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Do forceps deliveries pose birth injury risks?

Sometimes, women in Rhode Island, and throughout the U.S., may require assistance giving birth. When this happens, physicians use special tools in order to help guide the baby out of the birth canal. Among these tools are forceps, which look similar to two large spoons. While forceps can be helpful tools in these cases, their use may pose serious risks.

Periventricular leukomalacia: A leading cause of cerebral palsy

At DeLuca and Weizenbaum, we have seen firsthand how devastating it can be when a child is diagnosed with cerebral palsy. When these disorders can be traced to medical errors committed by Rhode Island health care providers, we help families hold these negligent providers accountable. In such cases, it is important to determine what type of underlying brain injury led a child to develop cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy resulting from birth injuries

Parents in Providence and all over the world no doubt feel that even though challenges are inherent with raising the children, the joy and love that their children bring to their lives makes enduring such challenges well worth it. Yet that’s not to say that those feelings make dealing with parental struggles any easier. Children will often demand the utmost from their parents’ emotional, physical, and financial resources. With handicapped children, that demand is often lifelong. What’s unfortunate is that many handicaps are often preventable.

What is a placental abruption?

Whereas childbirth once presented a number of complications that could have been disastrous to both mothers and babies in Providence, advances in obstetrics in recent years have helped to significantly lower the chances for such problems. Yet while the methods used to diagnose and treat these issues have improved dramatically, many complications in the delivery process cannot be prevented entirely. Placental abruption is one of these problems, and an early diagnosis of this condition is essential in saving the lives of those unborn babies affected by it.

Woman alleges poor prenatal care led to child’s birth injury

Most in Providence would probably assume that cases involving a birth injury would be limited to actions or inactions that occurred during the actual birthing process. Yet many view the probability of a successful delivery as having a direct correlation to the quality of prenatal care that an expectant mother received from her obstetrician. If a woman felt as her doctor was guilty of errors, misjudgments, or simple negligence during the prenatal period, she may draw the conclusion that such issues contributed to circumstances which endangered the health and safety of both she and her baby during delivery.

What is Erb’s Palsy?

Thanks to advances in the field of obstetrics, many of the birth injuries that were common as recently as even 10 years ago can now be avoided in childbirth cases here in Providence and throughout the rest of the country. Unfortunately, no amount of medical improvements can completely eliminate human error from the birthing process. Even the slightest misstep by a doctor, nurse, or other clinician during birth can have disastrous results on a newborn baby. One such result is a brachial plexus injury, which can result in a condition commonly known as Erb’s palsy.

Spotting the signs of a birth injury

According to the health information website www.RightDiagnosis.com, every year there are about 28,000 childbirth injury cases in the United States. These occur despite all of the recent advances in medical and, specifically, obstetrical science. Birth injuries can often end up taking a dramatic toll on a child’s life, particularly because they are often so hard to diagnose early on.

Long-delayed lawsuit results in multi-million dollar settlement

Medical malpractice lawsuits in Providence can often be very complex. Any number of different factors may cause them to be thrown out, leaving those who were the victims of the alleged malpractice without the means to deal with its consequences. Yet the dismissal of a lawsuit doesn’t necessarily mean that the matter can’t be revisited. In certain circumstances, a plaintiff may be able to re-file a lawsuit later on should the circumstances surrounding the case change.

Family says providers negligent before and after birth of son

The medical care process is extremely dynamic, and while there is an accepted standard of care in place for most scenarios that clinicians will face, each patient case will present unique challenges. Patients in Providence rely on the expertise and experience of their doctors to make those split-second decisions regarding their care that will ultimately deliver successful outcomes. When that doesn’t happen, these patients are often left wondering what missteps may have happened along the way that created or contributed to the complications they experienced. If those missteps involved negligence on behalf of the doctors or other clinical staff charged with their care, then patients may be well within their rights to take legal action against them.

Woman alleges nurse-midwife performed procedure without consent

Most would assume that injuries that occur during childbirth are more likely to affect the baby. While that remains true in a number of cases, it should also be remembered that the mother goes through quite a bit of stress, as well. Procedures performed to assist with delivery can take their toll on a woman. Most women would likely agree to anything that would help ensure a safer delivery. However, that assumption should never be made by clinical staff. The woman or her representatives should still be involved in any decision making before a procedure is performed.

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