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  • The Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 30-Aug-2017

    Pregnancy and childbirth have inherent risks for babies. Some of these risks involve injuries that could and should have been prevented if not for negligence. These types of preventable injuries are why victims and families file birth injury lawsuits. However, there are also some injuries and complications that are not caused by preventable negligence or substandard care. When families explore ...
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  • Did Your Doctor Fail To Detect A Complication in Time?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Aug-2017

    When many people think of medical malpractice and patient injuries, they tend to think of physicians who cause direct injuries to the individuals they treat. These may include medication errors involving the wrong drug being given to a patient, or surgical errors in which instruments are left behind or nearby organs are damaged. While these are certainly examples of medical malpractice, they are ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy & Language Development

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 3-Aug-2017

    Communication is vital to a child’s wellbeing and development, but children with cerebral palsy may struggle to develop their language skills as easily as other children. About 20% of children with cerebral palsy have severe communication impairment, but many children diagnosed with cerebral palsy experience some level of speech disruption. It is important to support the development of ...
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  • The Connection Between Nuchal Cord and Birth Asphyxia

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 25-Jul-2017

    A nuchal cord refers to an umbilical cord that has wrapped around a baby’s neck. As a complication that occur in roughly 20 to 30 percent of pregnancies, a nuchal cord may or may not have an adverse effect on newborns. However, it does increase risks of birth injuries, including those resulting from lowered blood flow and birth asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation. Although a nuchal cord cannot ...
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  • What Research Is Being Conducted Regarding Cerebral Palsy Treatment & Prevention?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 20-Jul-2017

    Many of our blogs have focused on cerebral palsy, a group of movement disorders that may result from brain damage during labor or birth. This includes information about diagnosing cerebral palsy, the costs of raising a child with the condition, and health concerns associated with cerebral palsy as children age, among others. In this blog we will discuss ongoing research into cerebral palsy ...
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  • How Long Can a Baby Survive Without Oxygen At Birth?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Jul-2017

    In a previous blog, we detailed the long-term effects of birth asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation, that occurs during labor and delivery. The longer oxygen deprivation lasts, and the more severe it is, babies are exposed to increased risks of serious brain damage, life-altering conditions such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), and even death. As such, it becomes critical that treating medical ...
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  • What Are the Long-Term Effects of Birth Asphyxia?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 10-Jul-2017

    Birth asphyxia, or perinatal asphyxia, refers to oxygen deprivation during labor or delivery long enough to cause physical harm, and particularly brain damage. This oxygen deprivation can result from many factors, including excessive contractions, umbilical cord compression, preeclampsia, and instances of medical malpractice, including failure to respond to fetal distress in a timely or ...
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  • At What Age Can Cerebral Palsy Be Diagnosed?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 28-Jun-2017

    Cerebral palsy refers to permanent movement disorders that can result from birth injury, and particularly from brain damage that occurs during or shortly after birth. This brain damage may be caused by failures to perform a timely C-section, failures to diagnose or treat certain conditions (infections, hypoglycemia, seizures, etc.), or by other instances of negligence which results in oxygen ...
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  • How Much Compensation Can You Recover In A Birth Injury Lawsuit?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 23-Jun-2017

    Following preventable birth injuries, victims and families have the right to hold negligent medical care providers liable for the damages they caused. Given the profound physical, financial, and emotional toll that coincides with birth injuries, especially injuries that result in long-term or permanent impairment, these cases can provide families with the opportunity to recover substantial ...
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  • How Can You Establish the Cause Of Your Child's Brain Injury?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 6-May-2017

    Brain injuries are among the most concerning physical injuries babies can suffer during birth, and they often have devastating consequences. While some infant brain injuries might result from unpreventable causes, such as infections in the mother or undetectable issues, others result from preventable medical negligence. This negligence can take many forms, including failures to properly monitor a ...
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  • What Types of Birth Injuries Can Be Caused By Forceps & Vacuums?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 1-May-2017

    When labor and delivery become difficult, medical professionals often use medical instruments to facilitate the birthing process. Commonly, these include forceps and vacuum extractors. While they can be effective in assisting with a vaginal birth, they are not without their risks especially if a cesarean section should have been used to deliver. In fact, when used improperly or when used in an ...
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  • Birth Injury: Did Your Doctor Fail To Perform Hypothermia Therapy?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Apr-2017

    Hypothermia therapy, or head cooling, is a medical approach used to mitigate the effects of oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, during birth. When a baby suffers from oxygen deprivation, there are substantial risks for brain damage. Hypothermia therapy works by slowing the spread of damage between brain cells, delaying or preventing death of brain cells, and minimizing the degeneration of brain cells ...
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  • Birth Injuries May Be Preventable

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 29-Mar-2017

    As Chicago birth injury attorneys, we understand that families may be concerned about the delivery process and the safety of mothers and children. Medical technology allows doctors, nurses, and hospital staff to monitor the mother during labor. It can provide families some reassurance that labor and delivery will be uncomplicated and handled seamlessly. What is unfortunate, though, is that many ...
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  • California Parents Sue Maker of Zofran® for Birth Defects Suffered by Infant Daughter

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 5-Oct-2016

    The parents of a girl born with a serious heart defect recently filed suit against pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline LLC, the makers of a powerful anti-nausea drug called Zofran, which they allege caused her condition. The lawsuit, which seeks compensatory and punitive damages for misrepresentation, negligence, breach of warranty, concealment, and violations of California state law, was filed ...
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