When there are serious problems during the pregnancy, labor, or delivery process, it can lead to long-term conditions with which the baby must live. One of these serious conditions — which occurs in about 20 of every 1,000 births that go full term — is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. When a baby is premature, the possibility of he or she developing HIE is much higher, around 60%. This condition is caused by a lack of oxygen and blood to the baby’s brain. Here are some of the causes of HIE and what you should know. Continue reading What Is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)?
One of the most common birth injuries that can be sustained is cerebral
palsy. This is considered a blanket term that describes various conditions
impacting the child’s motor function abilities. Continue reading What Is Cerebral Palsy?
During the entire pregnancy, a soon-to-be-mother is excited about the prospect
of holding her baby. This is one of the most exciting times in any parent’s
life and it should be filled with joy and happiness. Unfortunately, there
are times when negligence pays a factor and the obstetrician may cause
the mother or baby to experience a birth injury. This takes the most joyous
time, and turns it into something that is very difficult to endure.
Continue reading How to Emotionally Cope If Your Child Has a Birth Injury
Most mothers hope that the birth of their child will go smoothly and naturally.
Unfortunately, there are numerous times where situations occur and doctors
opt to change the method of delivery, performing an emergency cesarean
section. This is when the doctor delivers the baby through an incision
in the abdominal wall and uterus. There are a number of reasons the doctor
may prefer this method of delivery, including the following.
Continue reading When Is It Necessary to Perform a C-Section?
Birth injuries are serious matters, particularly when they lead to conditions that result in permanent disabilities that require lifelong treatment and care, such as cerebral palsy. Not all birth injuries can be attributed to medical malpractice, but if you believe a physician, nurse, or other medical professional made a careless mistake in the care or delivery of your newborn, you might have a viable birth injury lawsuit that you should pursue. Victims of such egregious mistakes often impact not only the child, but the family, causing a ripple effect of consequences for which you can hold all responsible parties liable. Continue reading How Do You Know If You’re Eligible to File a Birth Injury Lawsuit?
Medical mistakes are, unfortunately, very common, particularly in hospitals.
However, it is surprisingly rare when a patient knows that a mistake has
been made. Diagnosis errors alone account for about 160,000 deaths a year
but only 15,000 to 19,000 medical malpractice lawsuits are filed in this
country every year.
So how do you know if you have a case?
Continue reading How to Know If You Have a Medical Malpractice Case