A Cerebral Palsy diagnosis might be hard to accept. And if you do not know what to expect, it can be scary. Throughout your pregnancy, you likely advocated for your healthcare needs, and those of your baby. Yet, even after the healthiest pregnancy, it is possible to suffer from problems caused by a doctor's negligence.
A young boy recently settled a lawsuit against a hospital and physician in a negligence suit alleging the boy developed cerebral palsy as a result of the physician's medical negligence. The boy developed cerebral palsy after 25 surgeries, which were an attempt to address a leak in the boy's esophagus that was not life threatening.
Liability in a medical malpractice case is not always clear. There are situations when multiple parties are responsible for an error and others where although a number of medical professionals were involved only one bears the responsibility of the diagnosis and treatment.
Sepsis is a public health concern. Sepsis results in approximately 200,000 deaths in the United States every year. Unfortunately, exact data for sepsis is difficult to gather due to discrepancies with the definition.
Injuries to the white matter of the brain increase the risk of cerebral palsy. A recent study, published in Obstetrics and Gynecology International, dug into whether the size of an infant's head would increase the risk of brain damage during labor and delivery and ultimately increase the risk of a cerebral palsy diagnosis.
A recent study analyzed medical malpractice claims against obstetricians. Researchers found that although obstetric liability claims compose a small portion of all med mal lawsuits, the claims are often much greater in severity than other medical liability claims. The financial costs tied to these claims are often astronomical as a claim involving an infant often takes into account the likelihood of a lifetime of future medical care costs.
Approximately 27,000 babies are born at home during a planned home birth every year in the United States. Although the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that hospitals and birth centers are the safest place to give birth, every woman has the right to make an informed decision about her and her baby’s health.
Often caused by a severe blow to the head, such as in the case of a motor vehicle accident, fall or during a violent act, a traumatic brain injury can cause physical and psychological damage to a person’s capacities. But a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can also be a result of negligent healthcare.