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From time to time Collopy & Carlucci provide, in the form of newsletters, information which may be of interest to website visitors. The information should not be construed as legal advice nor a definitive exposition on the area.

Learn More About Surrogate’s Practice & Guardianships

The LAWDUO offers legal guardian services to incapacitated persons who may need assistance in making day-to-day decisions and as well as help with overseeing their physical and financial well-being. Both Alice Collopy and Michael Carlucci are experienced in the area of Surrogate’s practice.  

Stand Up For Your Health

Medical malpractice can occur in many different medical settings, whether it’s an operating room, a laboratory or a nursing home. With Collopy and Carlucci, most of our claims are resolved before verdict. The LAWDUO combines the experience and skills of over 60 years of working with medical malpractice cases. Our legal team makes every effort to resolve your claim as promptly as possible.  

Has your loved one been a victim of nursing home neglect?

Nursing home placement is not always a choice and for some people it is inevitable. There are several types of nursing home neglect and abuse that are most common in these environments. Because many patients are not able to walk or may be bedridden, they can be prone to bed sores. Bed sores can be avoided in any and every situation. It is the responsibility of the nursing home staff to look for, detect and treat any skin breakdown before it grows and causes further infection. Falls that lead to further injury and even death can also occur in a nursing home environment. Each patient much be assessed for their risk of falls and a plan must be established to make sure that they are safe and that situations where a fall may occur are avoided. Unfortunately, abuse does happen in nursing home environments. Abuse can occur in a wide variety of situations and is not acceptable, whatsoever.  

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical Malpractice is otherwise known as professional negligence by a health care provider in which the treatment provided, or lack thereof, caused harm, injury or even death to a patient. It is important to understand that experiencing a bad outcome from medical care does not always mean that medical negligence has occurred.  

Trust The LAWDUO For Legal Representation & Counseling

The LAWDUO consists of the legal team of Alice Collopy and Michael Carlucci, who have been representing and fighting for their clients for many years. The LAWDUO offers legal representation and counseling for a number of clients dealing with Medical Malpractice, Surrogate’s Practice, Nursing Home Litigation, Litigation and more.  

Shoulder Dystocia - Injury to the Brain

The most serious of the results of failing to anticipate and properly deliver an infant with shoulder dystocia is injury to the brain. The way the brain is injured, what doctors call the Mechanism of Injury is lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain. This is called an Asphyxial Injury. (See Cerebral Palsy). 

Shoulder Dystocia - Injury to the Nerves

Brachial plexus injury is a well known and sadly a devastating complication of shoulder dystocia. Major nerves exit the spinal cord at each level of the spinal column. Brachial Plexus injury occurs as excessive traction or pulling is employed by the person delivering the baby. Simply put the baby’s head cannot be used as a lever to pull the baby through the birth canal. If excessive force is employed, damage to the spinal nerves supplying the arm will occur.  

Shoulder Dystocia - Trauma to the Skeleton of the Baby

In efforts to deliver a child when there has been an unanticipated shoulder dystocia there may be the deliberate or accidental fracture of the infant’s bones. One manner of delivery advocated in the presence of an unanticipated shoulder dystocia is the deliberate fracturing of the baby’s clavicle.  

Shoulder Dystocia - Types Of Injuries

Injury to both mother and baby can occur as a result of this problem. The main difficulty to mother is the development of hemorrhage.  

Shoulder Dystocia - Other Factors

There a variety of other factors that increase the risk for Shoulder Dystocia, they include:  



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