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
Most Houston residents are familiar with the term “wrongful death,”
but, fortunately, most people will never have to encounter the tragic
situation that the term describes. A wrongful death is generally not a
purposeful killing of another, but rather an accidental death that stems
from negligence or recklessness. In the medical setting, a wrongful death
may result from a single medical mistake, such as an anesthesia error,
the misdiagnosis of a fatal condition or a pattern of medical errors over time.
Continue reading What must be proven in a wrongful death suit?
Nowadays, women in the Houston area have countless options when it comes
to deciding their family size. While women of generations past generally
had to rely on birth control pills for family planning, today there are
more options and many different types of contraceptives. Since women rely
on these medications or devices to prevent pregnancy, there can be dangerous
pregnancy-related injuries if the products are compromised in any way.
Continue reading Contraceptive device may have caused pregnancy-related injury
It is often considered an “old wives’ tale” when someone
believes that he or she can guess a baby’s position just by looking
at the pregnant mother. While expecting moms in the Houston area might
not take seriously someone’s attempt to guess their baby’s position,
the truth is that the baby’s position is critically important during
birth. Most babies are delivered head first, but a small percentage of
deliveries, usually less than five percent, involve a breech birth. This
type of delivery can pose a risk that may result in birth injuries.
Continue reading Risks associated with breech-positioned babies
Injury to a person’s brain is almost always serious – whether it’s
a concussion or a traumatic brain injury, trauma to the brain can cause
long-lasting and complicated health issues. When Houston residents suffer
brain injuries, their most pressing need is medical help. After their
medical needs are attended to, they are likely to need legal help as well.
Continue reading Diversity of brain injuries adds complexity to cases