Earlier this week the Sierra View District Hospital in Porterville, CA settled a medical malpractice case involving cerebral palsy for $ 4 million; however, the exact terms of the settlement remain confidential.
According to the medical malpractice attorney / lawyer for the family the obstetrician and nursing staff "failed to recognize obvious signs of fetal distress for several hours prior to delivery."
Cornerback Ryan Perry was recently awarded a scholarship to the University of Hawaii. Perry, a fifth year senior has a cumulative GPA of 3.7. At the age of seven Ryan, then a soccer player underwent surgery to correct an injury he sustained at birth ( Erb’s Palsy ) and soon after took up football. Great work and best of luck on the season!!!
Lack of prenatal care can lead to devastating results to a child such as cerebral palsy, erb’s palsy, spina bifida or even death. Often these conditions can be avoided with proper prenatal care. Tonights 20/20 will focus on a grassroots campaign to save these children. Although, the doctors treating these children are doing a great service one has to think; wouldn’t it have been so much easier (for everyone) to treat the mothers (that they are able to treat) properly to begin with and avoid this devastating situation?
Placental abruption (abruptio placenta) is a serious complication during pregnancy. A placental abruption occurs when the placenta separates from the uterine wall. A placental abruption puts both the mother and child in danger and requires immediate medical attention as it can deprive the child of oxygen and cause severe bleeding in the mother. Oxygen depravation can lead to Cerebral Palsy and other neurological disorders in the child.
If you have suffered a placental abruption and you or you child has been injured as a result it is likely that your doctor or hospital was negligent and the injury could have been prevented.
For more information See Symptoms of a Placental Abruption, Causes of a Placental Abruption and Risk Factors of a Placental Abruption in our blog section.
Symptoms of a placental abruption can range in severity and do not correlate to the amount the placenta has separated from the wall of the uterus. Syptoms require immediate medical attention and include but are not limited to:
§ Vaginal bleeding (Please note:20% of cases will have no bleeding)
§ Back pain
§ Abdominal pain
§ Uterine tenderness
§ Rapid uterine contractions
§ Fetal heart rate abnormalities
If you have experienced these symptoms and/or suffered a placental abruption and you or your child have been injured as a result it is likely that your doctor or hospital was negligent and the injury could have been prevented.
For more information on placental abruptions See or Blog section.
Several risk factors and causes of a placental abruption are listed below. If you experienced any of theses risk factors your doctor should have monitored your pregnancy closely and a c-section should have been performed in a timely manor to avoid oxygen deprivation to your child.
§ Previous pregnancies
§ Previous placental abruption.
§ High blood pressure before or during pregnancy
§ Blood-clotting disorders.
§ Multiple pregnancy. Carrying twins, triplets etc.
§ Excess amniotic fluid.
§ Age. Placental abruption is more common in women age 35 and older.
§ Abdominal trauma. Car accident, fall etc.
§ Substance abuse. smoking, drinking alcohol, cocaine or methamphetamine during pregnancy.