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Litigation

Preventable Birth Injuries

The birth of a child is a day that every parent remembers for the rest of his or her life. They are also placing an extreme amount of trust in the hands of the medical professionals who handle the birthing process. When something goes wrong and mistakes are made, the results can be devastating, as newborns are extremely vulnerable as they are being born.

If someone makes a mistake when a child is being born, it can lead not only to devastating medical, emotional and financial consequences, but it can also lead to a complicated legal situation should the parents decide to pursue a claim for medical malpractice. Below is a look at some common injuries that occur and the potentially negligent parties involved in a preventable birth injury.

Common Birth Injuries

Generally, most preventable birth injuries occur as the infant is being brought out of the room. During any birth, there is a short amount of time when the infant is vulnerable because he or she is traversing the birth canal and is temporarily cut off from the oxygen supply that is so critical during those first few moments. Some of the injuries that can occur include:

Erb’s Palsy

Hypoxic encephalopathy

Cerebral Palsy

Muscle injury

These injuries can occur due to improper suction, improper extraction whereby the infant is stuck in the birth canal for too long and improper handling where the infant’s body is harmed due to the application of too much force in a sensitive area.

Parties Who Could be Responsible

When people think of medical malpractice and specifically birth injuries, most would assume that any mistake that leads to such injuries is the fault of the doctor. While it’s quite common for the doctor to be responsible, several other medical professionals are involved in the birthing process and each could make a mistake that causes damage to the infant. A few examples appear below:

Doctor – The doctor is in charge of the procedure, and ultimately accountability falls to him or her for a mistake during the birthing process.

Nurse – Nurses are always present in the delivery room and are trusted to handle critical aspects of the birthing process.

Physician’s Assistant – The PA is also present and deeply involved in the birthing process, and his or her mistake could lead to a mistake by the doctor in charge.…

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Traumatic Birth Injuries

Although the United States has some of the most advanced medical technologies, statistics show it is unable to provide adequate care to new born babies, with 6 out of every 1000 babies incurring traumatic injuries at birth. The effects of certain injuries are often difficult to detect as speech patterns and behavioral issues develop as the child grows.

Typically, birth injuries occur due to the increased pressure put on the baby while passing through the birth canal. Issues such as prolonged labor, legs-first delivery, premature birth, and the doctors’ use of forceps can increase the chances of injury at birth. Although some of the situations that cause birth injury are beyond doctors’ control, if any of the following issues arise, you might want to discuss the situation with legal counsel:

Failure to accommodate increased pain or discomfort

Inappropriate use of hormones to speed up labor

Failure to respond to internal bleeding or fetal distress

Delay in diagnosing and ordering the need for a cesarean section

Failure to attend to infections after birth

There are ways to detect injuries to your newborn baby. Bruising, swelling, or scratches on the face or head might have been caused by negligent use of forceps or a vacuum extractor. If the infant is unable to move one extremity, or cry or laugh with only one side of their face showing emotion, they might be paralyzed. Other injuries such as broken bones or cerebral palsy are harder to detect until the child starts crawling or walking, hearing and responding to stimuli, and developing speech patterns.

If you suspect any of the above issues with your, or someone else’s child, it is imperative for you to get the child checked by a doctor. Also, upon discovery of an injury sustained at the birth of the child, it is important for you to speak with an attorney to discuss your case and remain within the statute of limitations.…

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Injuries Don’t Stop at the Site of the Accident

It is safe to say that our lifestyles are very much dependent upon fast and convenient transportation methods. Therefore, traveling in a vehicle on a busy road happens every single day for most of us; the possibility of being involved in a car accident is always present.
Car accidents happen to a huge number of victims every year. With the growing number of cars on the roads, these numbers are likely to increase. Although the majority of car accidents are minor and only create material damage, personal injuries resulting from auto accidents are quite frequent. In 2008 alone, 2.35 million people were injured in car accidents in the USA.
In Denver, Colorado there were over 1,700 non-fatal crashes in 2007. These statistics show us there are many victims in Colorado who will hire the services of a car accident lawyer in Denver.
In order to achieve a favorable result from a civil lawsuit or a personal injury settlement, citizens of Denver should know a few things. When involved in a car accident and injured a victim should request medical assistance as soon as possible. This is important not only to ensure that injuries are properly treated but also to demonstrate the gravity of the injury in a possible future case of tort litigation.
The most common injuries sustained during car accident are head injuries, neck injuries (also known as whiplashes), spinal and back damage, broken limbs, contusion and open wounds. In the most severe of cases permanent injuries appear which negatively alter the quality of living for the victim and are often permanently.
It is important to understand that not all injuries are apparent at the moment of the accident. Some can go unnoticed for quite a long time and only become apparent when certain conditions are met or when the injury produces a complication. As an example, the victim of a truck accident in Denver can overlook a slight back pain resulted from the crash. In time the minor problem can aggravate in a serious condition that can even impair the victim. The victim should employ the services of a Denver truck accident lawyer and seek compensation.
Damages are not always just physical. An emotional distress caused by the shock of the accident can gradually develop and can eventually lead to serious psychological ailments such as depression. For example, a surviving victim of a fatal car crash who witnessed a fatality, can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can be a devastating condition.
Financial damages resulted from the loss of wage during hospitalization, medical expenditures, and recovery costs can also be subject to a civil claim under tort law. This kind of damage is not apparent at the moment of the accident. The plaintiff should contact a Denver car accident lawyer after full recovery in order to evaluate the entire extent of damage suffered.…

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Personal Injuries in San Fernando Valley Cost Lives and Limbs

As one of California’s most urbanized areas, San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyers will tell you that people of all ages, whether they get behind the wheel of a car or not, are at risk of accidents that can cost them their lives and limbs.
Studies show that San Fernando Valley many accident injuries occur near schools, on urban streets and at train crossings.
Dangerous Train Crossings Worry San Fernando Valley Commuters
In 2008, San Fernando Valley figured prominently in the news after a Metrolink train collided with a Union Pacific freight train in Chatsworth. Reports showed that 25 people were killed and 135 others were injured in the horrific collision. Investigation showed that the Metrolink train engineer may have been text messaging at the time of the crash, which led him to miss a red light warning.
Aside from the tragic 2008 crash, safety experts say that San Fernando Valley is home to some of the system’s most dangerous crossings. They identified these areas as Buena Vista Street in Burbank and Sunland Boulevard in Sun Valley. In January 2003, two people were killed when a man’s vehicle was struck by a Metrolink train traveling 79 mph. Two train cars were also derailed and 20 other Metrolink riders were injured in the train accident. In January 2006, a 76-year-old lady was killed after her car was hit by a Metrolink train going 75 mph. The woman’s car was dragged a third of a mile before the train could stop.
Metrolink officials, however, are aware of the city’s track record when it comes to train safety. They recently announced, that as a result of the 2008 Chatsworth crash, video cameras have been installed inside and outside all of the rail system’s locomotives. The new safety measures also include video records, similar to those of an airplane’s black box, which will be reviewed daily on a random basis to determine whether engineers adhere to bans on cellphones, text messaging and entertaining unauthorized passengers in the cab.
Unsafe Driving in School Zones Puts Children, Crossing Guards At Risk
The most vulnerable members of the population include children. In fact, San Fernando Valley safety officials say that 25 to 30 children are injured every year while on their way to school or while going home. But it’s not only children who are at risk. San Fernando Valley has 146 crossing guards and they recently spoke out about some people’s cavalier driving attitudes near school zones.
San Fernando Valley crossing guards say that even though cars are supposed to wait for them to get back on the curb, some drivers turn right in front of them. One Valley crossing guard recounted how one driver completely ignored him as walked back to the curb and even laughed as she almost hit him. Despite a 25 mph speed limit in school zones, another crossing guard suffered serious personal injuries when he was hit by a speeding driver in Granada Hills.
Even parents put their own children at risk with their driving habits, said one San Fernando Valley transportation official. Because many parents are in a rush to drop off their children at schools, they compromise their kids’ safety and those of other children. One girl was dragged down the street by her mother when the child’s backpack was caught in the car handle as she stepped out of the vehicle.
San Fernando Valley Personal Injury Lawyers Note Disturbing Pattern in City’s Car Accidents
Meantime, many San Fernando personal injury attorneys are also concerned that many accidents seem to take place in select streets and areas in the city. Recent studies showed that in the last three years, at least 90 people have been killed on just 20 San Fernando Valley streets.
Many San Fernando Valley personal injury law firms say that this means that either the city is not doing enough to make the roads safe for its citizens or some motorists are stubborn about sticking to their unsafe driving practices. Some of the most dangerous streets include Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Burbank Boulevard and Nordhoff Street, which had 28 fatal accidents between them.…