Posted on Dec. 8 2014 in Personal Injury Cases
No one wants to think of their baby in distress. However, it is imperative to be well versed in the possible problems that can arise during labor, both for your own health and to make sure your child’s health is safeguarded. If something does happen, being well-informed can be the difference between receiving the compensation you may be owed, and receiving nothing. Signs and Symptoms of Fetal Distress Fetal distress specifically refers to oxygen deprivation, most often during labor, though it can occur toward the end of pregnancy at well. The occurrence rate is hard to pin down. Estimates range from 1 in 25 to 1 in 100; whatever the
Posted on Dec. 6 2014 in Personal Injury Cases
Delivering a baby is both common and highly technical for an obstetrician. As such, there are countless problems that can occur during the process, yet a doctor will have trained for many years to anticipate them. A prolapsed umbilical cord is one of the most common problems, but also one of the most potentially dangerous. Still, it is often grounds for a medical malpractice claim because its damage is largely preventable. Signs of Trouble While there are many different problems that can occur with the umbilical cord, a prolapse is specifically when part of the cord slips down into the mother’s cervix before the baby makes an appearance during delivery.
Posted on Dec. 3 2014 in Personal Injury Cases
Lack of oxygen to the brain can cause all manner of problems, and it can be doubly agonizing when one second too long is the difference between a healthy child and a child with physical or mental difficulties. One of the worst types to deal with is referred to as periventricular leukomalacia (PVL). PVL causes brain damage by affecting the white matter, and can be debilitating. Medical Facts of PVL PVL almost exclusively affects fetuses and newborn babies, with premature babies being at even higher risk. The disease attacks the white matter in the brain – the part that transmits to the spinal cord – most commonly around fluid-filled areas called
Posted on Dec. 1 2014 in Personal Injury Cases
Birth injuries, by nature, are difficult to process because they take so little to occur; one second too long or one half-inch in the wrong direction can cause significant damage to a mother or child. Nowhere is this more apparent than when dealing with nerve injuries, or palsies. Some are more common than others, and as such, are more often the subject of lawsuits. Brachial Plexus Injuries Brachial plexus injuries (BPIs) are a common birth malady, and a good-sized portion of birth injury and medical malpractice lawsuits result from their occurrence. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves stemming from the spine, and given their relatively exposed position around