June 22, 2010

More Birth Complications During the Night

by Robert D'Iorio

A recent study of more than 700,000 births found that infant deaths and admission to the neonatal intensive care units were 32 to 47 percent higher during night time deliveries.

These numbers were in line with all admissions in to the intensive care units leading researches to the conclusion that the cause may be that staff fatigue or experience level may be a factor.

June 16, 2010

Cerebral Palsy and Jaundice: $6.5 Million Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Last month a Jury in Delaware handed down a $ 6.5 million medical malpractice verdict for a child with cerebral palsy. The plaintiffs alleged that the doctors failed to properly treat a child with elevated bilirubin levels and jaundice.

The child was born without any complications and sent home, however, the doctors failed to check the child’s bilirubin levels. Four days later the mother brought the child back to the hospital after the child began to have a “yellowish” color. Only then was the child diagnosed and treated for being jaundice.

Here, the doctors should have checked the child’s bilirubin levels and treated the child with phototherapy and if necessary blood transfusions prior to sending him home.

Jaundice is condition where bilirubin’s build up in the blood. When these bilirubin levels get excessively high the child is at risk for brain damage and developing cerebral palsy. If treated promptly this condition has an outstanding success rate.

If you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by jaundice please call us for a free consultation.

June 11, 2010

Cerebral Palsy and Infection: Birth Injury Lawyer Obtains $29 Million

by Robert D'Iorio

Last month a jury returned a verdict of $29 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a child with cerebral palsy.

The lawsuit alleged that doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, Illinois failed to treat an infection in the mother prior to her delivery. This untreated infection caused brain damage to the child resulting in cerebral palsy.

If you or your child developed an infection that you think may have caused your child's cerebral palsy please give us a call for a free consultation to discuss your options.

Here is a list of some infections that can lead to cerebral palsy (note: this is just a short list many other infections can lead to cerebral palsy that are not on this list):

Infections in the mother during pregnancy:
Rubella (German measles)
Toxoplasmosis
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)/Kidney Infection
Chickenpox (varicella).
Cytomegalovirus.
Syphilis

Infections in the child after birth:
Meningitis
Viral encephalitis.

June 9, 2010

Cerebral Palsy Lawyers obtain an $ 18.5 Million Verdict Due to a Delayed C-section

by Robert D'Iorio

Earlier this month a jury delivered an $18.5 million verdict for a child with cerebral palsy.

The complaint alleged that the child, now 12 years old obtained brain damage due to a lack of oxygen at birth. The lack of oxygen was apparently evident on the fetal monitoring strips indicating the need for medical intervention in the way of an emergency c-section.

A lack of oxygen during birth is a very serious complication often resulting in a birth injury to the child. If your child suffered a lack of oxygen at birth please call our firm for a free consultation to discuss your options.

May 18, 2010

Chicago Illinois Cerebral Palsy Lawyers Obtain $9.5 Million Settlement in Malpractice Lawsuit

by Robert D'Iorio

Recently a medical malpractice lawsuit involving a child with cerebral palsy was settled for $9.5 million.

The complaint alleged that the child was deprived of oxygen at birth and as a result the child developed cerebral palsy.

February 25, 2010

Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses how a placental abruption can lead to a child suffering a lack of oxygen and developing cerebral palsy.

Placental abruptions are often secondary to hypertension and diabetes. It is imperative that these conditions are controlled properly to avoid harming the unborn child. In fact, in many instances a placental abruption could have been avoided if the doctor diagnosed and treated hypertension and diabetes properly.


February 25, 2010

Placental Abruption and Lack of Oxygen

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video discusses how a placental abruption can lead to a child suffering a lack of oxygen and developing cerebral palsy.

Placental abruptions are often secondary to hypertension and diabetes. It is imperative that these conditions are controlled properly to avoid harming the unborn child. In fact, in many instances a placental abruption could have been avoided if the doctor diagnosed and treated hypertension and diabetes properly.


February 7, 2010

Birth Injuries: Cerebral Palsy & Erb's Palsy - Shoulder Dystocia and Medical Malpractice

by Robert D'Iorio

Shoulder Dystocia is a dangerous situation for the child during birth. Shoulder dystocia can lead to cerebral palsy and Erb’s Palsy.

Shoulder dystocia occurs when the child’s shoulder gets such on the mother’s pubic bone. In most instances the child cannot be delivered without first dislodging the shoulder.

If this is not done properly the child may sustain an injury to a set of nerves called the brachial plexus. Injuries to the brachial plexus are often referred to as Erb’s Palsy. Children with Erb’s Palsy have limited dexterity in one or both arms.

In addition to injuring the child’s nerves, shoulder dystocia can also deprive the child of oxygen. Deprivation of oxygen to a child during birth can lead to the child sustaining brain damage and cerebral palsy.

If shoulder dystocia was encountered during your delivery and your child sustained an injury it is highly likely that medical malpractice played a role in your child’s injury and you should contact a lawyer immediately.

The following video demonstrates one of the maneuvers used to dislodge the child’s shoulder: the corkscrew maneuver.


February 4, 2010

Illinois Supreme Court Overturns Caps in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

by Robert D'Iorio

This morning the Supreme Court of Illinois ruled that limits on damages to victims of medical malpractice are unconstitutional.

Today’s ruling has special importance to our firm because the case, Lebron v. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 105741 and 105745, Supreme Court of the State of Illinois involved a child that sustained a brain injury at birth.

December 8, 2009

Shoulder Dystocia and Brachial Plexus Palsy / Erb’s Palsy

by Robert D'Iorio

The following video demonstrates how shoulder dystocia (a child’s shoulder becoming stuck on the mothers pubic bone during delivery) can lead to brachial plexus injuries and Erb’s Palsy (damage to the brachial plexus nerves). As well as how suprapubic pressure can exacerbate the injury.