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Stephen Pokiniewski

Anesthesia Error Deaths Decline

A recent Journal of Healthcare Risk Management study reported a decline in deaths related to anesthesia errors. Anesthesia involves the administration of drugs to reduce and prevent pain during surgery.  Depending on the type of anesthesia [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

New Act May Transform Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Georgia legislators are once again reviewing a bill that would completely overhaul how the state’s medical malpractice lawsuits are handled. Senate Bill 86 (SB86) would create a new administration system — the first of its kind in the [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Cruise Ship Doctors Liable for Medical Malpractice

Cruise lines and on-board doctors have been immune to medical malpractice lawsuits for decades.  However, the United States Appellate Court recently made it easier for passengers to hold the ship accountable for negligent medical treatment, [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Lawsuits

When a person dies as a result of a medical mistake caused by a negligent doctor or healthcare worker, it is considered a wrongful death. Although wrongful death is not limited to medical errors, medical negligence is the third leading cause [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Tort Reform Cuts Medical Malpractice Lawsuits not Incidents

A recent article published on MedPage Today about Medical Malpractice Reform suggests that tort reform lead to a decrease in the amount of medical malpractice lawsuits but has not decreased the number of incidents involving medical errors. Medical [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Recognizing and Treating Brachial Plexus Birth Injuries

Brachial plexus injury, also known as Erb’s Palsy is a common birth injury. While brachial plexus injuries may be common, they are not acceptable.  Brachial plexus birth injuries occur when the doctor applies  too much force during childbirth, [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Brachial Plexus and Spinal Cord Injuries

Brachial plexus injuries are caused by excessive stretching, tearing, or other trauma to a network of nerves from the spine to the shoulder, arm and hand. Brachial plexus spinal cord injuries can occur in a baby during a difficult delivery. Approximately [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

Failure to Diagnose Prenatal Infections Can Lead to Birth Injuries

It is possible for an infant to develop an infection during the delivery process. Chorioamnionitis (infection of the placenta) and Group B streptococcal septicemia (GBS) are two types of infections that a mother can pass along to a newborn if [...]
Stephen Pokiniewski

How to Tell if Your Child has Erb’s Palsy

Erb’s palsy is a birth injury similar to brachial plexus palsy. Brachial plexus palsy is the loss of movement in the upper arm as a result of nerve damage during delivery.  Erb’s palsy is a similar condition that affects the upper and lower [...]
Thomas Anapol

Doctors Debate Whether Benefits of Morcellation Outweigh the Risks

Doctors began using laparoscopic power morcellators in 1993 for hysterectomies and uterine fibroid removal procedures called myomectomies. Many gynecologists viewed morcellators – which can chop uterine tissue into tiny fragments for removal [...]