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Hospital Negligence

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, July 11, 2017

There are many instances each day in which patients are provided with care by hospital staff that meets and even exceeds the standards expected of them. Unfortunately, there are also instances in which patients do not receive adequate care by hospital staff. This can occur because of simple human error or deeper systemic inadequacies. Though some patients who receive inadequate care will recover nonetheless; tragically, others will be catastrophically or fatally injured. If the inadequate care provided by hospital staff is such that it does not meet accepted professional standards, an injured patient or his or her family may have cause to pursue a claim for compensation.  ..

Birth Related Brachial Plexus Palsy

Victor Lewin
Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Birth related brachial plexus palsy refers to an injury occurring in the perinatal period to all or part of an infant’s brachial plexus (the network of nerves connecting your spine to your upper limbs). Birth related brachial plexus palsies can be defined as either Erb’s palsies or Klumpke’s palsies. Erb’s palsies are injuries occurring in the upper brachial plexus, whereas Klumpke’s palsies are injuries which occur in the lower brachial plexus. Various factors can increase an infant’s risk of suffering a brachial plexus palsy during childbirth. Improper, unskilled or negligent treatment by a medical professional can also cause an infant to suffer a brachial plexus palsy.  ..

DYSTONIC CEREBRAL PALSY

Victor Lewin
Monday, May 01, 2017

Mixed Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a developmental disorder caused by brain damage, often lack of oxygen, that takes place before, during or shortly after birth. Infants diagnosed with mixed CP have damage to centers in various parts of the brain that control motor functioning.  ..

Medical errors cause delayed diagnoses, deaths

Victor Lewin
Friday, September 25, 2015

A report released earlier this week from the Institute of Medicine in the United States indicated that all patients will likely be misdiagnosed or have their diagnosis delayed on at least once occasion during their lives. The consequences of delaying treatment can be devastating and potentially fatal.
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Parents can pursue justice civilly for birth injuries

Victor Lewin
Saturday, September 19, 2015

Fortunately, with today's medical and technological advances, most pregnancies progress without serious complications and culminate in healthy bundles of joy. However, for a smaller subset of parents, happiness is marred by trauma to their infants during labour and delivery. Some of the most common risk factors for birth injuries are listed below:
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Was C. diff exposure to blame for a loved one's death?

Victor Lewin
Wednesday, August 26, 2015

One of the dangers facing the residents of Halifax long-term care centers and nursing homes, as well as patients in hospitals, is exposure to Clostridium difficile. The bacteria commonly known as C. diff can cause disabling bouts of diarrhea and other intestinal problems to already debilitated senior citizens and others.
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Awareness of the Risks Associated with General Anaesthesia

Victor Lewin
Saturday, February 21, 2015

Patients undergoing surgical procedures in Canada may worry about the various risks that may be involved. Surgery can be helpful for addressing a variety of physical needs, but there are instances in which the outcomes can be adverse. General anaesthesia is one of the areas of risk that need to be understood when plans are made to receive treatment through surgical methods. ..