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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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  • The Cost of Raising a Child with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 16-May-2017

    Cerebral palsy is a life-long condition, and one that can create a number of limitations and difficulties for both victims and their families. While the condition has physical and emotional consequences for families, it also has financial repercussions associated with the costs of care and accommodations a child will require for the rest of their lives. At Beam & Raymond, we know that families ...
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  • What Causes Cerebral Palsy in Infants?

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

    Cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition caused by a type of brain damage that happened before, during, or after birth. Cerebral palsy can lead to impairment that affects a child’s ability to control and move their muscles. When it comes to cerebral palsy, parents are rightfully concerned as to how it happened to their child. This question is not always easy to answer. In some cases, ...
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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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  • What Is The Life Expectancy For Those With Cerebral Palsy?

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

    Cerebral palsy is a birth injury that results from brain damage, including brain damage resulting from the negligence of physicians and medical professionals during the delivery process. As a condition that causes permanent movement impairment, cerebral palsy can create a lifetime of limitations and difficulties for victims, as well as for their families. In addition to the many unique issues ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy: Does it Get Worse with Age?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 19-Apr-2017

    Cerebral palsy is a condition that causes permanent movement disorders. Depending on the type of cerebral palsy a person has, and its severity, symptoms may include difficulties with coordination and balance, excessively stiff muscles, weak muscles, and involuntary movement of muscles. Other issues, including problems with speaking, swallowing, hearing, vision, and seizures may also be present. ...
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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 Injury: Did Your Doctor Fail to Perform a C-Section?

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

    A Caesarian section, or C-section, is a medical approach to delivering a child when a mother is unable to do so naturally, or when there are medical concerns that necessitate timely delivery. Over the years, C-sections have become a common medical procedure, involving an incision in the abdomen and uterus. While many people know of C-sections, few may realize that it can be an incredibly important ...
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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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  • Attorney Jack Beam Wins $53 Million Case; Gets 'Mystery Infection' Argument Tossed

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 5-Jan-2017

    A jury has rejected the “unknown infection” argument presented by the defense and awarded more than $50 million to the Ewing family after a birth injury caused Isaiah Ewing’s cerebral palsy. In 2004, Lisa Ewing went to the hospital after noticing her baby was moving less than usual. A first-year resident was able to diagnose fetal distress within minutes, but no practicing doctor ...
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  • Are There Risks Associated with Epidurals?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 8-Oct-2016

    Epidurals are so commonly administered to women in labor that they are often viewed as an expected part of the birth process. While they are generally considered safe, epidurals are not without significant risks and should be considered thoughtfully and carefully before determining if they are right for you. What are the Potential Problems Epidurals Can Cause? Epidurals work by interrupting nerve ...
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  • Cerebral Palsy and Doctor Negligence

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 12-Sep-2016

    Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious types of birth injury. Although a number of factors can lead to cerebral palsy, insufficient oxygen during labor and delivery is the most prominent. The important question, however, is why a baby didn’t get enough oxygen at birth. Your Doctor’s Action (or Inaction) Can Lead to a Serious Birth Injury Few injuries are more devastating than the ...
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  • The Risks of Sub-Standard Fetal Heart Rate Monitoring

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 6-Sep-2016

    During labor and delivery, doctors should monitor your baby’s heartbeat with an electronic fetal heart rate monitor. Fetal heartrate monitoring can save unborn babies from serious, neurological injury. Failing to carefully monitor the baby’s heartrate, can cause serious health complications, including oxygen deprivation, brain damage, and cerebral palsy. Proper monitoring is ...
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  • Birth Trauma: Thrombosis of the Middle Cerebral Artery

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 13-Jul-2016

    Cerebral infarction (“stroke”) is a rare but serious condition that can result when doctors improperly use tools such as forceps or vacuum during delivery to assist difficult birth. In a neurology article from 1980 written by Uros Roessmann, M.D. and R. Tyler Miller, J.M.S., a case study is presented in which a baby girl suffered a middle cerebral artery occlusion after a high forceps ...
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  • Beam & Raymond Announces $53 Million Verdict Against the University of Chicago Hospital

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 30-Jun-2016

    This morning, a family was awarded $53 million after their son’s birth at the University of Chicago Hospital resulted in serious brain damage. Reports state this is the largest medical malpractice settlement in the history of Cook County. The family was represented by Attorney Jack Beam and Attorney Doug Raymond of Beam & Raymond, as well as Attorney Geoffrey Fieger. The boy, Isaiah ...
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  • Who Can I Hold Accountable After a Birth Injury?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond Associates || 18-Nov-2015

    Birth injury lawsuits, much like other medical malpractice claims, involve negligence on the part of doctors, medical professionals and/or providers. When it comes to many birth injury cases, liability isn’t always straightforward. In fact, determining who or what is responsible for your child’s damages is the first—and often most difficult—step toward justice. You Can Hold ...
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  • What are Your Legal Options After a C-Section Error?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 28-Sep-2015

    Births by Cesarean section (commonly referred to as C-sections) make up approximately 20 percent of births in the United States, and this number is climbing. While most doctors are competent in performing this type of procedure, mistakes can happen when doctors are negligent or unskilled. What is a C-Section? Why is it Necessary? When a mother is unable to give birth to her baby naturally, a ...
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  • Spinal Cord Injuries in Newborns: How it Happens and What to Do

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 25-Sep-2015

    A spinal cord injury during birth can affect the rest of a child’s life, leaving them with a number of lasting medical issues. According to Boston Children’s Hospital, roughly 60 to 75 percent of spinal cord injuries in newborns affect the neck area, 20 percent occur in the chest or upper back area, and 5 to 20 percent affect the spinal cord area of the lower back. Typically, the ...
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  • Causes of Brachial Plexus Injuries

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 19-Aug-2015

    An injury to the brachial plexus can be a devastating, life-changing injury to a child that occurs during birth. To identify these types of injuries, it's first important to examine what the cause of the birth injury is. The brachial plexus is a nerve network that travels from the spinal column, through the neck, and out through the shoulder and into the arms. It essentially functions as a ...
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  • Oversight, Education and Therapy: Not "Optional" for Children with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 13-Aug-2015

    There isn't any argument about two fundamental ideas regarding the care and treatment of those with cerebral palsy : first, the best care in both therapies and education can help assist those with CP to reach their full potential, just as it does with anyone. Secondly, the therapies, assistance, special education support, and sometimes, 24-hour care required for those with more severe cases of ...
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