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Returning to work after suffering a brain injury

Millions of people suffer from brain injuries every year in the United States. Whether they have been involved in an auto collision or were injured in a workplace accident, people may find it difficult to return to work and engage in daily life activities after suffering from a brain injury. The side effects of a brain injury may vary depending on the severity and which area of the brain was injured. Brain injuries can make it difficult to concentrate, plan, organize tasks and remember critical skills. Not to mention, injuries may affect a person’s sensory abilities, such as vision and hearing. Injuries can also cause physical deficiencies, including muscle weakness, dizziness and headaches.

In some cases, employers may attempt to accommodate an employee’s brain injury by enhancing their work environment. This is not possible, however, in some situations and so the employer may have to find another task for the employee to do. The employee may have to find another place of employment if they are no longer able to perform the same job.

Hospital sued for clinicians failing to call a Code Blue

Should one step into any hospital or medical center in San Bernardino, they will encounter a fast-paced, interconnected network of employees working in several areas performing different functions, all to ensure that the appropriate care is delivered to a single patient. From the registrar that checks a patient in to the clinician reviewing said patient's chart prior to discharge, every employee involved plays a critical role (even those in non-clinical functions). The failure of a single link in this caregiving chain can produce devastating results for a patient. 

This fact was on full display in the details of a lawsuit brought against a Michigan hospital. A newborn was brought into the hospital for a renal scan, yet while the required IV line was being placed, the boy's condition quickly deteriorated to the point of his skin turning blue (according to his mother's account). Hospital personnel, however, failed to immediately perform emergency treatment other than performing rescue breaths. By the time treatment was delivered, the boy suffered from a lack of oxygen to his brain, which resulted in him developing cerebral palsy. 

Hip fracture treatment and rehabilitation

If you suffer any type of hip injury, you'll want to visit a medical professional for a diagnosis. Through the use of an X-ray, among other types of tests, your doctor can give you a clear idea of what's going on.

A hip fracture is a serious injury. Not only does it cause pain and discomfort, but it can also take you off your feet for quite some time.

How do medical malpractice caps affect maternal mortality?

In California, the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA) can have an impact on your ability to seek compensation for acts of medical malpractice. Kampf, Schiavone & Associates are here to guide you through medical malpractice caps and the way they may impact maternal mortality.

MICRA places a cap of $250,000 on non-economic damages in any case involving medical malpractice. What does this mean? In essence, it limits the amount of money that the injured party can expect to get in exchange for their injuries, damages, and losses. In theory, damage caps are put into place in order to keep a chain of expenses from growing. A doctor involved in a medical malpractice case may have to pass the cost of their heightened insurance onto their patients, for example.

What are repetitive stress injuries?

Regardless of what sort of job Californian workers like you have, the potential for repetitive stress injuries will exist. Though some may believe that this type of injury is inconsequential, they can actually have a huge impact on your life and may even affect your efficiency at work.

According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, repetitive strain injuries are caused when you perform the same action with the same body part over and over again. For example, people who do repetitive motions with their hands or wrists risk developing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Professions that include repetitive motions can be quite varied and may include:

  • Artists
  • Secretaries
  • Dentists
  • Surgeons
  • Construction workers
  • Metal craftsmen

Risks and hazards associated with forceps deliveries

When you visit a California hospital to give birth to a child, you probably have high hopes for a smooth delivery and a happy, healthy baby who will help complete your family. For some parents, however, the birthing process goes anything but smoothly, and in some situations, physicians have to rely on alternative birthing methods, such as forceps deliveries, to deliver your child. In some cases, forceps deliveries can lead to injuries and related issues for your or your baby, and some of them can prove quite serious. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we have seen the sometimes-traumatic effects of forceps deliveries firsthand, and we have helped many families who experienced hardship due to such deliveries seek recourse.

According to the Mayo Clinic, your physician may decide to do a forceps delivery if you are having a particularly difficult labor. If you are, for example, pushing, but not seeing any progress, your doctor may recommend a forceps delivery, and he or she may do the same if you have certain health issues, or if your baby’s heartbeat indicates he or she may be in distress.

The potential risks of anesthesia

Undergoing anesthesia in California is much safer than it used to be, in many cases. Both medicine and medical practice have advanced to the point where patient deaths are remarkably uncommon for such an extreme level of sedation. In fact, many medical procedures would likely be impossible without modern anesthesiology.

These scientific advances have nothing to do, unfortunately, with the ethics of medical practitioners. One incompetent, malicious or negligent act by an anesthesiologist could still spell disaster for a patient.

How might a mild traumatic brain injury impact your life?

When a California car accident, work accident or other type of incident causes you to suffer a serious blow to your head, you may experience what is known as a traumatic brain injury. Typically classified in terms of severity as either minor, moderate or severe, traumatic brain injuries can impact virtually every area of your life, from your ability to speak and recall events to your ability to interact with others in the manner you always have.

Per Brainline, while a “minor” traumatic brain injury is a less-severe type of brain injury, it can still have a serious long-term impact on your overall quality of life. While, in some cases, symptoms may occur and then seemingly disappear soon after, symptoms can also prove quite serious, and in some instances, they can affect you for quite some time. In fact, about 15 percent of all mild traumatic brain injury sufferers continue to suffer symptoms that are serious enough to severely debilitate them.

Repetitive strain injuries common among office workers

While working in a California office environment may not be as inherently risky as, say, working from heights or in law enforcement, it still presents certain occupational hazards that can impact your life and health in a negative manner. Increasingly, workers who spend the majority of their days working at computers are experiencing what are known as repetitive strain injuries, which, if left untreated, can lead to serious long-term issues. At Kampf, Schiavone & Associates, we understand how debilitating repetitive strain injuries can be, and we have helped many who suffer from them find solutions that meet their needs.

According to the Modern Language Association, repetitive strain injuries can result when a worker performs the same tasks over and over again while maintaining a similar position. Certain repetitive strain injuries are more commonly known than others, among them carpal tunnel syndrome and tennis elbow, but the term refers to a broad number of neuromuscular disorders that can lead to aches, pains and related symptoms.

The many types of dislocated shoulder treatment

A dislocated shoulder is every bit as painful as it sounds. Not only does it cause pain at the time of the injury, but it can also impact you over the long run in a variety of ways.

If you suspect that you have a dislocated shoulder, it's important to receive immediate medical treatment. During your exam, your medical team can run a variety of tests to better understand what's going on.

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