What you need to know about wrongful death claims

The death of a loved one is one of the most challenging experiences we face in life. Grieving is tough enough when death happens naturally, but it can be even more difficult to handle when a loved one dies unexpectedly due to someone else's negligence. This is known as Wrongful Death. Understanding Wrongful Death Claims Wrongful death can affect individuals of all ages, leading to tragic situations where children lose parents, and parents lose children. These fatal incidents can occur in various places, from hospitals and highways to amusement parks [...]

June 5, 2024|

Understanding Birth Injuries: Trends, Risk Factors, and Prevention

Every year, nearly 30,000 American children are affected by birth injuries. While some of these injuries are temporary, others can be chronic, necessitating lifelong specialized care. With approximately 1 in 130 new families experiencing a birth injury annually, it's essential for parents to be aware of the trends and potential risk factors associated with these injuries. The Trend of Birth Injuries in the US The incidence of infant birth injuries has decreased by 25% since 2005. This decline can be attributed to several factors, including overall improvements in medical care. [...]

May 29, 2024|

What to do immediately following a car accident

After a car accident, many drivers feel reluctant to get the police involved. They might have heard advice cautioning them to never speak to police without an attorney present. This widespread belief can create hesitation when it comes to contacting law enforcement after a collision. However, these individuals may be surprised to learn that most attorneys actually recommend filing a police report after an accident. Here’s why.  A Legal Duty In certain situations, filing a police report isn't just a recommendation—it's a legal obligation. For instance, in Georgia, drivers must [...]

May 22, 2024|

Misdiagnosis and Medical Malpractice: An Overview

Many medical malpractice lawsuits stem from the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, illness, or injury. When a doctor misdiagnoses a condition, the likelihood of administering the correct treatment diminishes significantly. If a misdiagnosis results in incorrect, delayed, or no treatment, a patient's condition can worsen, sometimes leading to death. Two Decades of Diagnostic Errors A 2013 study by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine revealed that medical misdiagnoses accounted for the majority of medical malpractice payouts. The study analyzed 350,000 malpractice settlements reported to the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) [...]

May 3, 2024|

Mistakes to Avoid After a Car Accident

Leaving the Scene Prematurely Leaving the scene of a car accident without fulfilling your legal obligations can have serious consequences. It's not just about the moral responsibility to check on the welfare of others involved; it's also about adhering to legal requirements. In most jurisdictions, the act of hit and run is a criminal offense, and being charged can lead to fines, license suspension, or even jail time. It's crucial to remain at the scene until you've exchanged information with the other parties and reported the incident to the authorities. [...]

May 1, 2024|

Understanding the Timeline: How Long Does Someone Who’s Been in a Car Accident Have to File a Lawsuit?

When you've been involved in a car accident, the aftermath can be overwhelming. Dealing with injuries, property damage, insurance companies, and legal matters can be complex and confusing. One of the questions that often arises in such situations is: How long do I have to file a lawsuit if I want to pursue legal action? At The Mabrey Firm, we understand the importance of clarity and guidance during such challenging times. In this blog post, we'll delve into the timeline for filing a lawsuit after a car accident, helping you [...]

April 26, 2024|

Navigating Motorcycle Lane-Splitting Accidents: A Guide from The Mabrey Firm

At The Mabrey Firm, we understand the thrill and freedom that come with riding motorcycles. However, we also recognize the inherent risks involved, especially when it comes to lane-splitting accidents. Lane-splitting, the practice of riding a motorcycle between lanes of slow-moving or stopped traffic, is a common occurrence, particularly in congested urban areas. While it can be a convenient way for motorcyclists to navigate through traffic, it also poses significant dangers. In the unfortunate event of a lane-splitting accident, it's crucial to understand your rights and legal options. Here's a [...]

April 11, 2024|

The Most Common Types of Surgical Errors

Definition and Significance Surgical errors are a daunting reality in the world of healthcare, representing a significant concern for patient safety and the overall integrity of medical services. These errors go beyond the expected risks of surgery, encompassing preventable mistakes that can have profound consequences for patients. From minor complications to life-altering injuries or even death, the impact of surgical errors extends to emotional and financial distress for both patients and their families. The gravity of these errors necessitates a deeper understanding of their nature and the urgency to address [...]

April 1, 2024|

10 Steps to Recognize & Prevent Elder Abuse in Atlanta

How to Recognize & Prevent Elder Abuse in AtlantaWhile there are many pros and cons to aging, a common theme among the elderly population is an increasing dependence on others to meet their basic needs and care for their overall well-being. In many cases, it can be necessary for families to look beyond blood relations by seeking outside care from an assisted living facility or nursing home. These facilities are entrusted with the care and well-being of our elderly family members.Although many nursing home facilities can be a wonderful means [...]

March 14, 2024|

What Should You Do if You Suspect Nursing Home Negligence?

As our loved ones age, we may find ourselves faced with the difficult decision of placing them in a nursing home. We trust these facilities to provide the care and attention our loved ones need, but unfortunately, nursing home negligence is all too common. If you suspect your loved one is being neglected or mistreated in a nursing home, it's important to take action right away. Here are some steps you can take:1. Document everythingIf you suspect nursing home negligence, it's important to document everything you see and hear. Take [...]

March 14, 2024|

What Are Common Injuries from a Car Accident?

Car accidents are distressing events that can leave a lasting impact on those involved. From minor fender-benders to severe collisions, these accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, some of which may have long-term consequences. Understanding the common injuries that can occur in car accidents is essential for promoting road safety and taking precautionary measures to protect ourselves and our loved ones. In this blog, we'll explore some of the most frequent injuries sustained in car accidents and discuss ways to minimize the risk of such incidents.Whiplash:Whiplash is [...]

March 14, 2024|

Attorney John G Mabrey Selected to Super Lawyers® Top 10 in Georgia List

We are excited to announce that, once again, our founding attorney John G Mabrey has been selected for inclusion in this year's Super Lawyers® list. This is John's 14th consecutive year being included. He was also selected as one of Georgia's Top 10 attorneys.Attorney John Mabrey has spent almost 30 years protecting his clients from the consequences of medical malpractice by providing them with a new lease on life. He has been recognized for his litigation skills and other legal services not only by making the Super Lawyers® list, but [...]

March 14, 2024|

Common Symptoms of Medical Malpractice

There are many types of medical malpractice. While surgical errors are the most common example in movies and television, many malpractice cases result from misdiagnosis or negligence. To help illustrate the common symptoms of medical malpractice, we've created this chart to highlight some of the lesser-known types of medical error.If you suffered damages or trauma due to medical malpractice, you might have a case. If you'd like an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice attorney from the Mabrey Firm to evaluate your claim, please send us an email or call (404) 841-4991.

March 14, 2024|

Medical Malpractice FAQ

How Do I Report Medical Malpractice?You can report a complaint of medical malpractice to the Georgia Composite Medical Board. This board is responsible for regulating and disciplining doctors and many other medical professionals. You may have the basis to file for a complaint to the board if you believe your doctor has violated the Medical Practice Act and acted in an unprofessional way. You may fill out their form online or send it in by mail. Click here to find out how to file a consumer complaint.Can I Sue for [...]

March 14, 2024|

An overview of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)

Each year, over 1.5 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that can change their lives forever. While there are numerous causes for these injuries, a few stand out as the most common. So, what are the top three causes of brain injuries? Let’s explore. Car Accidents According to the CDC, car accidents account for about 15% of traumatic brain injuries. Some of these injuries result from safety measures like airbags, which, while life-saving, also carry a high risk of causing concussions. Additionally, the impact of a crash can cause [...]

March 11, 2024|

The Benefits of Hiring a Medical Malpractice Attorney

Medical malpractice is a term that can seem intimidating and complex, especially to those who have been victims of it. In essence, medical malpractice refers to a situation where a healthcare provider, such as a doctor or nurse, fails to provide the standard of care that a competent professional would have provided under similar circumstances, resulting in harm to the patient. This negligence can occur in various forms, including misdiagnosis, surgical errors, medication mistakes, and failure to monitor a patient's condition.Common types of medical malpractice range from birth injuries, surgical errors, [...]

February 5, 2024|

The Most Common Types of Birth Injuries

Birth injuries, as heart-wrenching as they are, are an unfortunate reality for many families in Atlanta, GA. These are injuries that an infant sustains during the process of birth, often due to complications during labor or delivery. They can range from minor, temporary issues to severe, life-long conditions. Understanding what birth injuries are, their causes, and their potential impact is the first step towards prevention, early detection, and appropriate management.Many factors can contribute to birth injuries. These can include prolonged or difficult labor, the size and position of the baby, [...]

January 2, 2024|

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Losing a loved one due to someone else's negligence is an incredibly difficult experience. In such cases, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can help bring justice and provide financial support for the surviving family members. However, it's essential to understand who is eligible to file such a lawsuit to ensure a successful claim. That's why The Mabrey Firm is here to provide you with a comprehensive guide on who can file a wrongful death lawsuit.1. Spouse & ChildrenTypically, the surviving spouse and children of the deceased have the first right to [...]

November 5, 2023|

Trucking Accidents: Causes & Liability

Trucking accidents can have devastating consequences, resulting in severe injuries and even fatalities. Understanding the causes and liability involved in these accidents is crucial for victims seeking justice and fair compensation. In this blog, we will delve into the intricacies of trucking accidents, providing valuable insights and actionable tips to help you navigate through this challenging process.Causes of Trucking AccidentsDriver Fatigue and Hours of Service ViolationsOne of the leading causes of trucking accidents is driver fatigue. Long hours on the road, demanding schedules, and pressure to meet delivery deadlines can [...]

October 2, 2023|

Elements of a Product Liability Claim

Product liability claims can be complex and overwhelming for individuals who have suffered injuries due to a defective product. Understanding the elements of a product liability claim is crucial to navigate through the legal process and seek fair compensation. In this blog, we will provide you with a comprehensive guide on the essential elements of a product liability claim, empowering you to protect your rights and make informed decisions.1. The Importance of Establishing a Defective ProductTo successfully pursue a product liability claim, you must prove that the product was defective. [...]

August 6, 2023|

The Importance of Seeking Medical Care After an Accident

Being involved in an accident can be a distressing experience, both physically and emotionally. In the aftermath of such an event, seeking immediate medical care is of utmost importance. Not only does it ensure your well-being, but it also plays a crucial role in any personal injury claim you may pursue. In this blog, we will delve into the significance of seeking medical care after an accident and provide you with actionable tips to navigate common issues that may arise.1. Prioritize Your Health and SafetyAfter an accident, your health and [...]

July 4, 2023|

What to Do If Your Doctor is Rushing You

Dealing with a personal injury can be a challenging and overwhelming experience. Receiving the proper care and treatment is essential to ensure a successful recovery. However, many people feel rushed by their doctors, leading to inadequate care and potentially worsening their condition.In this blog post, we'll explore how to advocate for yourself when your doctor is rushing you after a personal injury, ensuring you receive the care you need and deserve.1. Communicate Your ConcernsOne of the most important steps you can take when you feel rushed by your doctor is [...]

May 5, 2023|

What are Hospital-Acquired Infections?

Hospital-acquired infections, or nosocomially acquired infections, are infections that patients get while in a hospital or medical facility. While common, they are preventable. Hospital-acquired infections are a serious issue that can have devastating consequences.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 31 patients at any given time in a hospital has a hospital-acquired infection. Some of these infections are minor and easily treatable, but others can be life-threatening. It is important to understand the causes and consequences of hospital-acquired infections, as well as the importance of [...]

March 31, 2023|

Top Causes of Pregnancy-Related Deaths

Pregnancy is one of the most important and special times in a person's life—but sadly, it can sometimes end tragically. Unfortunate events such as death or injury to the mother or child during pregnancy, childbirth, or postpartum are far more common than most may realize. Let's explore common causes of pregnancy-related deaths so you can be aware of common dangers and risks.Utilizing data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have compiled the following findings:Pregnancy-Related Deaths: StatisticsThe leading cause of pregnancy-related death varied by race and ethnicity.84.2% [...]

February 9, 2023|

What You Should Know About OB/GYN Malpractice

When it comes to healthcare, there is nothing more important than receiving excellent medical attention from qualified and reliable professionals. Unfortunately, not all healthcare providers deliver the highest quality of care, which can lead to devastating consequences for their patients. If you or a loved one believes they may have been victims of OB/GYN malpractice, it's essential that you are aware of your legal rights to ensure your interests are protected. The Mabrey Firm offers experienced legal representation and guidance regarding OB/GYN malpractice claims so that victims can seek justice—here's [...]

January 9, 2023|

How to Prepare for Pregnancy as a Black Woman in Georgia

What to Know: Maternal Mortality RatesAccording to research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) over three years, Georgia has the eighth-highest maternal mortality rate at 28.8.Maternal Mortality Rate (MMR) refers to the number of pregnancy-related deaths per 100,000 live births.Pregnancy-Related Death refers to the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy from a pregnancy complication, a chain of events initiated by pregnancy, or the aggravation of an unrelated condition by the physiologic [...]

November 18, 2022|

The Medical Industry Continuously Neglects Black Mothers

The Gender GapUnfortunately but unsurprisingly, there is a gender gap in medical care, across all departments. In a study that compared the experiences of 1,000 men versus women in a clinical setting, it was found that “clinicians are more likely to suggest psychosocial causes, such as stress or family problems, to female patients in pain – when they would order lab tests more frequently for a male patient with similar symptoms.” As a result, women experiencing and expressing pain were less likely than men in a similar condition to receive [...]

October 12, 2022|

5 Alarming Facts About Heart Disease and Why It Gets Misdiagnosed

The Inequalities in Heart Disease DetectionHeart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, accounting for 1 in 5 deaths last year. Despite this highly sobering statistic, there are still many misconceptions about the disease, particularly within the impacts of different demographics. Below are five alarming facts about heart disease and why it is often misdiagnosed, disproportionately affecting many minority groups.1. Heart Disease Is Often Misdiagnosed in WomenWhile chest pain, irregular heartbeats, and shortness of breath are classic symptoms that males are more [...]

August 3, 2022|

Remember F.A.S.T. for Identifying Strokes Quickly

How many times have you heard an acronym and immediately forgotten what it meant? Probably more times than you can count.When it comes to your health, though, there is one acronym that you need to remember: F.A.S.T. Keep reading to learn about what it means during a stroke and why it is so crucial during a stroke.What Does F.A.S.T. Mean?When it comes to strokes, the faster you can get medical attention, the better your chances of survival. F.A.S.T. is an acronym that stands for:F: Face droopingA: Arm weaknessS: Speech difficultiesT: [...]

July 11, 2022|

Why Doctors Can’t Ignore Signs of a Stroke

Words fail to describe the terror of witnessing a loved one having a stroke. They come on without warning. If you don't recognize the signs, you could lose precious minutes that might significantly decrease the chances of a positive recovery.But how do you identify the signs of a stroke, and what can happen if secondary strokes come while someone is in the hospital?Think F.A.S.T. When it comes to identifying a stroke, remember F.A.S.T. that stands for:Face drooping and facial numbness?Arm weakness or immobility?Speech slurred?Time to call 911!A stroke can happen [...]

May 4, 2022|

Why Doctors Are Failing Black Women on Heart Attacks

Trouble breathing, numbness, nausea, a cold sweat, pressure building in the chest. You might recognize these as the indicators of a heart attack, but what you might not realize is that these are the symptoms of a male having a heart attack.Most people, even some doctors, don't realize that heart attacks present fundamentally different symptoms in men and women. Not only that, but some patients (particularly African American women) are less likely to be taken seriously when they show clear signs of a heart attack. But what explains this phenomenon? [...]

April 5, 2022|

Top Warning Signs of Colon Cancer

As you approach age 50, it's a good idea to start scheduling routine colonoscopies, usually one per decade. However, colonoscopies are infrequent, and a lot can happen in ten years. Therefore, it's important that those over age 50 are able to recognize the signs of colon cancer before the illness worsens or metastasizes. To help in this, we've put together some of the top warning signs of colon cancer.Warning Signs Colon cancer is almost always the result of cancerous polyps within the colon. Identifying the difference between regular polyps and [...]

February 1, 2022|

Everything You Should Know About Breast Cancer

Breast cancer awareness has been everywhere for the past 20 years. Between commercials, marches, NFL promotions, and more, it seems the concept of breast cancer has been highly publicized, but answers about it are harder to come by. To do our parts in addressing this issue, we put together this handy guide explaining a few key things you should know about breast cancer.How Common Is Breast Cancer? At current rates, about 13% of women, nearly 1-in-8, will develop breast cancer in their lives, and there's some evidence to suggest that [...]

January 4, 2022|

What Are The Top 3 Causes of Brain Injuries?

Each year, more than 1.5 million Americans experience traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) that potentially change their lives forever. While there are many reasons for these injuries, a handful of causes appear much more often than the rest. But what are the top 3 causes of brain injuries? Let's find out.Car Accidents Data from the CDC suggests that car accidents are responsible for about 15% of traumatic brain injuries. Of these, some are from preventative measures. Airbags, for example, save lives but also have a high risk of causing a concussion. [...]

November 5, 2021|

Signs of a Brain Injury Everyone Should Know

After a head injury, it's not unusual to feel sluggish, depressed, and mentally foggy. Each of these are warning signs of a potentially serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). But how exactly can someone determine if their head injury is something more? To help people identify the difference between head injuries and a TBI, we've put together these signs and symptoms of a brain injury everyone should know.Head Injury Vs. Brain InjuryNot all head injuries cause brain injuries, but the majority of brain injuries are a result of a head injury. [...]

October 8, 2021|

How to Create a Birth Plan

If your family is expecting, you should take some time to write a birth plan and go over it with your doctor. This document is often a simple list of the preferred conditions in labor and during delivery. It can be used to make sure your doctor understands your wishes and, used properly, could potentially prevent a birth injury. But what's in a birth plan and how do you create one?What is a Birth Plan? A birth plan describes how you want labor and delivery to proceed. This can be [...]

September 3, 2021|

Are Labor-Inducing Drugs Safe For Your Baby?

In the U.S., vaginal births increasingly rely on a drug called Pitocin to induce labor and cause more powerful contractions. When used properly, Pitocin can reduce the likelihood of an unscheduled C-section and move labor along when it's come to a halt. But what happens if there's an error in administering this drug? Are labor-inducing drugs, like Pitocin, safe for your baby?How Does Pitocin Work? Pitocin is an artificial version of oxytocin, the naturally occurring hormone that causes contractions and cervical dilation. If labor won't start or has come to [...]

August 6, 2021|

The Dangers of Induced Labor

It's the due date, and your baby shows no signs of coming any time soon. A week goes by, then two. Finally, your doctor suggests inducing labor either through physical intervention or labor-inducing drugs. While these methods can guide your pregnancy to its end, it's also important to understand the dangers of induced labor.Physical Intervention Generally, there are two types of direct, minorly invasive procedures to help move labor along. Both methods of physical intervention take only a few minutes and are typically done at your OBGYN's office.Stripping the MembraneIf [...]

July 12, 2021|

What Parents Should Know About Nuchal Cord

You await your baby's birth with bated breath. As they come into the world you're shocked to learn their skin is grey and they have the umbilical cord around their neck. This condition is known as nuchal cord and while it rarely leads to complications, it can be frightening. Therefore, it is important that parents understand what this condition means and the long-term risks associated with it.What is a Nuchal Cord? Nuchal cord describes situations where the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby's neck during labor or delivery. While [...]

July 6, 2021|

What Is Your Baby’s Apgar Score?

How your baby acts and moves when they're first born says a lot about their overall health. These first minutes after birth are so crucial that doctors have devised a test called Apgar to assess a baby's wellbeing. But how is Apgar determined, and what does it say about your baby's health? Let's find out.What Is an Apgar Score?Apgar is an acronym for “Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration.” As soon as your baby takes its first breath, medical staff set a 1-minute timer and a 5-minute timer.During this time, [...]

June 4, 2021|

New Treatment Options for Infants with Birth Hypoxia

If your baby experienced birth hypoxia or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), it means they were cut off from oxygen during delivery. In the past, experiencing these conditions almost certainly meant some degree of cognitive impairment. However, advances in science have discovered new treatment options that may be able to minimize the impacts of birth hypoxia and, in some cases, reverse infant brain damage. Here's how.Medical Advances HIE is extremely serious and requires immediate attention. About 85% of infants who experience HIE will experience cognitive impairment, develop a disability (such as cerebral [...]

May 6, 2021|

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Prenatal Care

If you just learned you're pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, it's imperative that you schedule a prenatal care appointment as soon as possible. Routine prenatal care can help protect both you and your baby and can be one of the best ways to determine your risk of a birth injury. Here's how.What is Prenatal Care? Prenatal care helps women stay healthy throughout their pregnancy while reducing the risk of birth injuries and other birth defects. Your doctor will answer any questions you may have, identify and treat early [...]

April 1, 2021|

Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Every Parent Should Know

Sometimes a baby is cut off from oxygen during delivery. This is called “birth hypoxia,” and it can occur for many reasons, including unmonitored maternal blood pressure, placental abruption, and stopped labor. When these complications occur, there's a high risk the child will develop cognitive impairments or other intellectual disabilities.To help families identify early indicators and intervene as early as possible, we've put together a few warning signs of cognitive impairment every new parent should know.What Are the Warning Signs Cognitive Deficit? Each brain injury is different. There's no exact [...]

April 1, 2021|

Are Birth Injuries Genetic?

Waiting for your baby to arrive is one of the most exciting yet stressful parts of becoming a parent. If your baby develops a medical condition like cerebral palsy, a brachial plexus injury, or cognitive disorders you may wonder whether these conditions are genetic. The short answer is, no. Explaining why requires a little more context.What is a Birth Injury? When we discuss birth injuries, we specifically refer to cases where a baby is injured either before birth, during birth, or shortly after due to medical negligence. Some of the [...]

March 3, 2021|

John G. Mabrey Named in 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers® List

Attorney Mabrey Is Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers® for 15th Consecutive YearOur firm is excited to announce that our founding attorney, John G. Mabrey, has been listed in the 2021 Georgia Super Lawyers® list. This marks John's 15th consecutive year being awarded this honor. He was also named one of the 2021 Top 10 lawyers in Georgia!For 30 years, Attorney Mabrey has worked tirelessly to fight for those who have been hurt by someone else's negligence. His efforts have proven successful, as he has secured millions of dollars in compensation [...]

February 22, 2021|

Birth Injuries You Should Know About Before the Due Date

Each year roughly 1-in-130 American families are impacted by a birth injury. While many expecting parents can name a few of the most traumatic birth injuries, like brachial plexus injuries or cerebral palsy, there are dozens of potential injuries your child may face in the delivery room. To get a better idea of the dangers, we've put together these four birth injuries you should know about before the due date.Cephalohematoma Cephalohematoma manifests as a large bump on the baby's head. It's caused by excessive pressure during delivery, either from labor-inducing [...]

February 1, 2021|

What’s My Child’s Risk of a Birth Injury

Each year, nearly 30,000 American children are impacted by a birth injury. Some of these are temporary; others are chronic and will require a lifetime of specialized care. With roughly 1-in-130 new families affected by birth injuries each year, it's crucial for parents to understand birth injury trends and potential risk factors.The Trend of Birth Injuries in the USInfant birth injuries have fallen by 25% since 2005. While there are many factors for this, including better medical care overall, some cite a reduction in tool-assisted birth as a major contributing [...]

January 4, 2021|

Are You At Risk of a Maternal Birth Injury?

The US maternal mortality rate has been steadily rising for the past 30 years. Previously, we discussed the disproportionate impact this has had on the women across Georgia. Bringing any real change to this issue starts by identifying the risks during prenatal care and ensuring that new mothers are informed about their options. With that in mind, these are three of the most common risk factors of a maternal birth injury.Pregnancy HistoryTypically, each successive birth increases the risk of a complication during the next pregnancy. This can be due to [...]

January 4, 2021|

(Infographic) What to Do If Your Child Has a Seizure

Seizures and epilepsy are common symptoms of brain-related birth injuries like cerebral palsy or HIE. When new parents witness their child having a seizure for the first time, they tend to panic and aren't sure what to do. That's why we put together this graphic explaining what to do if your child has a seizure.Keep Calm: When your child has a seizure, it's important that you maintain a clear head. If the symptoms worsen, you need to be prepared to make phone calls and take instructions from a 911 operator.Clear [...]

December 3, 2020|

The Birth Injury Every Parent Should Know

When we think of birth injuries, there tends to be a focus on conditions we can see. You might imagine forceps marks, a brachial plexus injury, cerebral palsy, or maternal injuries to name a few. But there's one “invisible” birth injury every parent should know, hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or HIE.What is HIE?Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy feels like an intimidating term; it's long and it's difficult to pronounce. However, when we understand the medical terminology behind these words we see that this “HIE” is a pretty simple concept.Hypoxic: The adjective form of Hypoxia, meaning [...]

November 3, 2020|

Dangers of a Delayed C-Section

Roughly 1-in-4 US children are born via C-section. Many of these procedures are planned from the start, others are done as a last resort. However, when a doctor waits too long to perform a C-section, they can endanger the baby's health. To understand the dangers of a delayed C-section, we need to understand why they happen and how it affects the baby.Why the Delay? There are many reasons for a delayed C-section. It's most common when doctors realize, too late, that the baby cannot fit through the birth canal. It [...]

October 5, 2020|

A Parent’s Guide to Infant Brain Injuries

When your child is diagnosed with a brain injury, you undoubtedly have a lot of questions. How could this happen? How will your child develop compared to other children? What will life look like 10 years from now? We understand that discovering your child's birth injury is extremely stressful, even heartbreaking. That's why we put together this parent's guide to infant brain injuries to help you through this difficult time.Infant Brain Injuries Explained A birth injury is any injury impacting a child either immediately before labor, during birth, or within [...]

October 5, 2020|

Are Forceps Safe?

About 400 years ago, a royal surgeon serving the Queen of England had an idea. He invented metal claws, called forceps, that would help babies move through the birth canal and could readjust them if they came out sideways or upside down.Since that time, forceps have fallen out of style in favor of C-Section and labor-inducing drugs. Now, many new parents find themselves asking whether obstetrical forceps are safe for their baby. To get a better understanding of this problem, let's look at the evidence.A Disappearing Art Forceps are used [...]

August 28, 2020|

Can I Film My Child’s Birth?

New parents filming their child's birth is a tradition as old as the camcorder, made easier now by nearly everyone having a high-quality camera in their pocket. While many parents want to film their child coming into the world, some hospitals don't allow it. What's the reason? Here's what you need to know if you want to film your child's birth.Potential Liability Video footage of any medical procedure creates liability for the hospital and its staff. If anything goes wrong, the video could become evidence demonstrating medical malpractice. For that [...]

August 4, 2020|

Georgia has Failed Black Mothers

Georgia is the worst place to give birth in the United States. The maternal mortality rate for black women in Atlanta is 66 in 100,000. That rate is identical to Syria or Peru. This is unacceptable. Georgia has failed new mothers.Lacking FacilitiesMaternal mortality describes any case where a new mother dies either during pregnancy, childbirth, or six weeks after delivery. Maternal death is almost always preventable with proper monitoring and access to healthcare, but that's a big problem in the state of Georgia.Half of Georgia's 159 counties have no OBYGN [...]

July 1, 2020|

C-Section vs. Forceps: Which is Safer For Your Baby?

What is the safest method of assisted delivery? C-section, vacuum (suction), and forceps all have positives and negatives. However, some methods have a lower risk factor than others. So which is best, C-section, forceps, or something else? More importantly, which is safer for your baby?C-SectionAbout 1-in-5 babies in the US come into the world through C-section. When faced with a difficult birth, most US doctors opt for C-Section over other delivery methods. However, that doesn't mean C-Section is safer, only that doctors feel more comfortable performing the procedure.C-Sections are extremely [...]

July 1, 2020|

Understanding Latent Car Crash Injuries

There are 6,000,000 car accidents per year in the US. Of those, about 30% result in injuries that require immediate medical attention. But not all injuries are immediately apparent; some take days or even weeks to show symptoms. Identifying and mitigating these conditions starts with understanding latent car crash injuries.Latent Car Accident Injuries ExplainedCar accidents generally inflict blunt force trauma. That means as someone bounces around the cabin, nothing cuts or pierces their skin, but the sheer force of impacting with the vehicle is so strong that it causes internal [...]

May 27, 2020|

What Georgia Parents Should Know About Car Seats

Every state has different laws when it comes to car seat safety. Some states regulate a child's safety by age alone. Others use height and weight. Georgia uses a mixture of the two systems, ensuring that children are both old enough to manage their restraints and large enough to sit safely.Because Georgia children need to meet age, height, and weight requirements for car seat advancement, determining the right car seat can get a little complicated. That's why we made this guide explaining what Georgia parents should know about car seats.Rear-Facing [...]

May 5, 2020|

Why You Should Call the Police After an Accident

After a car accident, many drivers feel reluctant to get the police involved. They may have heard people say they should never speak to police without an attorney present. These people may be surprised to learn that most attorneys actually recommend filing a police report after an accident. Here's why.A Legal DutySome accidents require a police report. In Georgia, drivers must call for law enforcement if:· Damage from the crash exceeds $500.· Anyone was injured.· Anyone was killedWhen any of these criteria apply, drivers have a legal duty to call [...]

April 7, 2020|

Georgia’s Comparative Fault Law Explained

When it comes to car accidents, most states are either “at-fault” or “no-fault.” Georgia is an “at fault” state that determines liability through a system called “modified comparative negligence.” What is this comparative fault law, and what does it mean for your case? Allow us to explain.Modified Comparative Negligence ExplainedAfter a car crash, insurance companies examine all the evidence and assign percentages of fault to every driver involved. The total amount of fault between drivers must always reach 100%, which means that one party is always held responsible (at-fault), and [...]

April 7, 2020|

Treatment Options for Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a chronic condition. A healthy child who suffers a brain injury during birth could be changed forever. Children with CP will require a lifetime of special care. However, treatment options for cerebral palsy are improving all the time. Thanks to modern medicine, children with CP experience greater independence, mobility, and happiness now than at any point in human history.The following are just a few treatment options for helping children and adults with cerebral palsy.MedicinePeople with cerebral palsy often experience seizures and muscle spasms. Muscle relaxants and [...]

March 2, 2020|

Birth Injuries and Erb’s Palsy

When parents learn their child suffered a birth injury, many fear it could be cerebral palsy. However, there is another kind of palsy resulting from improper and overly forceful delivery techniques. When parents understand the connection between birth injuries and Erb's Palsy, they're more likely to get proper treatment as soon as possible.Understanding Erb's PalsyErb's Palsy, also known as a brachial plexus injury, occurs when a baby's neck and arms are pulled in opposite directions, usually during childbirth. Such a movement can strain or even tear nerve networks in the [...]

February 3, 2020|

How Birth Injuries Affect the Brain

A birth injury is one of the worst things new parents can experience. A perfectly healthy baby is suddenly changed forever due to negligent medical care and delivery. While there are many types of birth injuries, few are as difficult as those resulting in infant brain damage. All parents should take a moment to understand how birth injuries affect the brain.Cerebral PalsyCerebral palsy is one of the more common birth injuries, making up about 1-in-3 cases. Nearly 20% of people with cerebral palsy developed the condition due to a birth [...]

January 2, 2020|

Can Birth Injuries Result in Cerebral Palsy?

Every year, nearly 10,000 babies born in the US each year exhibit some symptoms of Cerebral Palsy (CP). These are often the result of a birth injury, an injury sustained during delivery that caused the child to experience a severe injury or even a lifelong disability. The question is not whether birth injuries result in cerebral palsy, but rather how many birth injuries result in CP.Understanding Cerebral PalsyCerebral palsy is the result of either abnormal brain development or brain damage. Cerebral refers to the brain; palsy refers to paralysis or [...]

January 2, 2020|

The Truth About Medical Malpractice and the Statute of Limitations

In law, you have a set amount of time to file a legal claim. If you wait too long, you cannot seek compensation against alleged wrongdoings. This time restriction is called the statute of limitations.Every state has a different time limit, which can make it difficult to understand medical malpractice and the statute of limitations. In Georgia, certain conditions can extend the statute of limitations for a medical malpractice case.How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?Georgia law provides two years from the time of the injury to file [...]

November 27, 2019|

The Consequences of Medical Malpractice

You wake up with sharp stomach pains and go to the doctor. After a brief exam, the doctor sends you to the hospital. Before you know it, you're in a medical gown about to have your appendix removed.After surgery, you notice some discoloration around your surgical site. It looks like an infection around your new scar. You complain and you're given some antibiotics before you're discharged and sent home.Now there's just one problem, the hospital didn't run an allergy test and you're allergic to the new medication. To top it [...]

October 15, 2019|

The Most Common Types of Medical Malpractice

When we think of medical malpractice, we often jump to examples from TV and movies. We think about a nicked artery during surgery or a missing sponge in the operating room. Medical malpractice is much more than that; it describes medical errors of all kinds, not just the most severe or dramatic.When a patient receives improper healthcare, their very lives are at risk. That's why it's important to identify the most common types of medical malpractice before they occur. When you're aware of the different kinds of medical malpractice, you're [...]

October 2, 2019|

The Mabrey Firm Wins an $8 Million Jury Verdict in Traumatic Brain Injury Case

Aja Diamond Moore – a client of The Mabrey Firm – was awarded an $8 million verdict by an Atlanta Jury for a debilitating traumatic brain injury she suffered after striking her head in a Midtown parking garage. John Mabrey and Matthew Stoddard from the Stoddard Firm represented Ms. Moore during the trial against JPMCC – the limited partnership who owned the parking structure. Ms. Moore – who has since married and changed her last name to McCoy – worked as an attorney at Hunton & Williams before she suffered [...]

April 1, 2019|

How Hospitals Are Failing Mothers in America

New Report Reveals Climbing Maternal Death Rate in United StatesThe maternal death rate in the United States is approximately 3 to 4 times greater that of any other developed nation in the world. What's worse, this rate continues to climb and the number of childbirth-related maternal deaths in the U.S. appears to be ever-increasing, while other nations' maternal death rates are steadily shrinking.In addition to roughly 700 childbirth-related deaths per day, approximately 50,000 more pregnant mothers experience major complications and severe injuries during labor and delivery. According to a recent [...]

July 31, 2018|

The Story of Kira Johnson and the Rising Rate of Maternal Mortality in the U.S.

Kira Dixon and Charles Johnson IV met in 2004 at a friend's birthday part in Atlanta, exchanging phone numbers before the end of the night. A few days later Kira called Charles, to his surprise, and they met for lunch, which he describes as “the day my life changed forever.” Ten years later, the newly married couple welcomed their first child, Charles, at Northside Hospital. As most couples do, they decided to expand their family a few years later, and Kira was once again pregnant. At 2 a.m. on April [...]

April 10, 2018|

The Deadly Dangers of Melanoma

According to the American Cancer Society, approximately one out of every five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer at some point in their lives. Melanoma is the deadliest of all skin cancers and its rate of incidence has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. Although highly curable in its early stages, melanoma takes an aggressive turn for the worse if not diagnosed in time. In the advanced stages, the survival rate for melanoma is dramatically reduced from 99% to 15%.Causes of MelanomaExposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays clearly plays [...]

July 7, 2017|

Medical Errors and Cervical Cancer: What Every Woman Needs to Know

Cervical cancer used to be the leading cancer death for American women. Now, it's considered the easiest female cancer to prevent thanks to the Pap smear as a screening tool. This test allows doctors to find precancerous changes in a woman's cervix and treat them before the cancer develops. Through this simple test, the mortality rate for cervical cancer has declined by 50% within the last 40 years. However, when medical errors are committed, a delay in the diagnosis of the cancer and even death may occur.Cervical CancerCervical cancer occurs [...]

May 19, 2017|

The Many Faces of Wrongful Death

The death of a loved one is one of the most tragic events that we must face in our lives. The grieving process is hard enough when death is due to natural causes. However, it may be even more difficult to cope when our loved one died unexpectedly as a result of someone else's negligence. This is called Wrongful Death. What is a Wrongful Death Claim? Fatal injuries happen to people of all ages. Children lose their parents, and parents lose their children. Deadly accidents occur anywhere from hospitals and [...]

March 31, 2017|

When Dogs Run Tragically Wild

When vicious dogs run wild in the streets, they can inflict grievous injuries on innocent bystanders. The danger of rampant dogs was underscored on January 17, 2017, when a dog attack on a group of schoolchildren in Atlanta made national headlines.In this extraordinarily savage attack, two roaming neighborhood dogs assailed upon the children on their way to their morning bus stop. Two brave youngsters, 6 year old Logan Braatz and 5 year old Syari Sanders, tried to protect their classmates from the attack. Unfortunately, Logan and Syari were no match [...]

March 2, 2017|

Traumatic Birth Injuries: Brachial Plexus Injuries

When a baby suffers injury or trauma during birth, that injury may have permanent effects on the child's physical, cognitive and emotional development. While minor bruising may be normal during the delivery process, traumatic birth injury is not. This type of injury is often due to an error on behalf of the medical personnel involved. Injury to the baby's brachial plexus nerve is a common traumatic birth injury and can have devastating results on the child.Brachial Plexus Nerve InjuryThe brachial plexus is a network of peripheral nerves that stretch from [...]

January 27, 2017|

Breast Cancer Malpractice: Failure to Diagnose

Each year, approximately 180,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer and 44,000 will die from the disease. Many of these lives could have been saved through early detection and appropriate treatment. In addition to causing preventable deaths, delays in diagnosis and medical mistakes also subject many patients to invasive procedures that could have been avoided. These medical errors involving the failure to detect breast cancer lead to a large number of medical malpractice suits.Signs and SymptomsMonthly self-exams are essential for women of all ages. According to [...]

December 21, 2016|

Failure to Diagnose Heart Attacks in the Emergency Room

A heart attack, technically referred to as a myocardial infarction (MI), is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Sudden chest pain and shortness of breath are a few symptoms that prompt 911 calls and trips to the emergency room. Properly diagnosing and treating this life-threatening medical condition is critical. A missed heart attack diagnosis can have deadly consequences for hospital patients. Cases involving the medical staff's negligent failure to make a timely and accurate diagnosis of a heart attack are common in [...]

November 23, 2016|

Birth Injuries Resulting From Medical Errors: What You Need to Know

Nothing may be more heart wrenching than seeing a baby whose life is forever changed as a result of a birth injury. These injuries affect approximately seven out of every 1,000 babies born and can be a devastating event for the entire family. The child may suffer lifelong disabilities with enormous medical costs, endure ongoing pain and suffering, and may never be able to function as an independent adult. Due to the severity of birth injuries, it is important to know what recourse you may have if your child has [...]

October 26, 2016|

Disabled Veterans Face Special Challenges in Nursing Homes

Life for military veterans isn't easy, but negligent nursing homes and health care providers make things worse. Physical disabilities, homelessness, addiction, abuse and neglect are a few of the daily issues that military veterans face. In nursing homes, mistreatment and abuse can prevent veterans from receiving the medical attention and basic services that they urgently need. Here's one example of the extreme and inexcusable mistreatment that veterans experience in the long-term care system. The Case of John Chedester In November 2013, a disabled Vietnam veteran who had served in the [...]

October 5, 2016|

Concussions and Brain Injury

Nothing says Fall like tailgating, football, and sports-related concussions. A concussion is a brain injury that occurs when someone sustains a blow or jolt to the head that can disrupt the normal function of the brain. Concussions are common injuries among athletes who play contact sports such as football, soccer, rugby, hockey, and lacrosse. Roughly 3.8 million sports and recreation-related concussions are reported in the United States each year.Concussions may also occur off of the playing field when there is a blow to the head as a result of an [...]

September 21, 2016|

Stroke – Recognize the Signs and Act in Time

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and a leading cause of serious, long-term disability in adults. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), there are approximately 600,000 new strokes reported each year in the U.S. Since a stroke is a medical emergency, recognizing the symptoms, getting to the hospital as quickly as possible, and receiving proper medical treatment in a timely manner could mean the difference between life and death. What is a Stroke? When you have a stroke, your [...]

September 2, 2016|

Disabled Nursing Home Residents Are at an Increased Risk of Abuse

Sometimes, people who need help the most get the least attention. Disabled individuals of all ages are more likely to experience violence and abuse than other patients. Some people with physical and mental limitations experience institutional mistreatment throughout their lives. Others suffer physical injuries and humiliation later in life when they enter a nursing home for the first time.Institutional Abuse of Disabled AmericansAccording to the 2010 American Community Survey, approximately one in eight Americans between the ages of 35 and 65 has at least one disability. Among adults over 65, [...]

August 23, 2016|

Have You Been in a Trucking Accident? Who is Responsible?

Tractor-trailer wrecks often cause horrific deaths and catastrophic injuries. Because tractor trailers and truck drivers are part of a complex $700 billion industry, accidents often involve joint liability and legal issues that you might not encounter in a car accident case. Because trucking companies have larger risks, they may also have larger liability insurance policy limits. If so, this means that you may have a better chance of recovering damages to adequately compensate you for your medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering.Determining ResponsibilityDetermining liability is an important first step [...]

July 26, 2016|

The Dangers of a Deck Collapse

Georgia's temperate climate makes it a great place to be outdoors throughout most of the year. Outdoor decks are a common amenity for many homes, apartments, condominiums, restaurants and commercial properties throughout the state. Although decks can be a wonderful way to enjoy the beautiful weather, they can also be extremely dangerous when they are not properly built or maintained. Defective decks can suddenly collapse and cause serious injury such as broken bones and lacerations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries or even death.Causes of Deck CollapseSome of the common preventable [...]

July 22, 2016|

Is Texting the New DUI? What You Should Know about Distracted Driving Lawsuits

Accidents involving distracted driving are on a tragic upswing. In the mid-1990s, distracted driving mainly involved eating, grooming, talking, reading maps and adjusting the radio. Now, drivers use cell phones, navigation systems and media players. Some even watch videos and surf the web. Distracted driving accidents, including injuries and fatalities, have public health and safety officials concerned about the rampant use of in-car technology and smartphones.Distracted Driving By the NumbersDistracted driving is a widespread problem. Teen drivers who lack experience are often blamed for using phones and being inattentive, but [...]

March 24, 2016|

Medical Malpractice via Misdiagnosis

Many medical malpractice lawsuits arise from the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, illness, or injury. If the doctor gets the diagnosis wrong, the chances of getting the therapy right is greatly reduced.When a doctor's misdiagnosis of a patient leads to incorrect treatment, delayed treatment, or no treatment at all, a patient's condition can become much worse and the patient may even die.Two Decades of Diagnostic ErrorsAccording to a 2013 study by John Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, medical misdiagnoses made up the lion's share of medical malpractice [...]

March 11, 2016|

How to Spot and Prevent Nursing Home Abuse

Every year, some 2.1 million seniors are victims of elder abuse. With more folks entering nursing homes and assisted living facilities, reports of abuse are increasing rapidly. Experts say that this silent epidemic is one of the largest legal challenges in the 21st century. After all of the care and consideration that it takes to choose the right nursing home for a loved one, abuse is emotional and highly traumatic for everyone. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, one in three nursing homes has been cited for violations. Nationally, nursing [...]

January 5, 2016|

Been in an Auto Accident? Don’t Make These 5 Mistakes.

An auto accident is a bad time to learn from your mistakes. In the days and weeks following a serious collision or fender-bender, one error can cost you your health and thousands of dollars in lost wages or medical expenses. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 560 people die each year following fatal accidents in the Atlanta metropolitan area, including the cities of Marietta and Sandy Springs. Many more drivers experience serious injuries. If you've been in an auto accident, don't ruin your chances of a successful [...]

June 11, 2015|

John Mabrey Remains One of Georgia’s Top Rated Lawyers

For a second consecutive year, Legal Leaders magazine has named John Mabrey as one of Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers. Mabrey maintains an AV Preeminent rating as established by Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for lawyer ratings. This exceptional rating demonstrates that John's peers have ranked him at the highest level of professional and ethical excellence.

February 25, 2015|

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