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Types of medical errors you should be on guard against

Whether you are in excellent health or have some health concerns, at some point you will need to see a doctor for treatment. As you are researching your options in Illinois, you should take some time to learn about the different kinds of medical malpractice that you may encounter. Medical mistakes and malpractice issues may be unpleasant for you to think about while you are contemplating your care options, but it is important for you to do so. Knowing the types of errors and issues that can result in your harm can help you to make better decisions regarding your medical care. 

Factors that increase the risk of birth trauma

Getting ready for the birth of a baby is one of the most exciting times in the life of a new mother or father. While expectant parents can have all the baby supplies ready and the hospital bag packed, nothing can prepare them for the stress and grief that can occur in the delivery room. Birth trauma happens to relatively few newborns, with Medscape reporting that only six to eight infants will be injured for every 1,000 babies born, but those families that do experience this can be physically and emotionally damaged for life.

How lack of oxygen leads to cerebral palsy

One of the most common birth-related injuries that new mothers wind up facing in their infants is cerebral palsy. This developmental condition has been documented and studied in medical literature for over 150 years, during which time the debate over the role of birth asphyxia as its cause has continued. While there have been many theories about how and why it plays a role over the years, medical science now realizes that oxygen deprivation during birth is one of several causes of cerebral palsy.

The impacts of birth asphyxia and reperfusion injury on newborns

If you have been reading our overview on preterm delivery, you are familiar with "hypoxia," a term used to describe a condition marked by oxygen deprivation in the brain that occurs during childbirth. Responsible for this low oxygen level is birth asphyxia, which can occur before, during and even after childbirth. While you may not initially suspect that your loved one has been impacted by this condition, it is important to monitor your child for symptoms after delivery because the effects of birth asphyxia can be felt weeks after the baby's birth.

Newborns and cephalohematoma

Infant cephalohematoma happens in 1 to 2 percent of live births. This injury occurs more often when birth-assisting tools are used during the delivery process. While the initial injury may heal without medical problems, additional complications may arise. Families should be well aware of this condition and complicating factors.

Maternal Mortality Rates Have Spiked In The U.S. ...Has Malpractice, Too?

Since 1990, worldwide maternal mortality rates have decreased by nearly 50 percent. Within the United States, however, statistics gathered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that maternal mortality rates have doubled in the same time period. This is an unusual discrepancy-and one that researchers have yet to fully explain.

Shoulder Dystocia: Trapped During Birth

If you are a new or expecting mom, you may have heard of a condition called shoulder dystocia. The complication occurs during labor and delivery when one or both of the infant's shoulders are caught behind the mother's pelvic bone. This occurs as the infant descends into the birth canal.

Do I have time to file my birth injury lawsuit?

If you follow this blog, you know that many medical errors are preventable. This is hard to think about in terms of birth injuries. Medical negligence during the birthing process can alter life forever. It's hard to imagine that one small mistake can drive an unfavorable destiny for a human being. Unfortunately, this happens all the time.

ALTON —Like any successful trial lawyer, John Hopkins knows the importance of preparation. But he usually doesn’t write out the questions he plans to ask witnesses in depositions or in court.

“I like to react to what the witness is saying—not only what they’re saying, but how they’re saying it,” Hopkins says.

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