The Relation of Medical Malpractice to Poor Healthcare




The Unfairness of the Baltimore Riots

It’s sad to say, that although the country claims to have the best healthcare in the world, truthfully, it depends on who you are. As residents of the Baltimore, Maryland area, we are highly aware of the riots that happened in our community about a month ago. They all started with the funeral of Freddie Gray, who passed away from injuries due to his arrest. After being taken into police custody, Gray died in the hospital after suffering from spinal cord injuries and possible stroke. Gray had complained of having trouble breathing, which could have been related to a neck injury, according to medical practitioners.


As the latest victim of excessive force and unfair police profiling, Freddie Gray’s death was the spark of the Baltimore riots, where looters and protestors proceeded to evoke theft and violence across the city. As medical malpractice lawyers, we couldn’t help but think of how Freddie Gray could have been better treated by not only police officers, but also medical staff. This issue relates to the fact that low income families, ethnicities and minorities tend to experience deprived versions of the U.S. healthcare system, compared to others.


The Price of Medical Mistakes and Poor Treatment

When individuals receive low-quality healthcare service, it can lead to medical malpractice situations. As highly skilled and experienced attorneys that have represented numerous medical malpractice cases, we have seen the negative effects that the poor treatment and mistakes of medical practitioners have on patients. Research estimates that African-Americans and Latinos experience 30 to 40 percent worse healthcare results than white Americans. Although the recent Baltimore riots were geared more towards greed and personal outrage, the demonstration still presents a frustration and resentment that resonates within minority communities.


We can’t overlook the more positive aspects of the riots, such as neighbors who helped each other, ministers that preached about nonviolent demonstrations, and heroes of the protests. We may not be able to resolve the unfairness of discrimination when it comes to healthcare, but as lawyers, we can rise above it by turning to justice for help. Our law firm, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, fight for our clients in the court of law and work to achieve a settlement that will compensate for their injuries that are due to medical malpractice.


Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorneys

The medical malpractice situations that occur due to the minimal healthcare benefits of low-income groups and ethnic minorities range from childbirth and sickness, to nursing homes and antibiotics. The failure to diagnose illnesses, failure to provide instrument assistance during childbirth, neglect of a health condition and failure to prescribe necessary medicine are only a few of many medical malpractice situations that can happen. If you feel that you may be a victim of medical malpractice, contact our law firm for a free legal consultation. We can help you achieve the financial recovery you need from an injury, no matter who you are. Our vast experience and expertise in the medical field and law field put you at an advantage regarding the outcome of your case. Consult with us today.


Why Doctors are Becoming Lawyers

The team of lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, were once medical practitioners that served in healthcare facilities. The attorneys have experienced it all – the hectic schedule of medical shifts, procedures and surgeries, the handling of healthcare paperwork, and the use of medical terminology. As doctors, the passion they had for helping their patients extended beyond the improvement of physical health. The desire to aid their patients on another level of the medical field inspired them to obtain a degree in law to become MD-JDs.



The Reason: Defending Patients

As the attorneys studied law in the medical field, their knowledge and experience expanded, providing them with the skills needed to assist their patients further. As MD-JDs, the lawyers could now fight for the rights of their patients and help them gain the compensation they deserved when it came to medical malpractice.


Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, focuses their specialty on medical malpractice cases that involve cerebral palsy. Thebirth injury lawyers combine their experience in the medical field with their understanding of law to successfully represent their clients.


The Pros and Cons of MD-JDs

Since the 1980’s, the number of doctors-turned lawyers has increased significantly in the United States. Compared to regular lawyers, MD-JDs know the ins and outs of all aspects of the medical field, which they can apply to their cases. MD-JDs can handle medical malpractice cases through their strategy, analysis and research using their previous experience as doctors. Attorneys that do not have a medical background may not be able to perform case management as well as MD-JDs can because they do not have an insider’s perspective on healthcare issues.


One disadvantage to having a profession as an MD-JD is that the call for action to helping their patient financially is to sue other doctors, which sometimes happens to be their former colleagues. An MD-JD that might have worked side by side with another doctor will have to file a lawsuit against him or her because it is the only approach to helping the client achieve a settlement. Many doctors come to dislike MD-JDs due to such legal circumstances, but the lawyers at Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, do not let that stop them, especially when a large amount of their clients are small children who are victims of medical negligence.



The Increase of Doctors-Turned-Lawyers

Despite the downfall of having to sue other doctors, the profession of MD-JDs continues to grow and is a decision that is becoming more popular. The lawyers of Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, have helped numerous clients achieve the care that their children need, as well as financial freedom and peace of mind. Parents who feel or suspect that their child is a victim of medical malpractice can consult with a birth injury lawyer at the firm for free. The attorneys continue to represent victims of medical malpractice, which involves issues such as misdiagnosis, surgical error, brain injury, anesthesia mistakes and more.

Heart Rate Negligence During Birth – A Major Medical Malpractice

top10_heart_beatSometimes, one of the main causes of a birth injury is the medical staff’s failure to monitor the fetus’s heart rate during labor. Patients rely on their medical physicians to properly care for their child as they face strenuous labor. Recently, the brain injury attorneys ofGershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC won a case that involved heart rate negligence at birth. What’s more, On January 8th, the New Jersey state court awarded a large sum settlement of 8 million dollars to their client who had their child receive a severe injury at birth (due to heart rate negligence).

The client was a 6-year-old child who developed cerebral palsy, disfigurement, incontinence and mental retardation from brain damage that could have been prevented at birth.  The medical staff had failed to notice a dramatic change in the baby’s heart rate. As hours went by during labor, the baby was deprived of oxygen to his brain because staff did not continuously monitor the heart rate, which would have displayed that something was wrong. Monitoring the baby’s heart rate is a standard medical practice that should have been conducted.

The mother of the child expressed her gratitude to her attorneys, Dr. Zev T. Gershon and Robin R. Smith who represented her case. The settlement will be able to provide proper care for the rest of the child’s life. The child remains medically stable and is expected to live a normal lifespan. Birth injury attorney Dr. Gershon hopes that the success of the settlement will be an example to health care providers of what the consequences could be when it comes to the failure of following standard medical practices.


If you believe you may be a victim of medical malpractice, contact the law firm today for a free consultation.

The Complications of IV Negligence

Recently, Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith LLC settled a medical malpractice case that involved the improper insertion of an IV, which introduced air into the patient’s heart. The patient died due to this medical mistake. Fortunately, the patient’s family was awarded compensation for the incident. There are a variety of issues that can happen with IV administration, despite the fact that they are commonly used in treatment.

IVs are used to achieve multiple purposes in healing and caring for a patient. With just one puncture of the skin, patients can be treated with less pain, receive medications, and have blood withdrawn. Advancement in technology has made IVs easier to use, such as the development of new extensions, valves, and various attachments. However, IVs still pose a risk when they are not used properly.

An IV mistake can be recognized by the area of the skin where it is inserted. Swelling, changes in skin color, bruising, abnormal appearance, and leaking fluids are all signs that the IV is inserted wrong.

Serious Injuries from IV medical malpractice include:

–          Death

–          Tissue necrosis

–          Air bubbles

–          Infection

–          Disfigurement

–          Amputation

–          Damaged nerves

–          Inflammation of the veins

If you or a loved is suffering from the aftermath of an improper IV insertion, compensation may be warranted.

Contact our law firm to consult with our attorneys today.

Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy

When there is a delay in the development of a child, it is a clear sign of a possible health issue, and raises many questions in the minds of the parents.  Unfortunately in some cases, the reasoning for the issue could be a physical dysfunction such as Cerebral Palsy or other condition. Cerebral Palsy diagnosis begins with the abnormalities of a child’s developmental growth and can be identified within the first several years of a child’s growth.

Doctors use proper testing and examination to analyze the child’s bodily functions to find out if the developmental delay is due to a neurological condition, which is what causes Cerebral Palsy. Here we discuss what the symptoms are of cerebral palsy.

Muscle Tone – The child’s central nervous system works to coordinate muscle movement. If the muscles seem to not work together in the body, it could possibly be an impairment in the brain.

Movement Control – Muscle control issues involve rhythmic pattern in movement or spasms. Impaired muscle control often happens in opposite limbs, and can be detected when a child is trying to perform a task. Abnormal walking patterns and limping portray signs of impaired muscle control.

Posture – If a child’s posture is asymmetrical, their balance will be affected. This impairment can be found by observing the child’s reaction when they are placed in certain positions. If the reactions don’t happen, or if they are asymmetric, the child may have Cerebral Palsy.

Motor Function – As the child develops, he or she should be able to learn how to balance, walk, stand, crawl, sit and roll. If the child doesn’t reach these milestones properly or late, it could be a result of brain deficiency.

Other signs of Cerebral Palsy include oral motor malfunction, irregular reflexes, and speech impairment. If your child has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and you feel that it is caused by medical malpractice, contact our law firm today to get the compensation that your family deserves.