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earCochlear implants are supposed to provide relief to patients who are hearing impaired. Unfortunately, many times, cochlear implants end up causing more harm than good when they are negligently implanted. If you or someone close to you was harmed due to a cochlear implant, our experienced and reputable Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can help you determine your legal options. While we aim to settle every case, we are not afraid to zealously advocate for your rights in the courtroom.

A cochlear implant is an electronic device that stimulates the nerves inside the inner ear, resulting in an increased hearing capacity. These devices are helpful when hearing aids don’t work because they produce hearing sensations while nerves within the inner ear are electronically stimulated. It is important to note that cochlear implants can help both children and adults who are deaf. According to the Food and Drug Administration, as of 2012, about 324,200 people worldwide have received cochlear implants, and more than 26 percent of recipients lived in the United States.

In some cases, the cochlear device is designed or manufactured defectively, causing an injury to the patient. Some examples of problems that could occur due to a cochlear implant include loss of hearing, damage to the cochlea, tissue death in surrounding skin, pain or discomfort, popping sounds, and even shock to the patient. When a medical device malfunctions, you may be able to sue the manufacturer, retailer, or distributor through a product liability claim.

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doctorIf you or someone you know has been harmed due to a medical professional’s failure to diagnose meningitis, our seasoned Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can help. At Arfaa Law Group, we are committed to holding doctors and hospitals accountable in cases involving a failure to diagnose meningitis. You can trust that we will explore the facts of your case and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

The Mayo Clinic defines meningitis as an inflammation of the membranes surrounding an individual’s brain and spinal cord. Swelling from the condition typically triggers symptoms such as headache, fever, seizures, sleepiness, light sensitivity, vomiting or nausea, or a stiff neck. It is important to note that there are many types of meningitis that a person can contract:  bacterial meningitis, viral meningitis, spinal meningitis, parasitic meningitis, and non-infectious meningitis.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), nearly 3,000 people in the United States contract meningitis every year. The CDC also reports that more than one out of every 10 cases of spinal meningitis caused by bacteria are fatal, representing about 400-500 deaths annually.

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All medical procedures carry a certain amount of risk, but particularly those involving the heart. If you or someone you know has suffered a pacemaker implant injury, it is important to reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can evaluate your case.

Pacemakers are used to treat many different types of heart conditions. A pacemaker implant is a surgical procedure in which a small electronic device is implanted into a person’s chest to help regulate the individual’s heartbeat. When the heartbeat falls out of rhythm (i.e., beats too fast or too slow), the pacemaker kicks in and sends gentle electrical currents to the heart to correct it.

According to a study conducted by the World Society of Arrhythmias, the United States has the largest number of patients with internal cardiac pacemakers, with a total of 225,567. The study also found that the number of pacemakers implanted between 1993 and 2009 increased by 56 percent.

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pregnant momDuring childbirth, physicians have a duty to care for the mother and the child. Unfortunately, doctors and nurses sometimes fail to focus on a mother’s health during delivery, leading to serious injuries and even death. If you believe that a medical professional’s negligence caused your loved one’s death, it is important to reach out to a Baltimore medical malpractice attorney who can investigate your case.

According to the National Institute of Health, maternal mortality is increasing instead of decreasing in the United States. In fact, the maternal mortality rate in the U.S. is higher than in 40 other countries. In 1982, the maternal death ratio in the U.S. was 7.5 per 100,000 live births, and by 2005 that number had risen to 15.1 deaths per 100,000 live births.

Some conditions that can lead to maternal death include preeclampsia, antepartum hemorrhage, postpartum hemorrhage, post-delivery infections, and cardiac arrest. If these conditions are not treated properly and in a timely manner, the mother can die.

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hospital bedWhile you may think that bed bugs are only an issue in hotels and private residences, the reality is they are also sometimes present in hospitals. If you or someone you love was harmed by a bed bug infestation at a hospital, it is important to reach out to a skilled Baltimore hospital negligence attorney who can evaluate the facts of your case. We can investigate your case and help you seek the compensation you deserve.

Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed on the blood of humans. They are small, oval, and flat creatures and are typically brownish-red in color. Fortunately, bed bugs do not spread disease, but they do bite. People may react to the bite differently, depending on their individual sensitivities. As a result, some people have bite marks, while others may have an allergic reaction. The size of the bite can vary as well.

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bedrailAlthough bedrails are designed to improve safety, they are often the cause of injuries. If you have been injured in a hospital bed, we may be able to help. At Arfaa Law Group, our skilled Baltimore hospital negligence attorneys can advocate for your rights at every step of the way. You can trust that we will make every effort to get you the compensation you deserve in your case.

Bedrails are plastic or metal rails that run along the side of a bed to prevent people from accidentally falling. Unfortunately, bedrail injuries and deaths are more common than you think. Deaths and injuries often occur when the patient becomes stuck in the rails, mainly with his or her head or neck getting caught.

The Food and Drug Administration reports that since 1985, nearly 1,000 elderly care patients have been caught, trapped, or entangled in the bedrails of their hospital beds. This includes over 500 bedrail injuries that ultimately ended in death. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has also reported about 160 incidents of bedrail injuries, including 155 deaths between 2003 and 2012.

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twinTwins and multiple births are inherently riskier than single births. A variety of complications may arise that could lead to birth injuries. In some cases, these injuries are caused by medical negligence. If you suspect that your children or you were injured by a physician’s carelessness, we can help. At Arfaa Law Group, our Baltimore medical malpractice attorneys can assess the merits of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

There are a number of complications that may arise when a woman is carrying multiple children, including pre-term labor, umbilical cord prolapse, facial nerve injuries, brachial plexus injuries, placenta previa, preeclampsia, post-partum hemorrhage, congenital abnormalities, or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. These complications can have a number of causes, including medical negligence.

When a woman carrying more than one baby experiences medical complications, it is not necessarily because of medical malpractice. Some birth injuries may be unavoidable, no matter how much care the physician takes. Instead, medical malpractice claims intend to hold medical professionals accountable for negligent conduct. As a result, medical malpractice occurs when a physician fails to exercise the level of care that another reasonably prudent physician in the same specialty would have exercised in the same or similar circumstances, thereby causing harm to the patient. For example, a physician may be liable for a birth injury if that injury was caused by the improper usage of a vacuum extractor or forceps. This is because a reasonably prudent physician would know how to use a vacuum extractor or forceps properly in order not to cause harm to the baby.

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babyFailed sterilization can lead to an unplanned pregnancy. The birth of an unplanned child can become extremely stressful for parents who did not expect to have any more children. In fact, one of the main reasons an individual opts for sterilization in the first place is to have more control of their future. If you or a loved one has gone through a failed sterilization procedure, a skilled medical malpractice attorney can help. At Arfaa Law Group, we can assess the facts of your case and determine the viability of your claim.

Sterilization is supposed to be a form of permanent birth control. There are two types of sterilization:  female sterilization, known as a tubal ligation, and male sterilization, known as a vasectomy. Both of these procedures are intended to prevent pregnancy. Tubal ligation is a surgical procedure in which a woman’s fallopian tubes are blocked, tired, or cut. This disrupts the movement of the egg to the uterus for fertilization and blocks the sperm from reaching the egg. A vasectomy, on the other hand, prevents the release of sperm when a man ejaculates. In the case of women, sterilization is intended to prevent pregnancy, and in the case of men, sterilization is intended to prevent the male from impregnating a female partner.

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surgeryWrong site surgery takes place when a surgeon operates on the wrong part of a patient’s body, performs the wrong procedure, or performs on the wrong person. Despite protocols to prevent it, wrong site surgery happens more often than you may think. For example, a doctor may perform a hip replacement when a kne­e replacement was required. If you or a loved one has been a victim of wrong site surgery, you may have a medical malpractice claim against the surgeon and possibly against the hospital where the surgery took place as well.

According to the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), 76 percent of wrong site surgeries were surgeries performed on the wrong body part. The other 24 percent were split between operations using the wrong procedure and operations on the wrong person. Researchers from Johns Hopkins found that physicians throughout the United States may operate on the wrong body part as many as 20 times each week.

When a doctor operates on the wrong body part, the consequences can vary. Consider the following example. A doctor was supposed to remove a patient’s diseased left kidney but ends up removing the healthy right kidney. In such a scenario, the patient would be left with no healthy kidney, and the consequences would be devastating. In less life-threatening situations, a patient will still need an additional surgery to correct the wrong site error. Additional procedures or treatment may also be needed to correct any new problems created by the surgeon’s mistake.

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labWhen we consult a health care provider for a medical issue, we expect to receive competent care. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. Every year, a number of patients in Maryland and across the United States are injured due to medical malpractice, some of which stems from laboratory errors. If you or someone close to you has suffered harm due to a laboratory error, it is important to reach out to a skilled Baltimore medical malpractice attorney as soon as possible. We will analyze the facts of the case and determine the viability of your claim.

While protocols and procedures are put into place to prevent laboratory errors, the reality is that they happen more often than you may think. Laboratory mistakes can take place in a number or ways. Common causes of laboratory errors can result from any of the following incidents or others:

  • Running the wrong tests;
  • Mixing up patient samples;
  • Mixing up patient information;
  • Mislabeling samples;
  • Recording inaccurate information;
  • Improperly transcribing records;
  • Technicians making errors in reading or interpreting results;
  • Failing to report test results; or
  • Failing to order the necessary follow up tests.

Laboratory errors can lead to a patient being misdiagnosed, a serious condition being overlooked, or a patient even being confused with another patient and undergoing incorrect treatment. When a patient suffers physical, emotional, or financial harm as a result of a laboratory error, that patient can take legal action by filing a medical malpractice claim against the at-fault party.

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