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Birth Injuries: HIE Puts Infants at Risk During Childbirth

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) occurs when a newborn baby’s oxygen and blood flow to the brain are reduced resulting in brain injuries. 

It develops from the prenatal to the postnatal period. But it often occurs during labor, when infants are under extreme stress due to uterine contractions.

Generally, a child who suffers from HIE will most likely go on to have cerebral palsy and other life-long disabilities. In the United States, it occurs in 1 to 3 for every 1000 births. And the percentage of infants diagnosed with cerebral palsy ranges from 15% to 28%. 

Maryland Woman Won the Largest Medical Malpractice Verdict in History

A woman in Prince George’s County, Maryland, won the largest medical malpractice verdict in US history when a Baltimore judge awarded her $205 million in July 2019. 

Erica Byrom sued the John Hopkins Bayview Medical Centre after complications during the birth of her daughter, which resulted in a serious brain injury to the now 5-year-old girl. The jury awarded her $229 million, but state cap reduced the awarded amount to $205 million soon after.

Misdignosis of Cancer

{youtube pwQkxL85BAE} Although cancer is considered a serious disease, the earlier it is diagnosed and treated, the greater the odds are of full recovery. When medical professionals misdiagnose a patient’s symptoms, it can lead to a delayed diagnosis of cancer – leading to a more aggressive disease with a higher probability of death. Depending on […]

Emergency Room Malpractice

A trip to the emergency room is often fraught with anxiety. In many instances, the patient is suffering from a serious injury, pain, illness or a serious condition. While the intentions of the ER staff are good, in some cases medical professionals can make errors due to negligence and lack of responsibility. If you were […]

Erb’s Palsy

New York City Erb’s Palsy Lawyer Erb’s palsy is a type of birth injury that damages the nerves of the shoulder and elbow muscles. In some cases, the condition is the direct result of a medical professional failing to employ the accepted standard of care during birth. If the arm of the baby is stuck […]

5 Important Things to Know about Medical Malpractice

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the third leading cause of death in the United States is medical negligence, right behind heart disease and cancer. In 2012, more than $3 billion was spent in medical malpractice payouts, meaning that there is an average of one payout every 43 minutes. It is estimated that approximately 200,000 patients are killed each year as a result of medical errors.

What are the Common Types of Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice occurs when a doctor or any other healthcare professional breaches their duty of care to a patient and that breach results in injury or death. Fortunately, these cases happen on fairly rare occasions; but when they do occur, they can have devastating consequences. Like many others, you may wonder what type of treatments might be the cause for medical malpractice.

What is "Standard of Care" in the Medical Malpractice Arena

Medical malpractice cases rest on the premise of “standard of care.” If you have been a victim of an incident of medical malpractice, you will have to prove that a medical professional treating you has breached the norms of standard of care to prove the validity of your case and claim damages. You should know the meaning of the phrase, its implications, the instances when standard of care is deemed to have been breached, and the exceptions to the norm.