Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Children Affected by Cerebral Palsy & other Birth Injuries
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Bloomfield Hills is a beautiful city that is consistently listed as one of the top 5 wealthiest cities in the nation. The city has some wonderful historic sites, including the National Historic Landmark Cranbrook Educational Community. The city also is home to the Detroit Skating Club where a number of world-class figure skaters have trained, including Tara Lipinski, Todd Eldredge, Alissa Czisny, Adam Rippon and Jeremy Abbott. Bloomfield Hills was the setting for the 2005 film The Upside of Anger. In the 2002 film 8 Mile, Eminem mentions Cranbrook Kingswood while making fun of “Doc” because he attended Cranbrook. Bloomfield Hills is the hometown of the comic book character Trance, as well as former Red Wings player Steve Yzerman.
Many people choose to make Bloomfield their home, and thousands of babies are born in and near this area every year. Most babies are born with no complications, but sometimes something goes wrong during or near the time of labor and delivery and a baby is born with a birth injury. While every birth injury is tragic, perhaps the most devastating is a birth asphyxia (hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE) injury. This is where a baby does not receive enough oxygen during labor and delivery and brain damage results. The amount of damage depends on how long the baby went without oxygen. Generally, the more time that has elapsed, the greater the injury.
HIE is categorized into one of three degrees: mild, moderate, and severe. Most babies with mild HIE recover with no disability whatsoever. Approximately 40-70% of babies in the moderate category usually have some type of lifelong disability such as cerebral palsy, cognitive deficits, seizures or learning disabilities. The most severe cases usually result in severe disabilities or death. Severe disabilities may include intellectual and developmental disabilities, serious motor dysfunction and/or seizures.
Nationally Recognized Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys
Unfortunately, birth injuries can occur at any hospital or medical center, even highly respected hospitals such as Royal Oak Beaumont, Troy Beaumont and Henry Ford West Bloomfield. If you think HIE may have played a role in your child’s disabilities, Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers can help. Call our Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan birth injury attorneys at 888-419-2229 for a free consultation.
The award-winning birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers have helped dozens of children affected by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and cerebral palsy. Jesse Reiter, president of ABC Law Centers, has been focusing solely on birth injury cases for over 28 years, and most of his cases involve hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and cerebral palsy. Partners Jesse Reiter and Rebecca Walsh are currently recognized as being two of the best medical malpractice lawyers in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized ABC Law Centers as one of the best medical malpractice law firms in the nation.
Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Oxygen Deprivation in a Baby
There are several causes of HIE and other birth injuries in newborns, including:
- Postmaturity syndrome
- Placenta previa
- Umbilical cord problems, such as a nuchal cord or umbilical cord prolapse
- Failure to quickly deliver a baby when fetal distress is evident on the fetal heart rate monitor (delayed emergency C-section)
- Oligohydramnios (low amniotic fluid)
- Anesthesia mistakes, which can cause blood pressure problems in the mother, including a hypotensive crisis
- Premature rupture of the membranes (PROM) / premature birth
- Prolonged and arrested labor
- Ruptured uterus (womb)
- Fetal stroke
- Preeclampsia / eclampsia
- Intracranial hemorrhages (brain bleeds), which can be caused by a traumatic delivery. Forceps and vacuum extractors can cause brain bleeds. Sometimes intense contractions (hyperstimulation) caused by labor induction drugs (Pitocin and Cytotec) can cause head trauma. Mismanagement of cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD), abnormal presentations (face or breech presentation), and shoulder dystocia also put a child at risk of having a brain bleed.
- Placental abruption
- Hyperstimulation caused by Pitocin and Cytotec can also cause oxygen deprivation that gets progressively worse.
- Improper management of the baby’s respiratory status after birth. This includes failure to properly manage apnea (periods of breathing cessation), failure to properly manage a baby on a breathing machine (which can cause overventilation injuries, such as hypocarbia and a hole or holes in the lungs), and failure to give proper amounts of surfactant, which helps with lung maturity and lung compliance in premature lungs.
- Improper management of anemia (low red blood cell count), which can cause the baby to lack the capacity to carry oxygen to the cells and tissues in the body, including brain cells.
- Improperly treated neonatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
- Improperly treated high bilirubin levels (jaundice) that cause a form of brain damage called kernicterus.
- Brain infection such as meningitis, which can be caused by infections in the mother that travel to the baby at birth. These maternal infections include the following: Group B Strep (GBS), herpes simplex virus (HSV), urinary tract infection (UTI), bacterial vaginosis (BV) and chorioamnionitis.
Unfortunately, in many cases involving HIE and other birth injuries, the injury is caused by errors made by medical staff during labor and delivery. For example:
- Failure to order an emergency C-section when conditions warranted it;
- Failure to adequately monitor a baby during labor and delivery;
- Failure to timely diagnose umbilical cord, placenta or uterine problems and provide appropriate treatment.
Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Discuss Medical Negligence
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, intellectual and developmental disabilities, cognitive deficits or other problems and you believe they may be due to negligence, Reiter & Walsh Law Centers can help. Our highly skilled birth injury lawyers will review the medical records from Royal Oak or Troy Beaumont, Henry Ford West Bloomfield, or any other hospital, and determine what happened. If negligence caused your child’s injury we will work hard to recover the damages to which your child is entitled.
Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Helping Children for Almost 3 Decades
Jesse Reiter, the firm’s co-founder, is currently recognized as one of the best medical malpractice attorneys in America by U.S. News and World Report 2015, which also recognized his firm as being one of the best in the country. In fact, U.S. News and World Report has given Jesse the honor of being one of the “Best Lawyers in America” every year since 2008. Jesse has also been named a top lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine for the last 7 years, and the magazine recently listed him as one of the 10 best attorneys in Michigan, as well as one of the 5 best Michigan consumer lawyers. In 2006, Jesse was named “Lawyer of the Year” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly, and in 2012, the organization deemed him one of the “Leaders in the Law.” Jesse and his team of Troy, Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills, Michigan birth injury attorneys spend a lot of time getting to know the children and families they are representing so they have a thorough understanding of each child’s current and lifelong needs.
If your child was diagnosed with a permanent disability, contact Jesse and his award-winning team. The Michigan birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh have helped numerous families and children throughout the country obtain compensation for lifelong treatment, therapy and a secure future. Jesse and his team have numerous multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements that attest to their dedication and success. Email or call Reiter & Walsh at 888-419-2229 for a free case evaluation. No fees are ever collected until we win your case.
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