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Lessening the Impact of Severe Electrographic Seizures for Infants with HIE – Part 2

In our previous article, we discussed a recent study that found a connection between severity of seizures and neonatal severity of injury. At Reiter & Walsh, P.C., we have won many successful cases where severe birth injuries caused brain injuries that resulted in severe seizures and seizure disorders. As the study reiterated, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy…

Understanding Birth Injuries

A baby’s brain is a vulnerable organ. Brain damage is a common injury, and hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), or a lack of oxygen to the brain, can often be the cause. However, there are a few other birth injuries that are lesser known. These include umbilical cord complications, trauma from instruments such as forceps and…

Failed Vacuum Extraction And Excessive Force During Delivery Cause Erb’s Palsy In Baby

A baby’s shoulder was stuck on the mother’s pelvic bone during delivery. The physician tried many things to deliver the baby, including use of vacuum extractors. Finally, the physician pulled the baby out by her arm, causing the nerves in the neck and shoulder to tear, resulting in the baby’s arm being paralyzed, a condition called Erb’s palsy.

Improper use of Oxytocin and vacuum extractors results in oxygen deprivation and delayed delivery; child suffers from PVL and cerebral palsy.

Physicians ignored fetal distress and administered excessive Oxytocin, which caused hyperstimulation of the uterus and oxygen deprivation in the baby. The physicians also improperly used vacuum extractors and failed to quickly deliver the baby, resulting in further oxygen deprivation. The baby suffered permanent brain damage and was later diagnosed with PVL and cerebral palsy.