Assessing the Evidence of Fetal Stroke as a Cause of Medical Malpractice

Another cause of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions is fetal stroke, or neonatal intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). A fetal stroke happens between 14 weeks of the gestational period and labor when the baby does not receive enough oxygen to the brain and cells begin to die. Although many factors can be the cause of fetal stroke, some occur as a result of medical malpractice. Doctors must take preventative measures to ensure that inadequate oxygen and circulation does not happen and if signs of a fetal stroke are detected, they must act on it. Symptoms and signs of ICH may take months, or even years, to surface.

 

Determining a Case

Parents who discover that their child has suffered a stroke and developed a health condition as a result should look into whether the incident was a cause of a medical error. At our legal firm in Baltimore, MD, clients can seek legal advice from a birth defect attorney who will analyze their situation to determine if a case is warranted. However, because there are numerous risk factors that can cause fetal stroke, determining whether a medical mistake played a role in the condition requires the gathering of strong evidence and thorough assessment of the findings.

 

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Evidence of Fetal Stroke

Some of the evidence that can merit a case can be found in prenatal and neonatal sonograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), medical records, clinical course and computer tomography (CT). In the sonograms, many features can showcase fetal stroke, such as intraventricular echogenic foci or periventricular echodensities, irregular echogenic brain mass, posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) and ventriculomegaly. Our law firm’s familiarity with the medical field allows us to recognize medical errors and strategize a case that will aim to achieve a successful outcome.

 

Health Conditions as a Result

Aside from the development of cerebral palsy, fetal stroke can cause paralysis, weakness, vision deficits, speech impediments, seizures, development delays and intellectual disabilities. These health conditions can be life-altering and may require that the child needs around-the-clock care throughout his or her life. Our attorneys will recommend the best course of action and provide legal guidance for gaining the compensation the family needs.

 

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Medical Malpractice of Fetal Stroke

Some of the medical errors that can lead to fetal stroke involve the failure to recognize health issues before or during delivery, failure to act fast on any noticeable health problems, leaving a child in the birth canal for too long, improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction, failure to diagnose and treat seizures and failure to treat meningitis or jaundice. If you have a child who suffered a fetal stroke and suspect that it may have been a cause of medical malpractice, seek legal help from our law firm. Schedule a free consultation with us today.

Difficult Deliveries Can Result in Erb’s Palsy

Even with a well-thought out birth plan, the preferred delivery method is never a definite course of action. Child labor is an unpredictable experience, even if it entails a scheduled induction. No parent wants to endure a difficult childbirth, but if it happens, the healthcare practitioner will take the medical approach most appropriate for achieving the best outcome. If the baby is struggling to travel through the birth canal, sometimes the doctor will gently pull the baby through by hand, medical vacuum or forceps before engaging in a cesarean section.

 

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Brachial Plexus Birth Injury

However, this tactic, if not performed properly, can result in Erb’s Palsy, a condition where the brachial plexus – the network of nerves in the arm – is damaged. Statistics shows that approximately 1 to 2 infants out of every 1,000 develop Erb’s Palsy through medical malpractice. The injury, which entails little to no feeling in the arm and a very long recovery process, can be life-altering. One too many times often, healthcare professionals decide to pull the baby from the birth canal when they should have taken the route of a cesarean section. Medical regulations enforce that only so many pulls are allowed before the method should be abandoned and a C-section performed.

 

The Medical Malpractice of Erb’s Palsy

There are many errors in the process of pulling the baby out that can be harmful, such as pulling too hard, incorrect placement of the tool, twisting the neck or head and pulling for longer than 15 minutes. It is critical that doctors correctly conduct this delivery procedure, as the body of the baby is extremely fragile. Aside from Erb’s Palsy, other possible injuries that could occur include retinal hemorrhages, skull fractures, bleeding to the brain, seizures and cerebral palsy.

 

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Injury to the brachial plexus can result in the inability to flex or rotate the arm, but it can heal over time, with a recovery span of up to several months or more. However, completely torn nerves may be permanently damaging. Dealing with a child who has Erb’s Palsy can be both devastating and frustrating for the parents because they may be challenged with the high cost of medical bills and being out of work to care for the child around-the-clock. If parents suspect that their child’s Erb’s Palsy is due to medical malpractice, they should seek help from an experienced and skilled birth defects lawyer in Baltimore, MD.

 

Our law firm has handled a wide variety of birth trauma cases involving damage to the brachial plexus. Our past of working in the medical field has allowed us to understand the healthcare approach firsthand. We do whatever it takes to fight for the rights of our clients and are devoted to helping them achieve the compensation they deserve. If your child has Erb’s Palsy, let us hear your story so we can determine if you have a case.

The Importance of Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis

A middle-aged woman just had major surgery on her hip to correct a fracture, causing her to be immobilized for around-the-clock care. The healthcare professionals responsible for her recovery in the hospital she is admitted to overlook the possibility of blood clots. Suddenly, the woman’s lungs give way, making her unable to breathe and take in oxygen. Unfortunately, the woman doesn’t survive the unexpected condition. Later on, the cause of death is pinpointed as venous thromboembolism, which is when a blood clot breaks the vein open, allowing it to travel to the lungs and block blood supply. Had the doctors performed venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis – preventative measures that help avert blood clots from occurring – the patient would still be alive.

 

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Preventable Treatment by Use of Blood Thinners

Although this story is fictional, it exemplifies real-life accounts involving Venous Thromboembolism Prophylaxis. A significant number of patients have lost their lives to the effects of VTE, and studies show that the condition is strongly linked to hospitals. The health issue is preventable, especially with prescribed anti-coagulants – a type of medicine that thins the blood.

 

Unfortunately, many health professionals fail to diagnose the blood clots or put preventative measures in place that failed to be effective. VTE can be detected by noticing the symptoms of blood clots and through a thorough physical exam. Performing proper venous thromboembolism prophylaxis is important in the healthcare industry because it is crucial to saving the lives of patients, as there are many high-risk factors concerning the disease.

 

 

High Risk Factors of VTE

Without VTE prophylaxis, patients who have experienced major trauma, were burnt badly or had major surgery could develop the condition, leading to fatal results. The preventative measures for VTE are underutilized in hospitals, despite national guidelines and evidence from clinical trials. More physicians need to have the understanding of when to select the right drug, dosage and duration of treatment for medically ill patients at risk of VTE.

 

Issues with VTE Prophylaxis

There are a variety of reasons why preventative measures for blood clots are not being utilized correctly. Some obstacles of optimizing VTE prophylaxis include uncertainty about the right method for conducting the recommended risk assessment and how effective preventative anticoagulant therapy really is. There are also complications in the presence of related hospital protocols, as well as performance measures. These issues need to be assessed to establish VTE prophylaxis that is effective against blood clots.

 

VTE Medical Malpractice Cases Brought to Trial

As we mentioned in our previous post, we are currently handling several VTE medical malpractice cases. Through the cases, we aim to encourage appropriate VTE prophylaxis and bring awareness to the issue. Two of the cases are being brought to trial by our law firm, with one taking place in October and the other in January. We are hard at work trying to achieve a course of action that will lead to a settlement of which the victim’s survivors can be awarded.

 

If you are looking for assistance with your VTE-related or other medically associated cases, like a cerebral palsy claim, contact our Baltimore-based law firm for a consultation.

 

 

Venous Thromboembolism as a Result of Medical Malpractice

Patients who have experienced major trauma, have just experienced a major surgery or have been burnt badly, are at high risk for Venous Thromboembolism. Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) is when a deep vein thrombosis occurs and leads to a pulmonary embolism. The blood clot develops in the large veins of the lower leg or thigh and bursts, allowing it to travel to the lungs from other parts of the body. Once the clot becomes trapped, it can lead to major injury and fatal outcomes. The condition can be prevented by proper prophylaxis, or protective measures put in place by doctors to thwart the disease from occurring. Unfortunately, some healthcare providers fail toBlausen_0290_DeepVeinThrombosis diagnose this condition, neglecting to have it treated right away.

 

Formation and Detection

Venous Thromboembolism usually develops due to decreased physical activity, the discharge of procoagulant substances from tissues, and damage to blood vessels. The health issue can be detected by a thorough physical exam and analysis of symptoms. Tenderness, pain, increased temperature and redness are all signs of Venous Thromboembolism. If the condition is diagnosed, it can be treated with anti-coagulants, which are also known as blood thinners.

 

The Reason for Neglect

According to research, pulmonary embolism (when the blood clot of the venous thromboembolism travels to the lungs) is one of the leading causes of deaths that could have been prevented during hospitalization. Medical providers should be able to recognize a pulmonary embolism so that the symptoms are understood and treatment can be applied. Part of the reason that medical practitioners fail to diagnose VTE is because they are not aware of the medical practices proven to assess the risk, and because the practices are not applied to the patient in a routine and consistent manner.

 

Highly Skilled Medical Malpractice Lawyers Hard at Work

Our law firm is currently devoted to handling several medical malpractice cases concerning Venous Thromboembolism, which will be going to mediation in a couple of weeks. We are committed to assisting our clients with their medical malpractice cases so that a proper settlement emerges from their disputes. In the cases, the doctors failed to conduct prophylaxis, which resulted in the patients contracting a fatal pulmonary embolism that killed them. We aim to resolve the differences between the victims and their healthcare provider by achieving a lawsuit without having to go to trial.

 

Those who need a lawyer for their cerebral palsy case can rely on our expertise in the medical field of law. However, if you feel that a medical professional failed to diagnose or treat VTE, our law firm can help you too. We will help you figure out if negligence was the reason that the pulmonary embolism was misdiagnosed, or not diagnosed at all. We are solely dedicated to using our vast experience and knowledge to defending the rights of our clients.

 

The Justification of Wrongful Birth: Should it be a Law?

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If you were having a child and the prenatal test results showed that it has a genetic disorder, would you choose to give it life? This is a tough question that is often hard to answer, however, some parents are denied the choice because doctors have either failed to properly read the test results or neglected to test for health problems in the fetus. To obtain the compensation they need to financially provide a lifetime of care for their child as he or she grows older, claims can be filed for “wrongful birth” – but only in some states. Birth injury lawyers, such as our law firm, work to defend families who have been victims of wrongful birth.

 

What is Wrongful Birth?

Wrongful birth is a claim in which the parents state that they would not have had the child if it were not for the medical malpractice of the healthcare provider. In the cause of action, parents can argue that their doctor didn’t properly diagnose the medical issue in the fetus, warn the mother and father of the risk of conceiving, or let the parents know they can make an informed decision about whether the pregnancy should be terminated or not. Unfortunately, only half of the states in the U.S. allow parents to sue for wrongful birth.

 

Even then, wrongful birth laws differ from state to state. However, the basic medical malpractice principles for filing a lawsuit still apply. In a wrongful birth case, the parents must prove that the healthcare provider’s mistake caused harm to their child. The fact that the doctor made a mistake is not enough to sue. In medical malpractice cases, such as wrongful birth claims, it is extremely beneficial for the family to hire a highly skilled and experienced birth injury lawyer or cerebral palsy injury lawyer in Baltimore, MD.

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Establishing a Wrongful Birth Law in Iowa

At Gershon, Willoughby, Getz & Smith, LLC, we are handling a wrongful birth case in the state of Iowa, which is one of the states that does not recognize it as a claim. Our lawyers are hard at work trying to make a new wrongful birth law in the state of Iowa. Cerebral palsy attorney Wayne M. Willoughby has written an appeal brief of the wrongful birth claim to the Supreme Court. The brief explains that in the wrongful birth case, the family continued the pregnancy of their brain damaged child because their doctor failed to discover the brain malformation in the fetus.

 

The parents in the claim being handled by our lawyers state that if they had known that their child had a brain malformation prenatally, they would have chosen to have it aborted. The doctor’s mistake led the pregnancy to continue, which resulted in a brain damaged child that needs around-the-clock care to live a comfortable life. The highest court of Iowa has never entertained a wrongful birth case such as this, and we aim to establish it as a new law in the state. We feel that wrongful birth victims deserve to be compensated, and we devote our expertise to defending the rights of our clients.