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Birth injury lawsuits in Arizona

High blood pressure can be a sign of preeclampsia in expectant mothers, and OB-GYNs in Arizona and around the country tend to monitor systolic and diastolic pressures closely during the second half of pregnancies. The condition causes the onset of violent seizures known as eclampsia, and early delivery of the baby is the only treatment currently offered by medical science. Failing to diagnose eclampsia can have dire consequences as the condition is one of the leading causes of death among pregnant women in the United States.

The effects of shoulder dystocia

Expectant parents in Arizona should be aware of possible complications that can occur during childbirth. Shoulder dystocia is a rare birth injury that occurs when one or both of an infant's shoulders become lodged in the mother's pelvis during delivery. Although it occurs in only a small fraction of births and most of the injuries can be resolved within a year with no long-term issues, a small number of shoulder dystocia cases are severe and can result in permanent injuries and even death.

Medical negligence and newborn infections

Newborns in Arizona hospitals can become seriously ill if they contract an infection, so doctors that treat them are expected to monitor them closely. If your newborn has been harmed by an infection during a hospital stay, you may have a case for filing a medical malpractice claim against the health care providers that treated your baby.

Shoulder dystocia birth injuries

Though shoulder dystocia is rare, it is a potential risk during any vaginal delivery birth in an Arizona hospital. Shoulder dystocia occurs when an infant's shoulders get stuck in the mother's pelvis during childbirth. Most of the injuries that are caused by shoulder dystocia are minor, but a small percentage of these injuries can lead to permanent disability.

Causes and prevention of cerebral palsy

Arizona residents who have cerebral palsy may have developed it before, during or within a few months or years after their birth. CP occurs when there is some sort of damage to the brain that cause it to develop abnormally and results in a loss of motor control. For most people with CP, the damage occurred during or before birth.

What to do if you think your baby was injured by a doctor's negligence

There are many strong emotions that can come with a suspected birth injury: fear, sadness, anger, doubt, confusion. It can be especially hard when everything seemed to be going smoothly during the pregnancy and your family's struggle occurred unexpectedly.

Issues driving the nation's C-section rate

Although a mother may plan for a vaginal delivery, issues at the time of labor can result in an Arizona doctor's decision to perform a cesarean delivery. Providers in the United States perform C-sections in approximately one-third of deliveries. However, the results of a study that has been published in a leading medical journal indicate that the maximum benefit in mitigating fetal or maternal deaths is achieved at a C-section rate of 19 percent. One of the most serious issues to consider in the U.S. is the fact that the nation has a high rate of maternal deaths compared to other developed nations.

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