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James E. Girards

James Girards’s Legal Guides

93 total


  • What every Patient should Know - "The Doctor said he was a Resident"

    In hospitals associated with medical schools or residency programs, each patient will frequently encounter a doctor who states (or should state) that he or she is a "Resident." What does that mean and what are the implications for your care? A "resident" physician is a "physician...

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  • Birth Injuries - What every Mother should know about the role of the Registered Nurse in Texas

    Texas nurses are regulated by the Texas Board of Nursing. Many patients are under the impression that the nurse is simply to do what the doctor tells him or her to do. But, that is far from the whole story. Texas nurses are independent professionals who have their own obligations...

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  • What every Patient should Know - It is time to do away with Hospital Secrecy

    Can you imagine a nation in which manufacturers who are found to have sold products that maim and kill are protected by secrecy? That the consumer cannot even ask the question "what happened inside your company that resulted in your selling a product that causes death in a large ...

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  • Texas Expert Reports - Who is a Healthcare Provider (continued)

    In the continuing discussion of who is entitled to be protected by the Texas Medical Liability Statute comes the recent decision by the San Antonio Court of Appeals in SAN ANTO. v. VASQUEZ, 04-09-00546-CV (Tex.App.-San Antonio 5-26-2010). The decision confirms the common sense n...

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  • Brain Injuries - What is a Life Care Plan?

    In almost every catastrophic injury case in which there are ongoing medical, nursing, and rehabilitation needs, the trial attorney will obtain a Life Care Plan for the injured patient. A Life Care Plan is a dynamic document meaning that it changes over time along with the cha...

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  • Birth Injuries - What is a Life Care Plan and why do I need one?

    In almost every catastrophic injury case in which there are ongoing medical, nursing, and rehabilitation needs, the trial attorney will obtain a Life Care Plan for the injured patient. A Life Care Plan is a dynamic document meaning that it changes over time along with the changin...

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  • Heart Attack update - The Latest on Percutaneous Reperfusion Therapy

    In June 2010, the American Journal of Cardiology published a recent study related to reperfusion therapy in st-segment heart attack. The study concluded that the shorter the time period from symptoms to clearing of the blockages with balloon/stenting the better the subsequent blo...

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  • Birth Injuries - ICSI Guidelines for Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

    Sometimes severe injury or death can result when a vaginal delivery is attempted after a previous child was delivered by cesarean section. Frequently, neither of the parents were told of the risks involved and in many of these deliveries the hospital failed to have the required r...

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  • Birth Injuries - ICSI EFM Interpretation Guidelines

    In many birth injury cases, a great deal of time is involved in evaluating the electronic fetal monitor information and determing what should have been done by the labor and delivery team in response to the developing data. The big picture that should always be kept in mind is th...

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  • What every Patient Should Know - Uninsured Die more often than insured Patients in the ICU

    According to a study presented in May 2010, ICU patients who are uninsured are more likely to die than patients who have insurance. The study found that uninsured patients receive less intense care than insured patients. This study points to the sad reality that hospitals and ph...

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