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Birth Injuries Archives

Understanding Erb's Palsy

The advances made in obstetrical medicine in recent years have made childbirth seem likely a relatively routine procedure. Thus, when Stamford clients come to us here at Wocl Leydon LLC after having had to go through the ordeal of a birth injury, the first thing we often look for is an error by their providers. Your newborn baby is so delicate that the need to handle him or her with care typically does not need to be stated. However, that might not stop a doctor or nurse from misapplying force and causing a serious injury. 

When birth injuries upend life for an entire family

On this blog, we have written about many different aspects of birth injuries and the consequences associated with mistakes that are made during delivery. From brain trauma to cerebral palsy, these injuries are often devastating for mothers and their children. However, the wide range of consequences that these injuries cause should not be overlooked. From financial challenges to extreme emotional distress, our law office knows how hard birth injuries can be for an entire family in Stamford and other parts of Connecticut.

Suing a federal medical facility under the FTCA

Connecticut residents who have been victims of medical malpractice at a facility run by the federal government can file a lawsuit because medical malpractice lawsuits are an exception to the prohibition against suing the government. Such lawsuits can be filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Physicians working in federal hospitals who are independent contractors are not subject to FTCA rules, but doctors who are employees of those facilities are.

Potential causes of cerebral palsy

Connecticut children who suffer brain damage before or during birth are at risk for developing cerebral palsy. This disorder, which is caused by an abnormal development of the brain, can affect the ability to control muscles. There are several risk factors that increase the chance that a child may be affected by cerebral palsy.

Study compares the safety of home and hospital births

Expectant mothers in Connecticut will generally be taken to a hospital or other medical facility when they are ready to give birth, but a comprehensive Canadian study indicates that home deliveries may be just as safe for women with uncomplicated pregnancies. The study compared the outcomes of 11,000 hospital births and approximately 11,000 planned home births in Ontario. The results of the study were published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Inductions may prevent Connecticut birth injuries

On average, women carry a fetus for approximately 40 weeks. In some cases, however, an induction performed by a medical professional may be advised prior to the woman reaching 40 weeks' gestation. Larger babies, for example, are at risk of experiencing shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby becomes stuck in the birth canal after the head has been delivered.

Adoption of safety measures shown to reduce childbirth injuries

In Connecticut and throughout the U.S., fatalities and injuries suffered by mothers and newborns during childbirth are regarded as some of the most serious issues hospitals must improve upon. These injuries not only result in personal strife but also financial complications for both hospitals and individuals. Fortunately, a large number of hospitals are greatly reducing rates of injuries and fatalities by adopting basic safety programs.

Fetal distress cases in Connecticut

When you are pregnant, your doctor is supposed to monitor the health of your fetus, both during your pregnancy as well as during your labor and delivery. If your doctor or the obstetrics staff failed to appropriately monitor your fetus for signs of distress, your baby may have been seriously injured or even died as a result.

Laryngeal injuries in Connecticut

An infant who assumes a position in utero with the head turned and flexed laterally may sustain an injury to the laryngeal nerves. In order to correctly diagnose the condition, a visual examination of the cords needs to be made by using a laryngoscope. From there, a trusted physician can determine whether one or both cords have been affected.

Wocl Leydon, LLC is a law firm experienced in handling wrongful death, medical malpractice, auto accidents, fall down claims, nursing home negligence and abuse, car crash and motor vehicle collision lawsuits. The personal injury trial lawyers handle cases throughout Fairfield County. If you have been seriously injured in Stamford, Norwalk, Fairfield, Bridgeport, or anywhere in Connecticut, please call one of our litigation attorneys at 203-333-3339, or email the firm to schedule a free consultation.

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