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  • Preventing Infant Cerebral Ischemia: What You Should Know

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 9-Oct-2017

    Infant cerebral ischemia, or brain ischemia, is a condition in which there is not enough blood flow to a baby’s brain. Because blood carries oxygen and nutrients, a brain deprived of blood is also deprived of oxygen. When this occurs during labor or delivery, reduced blood and oxygen flow can cause cells in the brain to die, which can result is serious and permanent brain damage – even ...
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  • Understanding "Fetal Stroke" and How Negligence during Labor and Delivery can Cause Strokes

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 27-Sep-2017

    What is a stroke? It is a term used to mean that part of the brain has been damaged or destroyed because of a lack of blood flow and oxygen. Many people may not know that babies face the risk of getting a stroke during labor if there is not enough oxygen. “Fetal stroke” is a term sometimes used to describe a brain infarct, which is damage to the brain tissue itself, that can occur ...
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  • How Do Doctors Diagnose Oxygen Deprivation During Delivery?

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

    Oxygen deprivation during delivery significantly increases the risks of newborns suffering developmental delays, brain damage, and serious conditions that create a lifetime of medical and financial needs. In the most severe cases, newborns can suffer from permanent impairment, cerebral palsy, and complications that can shorten their lifespan or result in death. When it comes to oxygen deprivation, ...
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  • Can Lack of Oxygen During Birth Cause Developmental Delays?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 15-Sep-2017

    Oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, is a known and substantial risk during labor and delivery. When babies suffer from a lack of oxygen, they can experience significant short- and long-term health consequences, including lifelong disabilities and developmental delays. In the most severe cases, oxygen deprivation or anoxia – the term used to describe no oxygen reaching the brain – ...
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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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  • How to Establish Fault for a Birth Injury

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

    Birth injury lawsuits are governed by medical malpractice, a system of liability that holds medical professionals financially liable for preventable injuries caused by negligence and substandard care. Civil legal actions are centered on negligence. Therefore, birth injury lawsuits must meet several legal elements to prove that a medical professional was negligent in treating a patient, and that ...
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  • Can You Sue A Midwife For Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 17-Aug-2017

    Midwives are a common option for pregnant mothers who prioritize the natural aspects of childbirth, especially when they prefer home births or private birthing centers over childbirth in a hospital. Although midwifery models of care aim to minimize technological intervention in favor of more natural support and comprehensive care, midwives are still trained and licensed medical professionals. As ...
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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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  • Beam & Raymond Win $15M Settlement for Brain Damage Birth Injury Case

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 26-Jul-2017

    A 6-year-old girl with cerebral palsy finally saw closure for her birth injury case, resulting in a $15 million settlement in her favor. Our client, Nyelle Brown, suffered severe brain damage during her delivery in 2011. After filing a 2013 medical malpractice lawsuit against a Chicago land hospital, her family alleged the Chicago Heights hospital had not delivered her soon enough, resulting in an ...
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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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  • 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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