While brain injuries have received increased attention in recent years,
there are still many misconceptions about damage to this important organ.
One such misconception is that brain injuries are only caused by external
pressures. In reality, the source of brain damage can come from within
the body, such as an error during delivery that doesn’t cause direct
brain trauma but does cause insufficient oxygen which, in turn, causes
brain damage. In the case of babies in the womb, brain damage may also
be caused by factors within the mother’s body.
Continue reading The Role of Blood Sugar in Fetal or Newborn Brain Damage
The decision to pursue a civil lawsuit regarding a birth injury is never
an easy one. Sometimes, however, a lawsuit is the only means by which
a Texas family can hold a negligent doctor or hospital accountable. Moreover,
the settlement from such a lawsuit may be the only manner in which a family
can cope financially with medical expenses and rehabilitation for their
child. Since birth injuries may impact a child and family members for
life, the stakes can be quite high in a related lawsuit.
Continue reading Millions awarded in long-running birth injury case
An expecting mother in Houston often busily prepares for her big day, whether
it’s packing a bag for the hospital, selecting a maternity suite or
determining who will be invited into the delivery room. Some women may
have the understandable fear that they will go into labor unexpectedly;
in most cases, this fear is unfounded and the family arrives at the hospital
in time. In some cases, though, paramedics or EMTs will need to be called
if a woman is in labor and can’t get to a hospital or is experiencing
sudden complications at home. In such cases, emergency personnel must
follow certain steps in order to avoid contributing to pregnancy-related injuries.
Continue reading How should an EMT react if an expecting mother is in labor?
A deadly medical mistake is one of the biggest tragedies any Houston area
family can experience. Families generally place huge amounts of trust
in medical professionals, hospitals, nursing homes and nurses. When this
trust is broken via a doctor mistake or similar error, the emotions families
go through can range from utter shock to bewilderment, and understandable
Continue reading Who can speak for victims most effectively in a wrongful death?
While some Houston residents may be familiar with cerebral palsy, a similarly-named
condition may be less familiar. A type of brachial plexus injury, Erb’s
palsy is a birth injury which affects the muscles in the shoulder and
upper arm. The condition gets its name from Doctor Wilhelm Erb, who first
described it. The term “palsy” refers to paralysis of voluntary
muscle. Finally, the brachial plexus is a grouping of nerves located close
to the neck. When this set of nerves is damaged during the delivery process,
the results can be very harmful to the baby.
Continue reading Erb’s palsy: Damage to Brachial Plexus can have Severe Effects
As a coastal state next to the Gulf of Mexico, Texas sees its fair share
of tourists. Cruise ships are not an uncommon sight along the coast south
of Houston, and many city residents are likely to spend their vacation
time on the water. Of course, as with any vacation destination, a cruise
ship is not immune from accidents, illnesses, or other travel-related
problems. Recently, though, a federal court indicated cruise ships may
no longer enjoy immunity from certain legal actions stemming from those
Continue reading Cruise ships may soon be held accountable for nursing negligence