Locked-In Syndrome Malpractice Case Ends With $75M Verdict Against Docs

Locked-In Syndrome Malpractice Case Ends With $75M Verdict Against Docs

Jurors handed down a $75 million verdict against two Georgia physicians, after finding them responsible for the “locked-in” paralysis one […]

Paralyzed Plaintiff Awarded $17M

Neurosurgeon Fails to Order Crucial Tests; Paralyzed Plaintiff Awarded $17M

A jury found in favor of a man who was permanently paralyzed following spinal cord surgery. On or about June […]

Hidden Neurological Diseases

New Genetic Test Finds Hidden Neurological Diseases

Neurological disorders can be some of the most difficult conditions to diagnose. Symptoms are similar for multiple different conditions, and […]

spinal epidural abscess

Spinal Epidural Abscess: Diagnosis, Management, and Outcomes

Abstract An infection of the spinal epidural space, spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a potentially devastating entity that is rising […]



In a new study, almost 1 in 5 patients with an established diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS) were found most […]

Neurologic Disease

Neurologic Disease and Pregnancy

As a consequence of the immense growth in therapeutic options for neurologic disorders over the past decade, when a woman […]

Complications of Carotid Endarterectomy

Complications of Carotid Endarterectomy (CEA) in the Postanesthesia Care Unit (PACU)

In patients with confirmed high-grade (70-99%) stenosis of the internal carotid artery, surgical carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is highly beneficial and […]

Managing Shock

Top 5 Pitfalls in Managing Shock

Shock is a common condition that emergency department clinicians must be experts in treating. It is easy, however, to overlook […]

Clinical Depression

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) or Clinical Depression

What is major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression? Major depressive disorder (MDD) or clinical depression is the leading cause […]

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum Depression

How common is depression in the postpartum period? As much as 85 percent of new mothers experience the “baby blues,” […]

Childhood Depression

Childhood Depression

Children have times when they feel “blue” or sad. Emotional fluctuations are normal, but if those feelings and behaviors last […]



Sepsis is defined as the presence (probable or documented) of infection together with systemic features of inflammation. Sepsis is identical […]

Cauda Equinaand Conus Medullaris

Cauda Equina and Conus Medullaris Syndromes

The spinal cord, which is the downward continuation of the medulla that starts just below the foramen magnum, serves as […]

Subdural Hematoma

Subdural Hematoma

Background A subdural hematoma (SDH) is a collection of blood below the inner layer of the dura but external to […]

Myocardial Infarction

Myocardial Infarction (Heart Attack)

Myocardial infarction (MI) (i.e., heart attack) is the irreversible death (necrosis) of heart muscle secondary to prolonged lack of blood […]

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH) is a clinical symptom complex caused by the build-up of cerebrospinal fluid. This condition is characterized […]

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is one of the most serious birth complications affecting full term infants. HIE is a brain […]

Pulmonary Embolism

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Pulmonary Embolism

Medicolegal Concerns Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a common clinical problem that is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. In the […]

Posttraumatic Hydrocephalus

Posttraumatic Hydrocephalus

Posttraumatic hydrocephalus (PTH) is a frequent and serious complication that follows a traumatic brain injury (TBI). PTH could greatly impact […]

Pedicle Screw

Ban ‘Reprocessing’ of Spinal Surgery Screws, Experts Say

In the wake of research that uncovered high levels of contamination in “sterile” implants, researchers are calling for the elimination […]

Stroke Risk Factors

Stroke Risk Factors Unique to Women

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in women in the United States and is a leading cause of […]

Treatment of Epilepsy

Common Errors Made in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Epilepsy

Abstract This article is a compilation of some of the frequent mistakes that are made in the evaluation and management […]

Peripheral Nerve Injury

Perioperative Peripheral Nerve Injury

The purpose of this review is to comprehensively review perioperative peripheral nerve injury (PNI) associated with general anesthesia and discuss […]

Surgical robot kills man on operating table while doctors sipped lattes

In the name of scientific “progress,” Newcastle’s Freeman Hospital in the United Kingdom recently tried to pioneer the use of […]

Erb’s Palsy Lawsuits

Erb’s Palsy Lawsuits

To understand the clinical presentation of brachial plexus palsy (BPP) and provide anticipatory guidance for families affected by the condition, […]

Proton Beam Radiotherapy

Jury tells Aetna to pay $25 million to late cancer patient’s family

A jury has ordered Aetna to pay $25.5 million to the family of an Oklahoma City woman who died a […]

Spinal Cord Injury

Acute Complications of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

The spinal cord is a delicate, glistening, rope-like bundle of nerves that connects the brain to the rest of the […]

Left Common IIiac Artery

Avoidable Complication of Lumbar Decompression Surgery

The defendant performed decompression of the discs at the L4-L5 level. During the procedure, an iatrogenic injury (an injury caused […]

Error Becomes Homicide

An Error Becomes Homicide in the U.K.

by Saurabh Jha MD A single error oft inters the good that doctors do. The case of Dr. HadizaBawa-Garba, a […]

Headache in Pregnancy

Liability for Misdiagnosis of Headaches During Pregnancy and the Peripartum

This article gives an overview of headaches in pregnancy and considers the diagnostic challenges of separating benign from life-threatening conditions. […]

Patient Handoff

Malpractice Perils in the Patient Handoff

Despite remarkable advances in medicine, the handoff of a patient from one physician to another has long been a weak […]


Five Common Misdiagnoses in Neurology

Diagnostic errors are a major concern of both patients and physicians. In a recent survey, more than one half of […]

Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring

Overview of Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Techniques

This article provides an overview of the various neurophysiological monitoring techniques used intraoperatively. Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring has […]

Epidural Hematoma

Epidural Hematoma

Epidural hematoma (i.e., accumulation of blood in the potential space between dura and bone) may be intracranial (EDH) or spinal […]



Stroke (also known as cerebrovascular accident [CVA]) is an acute interruption of blood flow to a portion of the brain, […]

Transient Ischemic Attack

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)

A transient ischemic attack (TIA) is an acute episode of temporary neurologic dysfunction that results from focal cerebral, spinal cord, […]

Medical Malpractice

Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

This bill establishes provisions governing health care lawsuits where coverage for the care was provided or subsidized by the federal […]

Brain Aneurysm

Rupture Rates for Small Brain Aneurysms

Growth and rupture rates in small unruptured intracranial aneurysms (UIAs) appeared to be relatively low, but the quality of published […]

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is the leading cause of childhood disability affecting function and development. The incidence of the condition has not […]

Traumatic Brain Injury

Updated Guidelines for Severe TBI Still Have Holes

New guidelines for the management of severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) provide an update of all available evidence and recommendations […]


A Review of Neurosurgical Malpractice Lawsuits

We conducted a retrospective review of 287 closed neurosurgical malpractice lawsuits from February 2006 to December 2016. Data were collected […]