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shutterstock_533678761-300x200A recent study conducted by Health Union was released to the public. Titled, “MS in America 2017,” it is the fifth year for the survey. In it, readers find out that MS patients across the country struggle to be diagnosed properly and, when diagnosed, fight for effective treatments.

The survey was of 5,300 patients and conducted between January 25 and March 1 of this year. Nearly half of those patients that responded to the survey reported having to make more than five separate visits to a medical professional before being accurately diagnosed.

Just over 40 percent of those patients responding said that they had initially been diagnosed with another condition. Those conditions included migraines, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. Once diagnosed, patients typically begin treatment within three months. Unfortunately, the process of treatment can be trial and error.

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shutterstock_92883559-1-300x200A woman in Miami has won more than $30 million in a medical malpractice case she filed against an obstetrician. The woman was able to prove that her son suffered permanent injury at the hand’s of the doctor in 2013.

Reports say that the woman, then 19 years old, went to North Shore Medical Center in Miami in labor. She was in the final stages of her labor when she arrived at the hospital. The woman’s pregnancy was not high risk, but the doctor, according to the lawsuit, made a series of errors that led to her newborn’s medical issues.

The doctor, the woman said, ordered a drug to be administered that would strengthen the woman’s contractions. He then failed to perform a C-section, instead taking a call from his stockbroker that lasted for eight minutes. The child was born limp and blue, and he now has severe brain damage due to a lack of oxygen during his birth.

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shutterstock_292061510-300x200A woman in Miami was recently awarded more than $20 million in a medical malpractice verdict. The woman, once a person who took trips to Haiti on medical missions, showing women how to look for lumps in their breasts, was diagnosed with breast cancer herself.

According to reports, the woman located a lump in her breast, and was misdiagnosed by not one, but multiple doctors. By the time a doctor finally diagnosed her with breast cancer, the cancer had become incurable. The single mother of two is not celebrating her win. Instead, she is sharing her story as a way to help women understand that it is important to not settle for the opinion of just one doctor.

It took close to a year for the woman to be diagnosed correctly. This was after, the woman says, she underwent not only physical exams, but imaging and biopsies. Unfortunately, the woman’s form of breast cancer and mastitis, an infection commonly found in lactating women, mimic one another. The woman was breast feeding her son while attempting to get a proper diagnosis.

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shutterstock_563471611-300x200Cerebral palsy is a condition that is most often associated with birth injury. It is also a condition caused by the abnormal development of an infant’s brain. When a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, they will have difficulty controlling their muscles throughout the course of their life.

While scientists used to believe that cerebral palsy was mainly caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery, it is now believed that this is the cause of only a small number of cases. It is now believed that brain damage that leads to cerebral palsy can occur before or during birth or sometime in the child’s first year of life.

Acquired Cerebral Palsy

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shutterstock_594582494-300x200A woman from Casper, Wyoming is suing a medical center according to recently released court records. The woman is claiming that she has severe and permanent disabilities following a surgery she underwent in 2014.

According to the suit, the woman underwent a procedure to repair a fracture to her shinbone. As part of the procedure, the woman underwent the insertion of a laryngeal mask airway. That mask was left in her throat for more than a half hour after the surgery was over.

Despite recommendations from the manufacturer that a mask should not be used in a patient who is obese or has gastric reflux, conditions which the woman has, the mask was used. The woman was left unable to speak in a normal volume, could not breathe well, had difficulty wallowing and had a dry throat that did not go away.

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shutterstock_245116105-300x240A woman in Fresno has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against a popular dental care facility. The woman is seeking damages for an infection that she suffered as a result of what she claims to be an error on the part of dentists.

According to the lawsuit, the woman visited the dental care facility for dental issues that she was suffering with. The woman says that she has suffered with an infection. She also alleges that the dentists failed to fit dentures to her mouth properly.

The basis of the lawsuit is that the defendants failed to provide the accepted standard of care. The woman’s husband claims that he has suffered a loss of consortium as a result of his wife’s injuries. The plaintiff’s want a trial by jury. They are seeking special and general damages as well as any relief the court deems to be fair.

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shutterstock_567330184-300x200A woman claims that she was under anesthesia during a surgical procedure and fell from the operating table. She has filed a lawsuit against two doctors and a hospital, claiming medical malpractice.

According to reports, the team responsible for ensuring that the woman was safely secured to the operating table failed to do so. The woman was on the operating table for an appendectomy when she fell from the operating table. As a result, the woman has suffered pain in her neck and shoulder.

The woman’s family was told of the incident shortly after it happened. The hospital asked for permission to test the woman to determine if she had sustained any injury or damage from the fall. The woman says now that she has issues that have been ongoing, and these issues were not present before the fall.

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shutterstock_516147664-300x177A family has a child who will cope with intellectual and physical disabilities for the rest of his life. Those disabilities are connected to the brain injury that has been attributed to his delivery and the doctor in charge of that delivery. The family will receive $42 million.

According to reports, the child’s parents will be awarded by the government. It is slightly unusual for the government to be responsible for paying out a medical malpractice award, but the hospital in which the error occurred is a federally-funded center. The parents and their legal representatives say that the doctor used forceps during the birth,  injuring the child.

Reports say that the labor was going normally, but after a push, the doctor decided to use forceps. The doctor them used the forceps again, pulling on the child. The use of the forceps, according to attorneys, was uncalled for at that stage of delivery.

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shutterstock_600964973-300x195A case has been brought against several emergency room physicians and medical groups. The plaintiffs say that their family member died from a flesh-eating bacteria that went undiagnosed. The plaintiffs are denying those claims.

According to reports, a man visited a clinic in Athens, Ohio with complaints of congestion, chills, body aches and a fever. The man was prescribed a medication and sent home. Several days later, the man began to experience swelling in his leg, a fast heartbeat and flu-like symptoms. After being seen at the hospital, the man was sent home, scheduled for an ultra-sound the following morning.

The man’s pain became so severe that he was transported back to the emergency room early in the morning. The man was given medication and admitted to the hospital. His symptoms continued to worsen and he was flown by helicopter to a different hospital.

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shutterstock_539860900-300x200A family in Miami Gardens has won a medical malpractice case against the federal government. A judge ruled that a doctor’s decisions resulted in a teenager’s infant to suffer brain damage that is incurable.

According to reports, the child’s mother will receive just over $3 million, the father a little more than $1 million, and the child will receive close to $30 million for pain and suffering.

The mother was a patient at a hospital in Miami Gardens. That hospital provides care to people without insurance and to those that are undocumented. During the labor, the child was determined to have a slowed heart rate and the doctor refused to perform a C-section. The doctor, according to court documents, left the mother in the delivery room to perform another delivery.

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