 because of different types of hospital errors.

Despite these alarming numbers, however, very few lawsuits for malpractice claims have been (or are being) filed in courts all across the US, thus, not bringing to light the reality of malpractices that result to injury or death. Even with the least suspicion of a possible medical malpractice, the victim or his/her family, should immediately contact the Green Bay personal injury lawyers, who can provide vital help in assessing the situation, as well as the possibility of legally making malpractice claims.

One concrete result of medical negligence is cerebral palsy, which is an abnormality in the unborn or newly born child’s brain development, resulting to impairment in muscle coordination and disruption of cognitive development. Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that affects thousands of babies; this injury makes activities, such as talking, walking, eating and playing, difficult for a child.

By exhausting all necessary means, more so the use of technology, doctors may be able to help future couples, as well as those planning to conceive more children, avoid or prevent any risks that can lead to cerebral palsy. In the event of this birth injury, though, and with the capability of proving that this injury was sustained due to the doctor’s failure to perform or observe standard care that could have avoided it, then the injured child’s parents should immediately seek the help of the Philadelphia cerebral palsy lawyers, whose expertise and experience on medical lawsuits can help them seek compensation claims which can help in the costly added treatment for their child.

The use of modern medical devices should be maximized by health care professionals and institutions; however, too much dependence on these or allowing those inadequately trained to operate these should never be the case. For no matter how modern and well-designed a device is, making it perform a doctor’s tasks or entrusting its operations to a poorly trained doctor or medical staff, only spells “DANGER.” These scenarios always prove harmful to many patients, just like what many of those who have undergone minimally-invasive surgeries with the da Vinci robotic surgical system complain about.

The da Vinci Surgical Robot was designed by Intuitive Surgical and approved by the US Food and Drug Administration in 2000 for use in minimally-invasive surgical procedures. Besides calling their robotic surgical system a “state-of-the-art robotic technology,” Intuitive Surgical also declared that their creation will enable surgeon to complete even complex and delicate procedures with only a few small incisions, with greater accuracy, control, dexterity and clearer vision.

Not long after it was made available, though, injuries started to be reported, with some claiming that the device had a flaw, while many others blame the injuries on the doctor’s lack of training in properly operating the device. Reported Da Vinci surgical dangers included burns, punctured vessels or organs, excessive bleeding, intestinal tearing, uterus lacerations, and death.

Medical authorities declare that medical malpractice is a completely preventable thing as it is nothing more than a result of negligent acts. Thus, due diligence may all be what is necessary to avoid it and whatever injurious effects it may cause.

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