Infections During Childbirth

Posted on Nov. 25 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

Even with the best prenatal care and the best doctors and nurses overseeing a pregnancy, it is still possible to contract an infection before, during or after delivery. Infections are insidious, and can strike without warning. Sometimes, they happen because of one mistake. It is always a good idea to make sure you know what is normal in these situations and what is not, so that you can react accordingly. Chorioamnionitis The most common infection found in women who have just given birth is called chorioamnionitis or intra-amniotic infection (IAI). IAI happens most often from irregularities in the genital tract, and it affects the amniotic fluid and placenta, as well
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Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

Posted on Nov. 24 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

When a child is born with a disease or condition, such as cerebral palsy, it can be difficult for parents. While a diagnosis of cerebral palsy will not change the love most parents have for their children, it is still entirely understandable to want answers, especially if the child’s injury might have been caused by someone’s negligence. Understanding the nature of what cerebral palsy is and its related symptoms may be a good first step to determining if it was caused by the negligence of a medical provider. Causes of Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy (CP) is a generic term for a set of nerve and muscle problems that occur in
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What is a Shoulder Dystocia Injury?

Posted on Nov. 20 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

When a child is being born via natural delivery, there are many ways that something could go wrong. One of the most difficult and frightening problems that a mother and baby can experience during labor is something called shoulder dystocia. While there is almost no way to predict it, it does happen with regularity in delivery rooms, and it can either wind up a minor inconvenience, or it can cause severe difficulties. Medical Facts about Shoulder Dystocia Injuries Shoulder dystocia occurs when a child’s shoulders become lodged or stuck at the entry to the birth canal during delivery. However, sometimes it is hard to pin down when shoulder dystocia is actually
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Family Tragedies: Wrongful Death of the Mother During Birth

Posted on Nov. 18 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

The birth of a child is supposed to be one of the most wonderful moments in a family’s history. However, it can quickly turn into a nightmare if proper care is not exercised. If the unthinkable happens, and mother or baby loses their life, understanding the family’s rights can help the survivors obtain some measure of compensation for this horrible loss. Maternal Death During Childbirth Statistics The United States, despite its civilized status, has an alarmingly high death rate for mothers during childbirth. The rate is actually increasing, despite advances in science and neonatal care; according to the National Institute of Health, the rate in 1982 was 7.5 deaths per
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One Wrong Move: Vacuum & Forceps Injuries At Birth

Posted on Nov. 17 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

The delivery of a child is one of the most medically complex acts a doctor learns how to perform. Every second can matter, and every movement must be critically assessed. When deliveries need to be sped up, that action has traditionally been performed with forceps, though as medicine evolves, vacuum extractions have become more common. Nonetheless, both methods can lead to problems. It is important to know your rights if things take a turn for the worse. Vacuum & Forceps: Uses & Risks If a delivery progresses normally, in theory there will be no need for forceps or a vacuum extractor. However, there are reasons why a natural delivery would
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What is the APGAR Score?

Posted on Nov. 14 2014 in Personal Injury Cases

When a child is born, all a parent wants to do is get acquainted. However, there are formalities to deal with. At one minute and five minutes after birth, a test of sorts is given to the newborn to quickly assess his or her health and cognitive function. Named after the anesthesiologist who developed it, the Apgar score is thought to be an accurate way to tell whether a newborn needs immediate medical attention. It is done at every birth in the United States that occurs in the presence of a medical professional. What The Score Means Though the test was named after Virginia Apgar, the name is also used
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