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If you or a loved one has been injured by a medical professional’s negligence, you should immediately seek the help of a skilled Rochester medical malpractice attorney who can help. At DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers, we have the knowledge and resources to build a strong case on your behalf. We understand that dealing with a medical injury can be incredibly stressful but you can trust that we will zealously advocate for your rights every step of the way.

A recent study published by the Institute of Medicine reviewed 535 hospitals in a few large states at two specific times between the years of 2005 and 2016 to figure out the degree to which work environments had gotten better and whether positive variations were linked with increased progress in patient safety. Results showed that only 21 percent of the hospitals studied showed in excess of 10 percent improvement in work environment scores, while 7 percent had poorer scores. Furthermore, about 40 percent of the nurses surveyed indicated that important information was often lost during shift changes because things fell between the cracks. At hospitals where the work environment improved, patient safety improved as well. Given these findings, it is vital for patients to protect themselves.

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Like with many other diseases, early diagnosis and treatment of multiple sclerosis (MS) can reduce the disease’s activity and could delay the onset of complete disability. If you were given a delayed diagnosis of MS or any other chronic disease, let our experienced Rochester medical malpractice attorneys help. We will closely examine the facts of your case and determine any legal recourse you may have for your injuries and related losses.

Multiple Sclerosis

MS is a potentially disabling autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system. Specifically, MS is a disorder in which the body’s own immune system attacks the fatty material that surrounds the nerve fibers, causing damage in the process. The damage can take place in the optic nerve, brain and spinal cord preventing the body’s nerve fibers from sending messages correctly and resulting in a variety of symptoms – some may be permanently disabled and lose the ability to walk while others may experience long periods of remised without any new symptoms. There is no cure for MS, although treatments can help manage symptoms.

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If your doctor failed to diagnose your child with cystic fibrosis prior to birth, you may have a right to financial recovery through a wrongful birth claim. Our experienced Rochester wrongful birth attorneys have a long history of advocating for victims of medical negligence and can apply our acumen to your case. We are dedicated to protecting the right of victims of birth defects in New York.

Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that causes life-threatening lung infections, difficulty breathing, digestive problems and finally death. The child is born mucus glands that are abnormally active and the high levels of mucus secretions lead to breathing difficulty and ultimately tissue and organ damage. In short, children born with cystic fibrosis typically live severely compromised lives and often pass away before reaching the age of 20. There is no cure for the condition, only treatment for the different symptoms that a patient may present. According to studies, nearly one out of every 2,000 infants born in the US or Western Europe tests positive for the condition.

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Endometriosis should be promptly diagnosed and treated in order to prevent long-term harm. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or a worsening of condition due to a misdiagnosis of endometriosis, you may have the right to recover payment for your harm. Our trusted Rochester medical misdiagnosis attorneys will review the specifics surrounding your injury to see if you have a valid malpractice claim.

Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a gynecological disease where the normal endometrial lining of the uterus travels up the fallopian tube and ends up outside the uterus, where it implants and starts to grow. The endometrial tissue can grow into the ovaries, bowel or other tissue that lines the female pelvis. Put another way, endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue that typically lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. According to the Mayo Clinic, endometriosis affects more than 200,000 women every year.

Failing to Diagnose Endometriosis

The condition is extremely painful for women and often gets misdiagnosed in women as menstrual pain and cramping. While the symptoms are similar, they happen on a more intense scale. The cramps, bleeding and pelvic pain is far more severe than menstrual pain. While people may consider endometriosis a minor condition, the reality is it can have devastating and long-term consequences for a woman’s health if it is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner.

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If you suffered preventable harm due to a late prostrate cancer diagnosis or because of a delayed prostrate cancer diagnosis, you need to call a knowledge Rochester medical malpractice lawyer who can help you determine whether malpractice occurred. We have held countless negligent doctors and hospitals accountable for medical malpractice when these parties have failed to screen and treat patients for cancer properly.

Prostrate Cancer

Prostrate cancer is cancer that occurs in the prostate – a small gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in men that makes the seminal fluid that transports the sperm. After skin cancer, prostrate cancer is the most common cancer among American men. It affects nearly 200,000 men every year across the country. For this reason, all men should be offered prostrate cancer screening by their primary care physicians and/or urologists starting at the age of 50. In cases where a patient is at an increased risk for prostrate cancer, either because of a family history of the disease or their ethnic background, prostrate screening should begin even earlier.

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While it is considered to be relatively safe, hernia surgery can have serious adverse consequences if it is not performed properly. Suffering any type of medical injury can be very daunting and you may not be sure of what to do next. If you suffered preventable complications as a result of a hernia surgery, our accomplished Rochester medical negligence attorneys can guide you through the process and aid you in understanding your options.

Hernia Surgery

A hernia refers to a bulging of internal organs or tissues through the wall that contains it. While hernias most commonly occur in the abdomen, they can also develop in other parts of the body such as the upper thigh, belly button and groin area. Typically, treatment of a hernia involves surgery to re-position the tissue or organ that is not in the correct place. The type of surgery that will be performed will depend on the severity and location of the hernia. There are two types of hernia surgeries you should be aware of: traditional “open” surgeries in which the surgeon will cut the patient and perform the hernia removal or the laparoscopic surgeries in which a “keyhole” incision is created prior to inserting long instruments as well as a camera to perform the procedure with minimum invasion into the body. Hernia surgery is quite common. In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, more than a million patients undergo surgery for some kind of hernia every year.

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Approximately 2 million people every year suffer from a concussion across the United States. If not properly diagnosed or treated, a concussion can leave a person with permanent brain damage. If this has happened to you or someone you love, you need to reach out to a diligent Rochester misdiagnosis attorney who can be helpful to securing compensation. With extensive experience, we understand how to guide you through complex medical malpractice claims while protecting your rights every step of the way.

Defining a Concussion

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury that results in a loss of consciousness and a bruised brain. It typically occurs after a blow to the head but can also happen from having one’s head being violently shaken. Concussions are quite common and they can vary in severity ranging from mild to catastrophic. The symptoms of a concussion may not be immediately apparent but they can include headaches, difficulty concentrating, and impairment of memory, judgment, balance and/or coordination. Sadly, medical professionals sometimes misdiagnose a concussion by assuming it is less serious than it really is or by missing it altogether.

Misdiagnosis or Failure to Diagnose a Concussion

Doctors have an obligation to conduct tests to confirm if a patient is, in fact, suffering from a concussion. If it is discovered that a concussion did occur, the doctor should begin treatment immediately to limit the potential damage. Failure to treat a concussion promptly could lead to long-term cognitive, physical and emotional damage.

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While every woman expects to lose some blood during childbirth, excessive bleeding or suffering a hemorrhage after the birth of a child can pose serious health risks to the mother. If you suffered from postpartum hemorrhage, our seasoned Rochester medical negligence lawyers can help evaluate your case and determine whether you have a valid legal claim. We know how stressful these situations can be, which is why we will navigate your case with the utmost compassion.

What is Postpartum Hemorrhage?

The average amount of blood loss for a single baby delivered vaginally is approximately 500 milliliters. For cesarean births, the average amount is about 1,000 milliliters. Postpartum hemorrhage is the acute loss of blood after childbirth and it takes place when a woman loses 500ml or greater of blood during vaginal delivery and 1000ml or greater of blood after a C-section. Sadly, every year, a number of women die due to pregnancy-related complications. Postpartum hemorrhage is a leading cause of complications with an estimated 2.9 percent of women who give birth in the US suffering from excessive bleeding,

Postpartum Hemorrhage Malpractice

There are many factors that increase the risk of a postpartum hemorrhage which doctors and other medical professionals involved in the birth are trained to recognize and should be on the lookout for. For example, placental abruption (i.e., the early detachment of the placenta from the uterus) can greatly increase a woman’s likelihood of a postpartum hemorrhage.

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Unfortunately, cervical cancer is a common diagnosis among women. A doctor’s failure to diagnose or their misdiagnosis of cervical cancer can have catastrophic health effects for a patient. If this has happened to you or your loved one, our Rochester diagnosis error attorneys can help you recover damages for your harm. With years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice, you can rest assured we know how to handle complicated misdiagnosis claims. 

Cervical Cancer Statistics

Cervical cancer takes place when abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control. The cervix is the lower part of the uterus that opens into the vagina. Different strains of the human papillomavirus, a sexually transmitted disease, play a part in causing most cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer is one of most common types of cancer among women in the world. In the U.S. alone, there are 13,000 new cases of cervical cancer diagnosed every year, leading to 4,000 deaths, according to the National Cancer Institute.

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If you’ve been injured due to surgical mistakes made immediately before, during or after a gallbladder surgery, you should seek the advice and guidance of a trusted Rochester medical malpractice attorney. These cases are complicated, but with years of experience on our side we will work diligently to uncover the cause of your harm. We know that dealing with a health problem and thinking about a legal claim can be incredibly draining, which is why we will try to resolve you legal matter in the most effective and efficient way possible.

What is the Gallbladder?

The gallbladder is a little hollow organ located under your liver in the upper-right side of the abdomen. The gallbladder houses bile and a mixture of fluids, fats and cholesterol. Bile assists in the breaking down of fat from food in your intestine. In other words, the gallbladder is responsible for storing extra bile produced by the liver, which is used for the breakdown of fats in the digestive process. 

Gallbladder Surgery Malpractice

Gallbladder removal is one of the most frequent medical procedures in the United States. This is because gallbladder disease impacts 12 percent of adults and every year more than 700,000 Americans have their gallbladders removed. Many people choose to have their gallbladders removed after they develop gallstones, which cause ongoing painful symptoms. The American College of Surgeons reports that one out of every 1,000 patients die during gallbladder removal.

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