Hemochromatosis and Medical Malpractice

Primary Hemochromatosis occurs when too much iron builds up in the body. It is usually caused by a specific genetic problem that causes too much iron to be absorbed. If there is too much iron in the diet, the extra iron is absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and builds up in the body tissues, particularly the liver, heart, and pancreas. The result is damage to these organs. Primary hemochromatosis is the most common genetic disorder Continue Reading

Lumbar Puncture & Medical Malpractice

Lumbar puncture is a procedure performed in the lower back area, where a needle is inserted between two vertebrae to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The patient flexes his/her back to widen the spaces between the vertebrae so it is easier for the physician to access the region. The back is washed with antiseptic soap or iodine and covered with a sterile sheet. A local anesthetic is used to numb the area and Continue Reading

Diabetes and Medical Malpractice: Elevated Blood Glucose or Hypoglycemic Events

Diabetes affects over 23 million people in the United States and is the 7th leading cause of death.  Uncontrolled high levels of blood sugar can cause vascular damage to the retina of the eye, the filtering system of the kidney, and the peripheral nerves.  In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of adult blindness, kidney failure, and non-traumatic amputations in the United States.  Failure by a health care provider to diagnose, treat, and educate diabetic Continue Reading

Leg Amputation and Medical Malpractice

Amputation is the surgical removal of all or part of an extremity. The most common amputation surgery is above or below the knee.  The indications for leg amputation include severe trauma, significant tumor in the bone or muscle, lack of blood circulation due to peripheral arterial disease, worsening or uncontrollable infection, failed management of acute compartment syndrome, failed management of Charcot’s degenerative osteoarthropathy, or debilitating extremity paralysis from infection or pressure-related complications. Failure to timely Continue Reading