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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beam & Raymond Celebrates Red Nose Day

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 25-May-2016

    Red Nose Day is a global day of “FUN-raising” with a mission to drive positive change through the power of entertainment and is commonly observed in the United States with the sale of red foam noses from local Walgreens. The campaign’s objective is to raise awareness and money for children in poverty. All proceeds support various projects that ensure that children and young ...
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  • Microcephaly Caused By Perinatal Hypoxia Compared To Microcephaly Caused By Zika Virus

    Posted By Beam & Raymond Associates || 15-Feb-2016

    There are many causes of microcephaly. Whatever the cause, it is an incurable condition. It carries catastrophic consequences for its victims and their families. At Beam & Raymond many of our children suffer from microcephaly in addition to cerebral palsy. In the case of our clients their microcephaly is usually caused by hypoxia and ischemia during labor and delivery. These babies will be ...
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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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  • Medical Instruments: How Do They Cause Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 1-Aug-2015

    Recently, the preferred method of expediting the delivery of infants who experience difficulties in labor or at birth has changed. In the past, doctors would sometimes apply medical forceps to assist in "guiding" an infant through a difficult or prolonged labor and birth. However, while the overall rate of operative-assisted vaginal delivery has remained stable over the last ten years, ...
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  • Arrest of Descent and Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 24-Jul-2015

    The Relationship Between CPD/Cord, Head Compression, and Diminished Fetal Oxygen Reserves What is Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD)? Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD) is a condition that occurs when there is a size discrepancy between the maternal pelvis and the fetal head such that the baby's head is too large to pass through the mother's pelvis. Cephalopelvic disproportion occurs when ...
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  • Recent Research on Pitocin and Tachysystole

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 4-Jul-2015

    Hyperstimulation or tachysystole are terms that define some of the ways that the uterus can be overstimulated during labor. During the process of labor and delivery, a mother will release endogenous oxytocin, which stimulates uterine contractions and helps to progress the process of labor and eventual delivery of a baby. However, in recent years, the use of artificial oxytocin, marketed as " ...
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  • Operative Delivery by Forceps or Vacuum and Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 26-Jun-2015

    Operative Delivery Via Forceps or Vacuum is Linked to Cerebral Palsy The use of devices, such as forceps or a vacuum (known as a "ventouse"), is a common method that doctors use to assist in the process of a difficult delivery. Generally speaking, forceps and vacuums are used to grasp an infant's head when a doctor is having difficulty delivering the child and help gently remove the ...
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  • Special Adaptations Allow Farmer with Cerebral Palsy to Grow Successful Business

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 20-Jun-2015

    Farm Serves as Occupational Therapy Education Site As Well As Impetus for Scholarship Fund Harlan K. Temple, a successful businessman and farmer, and his wife Rita Temple are residents of Davis, South Dakota. Together, they run a 230-acre farm. Corn, soybeans, and alfalfa are the crops of choice on this massive land plot. Mr. Temple is hardly your typical farmer, however. Temple has cerebral palsy ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Victim Deemed "Too Prejudicial" to be Present for Her Own Case at Trial

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

    Supreme Court Reverses Decision on Appeal, Remands for New Trial A Georgia trial judge decided that the physical attributes of a young girl with cerebral palsy might cause too much of a stir among jurors at a trial for medical negligence, and excluded her from being present during the proceedings. Her lawyers disagreed, and took the case to the Court of Appeals. The Court of Appeals affirmed that ...
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  • Resuscitation Measures, Birth Injuries, and Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 29-Jan-2015

    When a problem with oxygenation occurs around the time of a baby's birth, complications may arise that last a lifetime. Physical trauma from overuse of Pitocin, a powerful drug used to stimulate contraction activity, naturally excessive contraction activity that reduces fetal oxygenation, or other issues with utero-placental insufficiency that cause hypoxia or stress in utero can create a need ...
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  • The Relationship Between Metabolic Acidosis and Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Jan-2015

    When a newborn exhibits certain signs of distress prior to birth, it's important for health care providers to try to determine whether that distress will, in the end, cause problems for a child's development. A troubling fetal heart rate pattern, the presence of meconium at birth, a difficult or protracted labor, overuse of drugs such as oxytocin ( Pitocin ), and the use of instruments ...
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  • Beam & Raymond Settles Michigan Birth Injury Lawsuit for $8 Million

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 13-Dec-2014

    Award Will Provide Lifetime Care for Child with Cerebral Palsy Beam & Raymond has again successfully represented and obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a child who was injured due to the deliberate indifference of her serious medical condition. Plaintiff, a minor, by and through her Conservator, filed a claim for damages against Defendant, the County of Wayne, for violating her ...
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  • The Costs of Accessible Living for Those with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 1-Dec-2014

    Grants Help Some, But Not All Caring for a child with special needs, such as cerebral palsy, carries a number of costs. Some of these costs are recurring: food, medicine, and other consumables must be purchased monthly, and the lifetime cost of this care can be extremely high. However, the immediate costs of items such as accessible housing, wheelchairs, and a vehicle equipped to handle a ...
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