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Common Mistakes Doctors Make in Birth Injury Cases

Each birth injury case is unique. However, there are specific types of errors and forms of medical malpractice that appear frequently in these lawsuits. These include the following:   Failing to provide proper fetal monitoring It is very important that medical professionals evaluate the baby’s wellbeing throughout pregnancy as well as during the birthing process. This…

How Do Contingency Fee Agreements Work in Birth Injury Cases?

In most legal cases, lawyers receive some form of payment for their services. However, in a contingency fee agreement, the lawyer’s payment depends (i.e. is “contingent”) upon the case being successful. In other words, lawyers are only paid when they get settlements or verdicts for their clients. If they do not obtain compensation for their…

New Study Suggests Benefits of Intranasal Breast Milk in Cases of Intraventricular Hemorrhage

A recent Scary Mommy article put a November 2018 study in the spotlight regarding  the benefits of intranasal breast milk administration in infants with intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) (1,2).  What is intraventricular hemorrhage? Intraventricular hemorrhages, or brain bleeds, happen when there is bleeding within the brain’s ventricular system. IVH can result from oxygen deprivation at birth…

Comparing Cerebral Palsy to Other Motor Disorders

Nervous system conditions that affect an individual’s movements are called “motor disorders.” They can result in increased voluntary or involuntary movements, as well as faster or slower movements (1). Many motor disorders can have similar signs and symptoms, even though they are caused by different underlying conditions or diseases. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a movement…

Management of Lupus in Pregnancy: Birth Injury Prevention

In the 1970s, women with lupus were often advised against becoming pregnant because of associated complications that can make pregnancies with lupus dangerous to both mothers and babies. Today, doctors recognize that with proper medical oversight and careful timing, most women with lupus can have a successful pregnancy (1). However, it is important to note…

Sickle Cell Disease, Pregnancy, and Birth Injuries

Women with sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait (those who are carriers of the gene that causes sickle cell disease) can often have safe and healthy pregnancies, but there are certain risks that are important to know about. If doctors fail to consider these risks or mismanage associated complications, this can harm the mother…

Communication Function Classification System for CP

The Communication Function Classification System, or CFCS, is a classification tool used to describe the everyday communication performance of an individual with cerebral palsy (CP). It utilizes the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) (1). It is not a test to see how well a person with CP can…

Compound presentation

Compound presentation occurs when the part of the fetus closest to the birth canal (usually the head) presents with an extremity next to it (usually hand or arm) (1). It has been estimated to affect less than 0.004% of pregnancies. What are the causes of compound presentation?  Compound presentation can occur as a result of…