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North Carolina Injury and Wrongful Death Attorney Thomas Waitt Pleasant's blog, facilitating commentary on North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia nursing home abuse, injury, neglect, and wrongful death; as well as medical malpractice, medical mistakes and medical negligence including birth injury and cerebral palsy. Topics also include unfair and bad faith insurance claims practices.

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9/23/2016
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Medical Malpractice Tort Reform: Medical Industry Arguments Don't Hold Water

The medical industry argues tort reform and limiting people's rights is necessary to curb medical malpractice lawsuits, but the hard facts do not support this

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/18/2016
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Tips for preventing bed sores in bedridden patients

Nursing home residents are very often bedridden and susceptible to pressure ulcers, bed sores, decubitus ulcers, and other skin breakdown

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/13/2016
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AHRQ Evidence Report Chapter on Pressure Ulcers

Pressure ulcer prevention not only prevents injury and harm in nursing homes, it saves lives and taxypayer dollars

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/6/2016
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New Pressure Ulcer Staging Guidelines from NPUAP

NPUAP recently issued new pressure ulcer (bedsore) guidelines that are important for nursing home lawyers and their client victims of nursing home negligence

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

9/2/2016
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Call to Ban Forced Nursing Home Arbitration: Update

Forcing injured nursing home residents and their families to give up their jury trial right is wrong, and advocacy groups are still hard at work on this issue

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

8/26/2016
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The "July Effect" May Lead to Unexpected Medical Outcomes in Hospitals

Physician Residents in large teaching hospitals like Duke Medical Center and UNC Chapel Hill sometimes provide care without enough supervision

Category: Medical Negligence/Malpractice

6/24/2016
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Treating Birth Asphyxia to Avoid Brain Injury in Newborns

Asphyxiated newborns may suffer brain damage including cerebral palsy, seizures, and other problems and this article discusses treatment alternatives

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/17/2016
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Nurse Staffing During Labor and Delivery

Staffing levels are critical in labor and delivery in order to prevent babies from being hurt in hospitals

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/7/2016
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Neonatology Physicians and Cerebral Palsy Injury Lawsuits

When children are injured at birth and a lawsuit is brought, a neonatologist is usually a necessary physician expert witness

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

6/3/2016
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Oxytocin: Preventable Birth Injury Article

Pitocin, or Oxytocin, is the drug most commonly associated with preventable bad outcomes in labor and delivery

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

5/27/2016
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Cerebral Palsy, Brain Injury from Delivery - Epidemiology

Epidemiologist medical doctors can help with several aspects of cerebral palsy cases, including linking brain injury to contractions and Pitocin

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

Labels: Birth Injury
5/23/2016
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Cerebral Palsy and Life Expectancy

A child with cerebral palsy from birth injury may actually live a very long time, requiring long-term and high medical expenses

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

5/20/2016
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Obstetrician Organization Pitocin (Oxytocin) Guide (Samples)

To avoid brain injury from birth including cerebral palsy, Obstetricians and obstetrical nurses who deliver babies agree on key guidelines for use of drugs to induce labor

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

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5/17/2016
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Cerebral Palsy & Cortical Visual Impairment

Cortical visual impairment (sometimes called "cortical blindness") and cerebral palsy from brain injury at birth, often go hand in hand

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

5/16/2016
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Special Focus Nursing Homes - Updated List

Medicare keeps a list of the lowest-rated problem nursing homes, which can be useful to avoid loved ones from injury or death in a nursing home

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

Labels: Nursing homes
5/12/2016
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Fetal Heart Rate Deceleration, Brain Injury (Cerebral Palsy)

Baby's heart rate during labor can show threat of injury and injury, including brain injury from lack of oxygen

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

Labels: Birth Injury
5/8/2016
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Pitocin (Oxytocin) and Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy

Hospitals and doctors often use a potentially dangerous drug, Pitocin (or Oxytocin) to induce labor, sometimes causing birth injury including brain damage

Category: Cerebral Palsy/Birth Injury

8/23/2015
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Falls Can be Reduced in Nursing Homes

Doctors created a plan to reduce falls - cutting falls in half in one facility. Great example of a nursing home taking responsibility and improving itself.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

8/21/2015
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$18 Million Verdict Against Nursing Home

Jury awards $18 mil. to family of nursing home abuse victim, showing the court system's ability to hold nursing homes accountable for their actions.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

8/19/2015
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Nursing Home Abuse Caught on Camera

A nursing home worker was caught on camera abusing an elderly resident. Abuse is not rare in nursing homes. Nursing homes should protect the elderly from harm.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

8/14/2015
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Stop Nursing Home Lawsuits...Hire Enough Staff

Are lawyers unfair to nursing homes? Nursing homes should hire enough people. When they don't, they are breaking the law, and attorneys keep them accountable.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

7/26/2015
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Nursing Home Negligence and a Popular Blood Thinner Drug

Widespread problems with the abuse of critical and necessary blood thinners drugs in nursing homes sometimes hurts and/or kills nursing home residents.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

7/24/2015
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Genesis HealthCare Continues Pattern of Large Acquisitions

Genesis HealthCare announced that it was buying part of Revera Inc. for $240 million. There is no excuse for bad care in the lucrative nursing home industry.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

7/22/2015
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Widespread Neglect Due to Understaffing in Nursing Homes

A state's attorney general has filed legal action against a national nursing home chain for rampant neglect of residents.

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse

6/9/2015
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Golden Living Nursing Home Class Action Lawsuit To Proceed

golden living nursing homes chain is facing a lawsuit for not having enough staff or help and that this understaffing hurt patients

Category: Nursing Home Neglect & Abuse