Birth Injury Attorneys Can Help When Doctors Act Negligently

Childbirth, though a painful and difficult process, should be a beautiful and profound experience for parents. That is why there are doctors who study and are strictly trained in gynecology, obstetrics, and childbirth. But mistakes in the delivery room can be irreversible, and in worst case scenarios, fatal. It is when these mistakes occur that birth injury attorneys will be necessary. What are the Most Common Birth Injuries Birth Injuries that commonly occur include Cerebral Palsy, Erb's Palsy, face paralysis, bruises and swelling, Shoulder Dystocia, and brain damage. These injuries are generally brought on by oxygen deprivation and … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Win Large Birth Injury Verdict in Illinois

An Illinois jury awarded $5.5 million dollars to a mother and her child for medical malpractice that led to the boy's permanent brain damage. Negligent Care Leads to Oxygen Deprivation and Permanent Disability Eva Liberato was admitted to Westlake Hospital to deliver her baby in 2002. After hours of labor, she was given drugs to help induce contractions and dilation. The drugs caused the baby's heart rate to slow and, instead of calling for the assistance of an obstetrician, her family doctor attempted to deliver the baby himself using, among other methods, forceps and a vacuum retractor. The doctor ended up lodging the forceps in … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Verdict of $22.6 Million for Cincinnati Family

A Cincinnati family was recently awarded $22.6 million for medical malpractice that resulted in birth injuries and permanent defects. Negligent Delivery Room Practices Caused Irreversible Defects Heather Grow was about to give birth to her first child. During her pregnancy, she was told that she had a narrow pelvic arch, which meant there was a likelihood that a vaginal birth would not be possible. On the day of her daughter Cassie's birth, Dr. Lisa Yang and her colleagues administered drugs and forced the kind of birth deemed nearly impossible early on in Heather's pregnancy. The drugs administered were supposed to assist the … [Read more...]

Couple Awarded Large Verdict in Birth Injury Lawsuit

Shoulder Dystocia, an avoidable birth injury, has led to permanent injuries for little Mateo Rodriguez, and his parents have just been awarded $3.27 million in compensation for the obstetrician's negligence. Shoulder Dystocia Risk Factors Go Ignored Galecio and Maria Rodriguez sued Dr. Jennifer Friedman and the Northwestern Memorial Physician's Group after a serious birth injury permanently injured their son Mateo. The suit claimed that when Dr. Friedman assessed that the baby's birth weight was likely to be between 9 and 10 lbs, she should have warned of the dangers of vaginal birth and should have at least suggested a C-section. … [Read more...]

Birth Injury Lawyers earn Compensation for Delivery Room Injuries

Sadly, as a New Jersey law firm that handles birth injuries and defects, many families come to us after their child has received a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. By definition, cerebral palsy is a “birth injury” because the condition develops prior to or during birth. However, there are many different types and severities of Cerebral Palsy birth injuries. Birth Injury Lawyers for Cerebral Palsy Families, nurses or doctors will usually spot symptoms or constellation of symptoms following birth that will lead to testing for a brain injury like cerebral palsy. These diagnostic brain and nerve tests help pediatricians and neurologists … [Read more...]

Birth Defects and Depakote Could be Linked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), in December 2009, informed Health Care professionals about the increased risk of neural tube defects and other major birth defects associated with the use of Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy. Doctors typically warn women who are looking to become pregnant of the correlation between Depakote and birth defects in the first trimester of pregnancy. They should also warn women who are not planning pregnancy but are sexually active of the risks. By the time these woman know they are pregnant, it may be too late to prevent the many birth defects that can occur as a result as Depakote use … [Read more...]

Orlando, FL Jury Awards $38.75 Million in Cerebral Palsy Case

In March, an Orlando jury awarded a $38.75 million dollar verdict after medical malpractice in the delivery room caused an irreversible birth defect: cerebral palsy. A C-section was necessary to deliver the baby safely, but was not performed in a timely matter, resulting in the neurological disorder that affects body movement and muscle coordination. In situations where the standard of care dictates the necessity of a caesarian section, waiting to perform the surgery is considered severe medical negligence. This delay can cause permanent birth defects, including minor to severe brain damage. Cerebral Palsy Cerebral Palsy often occurs … [Read more...]