What The Attorney & Their Clients Need To Know About Scars

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TASA ID: 11869

Scars are a source of distress and anguish.  Studies show that employment prospects may be lowered, as some potential employers may be disturbed by the appearance of scars. Dr. Fritz Gibson, a British Plastic Surgeon, wrote, “by your scars, you’ll be judged.”

It is always important to have a psychiatrist see a patient who exhibits symptoms of anxiety and/or depression from a scarring event.  Psychiatrists are often able to help a patient deal with the permanency of scarring and the cosmetic and functional results. They can also add depth to a plastic surgeon’s evaluation of a patient’s anatomic or functional abnormality or disability.     

Differentiating between Orthotics and Prosthetics

TASA ID: 4488

Prosthetics (and the practice of Prosthetics) involves the treatment of the person suffering from limb loss. Prosthetic devices involve complicated designs, componentry and treatment criteria. Depending on the limb involved in amputation, the level of the limb loss (relative to the distance from the body) upper extremity; above the elbow, below the elbow or at the wrist. Lower limb; above the knee, at the knee, below the knee, at the ankle or part of the foot.

Crucial Questions to Ask A Prospective Medical Malpractice Client

TASA ID: 1790

You meet a prospective client who wants to sue a health care provider because of the care he or a loved one has been given. What information do you need? Medical malpractice has one of the lowest success rates for plaintiffs at trial (37%, Federal Judicial Center, integrated database, fiscal years 2002 -- 2003). How can you maximize your chances? This is determined mostly at the outset. Case selection is paramount.

Seven Tips for Cases Involving Medication

TASA ID: 1461

Despite the lifesaving and symptom-relieving effects of medication, adverse effects can and do occur. When these adverse effects are severe and foreseeable, or result from negligence, the patient might be able to recover damages through litigation. However, these cases need careful consideration, planning, and expert help.  Here are seven tips for cases about medication.

The Hazards of Wisdom Tooth Extraction: From Patient to Plaintiff

TASA ID: 170

Ten million "impacted" wisdom teeth are extracted each year from 3.8 million people, 94 percent by oral and maxillofacial surgeons. Studies indicate that one-third of a percent (0.33%) to one percent of the patients (12,500 to 38,000) suffer permanent injury, mostly damage to the mandibular or lower jaw nerve, resulting in varying degrees of numbness (paresthesia) of the lip and chin, distortion of speech and smiling, cheek biting, difficulty chewing, and, in some cases, severe shooting neuralgic pain. 

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