Spastic Cerebral Palsy at Birth

Spastic cerebral palsy is a permanent loss of muscle control caused by an injury to the brain resulting from a variety of causes, one of which is a lack of oxygen to the baby during labor and delivery. Spastic CP is characterized by involuntary movement of the arms and legs, uncontrolled muscle spasms and can also affect the muscles controlling speech and swallowing.  Spastic CP can affect all four limbs, neck and torso (tetraplegia), both…

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Cardiac Arrest During Spinal Block

While general anesthesia is used for many surgical procedures, and local anesthetics are usually given by injection into a very specific part of the body that needs to be numbed, an injection of numbing medication into a patient’s back allows a whole region of the lower body to be pain-free without putting the patient to sleep during some abdominal surgeries, leg and feet surgeries or other lower body procedures, such as urinary tract procedures. Spinal…

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Xarelto Update: First Federal MDL Trial Verdict

The first multi-district litigation (MDL) trial for the blood thinner medication Xarelto began just a few weeks ago. This drug is used to prevent blood clots in patients suffering from arrhythmic heart disorder. If not properly monitored, Xarelto increases the risk of severe internal bleeding. The legal team representing Xarelto victims argues that the manufacturer of the drug failed to properly warn the medical community of the danger of uncontrollable bleeding presented by Xarelto. Sadly,…

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Uterine Rupture and Birth Injury

Uterine rupture in pregnancy can be life-threatening for the mother and baby. Signs and symptoms associated with uterine rupture should be identified by a medical provider through careful monitoring of the mother and baby during labor and delivery, and include: Significant uterine bleeding Severe chest pain or abdominal pain Falling blood pressure in the mother Abnormal or absent pattern of uterine contractions (visible on the fetal monitoring strip) Abnormal fetal heart rate (visible on the…

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Smith & Nephew Multi-District Litigation Comes to Maryland

People from all over the United States suffering from injuries due to Smith & Nephew Birmingham Hip Resurfacing (BHR) and R3 Acetabular system hip devices are now closer than ever to receiving the compensation they deserve. On April 5, 2017, a federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) was created to combine over 40 federal cases into one proceeding before one judge. The cases will be presided over by Judge Catherine C. Blake of the United States District…

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Abdominal Injury During Laparoscopy

Laparoscopy is one of the most common abdominal surgical procedures performed around the world. It is a minimally invasive surgery, which a surgeon performs by making several small incisions, each one about ½” in size, through which surgical instruments are inserted. Minimizing the size of the surgical incision greatly reduces the patient’s post-operative healing time, decreases the patient’s risk of developing a post-operative hernia, and minimizes surgical scars. Unfortunately, the very small size of the…

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Staying Up To Date: Talcum Powder

A Multi-District Litigation (MDL) has been ordered to combine Johnson & Johnson talcum powder lawsuits from federal courts all over the country into one court, the U. S. District Court of New Jersey. All federal cases citing the use of Johnson & Johnson talcum powder as the cause of ovarian cancer can now be filed directly into the MDL. This MDL was formed to speed up the handling of more than 2,000 talcum powder-related suits…

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Placenta Previa and Hypoxic Brain Injury

Placenta previa occurs when the placenta lies low in the uterus and partially or completely covers the cervix.  When this happens, the placenta is lying between the fetus and the birth canal, effectively blocking the baby’s delivery. Although placenta previa is quite common in the early weeks and months of pregnancy, it typically resolves as the pregnancy progresses and the placenta moves up and away from the cervix as the uterus expands. However, placenta previa…

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Perinatal Hypoxia and Blindness in Newborns

According to the NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information), damage to the brain is the most common cause of visual impairment in children in developed countries. Blindness caused by brain injury during a baby’s labor and delivery (the perinatal phase of birth) occurs when the baby’s oxygen supply is severely interrupted for a long enough period of time to cause damage to the brainstem or visual cortex (also called the occipital lobe), which are the…

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klumpke’s palsy

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report there are 3,952,841 babies born each year in the United States.  Approximately one in every 1,000 of these births result in an injury to a baby’s brachial plexus – a webbed network of five nerves located below the neck and above each shoulder.  The brachial plexus controls movement and the sense of touch in the fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders. A brachial plexus injury may be…

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