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Cerebral Palsy: Family Awarded $20.6 Million After Botched Delivery

Posted on October 8, 2014 by Daniel Fearson

As we have reported in our blog previously, the failure of a healthcare provider to respond reasonably and accurately to situations that may arise during the birth of your child can have devastating consequences.  Many birth injuries, including cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy and brain damage, are the result of doctor errors and/or issues with delays. It should be noted that issues like a delay in ordering a caesarian (C-) section or a physician erroneously using forceps or a vacuum extractor can result in a child suffering injuries that can haunt him or her for life. Sadly, this is not uncommon. Recently, a Maryland appeals court upheld a $20.6 million verdict for a family whose son was born with cerebral palsy. The Maryland Daily Record reported recently that an appeals court upheld Shantiah and Joel Norfleet’s case. The Norfleet’s were awarded the money after their son Jaylan’s obstetrician failed to perform a prompt…
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Could Premature Birth Problems Be Helped By Naturally-Produced Glue?

Posted on September 22, 2014 by

Birth Trauma Attorneys Look at an Exciting New Development Fetoscopy is a procedure performed which allows an obstetrician access to the developing fetus during pregnancy. A tiny incision is made in the mother’s abdomen, and a fetoscope—a long, wand-like instrument with a minuscule camera in its end—is inserted into the amniotic cavity. Using this method, a doctor can also monitor the umbilical cord and the fetal side of the placenta. Fetoscopy allows surgeons to check the fetus for anatomical abnormalities and makes medical intervention possible in cases of emergency. Unfortunately, a common problem in fetoscopy is the rupturing of the fetal membrane—the sac containing the developing baby—during the procedure. To make room for the fetoscope, a pathway to the fetal sac must be created using a device with a sharp tip. Far too often, this tool punctures the fetal membrane, which can cause a leak of amniotic fluid. This in…
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Are There Laws About When Birth Injury Lawsuits Can Be Filed?

Posted on September 17, 2014 by

We often like to remind our readers that time is of the essence when it comes to birth injury and medical malpractice claims, as there are laws in each state regarding periods when lawsuits can be filed. The last thing you need if your child has suffered birth injuries is to be turned down by the legal system because of outrageous tort reform laws. Unfortunately, earlier this year, the Texas Supreme Court upheld state tort reform laws, which ban medical malpractice lawsuits from being filed more than 10 years after an injury takes place. The ruling came after a teenager was born with severe brain damage and her parents failed to act on her behalf over her birth injuries. According to the Austin Statesman, the girl attempted to sue an El Paso doctor and hospital after her mother failed to do so in a reasonable period of time. Madeline Rodriguez…
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