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Bergen County Medical Malpractice Law Blog

10 tips when telling a doctor your story

Do you ever feel like your doctor simply doesn't listen to you when you're trying to explain what's wrong? If so, here are a few tips you can use to get better results.

1. Use graphs and drawings. Most people just try to tell their story verbally, but using a graphic image can slow the conversation down and force the doctor to listen.

Key numbers regarding medical malpractice

If you're curious about the true state of hospital negligence and medical malpractice in the United States, all you have to do is look at the numbers. Below are a few key stats that can shed light on what things are like in New Jersey.

1. Medical accidents cause anywhere from 65,000 to 200,000 deaths every year. Car accidents, which get far more press, only caused 65,000 deaths, and workplace accidents cause just 11,000.

How a shoulder dystocia happens

A shoulder dystocia is a serious injury that can happen during childbirth. Though it can occur in a few different ways, it typically happens when the child's shoulders are not in the expected position as it is being born. Even so, the head is able to pass through the birth canal.

However, after the head emerges, the child becomes stuck. One shoulder gets caught on the pubic symphysis, which is an area of cartilage that runs between the left and right pelvic bones.

The pros and cons of undergoing surgery at a teaching hospital

When going in for surgery, one of the options you may have is to go to a teaching hospital. This is just what is sounds like: A hospital that has an agreement or connection with a nearby university, so students who are working to become professionals can get hands-on train. So, what are the pros and cons of the situation?

The Downsides

Risk factors that make birth injuries more likely

When it comes to birth injuries, parents need to be aware that there are certain risk factors that can make the odds of an injury more likely. This does not mean that an injury is guaranteed or that there is nothing doctors can do, but simply that certain children are at higher risk. Below are a few common examples:

-- Babies who are born prematurely. Though the range can vary, this usually refers to a baby who is born before it reaches the 37th week. Injuries are more likely since the body is more fragile.

Tips to help avoid issues at the hospital

If you're going to the hospital and you're worried that things won't go well, there are some things you can do to help avoid problems. These include the following:

1. Always ask the doctor what the procedure is and what he or she is going to do. If the doctor responds with anything other than the procedure you're signed up for, you may be able to stop a mistake before it happens.

What should you look for when choosing a plastic surgeon?

We've all seen photos of cosmetic plastic surgery gone horribly wrong. There's even an entire television show on the E! network devoted to botched plastic surgery. However, there are worse things that can happen than having your breasts come out uneven (traumatic as that can be).

Too many patients who have gone in for a cosmetic procedure die while under the knife or from complications following plastic surgery. Author Olivia Goldsmith and Dr. Donda West, the mother of Kanye West, both died shortly after plastic surgery.

Settlement reached in death of young pediatrician

The parents of a young pediatrician who died nearly three years ago of a brain hemorrhage have settled a malpractice suit against the medical center that she worked for. The settlement came just a few days after the trial began.

The terms of the settlement weren't disclosed. However, based on the potentially long and lucrative career that was cut short, the medical center could have paid tens of millions of dollars if the decision had been left to the jury. That jury had already heard the plaintiffs' attorney accuse a doctor of changing her story about what happened.

Why is heart disease in women still so often misdiagnosed?

Heart disease is the greatest killer of women in this country. More women die from heart disease than all cancers combined. As we near the end of American Heart Month, this is a good time to discuss the continued misdiagnosis of heart disease and heart attacks in women. This misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose heart problems in women too often proves fatal.

More focus has been placed on heart disease in women in recent decades. Nonetheless, centuries-old beliefs still persist to some degree.

Doctor could spend life in prison for overdose deaths

At a time when prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in New Jersey and throughout the U.S., one recent criminal case on the other side of the country has made history. A former Southern California doctor is the first physician in that state ever to face a murder charge for prescribing drugs to patients.

The 46-year-old doctor was convicted of second-degree murder last fall after three patients, all in their 20s, died from overdoses of prescription painkillers back in 2009. Early this month, a judge sentenced her to serve a 30-year-to-life sentence.

$7.4 Billion Medicaid Recovery

Breslin and Breslin, PA, Donald A. Caminiti, Esq., was one of six law firms selected by the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey to act as special counsel to represent it in its lawsuit against the tobacco industry to recover Medicaid and other health related costs incurred by the state resulting from tobacco related illnesses.