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Birth Injury News & Legal Developments

Sometimes just a short news snippet provides a ray of home for a family seeking more information about a particular birth injury they may be coping with. Other times, a news story provides a source of inspiration in a time of need. Mostly, articles about cerebral palsy and other types of birth injuries are important because they demonstrate to families that they are not alone in coping with these life-changing events.

From a legal perspective, developments in the area of birth injury laws are important to monitor as the fluidity of the law can have a drastic impact on the rights of your child. Many of these legal developments significantly impact both pending and perspective litigation deriving from medical malpractice.

Factors That May Put Your Child at Risk for Developing Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders caused by abnormal brain development or significant brain damage that occurs during pregnancy, delivery or after the child is born. In actuality, there are multiple possible causes of damage or abnormal damage. Once considered only to be caused by oxygen deprivation during… more »

‘Life Care Plans’ Help Provide for Your Child’s Medical Needs and Future

Children who suffer disabling injuries such as a birth defect or childbirth trauma often need lifelong living assistance. In many incidents, the child requires ongoing care to accomplish even the most basic activities like eating, dressing, toileting or bathing. In some cases, specialized equipment or an environment modification to… more »

Growing Old with Cerebral Palsy: What to Expect

While the burden of dealing with cerebral palsy (CP) can place many restrictions on a young child, handling CP as an adult can affect the individual’s independence and quality-of-life. This is because cerebral palsy in adulthood usually requires extensive management of many medical conditions and symptoms. Oftentimes, the individual requires… more »

Factors to Assist Families Making Diagnosis of CP

Cerebral palsy (CP) is actually a group of medical conditions affecting the portion of the brain that controls muscles. CP can cause significant issues with balance, posture and movement. However, some children have extensive developmental and intellectual disabilities that are the direct result of the condition. These disabilities make communicating,… more »

Family Awarded $5M in Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Involving Baby

A Cook County Illinois jury rendered a verdict of more than $5 million against a Hinsdale Hospital Emergency room physician and other medical care givers at the end of a trial involving the May 2008 death of a seven-week old baby. Physician David Mayor and Emergency Health Care Physicians were… more »

Understanding the Connection between Meconium and Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy

Meconium is a medical term that refers to a newborn’s first bowel movement. In most infant deliveries, the baby experiences their initial bowel movement immediately after birth. However, when it occurs while the baby is in the womb, the child can breathe in the stool and amniotic fluid into its… more »

How to Determine If Your Child’s Cerebral Palsy Was Preventable

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of medical disorders that make movement and balance difficult. The disorders are typically the result of an injury to the child’s developing brain before, during or after the birthing process. In nearly every case, CP is a preventable condition that would save the child… more »

Will Boy’s CP Treatment Become The New Standard?

Cerebral Palsy in children

Cerebral Palsy in children is one of those rare conditions that plagues every two newborn babies in a 1000. This disease is marked by a permanent damage to brain neurons that control muscle reflexes and the muscle tone. Because this condition is present by birth, on… more »

Cord Blood Treatments Continue To Offer Promise for Treating Cerebral Palsy

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Among the various diseases that plague newborn babies, Cerebral Palsy is one that is commonly heard of. However, its occurrence and frequency has increased gradually over the last decade. Literally speaking, Cerebral is a derived word from Cerebrum which is the area of the brain that… more »

Are Older Mother’s Increasing Their Children’s Risk Of Birth Injuries?

The increasing trend of late pregnancies

The information and technology era of today has put our future at risk, according to some medical experts. These experts feel that the society at large demands way more from women in terms of quality education and decent jobs than it did a decade… more »

Basic Accommodations Can Help Disabled Children Enjoy ‘Normal’ Childhood Fun

What child does not enjoy going to the park? Sliding down a whirlpool slide at the community pool? Playing bumper cars with their siblings and friends? These are just a few of the questions parents of disabled children are asking themselves, and the community. Due to many different motor and… more »

What Needs To Be Proved To Succeed In a Cerebral Palsy Lawsuit?

Cerebral palsy affects thousands of children and adults throughout the world. It is one of the most common chronic disorders and has some of the most devastating effects on the individual’s lifestyle. Children are unable to co-ordinate their movements and can have difficulty doing simple acts such as walking by… more »

Family Rallies behind Brother To Help Provide For His Care For His Birth Injuries

The Past Present And Future For Cerebral Palsy

For almost a decade, the disease that we know as Cerebral Palsy was called the Little’s Disease because its observation was first penned down by Dr. William Little in the 19th century. Because medical research and breakthroughs were scarce back then,… more »

Should You Hire An Attorney To Prosecute A Cerebral Palsy Case?

Cerebral Palsy and its causes

Cerebral palsy is a neurological birth ailment that arises from damage sustained to a newborn’s brain. Even though in some cases CP is detected during a mother’s pregnancy, more often it is diagnosed after a child is born till the age of 1 or 2.… more »

Art Exhibit Highlights Skills Of Children With Cerebral Palsy

Children who suffer from cerebral palsy have to try much harder than others their age at trying to live a normal life. They suffer many difficulties in doing things that other children can easily do without help. Cerebral palsy children may not be able to walk properly, and may… more »

Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Offers Promise For Children With Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a devastating disease that most often occurs during childbirth, but can also occur during pregnancy and the first three years of a child’s life. Due to a number of reasons, the brain does not receive adequate oxygen, and the parts of the brain, which monitor motor control,… more »

Cerebral Palsy Infographic- Cerebral Palsy: A Gude For Parents

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Early Diagnosis Of Cerebral Palsy Is Important For Kids To Achieve Their Maximum Potential

Cerebral palsy (CP) comes in many forms and with a variety of symptoms, often making it difficult to diagnose. Since many children have CP from birth, there are usually signs early on that the child may have developmental challenges. Although some mild forms of CP may not be diagnosed until

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Jaundice Can Lead to Brain Injury in Children

In Eastern Texas, a doctor and medical center were issued a lawsuit for neglecting to test Tri’Micah and Joy London’s newborn baby for jaundice. Dr. Samantha Chaikin and Premiere Pediatrics allowed the family to leave the facility without noticing that the baby showed many of the familiar symptoms of the… more »

The Trauma Parents Experience When Their Children are Injured at Birth

Complications during childbirth are traumatic for all involved— especially the parents. Physical trauma can happen to both the mother and the child. The family is often left with emotional pain and a financial burden when either the mother or the child is injured during birth. Precautions can be taken to… more »

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Questions The Sincerity Of Hospitals Offering Pre-Litigation Settlements

Having a child with cerebral palsy can create a significant financial burden over time. Even if a person reliable insurance, out of pocket expenses can still accumulate very quickly. Lee Memorial Healthcare System leaders are trying to pass a policy that offers a settlement to victims of medical negligence before… more »

Pushing Children with Cerebral Palsy Too Far Can Result In Serious Accidents With Disabling Injuries

Choosing a school for a child can be a difficult task for any parent; especially if the child suffers from a disability. Children with cerebral palsy require special attention and care and their parents often try to pick a reputable school that is known for its ability to meet the… more »

The Many Shades of Brain Injury

You probably think of a brain injury as an obvious and life-altering condition caused by cataclysmic events and fueling the plot for Nicholas Sparks novels. The good news is that, in reality, brain injuries do not always herald a permanent change in the way a person goes about their life—brain… more »

Kids With Cerebral Palsy Need Recreational Activities For Their Physical & Emotional Health

Anyone can remember their childhood days and the days spent at their local playground and relate to the need to make parks safe and accessible today. Many people take for granted how accessible playgrounds may have been when they were children and forget that the rise in the number of… more »

New Medical Treatment Offers Promise In Preventing Cerebral Palsy at Birth and Improving The Quality of Life For Many

Childbirth can be a wonderful experience for expecting parents, but sometimes things do not go as planned. In some cases, birth injuries such as Cerebral Palsy can occur during delivery and lead to trauma and death. However, medical scientists are developing ways to increase the survival chances of infants with… more »

Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Yields Funds to Provide For The Future Needs Of Child With Cerebral Palsy

The settlement of a Chicagoland medical malpractice lawsuit involving a girl who suffered from complications during the labor and delivery process will provide funding for her medical and non-medical care needs for the rest of her life.

Criticism of obstetrician and hospital staff

The crux of the case centered around… more »

Cerebral Palsy Malpractice Lawsuit Ends in $13.9M Award

A cerebral palsy malpractice lawsuit was brought to court, ending with a $14 million dollar settlement for an Ohio family.

A difficult delivery

Haley Cobb, now 10-years-old was part of a botched birth delivery that included the use of a vacuum device and contraction inducing drugs. Her family asserts these… more »

Life Long Dream to Golf Competitively Realized by Cerebral Palsy Patient

For families whose children suffer from birth injuries such as cerebral palsy, it often seems like a pipe dream to imagine their children one day playing sports, or even excelling at them. Jason Faircloth, 32, is an amateur golfer who is proving that a disability such as cerebral palsy doesn’t… more »

iPad Becoming New Therapy for Cerebral Palsy Patients

A surprising new technique is being touted as a way to help children with birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

Apps for the iPad

The iPad and other tablet computers are helping children whose communication and movement skills are affected. There are now approximately 40,000 apps created for people with… more »

Cerebral Palsy Doesn’t Keep Young Girl from Water Skiing

Living life to the fullest is a challenge for anyone, but especially hard to do if you have a limiting disease such as cerebral palsy. Sixteen-year-old Effie Corriveau proved that nothing can keep an enthusiastic spirit down when she went water skiing this summer, despite suffering from cerebral palsy.… more »

Stand Up Comedian Speaks of Life with Cerebral Palsy

It is inspiring to hear cerebral palsy patients speak of how they overcame their disability and led exciting and productive lives. One such case is stand-up comedian Geri Jewell, best known for her role as “Cousin Geri” on “The Facts of Life,” a 1980’s sitcom. Jewell entertained a crowd of… more »

Teenage Boy with Cerebral Palsy Awarded $6.1M Settlement

Families with children who suffer from birth injuries such as cerebral palsy know the emotional and financial toll the disease can have. In England, a 17-year-old name Sean Bryne was recently awarded 3.75M pounds, or 6.1M dollars for a negligent delivery that left Sean with cerebral palsy.

Errors monitoring the

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Acupuncture Therapy Rising in Popularity for Cerebral Palsy Patients

A Vietnam hospital is providing acupuncture therapy to over 600 daily patients, many of whom suffer from cerebral palsy.  A disorder that affects a patient’s muscles, cerebral palsy patients often undergo medical treatment their whole lives in order to improve their quality of life.  One alternative therapy that is gaining… more »

The Power of Encouragement for Cerebral Palsy Patients

Generally when doctors advise people with cerebral palsy on ways to increase their quality of life, they mostly consider medical procedures. Whether it’s a surgery, more physical therapy, or a new piece of equipment, cerebral palsy patients are used to medicalized treatments. While these therapies are very important, there is… more »

Cost of Therapies for Cerebral Palsy Patients Makes Legal Action Necessary

Living life with cerebral palsy means living life with constant medical and therapy appointments.  In order to gain the most mobility and the best quality of life it’s important for children diagnosed with the muscular disorder to start therapy early and go often. One family living in Britain is speaking… more »

Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Infusion Causes Cerebral Palsy Symptoms to Reverse

In between running to doctors appointments, therapy appointments, and living every day life, most parents of children with cerebral palsy spend their precious free time looking for the next miraculous treatment.

Stem cell therapy harvested from umbilical cords

One treatment making the headlines is a stem cell therapy. When a… more »

Botox Considered as a New Therapy for Cerebral Palsy Patients

Botox is often thought of as a vanity procedure, injecting medicine into the skin to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.  However, some doctors are using Botox as a treatment for children with cerebral palsy. The Sydney Morning Herald, an Australian newspaper, has come publsihed a story on how doctors at… more »

Cerebral Palsy Patient Swims 50-Meters and Inspires a Community

Swimming is an activity many children enjoy, but for Rebecca Reinisch, a 16-year-old cerebral palsy victim, it’s something she loves. That’s why on July 2nd, Rebecca participated in a swim meet and was able to swim the length of the 50-meter pool with the help of her mother and coach.… more »

Irish Woman Receives $3.6M in Birth Injury Law Suit

23 years after being born during an poorly performed birth delivery, an Irish woman confined to her wheel chair was awarded 2.5M euros, which converts to over $3.6 million dollars. Lauren Tinney was born in 1988 at the Letterkenny General Hospital.  During the birth it was claimed that Lauren suffered… more »

Cerebral Palsy Victim Becomes Star Softball Pitcher

Cerebral palsy can make certain aspects of life difficult to navigate, especially athletics. However, in Omaha, Nebraska a 15-year-old girl named Claire Poeckes is showing what cerebral palsy patients can accomplish with determination and hard work.

Playing with one hand

Claire is a left-handed pitcher in fast-pitch softball, even though… more »

New Study Determines Top Three Reasons for OB/GYN Liability Cases

A new study just published on medical liability cases concerning obstetrics and birth injuries named the top three reasons cited for liability cases against obstetricians. They are: Errors in clinical judgment Miscommunication between doctors Technical mistakes

Poor judgment to blame for medical malpractice cases

CRICO Strategies released a study that… more »

Birth Injury Lawsuit Leads to $1.3M Settlement

On July 20th, a jury awarded the Ascher family of Cedar Falls, Iowa $1.314 million for birth injuries their daughter sustained during a poorly performed delivery.

Excessive force put upon child’s shoulder during delivery

The Asher family claims that while delivering the baby in 2006, Dr. Anthony Onuigbo of OB-GYN… more »

Jury Awards $3 Million in Newborn Cerebral Palsy Case

In a rare medical malpractice verdict, A New York Supreme Court jury has awarded $3 million to a teenager who suffered brain damage during childbirth, the Lake George-based reports.

Lawsuit against obstetrician

Jurors in Warren County heard three weeks of testimony before deciding that Dr. Stephen Serlin, an obstetrician… more »

Large Settlement Awarded in Florida Birth Injury Medical Malpractice Suit

In 2007, Kiarra Smith was born three months premature at HealthPark Medical Center in Florida.  15 days into her care at the hospital, she was accidently given a dose of nutrients 100 times more powerful than what was prescribed.  Her parents and lawyer assert this mistake caused Smith to go… more »

Parents of Brain-Damaged Toddler Seek Answers About Failed Heart Surgery

The parents of a Seattle toddler are still seeking answers about what happened during a failed heart surgery last year at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Injury during catheterization surgery

The boy’s father, Nasir Ali, says his son, Osman, was unnecessarily injured when a large blood vessel tore open in his lungs.… more »

Cerebral Palsy Found in 4% Less Births in 2005 Than 1990

Cerebral Palsy is one of the most common childhood disorders that exists before birth or at birth. In the United States alone, there are over 500,000 children and adults who have the condition. However, over the past two decades the chance of being born with cerebral palsy has decreased, according… more »

$3 Million Dollar Settlement Awarded in Birth Injury Lawsuit Against Midwife

In 2001, a midwife delivered Hannah Tilton at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. It was a difficult delivery, and at an early age, Hannah was diagnosed with severe mental retardation that will confine her to a wheel chair for the rest of her life. She is also unable… more »

Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Malpractice Suit Ends in $58 Million Verdict

Eight years ago Daniel D’Attilo was born after a delayed delivery.  The result of the birth injury was brain damage, which led to Daniel being diagnosed with a severe case of cerebral palsy.  He will never be able to speak, eat or walk, and he suffers from seizures. Daniel’s parents… more »

Study: “Brain Cooling” After Birth May Reduce Newborns’ Risk of Cerebral Palsy

For thousands of infants, birth asphyxia can be a devastating condition – leading to either permanent brain damage, or death. Recent technology, however, including brain cooling and xenon gas, may begin to up these infants’ odds of surviving.

Cooling infant brains, improving survival rates

According to a study conducted… more »

Parents Launch Investigation into Child’s Death, Saying Severely Delayed C-Section was to Blame

In my personal life, poor communication amounts to a fair amount of misunderstandings between my wife and me. At the end of the day, though, our miscommunications usually amount to nothing more than quarrels about the type of bread we use, or when we sit down to dinner.

Poor communication

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Lights, Camera – Litigation? Filming in Delivery Rooms Causes Concerns About Possible Lawsuits

Ever since my son was born, my wife’s kept her cell phone handy at all times – mostly to capture every laugh, cry, meal and stumble. While I admit I’m sometimes baffled by her behavior, I also have to admit she’s captured some pretty cool moments – moments we would’ve… more »

Study: Blacks Might Have Higher Rates of Cerebral Palsy, Due to Lower Birth Weights

A new study from the University of California found that black infants possibly have a slightly higher risk for developing cerebral palsy, according to Reuters Health. The study said  low birth weight might be the contributing factor.

Low birth weights and cerebral palsy

“Low birth weight infants have a much… more »

Illinois Medical Facility Dedicated to Treating Children With Cerebral Palsy

Years ago, treatment centers for children with cerebral palsy (CP) were extremely limited. Now, thanks to increased awareness about the condition, children living with CP have many high-quality options.

A medical facility where kids come first and foremost

One of them is the Center for Independence Through Conductive Education,… more »

In Severe Cases, Newborn Jaundice Could Cause Cerebral Palsy

Unlike many types of complicated medical conditions I’ve seen in my practice, newborn jaundice is relatively straightforward. If left untreated, however, jaundice can be extremely risky for infants – and even cause cerebral palsy, in more severe cases. Below, I discuss some common facts about jaundice, and what you can… more »

Treatment Options for Patients with Cerebral Palsy Are Dependent On Proper Diagnosis From Medical Community

Cerebral palsy is one of the most common birth injuries in children. The usual cause is brain damage, either while the fetus is developing or due to premature birth, or a difficult birth. This can include the improper use of forceps during delivery, failure to detect low oxygen levels in… more »

Life Changing Spinal Surgery Allows Young Boy With Cerebral Palsy to Walk

Beau Brown, a six-year-old boy from Great Britain made the long trek to St. Louis, Missouri to participate in a ground-breaking spinal operation. Suffering from cerebral palsy, Beau was unable to walk for the first six years of his life.

Dorsal rhizotomy for cerebral palsy patients

The operation is called… more »

Space-age Therapy Suit Aids Cerebral Palsy Patients

Non-traditional therapies are always attracting the attention of those with cerebral palsy. One of the most interesting therapies to come onto the scene in the past decade is a space-age therapy suit designed to help with alignment, compression, and strengthening muscles.

About ‘suit therapy’ used to help CP patients

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Medicaid Cuts Can Affect The Benefits Of Cerebral Palsy Patients

For children with cerebral palsy, early therapy is crucial. Most families rely on Medicaid to help pay for these therapies which can include physical, occupational and speech therapy.

Cost cutting for those who need it the most

However, in South Carolina, many families of children with cerebral palsy are facing… more »

Fundraising Effort Attempts to Offset Cerebral Palsy Medical Costs

In Owls Head, Massachusetts lives a 5 year-old girl who is currently in a full body cast with a special attachment to keep her legs open in order to help properly align her hips. Makayla O’Hara-Damon was born with cerebral palsy, and suffers from many physical and neurological issues.


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Large Sum Awarded in Cerebral Palsy Birth Injury Case

A settlement case in Great Britain awarded a 12-year-old boy 8 million pounds, or almost 13 million U.S. dollars, after a birth injury left him with the muscle condition known as cerebral palsy.

The allegations behind the birth injury settlement

During delivery Nathan was starved of oxygen, which lawyers argued… more »

Cut Funding Leads to Less Support for Cerebral Palsy

United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) is one of the largest health nonprofits in the United States, advocating for children and adults with cerebral palsy. The main arm of the nonprofit lives in Washington DC, working with the government to provide programs and support to families.

Major service provider to CP patients

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Recent Study Shows Connection Between Low Birth Vitality Score (APGAR) and Cerebral Palsy

There are many tests associated with birthing in America, one being the assessment of a newborn’s breathing, complexion, muscle tone, pulse rate and reaction when stimulated.

Apgar: A standardized rating system to identify early problems

After birth, all babies are evaluated based on these criteria and given a score from… more »

The Gift of Music Offers Joy to Young Girl with Cerebral Palsy

In 1995 Randi Gabbert was born three months premature, weighing under 2 pounds, and measuring only 12 inches long. Her doctors weren’t sure she would survive, and kept her in the hospital for 3 months.

A diagnosis of CP

At the age of one, doctors informed Randi’s parents that Randi… more »

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