Birth Injury Attorneys Win Large Verdict for New York Family

Recently, a New York jury awarded a family $510,000 after negligence in the delivery room led to birth injury, oxygen deprivation, and brain damage for young Xzavier Hyman. Doctor Veers from Standard of Care and Causes Permanent Damage Dr. Paul Heltzer and the Staten Island University Hospital were found responsible for the speech probelms, learning disabilities, and reduced life expectancy that Xzavier now faces due to the extended period of time he went without oxygen on the day of his birth. Dr. Heltzer broke Xzavier's mother's water prematurely, while labor was still progressing quite slowly. He then administered dosages of the … [Read more...]

Birth Injury Attorneys Get Wind of Life Saving New Technology

A new and experimental technology being used in neonatal units across the country is helping reduce the occurrences of birth injury and permanent brain damage in babies who are deprived oxygen during child birth. Umbilical Cord Compression Causes Oxygen Deprivation; Cooling Blanket Turns Everything Around Sara was in the middle of a very difficult labor with her sixth child, Yehuda, when the umbilical cord became compressed and he was no longer receiving oxygen. At that point, it became a necessity to remove Yehuda from the birth canal as quickly as possible; so quickly, that even a C-Section would have taken too long. With the use … [Read more...]

Birth Injury Lawyers: A FDA Warning For Pregnant Women

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, (FDA), recently updated labeling for antipsychotics to alert female users in their third trimester of pregnancy that use of the drugs could have adverse effects on their fetuses, causing birth injuries or defects. A few of the drugs now displaying the warning label include Risperdal, Seroquel and Invega. The drugs are used to treat mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorder, or depression. A statement released by the FDA said: "Healthcare professionals should be aware of the effects of antipsychotic medications on newborns when the medications are used during … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Medical Malpractice Leads to Birth Injury in New Jersey

Just last month, a New Jersey jury delivered a $450,000 verdict in a medical malpractice case to the parents of a little girl who suffered a birth injury that resulted in Erb's Palsy. Medical Malpractice Attorneys Warn Against Shoulder Dystocia A previous Mininno Law Office blog post (Birth Injuries Caused By Shoulder Dystocia) described the effects of Shoulder Dystocia during birth. Shoulder Dystocia is a very avoidable birth injury that can lead to Klumpke Paralysis, Erb's Palsy, or fetal hypoxia. The New Jersey case involved Shoulder Dystocia during child birth that lead to the tearing of the brachial plexis (a series of nerves … [Read more...]

Medical Malpractice Attorney’s Victory Upheld

An Ohio judge refused to order a new medical malpractice trial at the behest of defense attorneys this past Wednesday in the case of 10 year-old Haley Cobb. Medical Malpractice Attorneys Get Birth Injury Victory Haley Cobb was diagnosed with cerebral palsy shortly after her vaginal birth. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the doctor, Dr. Tara Shipman, should have performed a c-section. Failure to do so caused oxygen deprivation to Haley's brain, and led to cerebral palsy. A 15 day trial in October won Haley's parents, Okey and Debra Cobb, $13.9 million dollars. Also enforced was a $6.5 million dollar settlement the Cobb's … [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...]