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.
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.
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.
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.
When a woman is having a difficult birth, doctors in Connecticut will sometimes use delivery assistance tools such as a vacuum extractor or forceps. Because the use of vacuum extractors is increasing, many doctors are more comfortable with this tool than they are with forceps. However, vacuum extractors are not safe to use in every birth, and there are some inherent disadvantages to vacuum deliveries.
Women who are expecting in Connecticut might wish to understand when a forceps delivery may be necessary. Often, additional help in delivering the baby may be needed, regardless of whether the cervix has become fully dilated or not. In this situation, a physician may determine that either vacuum-assisted or forceps delivery is mandated.
In a blog post last week, we talked to our readers about preeclampsia -- the pregnancy-related condition that can result in a number of other serious health conditions if it isn't diagnosed earlier and treated just as quickly. This week, we wanted to continue our discussion about this potentially fatal condition by explaining the negative impact it can have on a child.
If you're a first-time mother here in Connecticut and you're worried about your pregnancy then you're not alone. This is a concern shared by mothers across the nation and with good reason. There are a number of serious health conditions that can develop during the course of a pregnancy that can have a negative effect on an unborn child.
Giving birth for a lot of women is an exciting time. But that joy can be easily shattered when the child is born with a serious injury. For many mothers, they begin questioning when the injury occurred and may even wonder if it was caused by the hospital staff involved in the delivery process.
Rather than take this matter to trial, a military hospital instead has settled out a birth injuries lawsuit for $9 million. It was claimed that the facility did not appropriately respond to symptoms of a uterine rupture when the child was born in 2010. Delays in performing a cesarean section were also mentioned as a possible cause of injuries to the child.