Category: General

How Functional Can You Be with An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome?
26 feb
How Functional Can You Be with An Incomplete Form of Locked-In Syndrome?

You cannot be physically functional with an incomplete form of locked-in syndrome. Most locked-in syndrome patients never regain mobility in their face, speech, or other body movements. However, there have been rare cases where an individual improves if the underlying cause is treated. For example, shrinking a tumor that caused the disorder could increase functionality.Cognitively,

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How Can You Determine If Someone Has Committed Medical Malpractice?
26 feb
How Can You Determine If Someone Has Committed Medical Malpractice?

For a doctor or health care provider to commit malpractice, four conditions must be present. The party must owe a standard of care to the patient and he or she must violate that standard of care. The patient must suffer harm as a direct result of the party’s failure and his or her injuries must

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Are Pulmonary Complications A Concern For Those With Locked In Syndrome?
21 feb
Are Pulmonary Complications A Concern For Those With Locked In Syndrome?

Because locked-in syndrome affects all voluntary muscles, including those that control breathing, pulmonary complications may be a concern for patients. Upon developing the condition, many patients must undergo a tracheotomy to have a breathing tube inserted, as they lack the muscle movement even to take a breath on their own. The constant immobilization caused by

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Why Do Some Medical Malpractice Cases Go To Trial When Others Settle?
31 jan
Why Do Some Medical Malpractice Cases Go To Trial When Others Settle?

Most medical malpractice cases settle out of court. In many situations, reaching an out-of-court settlement benefits both the defendant and the plaintiff. The plaintiff gets paid faster without having to wait for their case to travel through the legal system. The defendant might also benefit from settling. By settling, a doctor or healthcare provider avoids

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How Do You Investigate Your Medical Malpractice Case?
30 jan
How Do You Investigate Your Medical Malpractice Case?

If you believe you might have been the victim of medical negligence, you could have the basis for a medical malpractice claim . A lawyer can investigate your medical malpractice case, following the rules of evidence and civil procedure to obtain documents and records. If an attorney can get convincing proof, you could recover damages. At

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What’s The Difference Between Locked In Syndrome And A Vegetative State?
22 jan
What’s The Difference Between Locked In Syndrome And A Vegetative State?

The difference between locked-in syndrome and a vegetative state is that a person with locked-in syndrome retains their full mental faculties, whereas a person in a vegetative state does not. However, because locked-in syndrome causes the loss of all physical capabilities and all muscle movement other than the eyes, people can easily mistake it for

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What Part Of The Brain Is Damaged In Locked In Syndrome?
22 jan
What Part Of The Brain Is Damaged In Locked In Syndrome?

Locked-in syndrome affects the pons, an area of the brain stem that helps transmit signals between the brain and spinal cord. The pons plays a significant role in muscle movement. When you a muscle, the signal starts in your brain and passes through the pons to your spinal cord, which relays it to the muscle.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Locked In Syndrome?
22 jan
What Are The Symptoms Of Locked In Syndrome?

The main symptom of locked-in syndrome  is paralysis of every voluntary muscle in one’s body except those controlling eye movement. It is the equivalent of having quadriplegia along with no movement in the facial muscles, diaphragm, or intercostal muscles, making it impossible to swallow or even breathe without assistance. Locked-in syndrome does not, however, affect

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Is Locked In Syndrome Fatal?
22 jan
Is Locked In Syndrome Fatal?

Locked-in syndrome is not immediately fatal on its own. But it generally leads to medical complications that shorten the lives of affected persons. According to a study published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases (OJRD), even a locked-in syndrome patient who is medically stable has only a 40% chance of living another 20 years,

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How Does It Feel To Be Conscious But Unable To Move?
22 jan
How Does It Feel To Be Conscious But Unable To Move?

When you are conscious but unable to move, you can understand what is going on around you but cannot easily express your thoughts to others. This can create a frustrating situation, mainly when, along with being conscious, you can see and hear clearly. With full cognitive function and the ability to understand conversations, you invariably

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How Common Is Locked-In Syndrome?
11 jan
How Common Is Locked-In Syndrome?

The exact prevalence of locked-in syndrome, called LIS, is not known. However, it is an extremely rare condition. There is less than one case out of every million people, with only a few dozen cases officially diagnosed. Those whose loved one suffers from this devastating syndrome may try to care for their family member at

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What Is Locked-in Syndrome Like?
11 jan
What Is Locked-in Syndrome Like?

A person with locked-in syndrome can see, hear, think clearly, recognize faces, and understand everything that is going on around him or her. But aside from the muscles controlling the eyes, he or she cannot move a single body part, nor can he or she speak or even breathe without assistance. Locked-in syndrome is one

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What Causes Locked-In Syndrome?
11 jan
What Causes Locked-In Syndrome?

Damage to the pons is the usual cause for locked-in syndrome. The pons is a part of the brain stem responsible for relaying nerves between the brain and spinal cord. When the transmission of these nerves gets interrupted or cut off, the brain cannot send the proper signals to the muscles to move or contract.

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How Many People Have Locked-in Syndrome?
11 jan
How Many People Have Locked-in Syndrome?

The exact numbers of cases of locked-in syndrome are difficult to find in medical literature, but many consider it a rare condition. A typical person is likely to live his or her entire life without ever meeting or knowing anyone with locked-in syndrome. But for the small percentage of people who develop it, locked-in syndrome

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Can A Person Recover from Locked-In Syndrome or Is It Reversible?
11 jan
Can A Person Recover from Locked-In Syndrome or Is It Reversible?

The overwhelming majority of patients with locked-in syndrome never make a full recovery. Most never make any improvement, even a small or incremental one. There are cases of patients completely reversing the condition, but they are exceedingly rare and usually happen because the underlying cause is treatable and gets addressed within hours of onset. Somewhat

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When Should You Contact A Birth Injury Lawyer?
27 aug
When Should You Contact A Birth Injury Lawyer?

If you suspect your child suffered a childbirth injury due to medical malpractice, it might be difficult to know when to contact a birth injury lawyer. You should contact an attorney as soon as you realize a birth injury occurred and you think someone else might have been responsible. A birth injury lawyer can help

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Can You Sue The Military For Medical Malpractice?
27 aug
Can You Sue The Military For Medical Malpractice?

If you suffered medical malpractice injuries at the hands of a military doctor or at a VA facility, you may sue the responsible party—with one notable exception. Active duty servicemembers cannot file a lawsuit against the military due to the Feres Doctrine. To find out if you qualify to sue the military for medical malpractice,

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What Happens If Someone Dies From Medical Malpractice?
08 aug
What Happens If Someone Dies From Medical Malpractice?

Medical errors are a leading cause of death in the United States. Although some errors are unavoidable, a large number are preventable, meaning many patients lose their lives each year due to medical malpractice. If someone dies from medical malpractice, their family members can recover damages to pay for their losses. If your loved one

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What Is The Basis For Most Medical Malpractice Claims?
23 jul
What Is The Basis For Most Medical Malpractice Claims?

The basis for most medical malpractice claims involves four elements: duty, breach, injury, and damages. To qualify as medical malpractice, the following details must be true: The doctor or healthcare provider had a duty to uphold the standard of care for their patient; The doctor or healthcare provider breached the standard of care; The patient

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Are Any Medical Providers Protected From Medical Malpractice Cases In Florida?
23 jul
Are Any Medical Providers Protected From Medical Malpractice Cases In Florida?

Some medical providers are protected from medical malpractice cases in Florida. If the healthcare provider is a government employee or a Good Samaritan acting in good faith, for example, you might not be able to file a lawsuit and recover damages. The Florida medical malpractice lawyers at Medical Malpractice Help can determine if the at-fault

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What Types Of Damages Are Usually Awarded In A Medical Malpractice Case?
25 apr
What Types Of Damages Are Usually Awarded In A Medical Malpractice Case?

The damages you can recover in a medical malpractice case compensate you for the harm you suffered because of a healthcare professional’s medical negligence. Although some states use damage caps to limit the amount of money you can get, several types of damages are usually awarded in a medical malpractice case. These include economic and non-economic damages.

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How Long Do I Have To File A Malpractice Lawsuit?
25 apr
How Long Do I Have To File A Malpractice Lawsuit?

If I Was the Victim of Medical Negligence, How Long Do I Have to File a Malpractice Lawsuit? If you suffered injuries because of the negligent actions of a doctor or medical provider, you could be eligible to file for medical malpractice and recover compensation for your damages. However, you have a limited time to make

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Do Most Medical Malpractice Cases Settle Or Do They Go To Trial?
25 apr
Do Most Medical Malpractice Cases Settle Or Do They Go To Trial?

If you suspect medical malpractice caused you harm, you may be considering taking legal action. In these instances, many victims of medical negligence wonder: Do medical malpractice cases settle or do they go to trial? Not all medical malpractice claims lead to litigation. Those that do involve a lawsuit do not always make it to a

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What Are Some of the Common Allegations in Malpractice Cases Involving Surgery?
19 apr
What Are Some of the Common Allegations in Malpractice Cases Involving Surgery?

More medical malpractice claims arise from surgical procedures than from any other medical field. While any number of things can go wrong during complex medical procedures, there are some common allegations in malpractice cases involving surgery. If you believe you were the victim of medical malpractice, an attorney from Newsome Melton can help. We can determine if

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Is Expert Testimony Required for a Medical Malpractice Case?
19 apr
Is Expert Testimony Required for a Medical Malpractice Case?

Expert witnesses can be necessary for a wide range of lawsuits to guide the court or to explain information about highly technical subjects that the typical layperson would not understand on his own. Expert testimony is often required for a medical malpractice case, both to satisfy state laws and to prove your case. What Laws Require

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