Alarms on monitoring devices in hospital obstetrical units regularly go off during a woman’s labor and the delivery of her child. While some of these alarms may signal serious danger to mother or fetus, others may be false alarms that do not signal danger but that still require prompt response to ensure patient safety. When […]
Could a Failure to Adequately Respond to Alarms during Labor and Delivery Have Caused Your Baby’s Birth Injury?
Concerned parents do their best to make careful choices when purchasing products their children may use or be exposed to, from toys to laundry detergent to furniture and appliances. The hazards presented by many products are obvious to us all—medications with easily removed caps, heavy TVs placed on wobbly television stands, kitchen utensils with sharp […]
According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), standardized protocols and checklists for patient treatment and care have been clearly shown to significantly reduce the risk of patient harm. Standardized performance of critical tasks is particularly important in stressful environments such as labor and delivery suites, where fatigue is a frequent factor, and […]
Could your newborn infant’s sleepiness, eating and sucking difficulties, extreme irritability, breathing problems, eye-movement irregularities, or seizures be due to a birth injury related to asphyxia? Though fetal asphyxia, newborn asphyxia, or birth asphyxia have been defined in various ways by organizations such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the World […]
Certain prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, when taken by a woman during pregnancy, can interfere with the development of the embryo or fetus she is carrying and result in severe birth defects in her child. Such substances are known as teratogens and may lead to the liability of drug companies that market these drugs for […]
A high-risk pregnancy is generally defined as any pregnancy in which the risk of pregnancy or childbirth complications is higher than normal. Thus, anything that places a mother or fetus at increased risk for poor health or injury during the mother’s pregnancy or the birth of her child may result in a high-risk pregnancy diagnosis. […]
Could Your Identical Twins’ Birth Injuries or Deaths Have Been Caused by Untimely Diagnosed or Inadequately Treated TTTS?
TTTS, or twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, is a pregnancy complication that can only occur when a woman is carrying identical twins or other identical multiple fetuses and when more than one identical fetus share a placenta. Though these conditions do not always give rise to TTTS, TTTS may develop when abnormalities in blood circulation between fetuses […]
You’re expecting a child—perhaps, your first—and have never been happier or more excited. When a shopping-mall hawker offers to take an ultrasound “photo” or video of the precious fetus growing inside you, how can you resist? It will be a keepsake, she tells you, that you’ll treasure forever. Despite the temptation, the Food and Drug […]
Was Your Baby Injured by an Ill-advised Vaginal Delivery or Delayed or Improperly Performed C-Section?
A baby can be injured at birth due to an obstetrician’s failure to order a Caesarian section (C-Section) delivery when a vaginal delivery posed certain risks to the fetus. Babies may also be injured when an indicated C-section is delayed or performed improperly. When a baby is injured or dies as a result of any […]
While children may sustain cerebral palsy (CP) birth injuries due to unpreventable occurrences, CP may also be caused by medical malpractice during a woman’s pregnancy or the birth of her child. Medical malpractice can lead to a child’s CP in a number of ways, some of which are discussed below. If your child has been […]