Birth Injury and Cerebral Palsy Attorneys – Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP Birth Trauma Law http://www.birthtraumalaw.com Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:35:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Forceps and Vacuum Deliveries Lead to Higher Rates of Trauma http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/forceps-vacuum-deliveries-lead-higher-rates-trauma/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 18:35:19 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8446 A new study allegedly confirms that midpelvic forceps and midpelvic vacuum deliveries lead to higher rates of birth trauma when compared to C-section deliveries. The news comes from the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). To view the Science News synopsis of the study, you can click on the source link at the bottom of this page. It is discouraging information, as according to the report, in 2014, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encouraged the increased use of forceps and vacuums during labor to reduce the need for surgical procedures. Of the more than 187,000 deliveries investigated in Canada from 2003-13 (including all midpelvic live or stillbirths via forceps or vacuum and cesarean delivery) between 37 and 41 weeks, more than 76,000 women had further medical interventions because of “poor uterine contractions.” Researchers discovered that in births not involving fetal distress, “severe complications for the baby were 80 percent...
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A new study allegedly confirms that midpelvic forceps and midpelvic vacuum deliveries lead to higher rates of birth trauma when compared to C-section deliveries.

The news comes from the CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). To view the Science News synopsis of the study, you can click on the source link at the bottom of this page.

It is discouraging information, as according to the report, in 2014, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists encouraged the increased use of forceps and vacuums during labor to reduce the need for surgical procedures.

Of the more than 187,000 deliveries investigated in Canada from 2003-13 (including all midpelvic live or stillbirths via forceps or vacuum and cesarean delivery) between 37 and 41 weeks, more than 76,000 women had further medical interventions because of “poor uterine contractions.”

Researchers discovered that in births not involving fetal distress, “severe complications for the baby were 80 percent higher following midpelvic forceps and midpelvic vacuum compared with cesarean delivery.” They found that the birth-trauma rate was “five- to ten-fold higher in deliveries by midpelvic forceps and midpelvic vacuum compared with cesarean delivery.”

“It is important to understand that similar to cesarean deliveries, midpelvic forceps and vacuum deliveries are invasive procedures with their own risks — risks that we have now quantified and that should be communicated to women who may encounter them, especially when the risk is as high as one in five,” the lead author of the study said, according to Science Daily.

Birth Trauma Can Have Devastating Consequences

During the birthing process, your doctor has a duty to address and warn you about any potential delivery complications.

Birth trauma can lead to serious shoulder, neck and brain injuries, bruising, permanent indentations, cranial damage, and excessive blood loss or cephalohematoma. It can also lead to death.

If you believe your doctor or healthcare provider acted negligently during the birth of your child, please reach out to us today. We may be able to help you recover damages to pay for future medical costs.

Remember, our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is highly quali­fied to handle birth injury cases.

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Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170605085351.htm

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Doctor Answers Phone During Delivery, Child Suffers Brain Damage http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/doctor-answers-phone-delivery-child-suffers-brain-damage/ Mon, 29 May 2017 14:53:00 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8437 A Miami doctor was recently sued for $33.8 million following a botched delivery in which the parents of a child say it suffered from brain damage while the physician took a call from his stockbroker. The Miami Herald reported earlier this year that an obstetrician failed to adequately care for his patients during a 90 minute delivery in 2013, making a series of missteps. The doctor allegedly spoke on the phone with his stockbroker for eight minutes and walked away from the delivery room several times. After the child was delivered, he reportedly had a blue complexion and his limbs were limp. He reportedly suffered from a lack of oxygen and brain damage during the delivery process. The doctor alleged that the mother was not pushing hard enough during the child’s birth and that she refused a C-section, leading to the complications. However, it was later reported that a nurse...
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A Miami doctor was recently sued for $33.8 million following a botched delivery in which the parents of a child say it suffered from brain damage while the physician took a call from his stockbroker. Birth Trauma

The Miami Herald reported earlier this year that an obstetrician failed to adequately care for his patients during a 90 minute delivery in 2013, making a series of missteps. The doctor allegedly spoke on the phone with his stockbroker for eight minutes and walked away from the delivery room several times.

After the child was delivered, he reportedly had a blue complexion and his limbs were limp. He reportedly suffered from a lack of oxygen and brain damage during the delivery process. The doctor alleged that the mother was not pushing hard enough during the child’s birth and that she refused a C-section, leading to the complications. However, it was later reported that a nurse gave testimony during the trial that the doctor falsified notes in medical records about the delivery.

The child will now need around the clock medical care. “Not one time did he apologize,” the child’s mother said, about the doctor. “He didn’t care. He kept going on with his lies. He blamed me.”

To read the Herald story, you can click on the source link below.

Delivery Complications Can Have Long-Term Consequences

As noted in this story, brain injuries brought on by malpractice present significant obstacles to both the individual living with the disability and his or her loved ones later in life. Parents are often presented with substantial financial obstacles, as they are forced to pay for therapy, as well as other forms of medical treatment throughout a victim’s lifetime.

This is why the damages awarded in medical malpractice lawsuits are vital. Caring for someone with a brain injury can be extremely hard and financial assistance can help improve the life of a person suffering greatly. Additionally, lawsuits can hold providers liable for egregious mistakes or a lack of care.

If your loved one needs around the clock care due to a birth injury, contact our birth trauma attorneys. Our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is uniquely quali­fied to handle birth injury cases.

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Source: http://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/national/article147596734.html

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Cerebral Palsy: Family Awarded $14.5 Million Following Botched Delivery http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/cerebral-palsy-family-awarded-14-5-million-following-botched-delivery/ Tue, 18 Apr 2017 18:49:06 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8426 A Pennsylvania jury recently awarded a family $14.5 million following a botched delivery that allegedly resulted in a cerebral palsy diagnosis for a child. According to the Legal Intelligencer, a federal jury awarded a couple the damages in January. The medical malpractice lawsuit claimed that the mother of the child was admitted to Clearfield Hospital in 2012, and that doctors failed to notice that her dilation and contractions had been progressing. The lawsuit claimed that the mother was administered Pitocin to accelerate the birthing process, but was given an inappropriate dose of the medication. It claimed that after it was administered, the child’s heart rate slowed down to about 60 beats per minute. The mother was allegedly given the drug for the rest of the delivery. Eventually, the baby’s head began to crown, which the lawsuit claims should have led to a delivery. However, the doctor involved allegedly failed to...
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A Pennsylvania jury recently awarded a family $14.5 million following a botched delivery that allegedly resulted in a cerebral palsy diagnosis for a child. Image of child in wheelchair

According to the Legal Intelligencer, a federal jury awarded a couple the damages in January. The medical malpractice lawsuit claimed that the mother of the child was admitted to Clearfield Hospital in 2012, and that doctors failed to notice that her dilation and contractions had been progressing.

The lawsuit claimed that the mother was administered Pitocin to accelerate the birthing process, but was given an inappropriate dose of the medication. It claimed that after it was administered, the child’s heart rate slowed down to about 60 beats per minute. The mother was allegedly given the drug for the rest of the delivery.

Eventually, the baby’s head began to crown, which the lawsuit claims should have led to a delivery. However, the doctor involved allegedly failed to deliver the child for 10 minutes, leading to its brain injuries.

After the child’s birth, it developed spastic tetraparesis cerebral palsy. The parents claimed in the lawsuit that the child now needs 24-hour care, and that their home needs to be equipped with ramps and lifts.

Botched Deliveries Have Long-Term Consequences

As noted through this case, cerebral palsy can present significant obstacles to both an individual living with the disability and his or her loved ones.

Parents are often presented with substantial financial obstacles, as they are forced to pay for occupational and physical therapy, as well as other forms of medical treatment throughout an individual’s life.

This is why the damages awarded in birth injury lawsuits are so vital. Although the difficulty of caring for someone with cerebral palsy can be extremely hard, financial assistance can help improve the life of a person suffering greatly.

If your loved one is living with cerebral palsy from a birth injury, contact our birth trauma attorneys. We have years of experience fighting for compensation on behalf of families affected by medical negligence. Our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is uniquely quali­fied to handle birth injury cases.

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Source: http://www.thelegalintelligencer.com/id=1202777968196/Western-Pa-Federal-Jury-Awards-145M-Over-Birth-Injury?mcode=0&curindex=0&curpage=ALL

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Doctor Accused of Drinking Prior to Botched Delivery http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/doctor-accused-drinking-prior-botched-delivery/ Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:45:49 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8422 KTNV-TV reports that a Las Vegas doctor has been accused of drinking prior to the birth of a child who suffered severe injuries.  The news outlet reports that video shows Dr. Frank DeLee allegedly discussing leaving a bar just before delivering a baby. In the video, the doctor can be heard saying “wasn’t that many people in the bar when I left.” A nurse also reportedly asks the doctor if he wasted a drink. The doctor was speaking to the nurse while the mother of the child was in induced labor and facing a possible C-section. The incident took place at Sunrise Hospital in May 2015. The family of the expecting mother was recording the birthing process with a cell phone video when the conversation was picked up. DeLee reportedly discusses tequila with the nurse. It is also alleged that he showed up to the hospital in Bermuda shorts and...
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KTNV-TV reports that a Las Vegas doctor has been accused of drinking prior to the birth of a child who suffered severe injuries. Photo of baby

The news outlet reports that video shows Dr. Frank DeLee allegedly discussing leaving a bar just before delivering a baby. In the video, the doctor can be heard saying “wasn’t that many people in the bar when I left.”

A nurse also reportedly asks the doctor if he wasted a drink. The doctor was speaking to the nurse while the mother of the child was in induced labor and facing a possible C-section. The incident took place at Sunrise Hospital in May 2015.

The family of the expecting mother was recording the birthing process with a cell phone video when the conversation was picked up. DeLee reportedly discusses tequila with the nurse. It is also alleged that he showed up to the hospital in Bermuda shorts and was barefooted.

The mother claims that as the delivery was taking place, she kept telling the doctor she thought her epidural was wearing off as she could feel things and that his response was “lift your fat ass up”.

“It was just jaw dropping,” the mother said, according to KTNV. “I just couldn’t fathom why all this was going on in the midst of me having a child.”

DeLee would not comment on the allegations when contacted by the news source. In a birth injury lawsuit, the family alleges that the doctor’s actions caused their child to suffer Erb’s Palsy. It claims that medical experts have determined that the doctor used “inappropriate techniques by pulling” on the child’s arms. The lawsuit alleges DeLee “failed to diagnose and recognize the pressure of shoulder dystocia.”

Aside from the doctor, the family has also named the hospital and nurses in the lawsuit.

KTNV reports that DeLee has a “half dozen reports of possible malpractice involving insurance payouts and settlements totaling more than $2.7 million.”

Malpractice During the Birthing Process Can Have Long-Term Consequences

This story is alarming—doctors have a duty to make sure they are prepared to provide medical attention when they are called into work. Medical malpractice during the birthing process can lead to deformities, brain damage, cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia.

If your child suffered an injury due to the negligence of a doctor or hospital, our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is highly qualified to handle medical malpractice cases. Contact us so we can potentially provide you with the legal advice and representation you need.

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Actor’s Son Dies Following Delayed C-Section http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/actors-son-dies-following-delayed-c-section/ Fri, 27 Jan 2017 20:25:28 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8413 Tragically, according to the British media, the son of actor Jamie King, who has appeared on The Tudors, died recently from severe brain damage following his birth.  According to the Telegraph, the mother involved in the birth had her C-Section delayed for 12 hours and the actor apparently believes it lead to his son’s fatal injuries. According the news source, the boy lived just five days earlier this month following his birth. A coroner ruled that the boy was “born in poor condition and died due to a delay in his delivery,” the news outlet reported. The child was allegedly deprived of oxygen during the birthing process, leading to severe brain injuries. King is now urging couples to take notes during deliveries to avoid conflicts with healthcare providers. England has NHS, which provides services for citizens, and the actor has told reporters that parents should be cautious so “no one...
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Tragically, according to the British media, the son of actor Jamie King, who has appeared on The Tudors, died recently from severe brain damage following his birth. Image of baby hand

According to the Telegraph, the mother involved in the birth had her C-Section delayed for 12 hours and the actor apparently believes it lead to his son’s fatal injuries.

According the news source, the boy lived just five days earlier this month following his birth. A coroner ruled that the boy was “born in poor condition and died due to a delay in his delivery,” the news outlet reported. The child was allegedly deprived of oxygen during the birthing process, leading to severe brain injuries.

King is now urging couples to take notes during deliveries to avoid conflicts with healthcare providers. England has NHS, which provides services for citizens, and the actor has told reporters that parents should be cautious so “no one can twist your story”.

To read about the actor’s ongoing situation, you can click on the source link below. He said he will continue to speak out about delivery malpractice in the country to raise awareness.

Delays During Childbirth Can Be Fatal

This story is a sad reminder that delays by providers during childbirth can be fatal or lead to serious injuries. Botched deliveries occur worldwide, as delays resulting from the failure to order a C-Section in a timely manner include deformities, brain damage, cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy and shoulder dystocia.

Medical providers have a duty to make sure procedures are completed in a timely manner. The failure to do so can devastate a family forever, leaving it in a difficult financial situation and/or emotionally drained. No family should have to grieve over the loss of a child due to medical errors or suffer financially.

If your child suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is especially quali­fied to handle medical malpractice cases. We provide services with unique legal expertise.

Our firm is well versed in birth injury law and each birth trauma attorney can provide you with the legal advice and representation you need to successfully pursue a case.

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Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/17/baby-son-tudors-star-died-brain-damage-hospital-staff-delayed/

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Here’s What You Need to Know About Forceps Injuries http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/heres-need-know-forceps-injuries/ Sat, 07 Jan 2017 15:43:04 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8405 Brain injuries to children during birth are heartbreaking, often resulting in undue stress on both the child and his or her parents. Among the way newborns can suffer brain injuries during birth include the use of forceps during the wrong stage of labor or with unnecessary force. A doctor can harm a child tremendously, giving it a brain injury, bruising, permanent indentations, severe cranial damage, excessive blood loss or cephalohematoma. Some of these injuries, such as subgaleal hemorrhages are fatal and difficult to recognize in newborns. According to the Mayo Clinic, possible risks to forceps use include: Facial injuries due to the pressure Temporary weakness in the facial muscles Minor external eye trauma Skull fracture Bleeding within the skull Seizures Additionally, the use of forceps can hurt a woman during the delivery process, with injuries that can include genital tract tears and wounds, short-term or long-term urinary or fecal incontinence,...
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Brain injuries to children during birth are heartbreaking, often resulting in undue stress on both the child and his or her parents. Among the way newborns can suffer brain injuries during birth include the use of forceps during the wrong stage of labor or with unnecessary force. Birth Trauma

A doctor can harm a child tremendously, giving it a brain injury, bruising, permanent indentations, severe cranial damage, excessive blood loss or cephalohematoma. Some of these injuries, such as subgaleal hemorrhages are fatal and difficult to recognize in newborns.

According to the Mayo Clinic, possible risks to forceps use include:

  • Facial injuries due to the pressure
  • Temporary weakness in the facial muscles
  • Minor external eye trauma
  • Skull fracture
  • Bleeding within the skull
  • Seizures

Additionally, the use of forceps can hurt a woman during the delivery process, with injuries that can include genital tract tears and wounds, short-term or long-term urinary or fecal incontinence, injuries to the bladder or urethra, uterine rupture and the weakening of the muscles and ligaments near the pelvic region.

This is why many doctors choose not to use forceps. According to reports, they are now used in less than 1 percent of deliveries. However, some doctors still choose to use the devices in certain situations, exposing a child and his or her mother to risk.

Omaha Couple Awarded $11.5 Million Following Botched Forceps Delivery

According to the Omaha-World Herald, last fall a jury awarded a couple $11.5 million  following a medical malpractice trial involving the severe brain damage of their child.

The news outlet reported that the verdict was against Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Physicians Clinic. Reports indicate that the child was born in 2010 and the delivery was “grossly mismanaged by the midwife and doctor.”

It was alleged that the child’s health deteriorated throughout the delivery and eventually forceps were improperly used. Attorneys were able to argue that the misapplication of forceps resulted in the child’s brain injury.

My Child Suffered a Brain Injury During Birth

As this case shows, children can sustain injuries during childbirth that are debilitating. If your child suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, our Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., is uniquely quali­fied to handle medical malpractice cases.

We offer representation for children who have suffered brain injuries and/or cerebral palsy. A lawsuit could help you pay for future healthcare costs, as brain injuries are typically expensive. We provide services with unequaled legal expertise.

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Source: http://www.omaha.com/livewellnebraska/jury-awards-million-to-omaha-couple-in-medical-malpractice-lawsuit/article_e0dc28e6-9b05-11e6-aeb1-0325d33f0cf9.html

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Can a Mother File a Traumatic Birth Lawsuit? http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/can-mother-file-traumatic-birth-lawsuit/ Tue, 29 Nov 2016 20:02:02 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8399 As a mother, you should be aware that you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in relation to a botched delivery, even if your child was not injured during the birthing process. Sadly, it is not uncommon for mothers to be injured during labor because of the negligence of a medical provider. These injuries can include bone and joint injuries, organ injuries and injuries to the vaginal area. For example, in 2014, an Iowa woman was awarded damages after she sustained the stretching and tearing of muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage of her hip and upper leg following a botched birth. A jury found her healthcare providers at fault for not attending to her properly. Birth trauma can result in injuries that can leave a mother permanently disabled, causing complications while raising a child. No mother should have to suffer due to careless medical errors that can include the failure...
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As a mother, you should be aware that you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit in relation to a botched delivery, even if your child was not injured during the birthing process. Sadly, it is not uncommon for mothers to be injured during labor because of the negligence of a medical provider. Image of baby hand

These injuries can include bone and joint injuries, organ injuries and injuries to the vaginal area. For example, in 2014, an Iowa woman was awarded damages after she sustained the stretching and tearing of muscles, ligaments, tendons and cartilage of her hip and upper leg following a botched birth. A jury found her healthcare providers at fault for not attending to her properly.

Birth trauma can result in injuries that can leave a mother permanently disabled, causing complications while raising a child. No mother should have to suffer due to careless medical errors that can include the failure to order a timely caesarean section or the failure of a doctor to properly monitor physical conditions.

Alabama Woman Awarded $16 Million for Traumatic Birth

According to Yahoo! News, an Alabama woman was awarded $16 million in damages earlier this year after she suffered injuries during her child’s birth.

The news outlet reported that Caroline Malatesta, of Birmingham, was halfway through her fourth pregnancy when she decided to use a birthing approach marketed as “autonomy” by her provider Brookwood Medical Center. The approach was supposed to provide her with access to private birthing tubs and nicer suites.

However, during the birth she was forced on her back for six minutes as her son’s head was crowning inside of her. The mother suffered a severe nerve injury during the birth, pudendal neuralgia, which causes her lingering pain.

In her lawsuit, the mother claimed that she now has to consistently take pain medication and has to fight off panic attacks, and that her sex life has suffered, causing her to seek therapy. She said it turned her family life “upside down.” She claimed the hospital used a “bait-and-switch” approach to maternity care, marketing services one way, while providing inadequate care, according to Yahoo!

How Do I Contact a Birth Injury Attorney About My Case?

As this case shows, mothers can sustain injuries during childbirth that are debilitating. If you were injured due to negligence during the birth of your child, our attorneys include Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., who is uniquely quali­fied to handle malpractice cases.

If you need help, please reach out to us today. In addition to handling malpractice lawsuits for injured mothers, we also offer brain injury, cerebral palsy or fetal death representation. A lawsuit could help you pay for future healthcare costs. We provide services with unrivaled consideration and legal expertise.

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Source: https://www.yahoo.com/beauty/mom-who-sued-hospital-for-traumatic-birth-wins-16-million-173203800.html

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Botched Deliveries: Three Texas Women Sue Medical Facility http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/botched-deliveries-three-texas-women-sue-medical-facility/ Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:47:28 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8394 According to the Houston Press, three women are suing the East Houston Regional Medical Center alleging that their children suffered devastating injuries following botched deliveries. The women are also suing the doctor involved in the deliveries, Dr. June Williams Colman. Each case alleges that Colman and the staff at the hospital did not pay attention to signs that their babies were in distress, and let the women push and attempt natural deliveries far longer than what is acceptable and medically safe. Additionally, they accuse the center and doctor of not offering the option of a cesarean section. All three women allege that their pregnancies were healthy prior to the delivery process. One of the children suffered a brain injury in 2012, and another suffered an undisclosed catastrophic injury in 2014. The other reportedly died. “It’s a very indescribable feeling. One minute you’re getting to meet your firstborn child and the...
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According to the Houston Press, three women are suing the East Houston Regional Medical Center alleging that their children suffered devastating injuries following botched deliveries. Image of baby hand

The women are also suing the doctor involved in the deliveries, Dr. June Williams Colman. Each case alleges that Colman and the staff at the hospital did not pay attention to signs that their babies were in distress, and let the women push and attempt natural deliveries far longer than what is acceptable and medically safe. Additionally, they accuse the center and doctor of not offering the option of a cesarean section.

All three women allege that their pregnancies were healthy prior to the delivery process. One of the children suffered a brain injury in 2012, and another suffered an undisclosed catastrophic injury in 2014. The other reportedly died.

“It’s a very indescribable feeling. One minute you’re getting to meet your firstborn child and the next minute you’re watching your newborn baby trying to breathe and going in and out of seizures,” one of the women said, according to the Press.

Her child reportedly suffered injuries after being pushed for more than two hours. After the complications, Colman allegedly attempted to use a vacuum extractor to deliver the baby three times. The lawsuits also allege that the facility improperly used the drug Oxytocin to induce labor.

The Press reported that in 2014, Colman was disciplined by the Texas Medical Board after three women accused her of not offering cesarean sections during complications. She was also accused of inappropriately attempting to perform a vacuum delivery. The doctor was reportedly fined $3,000 and asked to complete 20 hours of continuing medical education on high-risk obstetrics.

Keep in mind, as we have reported in previous blog posts, the failure to order a timely cesarean delivery can lead newborns to serious shoulder, neck and brain injuries, bruising, permanent indentations, cranial damage, and excessive blood loss or cephalohematoma, as they face undue stress during a complicated delivery.

How to I Contact an Injury Attorney About My Child’s Botched Delivery?

Although money may not help your child fully recover following a devastating birth injury, a lawsuit can help hold a hospital or doctor responsible for errors made during a botched delivery.  It can also be used to help pay for therapy or rehabilitation that can help your child lead a more fulfilling life.

Our attorneys include Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., whose skill set makes him especially quali­fied to handle any birth injury case. If you need assistance, please reach out to us today. We can help you recover following a botched delivery, as we provide services with unmatched compassion and legal expertise.

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Source: http://www.houstonpress.com/news/after-botched-deliveries-three-houston-moms-sue-houston-hospital-doctor-8860666

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Your Doctors Must Address Potential Delivery Complications http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/doctors-must-address-potential-delivery-complications/ Wed, 07 Sep 2016 14:19:40 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8391 The loss of a child during birth is not something money alone can help a family recover from. Keep this in mind when you see substantial lawsuit awards written about in the news involving birth trauma cases. This is why healthcare providers have a duty to make sure all safety measures are taken during the delivery of a child. The failure of a doctor to properly diagnose complications that could come up during a delivery could lead to costly delays, leading to the death or injury of a newborn. Such is the case when a doctor fails to monitor complications such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure throughout a pregnancy. The failure of a healthcare provider to not properly react during a pregnancy can lead to botched caesarean sections and improperly performed vaginal deliveries, with the forceful use of forceps or vacuums. Failures by healthcare providers can cause your...
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The loss of a child during birth is not something money alone can help a family recover from. Birth Trauma

Keep this in mind when you see substantial lawsuit awards written about in the news involving birth trauma cases. This is why healthcare providers have a duty to make sure all safety measures are taken during the delivery of a child.

The failure of a doctor to properly diagnose complications that could come up during a delivery could lead to costly delays, leading to the death or injury of a newborn. Such is the case when a doctor fails to monitor complications such as gestational diabetes and high blood pressure throughout a pregnancy. The failure of a healthcare provider to not properly react during a pregnancy can lead to botched caesarean sections and improperly performed vaginal deliveries, with the forceful use of forceps or vacuums.

Failures by healthcare providers can cause your child suffering serious shoulder, neck and brain injuries, bruising, permanent indentations, cranial damage, and excessive blood loss or cephalohematoma, as they face undue stress during a complicated delivery.

Texas Woman Awarded $10.2 Million Following Newborn’s Wrongful Death

Updating a story we have been following for several years, a Bridge City woman, whose daughter died after a traumatic birth at a Port Arthur hospital, was awarded $10.2 million in August.

The woman lost her child, Oliva, only four days after her birth at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas. Attorneys successfully argued that the doctor who birthed the child used forceps during her delivery, despite indications the child was in distress and a natural birth was unsafe, according to the Beaumont Enterprise.

A Jefferson County jury awarded the woman $6 million for loss of companionship, $4.1 million for mental anguish, $100,000 for physical pain and another $575 for funeral expenses, according to reports. The baby reportedly suffered a skull fracture and brain hemorrhaging, which may have been avoided had surgery been performed.

How to I Contact an Attorney About My Baby’s Death?

Although no amount of money will bring a newborn back from the dead, a lawsuit can help hold a hospital or doctor responsible for egregious errors made during a botched delivery.

Keep in mind, our attorneys include Ryan Krebs, M.D., J.D., whose skill set makes him especially quali­fied to handle any birth injury case. If you need assistance, please reach out to us today. We can help you recover from your devastating loss, as we provide legal services with unmatched compassion and expertise.

Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Birth Injury Attorneys

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Botched Water Birth Lawsuit Settled for $13 Million http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/botched-water-birth-lawsuit-settled-13-million/ Tue, 26 Jul 2016 20:40:36 +0000 http://www.birthtraumalaw.com/?p=8388 According to the Oregonian, the parents of a child who was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes after his botched water birth have settled a lawsuit against their medical provider for $13 million. The news outlet reported the parents settled their birth injury lawsuit with Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, resulting in the largest payout in at least a decade for a birth malpractice case in the state. The child, now 4, is nonverbal and cannot walk. He uses a cart to get around. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which severely limits his motor skills.  The parents involved in the lawsuit could not comment on the case with the media, citing a confidentiality agreement, but the Oregonian reported that the case was dismissed in March following the settlement. Court documents indicate that the parents went to the medical center, planning to give birth to the child underwater, with representatives saying...
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According to the Oregonian, the parents of a child who was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes after his botched water birth have settled a lawsuit against their medical provider for $13 million. Image of baby hand

The news outlet reported the parents settled their birth injury lawsuit with Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, resulting in the largest payout in at least a decade for a birth malpractice case in the state.

The child, now 4, is nonverbal and cannot walk. He uses a cart to get around. He was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which severely limits his motor skills.  The parents involved in the lawsuit could not comment on the case with the media, citing a confidentiality agreement, but the Oregonian reported that the case was dismissed in March following the settlement.

Court documents indicate that the parents went to the medical center, planning to give birth to the child underwater, with representatives saying the mother was an ideal candidate for a water birth. Attorneys said that the parents were told by staffers that water births were “even more safe” than other forms of birthing.

The lawsuit indicated that during the child’s birth, his mother was in a tub of water and was not watched properly by midwives, with his fetal heart rate going unmonitored. The child was eventually delivered vaginally, but his brain suffered due to a lack of oxygen and blood during the process, with the parents arguing that it could have been avoided if a C-section was performed.

According to the Oregonian, the lawsuit said that some medical experts have warned practitioners about concerns with water births. The news source reported that the parents “were told that midwives would consult obstetricians during the water birth, but that didn’t happen.”

My Child Has Cerebral Palsy. Can I Have His or Her Birth Investigated?

As this case allegedly shows, issues with delays during the birthing process can lead to a child suffering brain injuries. This can include cerebral palsy. Delays, like the failure to order a C-Section in a timely fashion, are often avoidable, if medical officials provide proper care.

If your child has suffered any type of complication during delivery, including cerebral palsy, shoulder dystocia or Erb’s palsy, you should contact our attorneys immediately. Our birth injury law firm can review your medical records and look for potential errors—you may be able to hold your healthcare providers liable.

If you have further questions, you can contact us by calling the number located on this page or by filling out a request form.

Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP – Birth Injury Attorneys

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/05/legacy_emanuel_settles_botched.html

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