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Ohio jury awards $14.5 million in birth injury lawsuit

On June 10, 2014, an Ohio jury awarded $14.5 million in a medical malpractice lawsuit to a Stephanie Stewart and her 11-year-old son, Alijah Jones, who suffered a brain hemorrhage after a delayed delivery. Alijah now suffers from cerebral palsy, visual impairments and cognitive delays, among other health issues.

New Guidelines Issued Regarding Newborn Brain Injuries

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the American Academy of Pediatrics recently released an updated set of guidelines on neonatal encephalopathy, a term used to describe newborn brain injury or brain disorder.

Is there a Cap on Birth Injury Lawsuit Settlements in Illinois?

If you suspect that a birth injury resulted from a medical practitioner's negligence or carelessness, you may consider pursuing a lawsuit against the person or facility responsible. Birth injury litigation falls into the category of medical malpractice, which allows plaintiffs to hold one or more negligent professionals accountable for their role in an undue injury or other avoidable condition.

How Can Medical Malpractice Result in Infant Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a term used to describe a group of similar chronic disorders that damage the brain, affecting control of movement. Recognized as one of the most common causes of childhood disability, cerebral palsy affects more than 10,000 newly diagnosed infants every year.

Birth Injury Risk Can Increase Without Appropriate Prenatal Testing

Throughout the course of a woman's pregnancy, her obstetricians and other health care providers should make time to discuss prenatal screening options. Prenatal screening can help detect birth defects, congenital illnesses and many other important fetal conditions. Furthermore, in some circumstances, failure to conduct adequate prenatal screenings can be grounds for a medical liability lawsuit.

Government Urges Physicians To Test For Gestational Diabetes

In January 2014, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), a government-backed panel, issued a statement saying that all expectant mothers, regardless of whether or not they have been diagnosed with diabetes prior to pregnancy, should be tested for gestational diabetes after 24 weeks of pregnancy.

When Does A Birth Injury Result From Medical Malpractice?

Many different factors contribute to birth injuries, including unexpected complications during labor. Often, however, severe birth injuries are the result of medical malpractice by a physician or other health care practitioner.

Could A Caesarean Section Lead To Birth Injuries?

Not long ago, Caesarean sections were considered too invasive and expensive to perform often, and were only done when unavoidable. In recent years, however, the number of C-sections has skyrocketed, and nearly one in every three women giving birth in a hospital today chooses to have a C-section or requires one.

Proposed Illinois Birth Injury Fund Would Help Hospitals, Deprive Victims Of Legal Rights

In Maryland, lawmakers are considering creating a no-fault birth injury fund for the parents of children who are injured during labor and delivery. This would allow the parents to receive compensation from an established state fund instead of by filing claims against hospitals and physicians in court.

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