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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 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Medical Errors: Don't Get Sick in July!

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

    The "July Effect": New Residents and New Obstacles If you've been feeling under the weather as of late, you may soon be able to breathe a big sigh of relief, according to Nurse Theresa Brown. Citing to two recently published studies in her July 15 New York Times column, Brown, who is an oncology nurse, discusses what has been referred to as the "July Effect" that takes ...
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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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  • California Cap on Malpractice Damages in California Hurts Women

    Posted By Beam & Raymond || 23-Jun-2015

    Fifteen California women who were affected by medical malpractice have sent a letter to the leadership of Planned Parenthood, asking the women's health organization to change its stance on caps on non-economic damages that exist in California. The letter states: "The outdated cap is unfair to many who have suffered medical harm, regardless of gender…but it has a disproportionate ...
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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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  • 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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  • Missouri Supreme Court Overturns Damage Caps in Birth Injury Cases

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

    Child Diagnosed With Cerebral Palsy Due to Medical Malpractice and Negligence Given Justice On Tuesday, July 31, 2012, the Missouri Supreme Court overturned the cap on non-economic damages that can be awarded to plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases. This opinion reverses a 20 year-old Supreme Court decision that upheld the caps in a case where they were previously challenged. The case at issue ...
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