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Bulging Fontanelle

What is a bulging fontanelle? The human skull is made of many bones, which join together to protect the brain. The lines at which they fuse are called sutures. When a baby is born, these sutures are not yet all firmly joined together. This allows the head to be a bit more flexible as it…

Involuntary Sterilization of Disabled Americans: An Historical Overview

Thousands of Americans with disabilities have undergone sterilization procedures without providing informed consent. Beginning in the early 1900s, supporters of the eugenics movement sought to sterilize those with cognitive impairments in order to “cleanse” the human gene pool of “undesirable” traits. This was sanctioned by many state governments, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court…

Jesse Reiter Wins “Lawyer of the Year” Award for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs in Troy, Michigan

Every year, Best Lawyers honors a single attorney in a specific practice area and location with their “Lawyer of the Year” award. The recipient is selected by his or her peers. We are pleased to announce that this year, ABC Law Centers president Jesse Reiter won Lawyer of the Year for medical malpractice plaintiff’s attorneys…

Language Barriers and Medical Malpractice

One misunderstood word resulted in 18-year-old Willie Ramirez becoming quadriplegic. It was the year 1980. Ramirez had been enjoying a night out when he felt a sudden, sharp pain.  “It felt like someone was sticking a needle through my head,” he recounted in a recent interview for Health Affairs. Ramirez managed to drive himself to…

Jesse Reiter Appointed to AAJ Evergreen Advisory Board

Jesse Reiter, the owner of Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers, was recently appointed to the advisory board for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Evergreen Fund. The AAJ is a nonprofit advocacy organization for plaintiff’s attorneys, focused on improving the fairness of our justice system. Among other goals, they work to: Protect the right…

Six Tips for Self-Advocacy During a High-Risk Pregnancy

High-risk pregnancies require more careful monitoring and follow-up to watch for developing complications during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. There are a lot of reasons a pregnancy might be considered high-risk. Some women enter a pregnancy high-risk, while others start out with a low-risk pregnancy but develop complications that put them in the high-risk category. Once…

Cerebral Palsy: Environmental and Genetic Factors

Cerebral palsy is a diagnosis that varies in type and severity of neurodevelopmental outcomes. People with cerebral palsy have impaired motor function, and in some cases also have cognitive disabilities. Cerebral palsy can be caused by environmental and/or genetic factors. Environmental Causes of Cerebral Palsy Cerebral palsy can often be attributed to something that goes…

USA Today Investigation Incites Concerns About VA Hiring Practices

USA today recently released the results of an investigation into some pretty questionable hiring practices by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital system. The VA has knowingly hired multiple clinicians with extremely problematic employment histories. One example is neurosurgeon John Harry Schneider, who was hired despite over a dozen malpractice suits against him –…

Maternal Mortality in the United States

The likelihood of a woman dying from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes in the United States is higher than that of a woman in any other developed nation. Currently, the rate of maternal mortality (estimated at 26 out of 100,000 live births[1]) is almost six times what it is in Scandinavia (2). It is higher even…

National Survey Reveals 21% of Americans Have Personally Experienced a Medical Error

The IHI/NPSF Lucian Leape Institute and NORC at the University of Chicago recently released the results of a survey on medical errors, with a nationally-representative sample of over 2,500 American adults. Distressingly, 21% of their participants reported having personally experienced a medical error, and 31% had been involved in the care of a family member…