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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 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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Service Dogs: An Unusual but Effective Assist for Children with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 14-Nov-2014

    Service dogs can provide tangible and intangible benefits to children they help. There are many adaptations that families of children with cerebral palsy use to provide care to their loved ones. Young children may use adaptive strollers, assisted-standing mechanisms, head and body control apparel, and many other types of orthotic and mechanical assists. However, one avenue that may be of help to ...
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  • African-Americans More Likely to Be Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 6-Nov-2014

    A study from 2010 indicates that infants of African-American mothers may have a higher chance of being diagnosed with cerebral palsy. This increase may to be tied to their greater chances of being born underweight. This supposition is due to the fact that when birth weight is taken out of the equation, African-Americans are actually less likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with the ...
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  • Hemiplegia Awareness Week - October 15-19

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 15-Oct-2014

    The Definition of and Mechanisms that Cause Hemiplegia The week of October 15 is Hemiplegia Awareness Week, and to help educate, we wanted to do a special blog post about the condition that affects many of our clients and millions worldwide. Hemiplegia is a type of cerebral palsy that affects the nervous system of a child by causing paralysis or limited control of movement on one side of the body. ...
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  • October 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 15-Oct-2014

    Today is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day and at 7 p.m. around the world people will light candles to remember babies who were lost during pregnancy and infancy, creating a wave of candles for twenty-four hours. At 7 p.m. no matter what you are doing (and if you're a few minutes late because you're busy changing a diaper or begging someone to brush their teeth, that's okay) ...
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  • Brooklyn Lawmaker to File Suit Following Abuse of Son with Cerebral Palsy

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 3-Oct-2014

    Assemblyman Harvey Wiesenberg Takes Action Following Abuse at Care Facility Harvey Weisenberg has been an advocate for special needs children for many years. As the legislature's most pronounced advocate for disability awareness, he has fought for children and adults with disabilities and attempted to reform the sometimes terrible conditions that they can face at schools and care facilities. ...
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  • Help the USA Disabled Water Ski World Championship Team!

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 4-Sep-2014

    There has been a great deal of attention on the Paralympic athletes and their amazing journeys and accomplishments at this year's games. However, there is another championship event that is dear to our hearts, and we wanted to share with you all a great opportunity to assist some amazing athletes in their quest to bring home the gold. The Water Skiers with Disabilities Association, a sport ...
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  • Our Thoughts on the 2012 Michigan Supreme Court Election

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 9-Oct-2012

    Connie Marie Kelley, Sheila Johnson, and Bridget Mary McCormack: 3 Candidates Who Will Protect the Rights of Children The Chicago birth injury lawyers at Beam & Raymond are so thankful for the continued trust that our clients, prospective clients, and partners place in our firm. We are honored to serve, protect, and fight for children who have been victims of medical negligence. The rights of ...
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