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Brain damage and traumatic brain injuries in newborns can sometimes be detected by physical appearances, recognized through brain scans, a child’s disposition, or developmental delays. Not all brain damages exhibit physical abnormalities but those that do often have unusually shaped skull structures (quite often a tiny skull size), difficulty focusing the eyes, large forehead, deformed spine, and other facial abnormalities.

Identifying Brain Injuries through Behavioral and Developmental Characteristics

new jersey philadelphia birth defects lawyers Traumatic Brain InjuriesBehavioral differences include excessive fussiness, extended periods of crying, refusal to sleep lying down, or too much or too little sleep. Another common indicator of brain damage is developmental delays. There are typical milestones that are generally expected of young children at specific stages of their life. For instance, there is a general age when most infants begin crawling, rolling over, uttering their first word, and so forth. A child with brain damage may have difficulty reaching these milestones at the typical age. Other symptoms can include body temperature, skin color, breathing patterns, seizures, and other similar indicators.
If your newborn baby suffers from one of the mentioned symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that your baby has brain damage or has suffered a traumatic brain injury. Abnormalities can occur due to wide array of reasons. Brain damage can only be diagnosed by a well-qualified and specialized medical professional. Each individual case varies depending on many factors. Your physician will know your specific situation better than anybody else and he or she will be able to identify any issues your child may be experiencing both externally and internally.

Traumatic Brain Injuries Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Traumatic brain injuries that have caused brain damage can be very detrimental to the health of a young child and it is crucial to identify potential problems as early as possible. If your child has suffered from some sort of brain damage and you believe the problem has been worsened by ineffective medical treatment it is likely you have some questions. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Traumatic brain injuries can vary considerably, especially so in newborn babies who can not verbally describe their pain or symptoms, making diagnosis and treatment more difficult. Some symptoms can be visible early on which helps in early treatment, but some brain injuries do not reveal themselves until later developmental stages.

It is important to understand what brain injury and damage truly is. Generally, brain damage can be defined as:

“injury to the brain that is caused by various conditions, such as head trauma, inadequate oxygen supply, infection, or intracranial hemorrhage, and that may be associated with a behavioral or functional abnormality.”

Brain Damage Poses Increased Problems in Newborns

new jersey philadelphia Brain Damage attorneys variety causes treatmentsBrain damage can be categorized in one of two ways – acquired and traumatic. Acquired brain injuries are those that do not result from external forces. For example, a stroke would cause an acquired brain injury because no outside forces are the cause. Depending on the site of the lesions ( a lesion is any area of tissue or organ that has suffered damage) and severity of the stroke, the brain damage can affect the victim in different ways. Traumatic brain injury is damage that is caused by external forces. A motor vehicle accident, known as MVA to medical professionals, is often the cause of traumatic brain injuries.

These differing types of brain injury will determine the path to treatment and recovery for the victim. Because newborn babies lack the ability to describe their symptoms and pain, brain scans, such as a CT – Computed Tomography – Scan may be used to get an x-ray view of the newborn baby’s brain. These scans can help identify lesions or recognize abnormal brain behavior.

Traumatic Brain Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your loved one has suffered a brain injury and you believe that it can be attributed to the negligence of someone else, it is likely that you have some questions regarding your legal rights. Please contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

The Mininno Law Office blog posted before about groundbreaking new treatment that can help prevent brain injuryand damage from occurring in newborns who have endured traumatic births. Now, that same treatment is being applied to adults who suffer cardiac arrest, reducing their risk of dying or suffering severe and permanent brain injuries.

Therapeutic Hypothermia

Brain Injury Lawyers in NJ and PA The treatment is called therapeutic hypothermia, and it is relatively new in the medical field. Therapeutic hypothermia involves lowering an unconscious patient’s temperature to between 32 and 34 degrees celsius using a “cooling blanket,” a special cap, or a mattress filled with either air or liquid. The aim of the treatment is to cool the patient’s brain and slow the rate of cell damage, therefore preventing irreversible brain injury or damage.

Because of the uncertainty that has surrounded the therapy for so long, not all practitioners provide it. So, while some hospitals do utilize therapeutic hypothermia to help thwart brain damage, other hospitals have yet to see it’s value. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has advised that health care professionals may consider therapeutic hypothermia for patients at risk of brain injury after cardiac arrest, under the hospital’s usual guidelines for experimental medicine.

Professor Bruce Campbell, Chair of the Interventional Procedures Advisory Committee which produced the guidance for NICE, commented on the potential of the new therapy, saying:

“The evidence shows that controlled cooling of selected patients who have suffered cardiac arrest can increase their chances of survival. The therapy can also reduce the risk of severe brain damage, which can occur when blood flow to the brain is disturbed. While the outcomes of therapeutic hypothermia seem to look promising, we still need to find out more about precisely which patients are most likely to benefit from its use. This is why we are encouraging further research in this area.”

Brain Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Traumatic brain injuries and brain damage can change the course of many lives. And when these injuries occur due to the negligence of another, it is normal to feel cheated and owed. Brain injuries can cause the need for expensive and life long treatments and care, things that very few people are prepared to pay for.

If your loved one has suffered a traumatic brain injury, and you believe it was caused by the negligence of another, you probably have many questions your regarding your legal rights. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at 856-833-0600 in New Jersey, or 215-567-2380 in Philadelphia.

The Jersey Journal reported yesterday on a birth injury settlement that took place in Bayonne, New Jersey. The settlement was for $8.5 million dollars and went to the Ordonez family, after negligence caused their son to be born with brain damage, and therefore suffer permanent disabilities.

The Ordonez’s Ordeal

new jersey philadelphia birth injury attorneys win large verdictAccording to Francis Dorrity, the Ordonez’s attorney, Emily was admitted to the Bayonne Medical Center at 1:30 am on August 15, 2005 with the beginning pains of labor. All tests showed a healthy baby. But at 9:32am, the machine monitoring the baby’s heart rate showed a rapid drop from 140 beats per minute to a dangerous 60 beats per minute.

Hospital phone records show that the the delivery room nurse waited nearly a half an hour before she called the attending obstetrician to alert him of the complication. The obstetrician arrived from Staten Island 22 minutes later and waited until 10:55am to perform the 4 minute emergency C-Section.

The babies heart rate fell because of umbilical cord compression, which caused the fetus to be denied adequate oxygen. José Ordonez, now 5, was born with permanent brain damage, leaving him blind, unable to walk or hold his head up, and prone to seizures. José feeds through a straw and will require round-the-clock care for the remainder of his life.

The settlement will provide $6 million dollars to José to pay for his life-long medical care, and $2.5 million will go to his parents for pain and suffering.

José now attends the Concordia Learning Center, and Dorrity says the staff there has helped him tremendously.

“Through their efforts and teaching at Concordia Learning Center this child has seen improvement in the way of cognition and recognition. He responds to voice and touching in ways he didn’t before.”

Birth Injury Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child was injured at birth and you now have questions regarding your legal rights, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the medical malpractice and birth injury attorneys answer any questions you may have.

In New York State, a tremendous verdict was awarded recently to a 24 year old woman who suffers from Cerebral Palsy.

Cerebral Palsy Results After Prolonged Oxygen Deprivation

new jersey philadelphia cerebral palsy attorneys win big verdict new yorkTiffany Busone and her mother sued the Bellevue Maternity Hospital (now known as the Bellevue Women’s Center) for negligently delivering Tiffany on July 15th, 1984. Tiffany was deprived of oxygen for nearly 15 minutes while doctors failed to properly resuscitate her. She now suffers permanent brain damage because of it.

The Saratoga County, six member jury, made up of three men and three women, unianimously agreed to award Tiffany the $43.5 million dollar verdict. The money breaks down to $20 million for home health aides, $15 million for future pain and suffering, $6 million for past pain and suffering, and the remainder for medical expenses and loss of wages.

Tiffany will always require a wheel chair, home health aides, special medical equipment, and, despite her above average intelligence and bachelors degree from Arizona State University, will never be able to hold a job to support herself financially. Her lack of motor skills and permanent brain damage will render her unfit for the workforce.

This verdict will serve to support Tiffany and her mother, who cares for her, for the rest of Tiffany’s life.

Cerebral Palsy Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child suffers from a birth injury or defect such as cerebral palsy, it may be due to medical malpractice or negligence. Contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. The medical malpractice and cerebral palsy attorneys at the Mininno Law Office are here to answer any questions that you may have regarding your legal rights. You can also call at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

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

new jersey philadelphia birth injury attorneys large verdict NY familyDr. 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 drug Pitocin, which is used to induce contractions and help begin labor. The suit claims that Dr. Heltzer kept the mother on Pitocin for far too long, causing excess stress on the baby as a result of relentless contractions. The contractions caused an increase in pressure on the baby’s brain while oxygen and blood flow to the brain slowed, and eventually, Xzavier’s heart stopped.

Xzavier’s mother was in labor for 19 hours, and was on Pitocin for a majority of that time. It was determined that Dr. Heltzer and the Staten Island University Hospital acted negligently in allowing her to remain on the drug for so long. It was also determined that a C-Section should have been executed as opposed to waiting for a vaginal delivery. A lot of the complications Xzavier deals with today could have been avoided had the standard of care been adhered to.

Birth Injury Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child is dealing with complications that stem from a birth injury they received, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may be entitled to compensation for the negligence that caused their injuries. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you the compensation you need and deserve.

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 of forceps, the doctor was able to extract Yehuda, but the infant was limp and unresponsive. He had little to strength, and the outcome looked grim.

new jersey phildelphia attorneys birth injury saving new technology

Infant being treated with brain cooling.

A few hours later, Sara and her husband were offered a new option, one that had only been used on a child at the Hackensack University Medical Center once before; a new technology called cooling therapy. The therapy involved wrapping the infant in a cooling blanket to lower his temperature. The theory is that lowering a newborn’s temperature will slow the brain’s metabolism, brain inflammation, and the release of harmful toxins that can occur after brain injury. Slowing the process is key, as oxygen deprivation takes an extended period of time to do most of it’s damage.

For three days, Yehuda remained in the cooling blanket. After the treatment, “He was amazing,” his mother said. He had minimal bruising on his head, and other than that, was a healthy baby boy.

And while not all babies will respond as Yehuda did, many lives can be saved with this new and quite safe technology.

Birth Injury Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If your child suffered a traumatic brain injury due to negligence in the delivery, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia. Let the birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office work to earn you the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.

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

new jersey philadelphia birth injury attorneys help doctors act negligentlyBirth 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 doctor error. Oxygen deprivation is commonly caused by umbilical cord compression, the improper insertion of an oxygen tube, Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (the baby inahles it’s own fecal matter or amniotic fluid), or excessive time spent in the birth canal.

The events that lead to oxygen deprivation are more often than not caused by doctor error. These errors could include misinterpreting test results, misreading mother or baby vital signs, incorrect use of forceps or vacuum extraction, poorly timed C-Sections, and improper use of force during delivery.

Birth Injury Attorneys in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Doctors are trained to act quickly in the delivery to avoid tragedies like permanent brain damage and death. Sometimes, however, they act negligently and tragedy occurs. If your child was born with a birth injury and you are now facing bills for medical care you were not prepared to provide, and you believe those injuries were brought on by medical negligence, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the birth injury lawyers at the Mininno Law Office work to earn you the compensation you deserve.

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

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys birth injury verdict illinoisEva 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 Eva’s uterine wall. When another physician stepped in to perform a C-Section, it was too late. Eva’s son Angel was born severely brain damaged due to lack of oxygen. Today, Angel cannot walk, talk, or feed himself. He will need constant, life long care.

Eva’s suit named the hospital, as well as the two doctors that attended her. The family doctor who initiated delivery was found to be most negligent, and the hopsital and second physican will also have to contribute seperate sums to the verdict. The money awarded by the jury will fund the expensive care required for the rest Angel’s life.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

If you or a loved one are the victim of medical malpractice, or if you think that conditions your child currently suffers from are due to negligence in the delivery room, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation, or call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.

Let the medical malpractice lawyers at the Mininno Law Office work to earn you the full and fair compensation that you need and deserve.

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.

new jersey philadelphia medical malpractice attorneys big verdict cincinnati familyOn 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 uterus in contracting, and eventually the baby would be expelled. However, because of her mother’s condition, and because of Cassie’s size, which the doctors failed to consider, Cassie’s head became stuck.

After 14 hours of labor, Cassie was finally born by Caesarian Section, but with permanent brain damage. Cassie, now 11, is a spastic quadriplegic, and has limited use of her limbs. The money from the settlement will towards future medical bills, pain and suffering, and Cassie’s future inability to perform normal, daily activities.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers in New Jersey and Philadelphia

Cassie’s parents will have to provide her special and constant care for the rest of her life. She is indeed and special and beautiful child, as all children are, but the kind of care she will require is far more involved than with healthy children. And Cassie will never be able to live a normal life. Dr. Yang’s negligence in the face of clear obstacles is just confusing. Why wait 14 hours to perform a C-Section when it was determined months before that it could possibly be necessary?

If your child is the victim of medical malpractice and birth injuries, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey, or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.
Let the birth injuries lawyers at the Mininno Law Office earn you and your family the full and fair compensation you need and deserve.