Labor trauma can cause birth injuries

A number of birth injuries can result from trauma experienced during the labor and delivery process. Said trauma can result from mistakes on the part of medical professionals attending the birth. Head trauma suffered during delivery can cause several different types of birth injuries, including cephalohematoma, caput succedaneum and epidural hemorrhage. Cerebral palsy, a disability …

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How brain injuries occur during birth

Injuries to a baby’s brain can occur during or shortly after labor and delivery, as a result of three main categories of cause: reduced oxygen, reduced glucose and trauma. A baby in the womb gets its oxygen from its mother, as the mother’s oxygenated blood flows across the placenta and through the umbilical cord. If …

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Research suggests under-reported birth injury

Research suggests that Chiari malformation may be an under-reported birth injury. Chiari malformations are structural problems in the cerebellum, the area of the brain that maintains balance. The cerebellum normally sits above the foramen magnum with parts of the brain stem. The foramen magnum is in the lower back portion of the skull and leads …

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Illinois sees decrease in medical malpractice payouts

In 2013, Medical Malpractice payouts decreased in Illinois, according to research from a medical malpractice insurer. Diedrich Healthcare performed an analysis of 2013 medical malpractice payments that were recorded by the National Practitioner Data Bank. The insurer found that medical malpractice payouts in Illinois decreased by $28 million from 2012 to 2013. The insurer also …

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Eleven million dollar birth injury lawsuit over Topamax stands

In a recent birth injury lawsuit, a jury award of $11 million will stand after a judge denied a defendant’s motion for a new trial. The jury made the award in November 2013 in a lawsuit over birth injuries suffered by a child whose mother, Haley Powell, used the antiepileptic drug Topamax during pregnancy. The …

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Birth Injuries: Three Common Causes

Injuries sustained during birth can cause a child to suffer from serious medical conditions that will alter life for both the child and parents. Even more devastating is the fact that many birth injuries are preventable. Many result from the negligence of medical personnel (otherwise known as medical malpractice). Three of the most common causes …

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Doctors who lose licenses still collect from Medicare

Several doctors who have committed medical malpractice and other offenses to such a degree that they lost their state licenses to practice medicine have been able to practice medicine in other states and to continue billing Medicare for their services. A Bloomberg News investigation found seven doctors who billed Medicare for a total of $6.5 …

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After child’s death, wrongful death lawsuit filed against day care center

The mother of a deceased 14-month-old girl has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. The child died after she was hidden from authorities during a monitoring visit at a day care center. In August 2013, Family & Friends Home Day Care, located in West Garfield Park, was caring for the child when representatives of the Illinois …

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Cerebral Palsy Among Most Common Birth Injuries

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common types of birth injuries, occurring about twice in every 1,000 births. The term “cerebral palsy” encompasses a number of conditions with varying symptoms. However, all types of cerebral palsy include a non-progressive impairment of motor functions that causes a physical disability. Although the main effects of the …

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Nearly $13 million award in birth injury lawsuit

A Michigan woman in a birth injury lawsuit has been awarded almost $13 million by a jury. The lawsuit alleged that Genesys Regional Medical Center made mistakes during the delivery of the woman’s daughter, disfiguring the girl and restricting her from the full use of her arm. The lawsuit stated that during the January 2008 …

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