November 13, 2008

March of Dimes Releases Premature Birth Report Card

by Robert D'Iorio

On Wednesday the March of Dimes released its first “report card” on premature birth rates in the United States. With many States receiving failing grades and a national average of 12.7% the overall grade for the U.S was a “D.”

Premature birth defined here as delivery before 37 weeks gestation affects 530,000 children each year and is major cause of cerebral palsy, blindness, jaundice, hearing loss and other serious conditions.

The goal of the study was bring awareness and to determine what States are doing and need to do to lower the rate of premature babies to reach the goal of 7.6% by 2010 set by The National Healthy People.

For more information on individual States and what you can do to help please click here.

November 11, 2008

Cerebral Palsy Attorneys secure a $15.35 Million Settlement in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

In Dekalb County Illinois a family recently settled a medical malpractice lawsuit for $15.35 million in what is believed to be one of the largest birth injury settlements in the County. The complaint alleged that the delivering doctor attempted to deliver the child unsuccessfully 18 times in a one hour period with a vacuum extractor ignoring evidence of a slowed fetal heart rate indicating fetal distress. The child was eventually delivered via an emergency Cesarean section ( C-Section). During the attempted delivery the child sustained a severe brain injury.

November 7, 2008

Birth Injury Lawyer Secures $11.4 Million Verdict in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

After a three week trial a Wisconsin jury recently awarded the family of a boy with cerebral palsy $11.4 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit.

The complaint filed in 2006 alleged that a nurse and a nurse midwife at Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse were negligent and their negligance resulted in the child’s birth injuries.