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What is the ABLE Act?

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

If your child has suffered a birth injury, you should be aware that new legislation has been approved that allows people to place money in accounts similar to college saving plans to cover living expenses. According to the Associated Press, Congress has passed the ABLE Act, which allows for people with disabilities to save money and open tax-free savings accounts. The bill is the most “sweeping legislation to help the disabled in a quarter century.” The bill has received bipartisan support, as Senate passed the measure by a 76-16 vote and the House passed it by an overwhelming majority, 404-17. “This is a monumental, landmark bill,” said Sara Hart Weir, the interim president of the National Down Syndrome Society, according to the AP. ABLE stands for the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act—it is estimated that the legislation will allow an estimated 54 million Americans with disabilities to setup savings…
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Can I File a Shoulder Dystocia Lawsuit?

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to the Alton Telegraph, an Illinois jury awarded a family $1 million after a doctor was accused of injuring a child during a botched delivery attempt. The news source reported that Jamie Rae, of Staunton, filed a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Bailei Rae, who was born March 1, 2011, with a weak, motionless arm. The child reportedly suffered nerve root damage because she was born naturally, rather than through a Cesarean section delivery. According to the Telegraph, the baby weighed 9 pounds, 2 ounces, which is larger than normal and should have warranted a surgical delivery—the child’s shoulder became stuck during delivery, which should not have occurred during a surgical procedure. The jury awarded damages for disfigurement, disability, pain and suffering and past medical expenses and $516,000 for future medical treatment for a total of $1 million, according to the Telegraph. Why Should I Speak to an…
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Cerebral Palsy: Georgia Family Awarded $8.45 Million After Birth Complications

Posted on November 26, 2014 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to, a Georgia jury awarded the family of an injured child $8.45 million recently after hospital workers failed to call an obstetrician and emergency resuscitation team following its delayed birth. The child now reportedly suffers from severe brain injuries including cerebral palsy. The website reported that Jakob Medley was born in Gainesville on November 16, 2008. His umbilical cord was allegedly wrapped around his neck three times, restricting his oxygen and reducing his fetal heart rate; however, hospital staff reportedly failed to notify its resuscitation team promptly about the issues. After his mother’s water broke, a fetal monitor allegedly showed Jakob was experiencing insufficient blood flow. Two midwives who were working his delivery allegedly attempted intrauterine resuscitation, but failed to contact the on-call obstetrician for advice or to perform a cesarean section. The jury reportedly found Northeast Georgia Medical Center negligent in adhering to standards of care while…
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