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3 things parents need to know about birth injuries

Birth defects are devastating. Every time a baby is born, it's a hope that he or she will be perfect. Long-term illnesses and those caused by negligence disrupt that hope.

Although your child has suffered an injury during birth, it's important to understand a few things about how he or she may grow up. Having an idea about your child's potential problems and the things that could help will make his or her life much easier. Here are three things you should keep in mind.

How to pursue a medical malpractice case

Medical malpractice is an unavoidable part of the medical world. Our doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical care providers are all human, and often these humans make mistakes that cause harm to patients.

If you recently suffered harm because of the actions or inaction of a medical care provider, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice suit. However, the process of a medical malpractice suit takes a long time, so it is important to know what to expect as you embark on what might be a lengthy journey toward justice.

The 3 elements of a medical malpractice case

Oklahoma City residents undergo complicated surgeries all the time and -- in most cases -- the doctors who perform them do not make errors. In some situations, though, a surgeon will make a serious mistake that results in unnecessary injuries.

When a doctor makes a mistake due to negligence or due to not following standard medical procedure, the patient may be able to pursue financial compensation in Oklahoma civil court.

5 things you should know about medical malpractice

Medical malpractice issues change your life - for the worst. When you suffer an unexpected medical issue because your doctor didn't do something properly, your health will suffer. Your finances might also suffer. This puts you in a precarious position because you need money to live but your health issues might not allow you to work. This is when a medical malpractice lawsuit might come into the picture. Consider these five points if you suffer harm at the hands of a medical professional.

What to do if your child displays symptoms of cerebral palsy

The birth of a child is typically a joyful event. For some families, however, a birth injury mars this beautiful moment. In many cases where a child has cerebral palsy, it may be weeks or months before the new parents discover the condition. Cerebral palsy symptoms include deficits in muscle tone, motor and speech development and problems balancing. There are many other symptoms, and each case is unique in terms of symptoms and severity. Depending on how severe the case is, it may take as long as three to five years to diagnose cerebral palsy.

Trusting the doctor after medical malpractice

Nobody wants to return to a traumatic scene. If it's a street where a car accident happened or an office where you were fired, it's generally easy to drive an extra block out of the way to avoid this emotional conflict. If you're the victim of medical malpractice, it's a larger obstacle that has to be overcome. The first step in building your malpractice case includes documentation of the facts from another doctor.

What is medical malpractice?

Medical malpractice is defined, in short, as negligence: the failure to perform standard care or procedure. It can mean a missed diagnosis that comes to later on or it can be something more egregious like a surgical error. Often the results are long lasting, including permanent or fatal damage.

A tragic trend: Social media abuse in nursing homes

Selecting a nursing home for a loved one usually follows extensive research and multiple visits to various facilities. Once you place your disabled or elderly family member in the care of qualified professionals, you establish a strong, hopefully unbreakable bond of trust.

Discovering evidence of abuse or neglect shatters that bond.

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