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All Posts in Category: birth injuries

 

My Child Has Cerebral Palsy. Can I Sue?

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 28 Dec, 2016
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When an infant is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, it can be devastating to the new parents. Cerebral palsy is a sort of umbrella term that covers a number of disorders that were caused by a lack of oxygen flow to the infant’s brain in the womb, during delivery or immediately after birth. It can also be caused by some type of injury sustained during delivery.

In some cases, it is impossible to tell when the injury occurred. In other cases, it is very clear that the lack of oxygen was the direct result of a medical mistake. When cerebral palsy, or any other birth injury, is caused by a mistake or negligence… Read More

 

Birth Defect Versus Birth Injury

Posted by Nicole Gendics on 30 Sep, 2016
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When you are expecting a baby, you are also expecting that your delivery will go smoothly. You may be nervous about the process, but you are confident that your doctor will ensure that everything proceeds safely. Unfortunately, some babies are born with birth defects and others are injured during the birthing process. Understanding the difference between a defect and an injury can help you determine if you have a right to seek compensation.

Birth Defect

A birth defect is a genetic abnormality. It may also be caused by an issue with the mother’s health, an infection or environmental conditions.… Read More

 

South Carolina Woman Gives Birth to Stillborn and Arrested

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 05 Nov, 2010

Around three hours north of the offices of Howell and Christmas, LLC, Charleston accident and injury lawers, is Bennettsville, South Carolina, where last week a woman was charged with neglect in the death of her stillborn child. The 27-week-old child was delivered at Marlboro Park Hospital to a 29-year old woman who tested positive for cocaine in a test administered by hospital officials after the delivery.

The Marlboro County Coroner, Tim Brown, is awaiting the results of the autopsy to determine the exact cause of the infants death. The autopsy is being conducted at the Medical University… Read More

 

Delivery Mistakes at Military Hospitals Lead to Wrongful Death, Permanent Brain Damage, and Federal Pay Outs

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 03 Nov, 2010

South Carolina injury attorneys came across this troubling case that involves a medical malpractice suit filed against the United States after two deliveries were botched at two different military hospitals that resulted in the death of one child and left the other permanantly disabled. If the plaintiffs in these cases are successful the U.S. Government could potentially pay out a combined sum of over $20 million to the parents of the two children.

Last week a wrongful death lawsuit led to a U.S. District Senior Judge awarding $10.2 million to the family of a child born at the U.S. Naval Hospital… Read More

 

South Carolina Birth Injuries: Are Hospitals Safe?

Posted by Reese M. Stidham on 29 Jan, 2010

Family awarded $893,684 in Suit Against Hospital

After filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against Janesville, Illinois’s Mercy Health System, Justin and Kara Rutherford accused the hospital and doctors of negligence in the handling of Kara’s labor and delivery of their son.

When Jared was delivered, his shoulder got stuck behind his mother’s pubic bone after his head was delivered, which prevented his body from easily following the head during delivery. This complication injured the nerve’s in the boy’s shoulder. As a result of his delivery, Jared … Read More