Missed Cancer Diagnosis Inspires Meinhart Smith & Manning Scholarship Winner

Posted on Sep. 18 2014 in Firm News

When our law firm asked scholarship applicants to write an essay about how medical malpractice or injury from negligence affected their lives, the response was overwhelming. Among the applications submitted, one stood out. April Liwanag told the story of how physician overconfidence led to a delayed diagnosis when her mother contracted breast cancer. April, a student at Michigan State University College of Law, was awarded the 2014, Meinhart Smith & Manning, PLLC Scholarship to continue her studies. The $1,000 scholarship was designed to support those who’ve been directly impacted by a serious injury and who are motivated to help others. Ms. Liwanag clearly recognizes the dual role injury attorneys have. Getting
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Causes and Symptoms of Lack of Oxygen at Birth

Posted on Sep. 17 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

If asked to list the most important elements for our bodies to function correctly, oxygen would likely be at the top. It fuels every process in our bodies to some degree. Consequently, lack of oxygen can cause significant and frightening injuries, even if only deprived for a very short time. It is important to know the signs and symptoms of hypoxia, or oxygen loss, so that immediate and long-term steps can be taken. If you or a loved one develops injuries from oxygen deprivation, you may be able to obtain compensation. Severe Oxygen Deprivation Causes and Symptoms Severe oxygen deprivation in babies and children usually stems from some injury sustained
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What Duty Does A Hospital Owe a Patient?

Posted on Sep. 15 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

In late July, Iveth Yaneth Garcia-Menchaca took her two-month old baby, Issac, to Kosair Children’s Hospital after his father allegedly beat his head into the bathtub. Personnel did their best to save the child, but could not – he was declared brain dead and preparations were made to take him off his feeding tube. However, the mother filed suit against this, stating that only parents could make those medical decisions. A circuit court judge declined to sanction that idea, stating that no parental right survived. Ms. Garcia-Menchaca still did not recognize the ruling, saying she was ‘devastated.’ It brings up an interesting question – can a hospital be found liable
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Possible Medical Malpractice Reform in Kentucky

Posted on Sep. 11 2014 in Medical Malpractice Cases

Kentucky is soon to decide what is proving to be an extremely hotly contested election. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, is facing off against Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State, for McConnell’s Senate seat, and the campaign has been muckraking, to say the least. It is extremely close, and there are a few hot-button issues that are serving to set voters on one side or the other. The issue of medical malpractice reform has come up again and again in the media, and has the potential to polarize voters. Current State of Medical Malpractice in Kentucky As it stands right now, the current climate for medical malpractice in
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Advanced Maternal Age of a Mother: A Risk Factor?

Posted on Sep. 9 2014 in Medical Malpractice Cases

In this day and age, women are having children a bit later in life. While this is obviously a choice individual to each woman, more science is coming to light which indicates that having children slightly later on in life may carry risks with it. It is important to be aware of the risk factors so you can make an informed decision. Possible Risks of Childbirth at an Older Age There is a lot of fearmongering, but it is entirely possible, and even probable, that a baby born to a mother over the age of 35 will be perfectly healthy. That said, the risks are real. The most common birth
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