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Mother Loses Limbs after Giving Birth

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to LiveScience.com, a Canadian woman developed an infection after giving birth that resulted in the amputation of her limbs. The website reported that the woman, age 33, was diagnosed with necrotizing fasciitis days after she gave birth to a child in Nova Scotia. The woman ended up spending seven months at the hospital after developing the infection and required multiple surgeries including the removal of her arms, legs, and a hysterectomy. The flesh-eating bacteria reportedly developed after the woman suffered a tear during childbirth that required sutures. Her family has allegedly filed a lawsuit claiming that she went to the hospital after experiencing pain in her stomach, but was sent home when doctors thought she was constipated. Her attorneys allege that this delay in care was negligent and led to further damages to the woman’s body. The bacteria allegedly took over and spread throughout her body after the woman…
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When Can Doctors Diagnose Cerebral Palsy?

Posted on October 11, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to a report on DisabilityScoop.com, cerebral palsy can be accurately diagnosed in children as young as age 6 months. The news source reports that a study, published in the September 2017 edition of JAMA Pediatrics, found that doctors can use three tools to diagnose a child if he or she is less than 5 months old: neonatal magnetic resonance imaging, the Prechtl Qualitative Assessment of General Movements and the Hammersmith Infant Neurological Examination. Children over the age of 5 months may be able to get a diagnosis through an MRI, the study revealed. Children who are diagnosed early or who show symptoms of “high risk of cerebral palsy” can be entered into early treatment and intervention programs. “Early detection of high risk of cerebral palsy, followed by cerebral palsy-specific early intervention, is recommended and should be the standard of care to optimize infant neuroplasticity, prevent complications and enhance parent…
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Grieving Family Awarded $20 Million in Child Birth-Malpractice Lawsuit

Posted on September 28, 2017 by Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP

According to KSTP-TV, the family of a Minnesota woman who died during child birth has been awarded $20 million following a successful medical malpractice lawsuit. The television station reports that the woman’s husband was awarded $20.6 million in the case against a nurse practitioner (NP) and the company she worked for, which was hired by a hospital in Hennepin County. The verdict is allegedly the largest medical malpractice award in state history. The woman died in 2013, six days after giving birth to her first child following a 20-hour labor period. The lawsuit alleged that she experienced symptoms like chills, nausea,  pain and fever in the days following the delivery and she went to the emergency room, where she was observed by the NP. The NP reportedly ordered lab work, which showed signs of sepsis, according to the lawsuit. However, she was allegedly sent home after being told she had…
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