Blog Authors

Latest from Birth Injury Law Blog

Most women have at least heard their friends or even their doctors mention “pitocin” as something that might be used as part of the childbirth process. Pitocin is most commonly used to induce or speed up labor in pregnant women. While it can be beneficial in certain situations, there are potential risks associated with its use. You should always speak with your doctor about medical concerns, but today, we will discuss what Pitocin is, how it is used, and what risks may be associated with its use during childbirth.
Understanding What Pitocin Is
Pitocin is a synthetically produced form of
Continue Reading What Is Pitocin and How Does It Affect Childbirth?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a developmental disorder that affects the nervous system and can lead to movement issues, and it is often caused by birth injuries. It is important to understand what could have happened during the birthing process that could lead to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy. In addition, it is important to know how CP is diagnosed, as well as to learn a little about the needs of children with cerebral palsy.
What Could Happen at Birth That Leads to The Development of Cerebral Palsy?
A birth injury can occur when the baby does not receive enough oxygen
Continue Reading Diagnosing Cerebral Palsy: Connecting Developmental Disorder to a Birth Injury

Also known as “fifth disease” or “slapped cheek syndrome,” parvovirus B19 is a virus that mainly affects children but can sometimes affect adults as well. It is commonly spread through contact with saliva or other bodily fluids like mucus or blood. The virus usually causes mild symptoms such as fever, rash, and joint pain in infected individuals. However, if a woman contracts the virus during pregnancy it can lead to serious complications for both her and her unborn child. In today’s blog post, we will discuss some of the risks associated with parvovirus B19 for pregnant mothers.
Risks for Pregnant
Continue Reading What You Should Know About Parvovirus B19

Childbirth is usually a beautiful, natural process that should be celebrated. But sometimes, complications arise during labor and delivery, and an emergency cesarean section (C-section) becomes necessary to ensure the safety of both mother and baby. With this in mind, we will look at and discuss some of the most common scenarios in which ordering a C-section becomes a medical necessity, as well as the dangers involved with waiting too long to order one.
When Is a C-Section Necessary?
A C-section can become medically necessary in certain situations where labor or delivery may pose a risk to either mother or
Continue Reading When C-Sections Become Necessary: Understanding the Risks Involved 

Antibiotics, pain medication, blood pressure medication, labor-inducing medications, and other types of medications help reduce complications and pain during pregnancy and birth. However, when medication is used incorrectly, it can cause substantial harm to a pregnant woman or her baby.
Whether caused by a clerical error, miscommunication, dosage miscalculation, or carelessness, medication errors can have catastrophic effects. In some cases, babies are left with life-changing birth injuries or maternal injuries.
Errors in the Prescription and Administration of Medication During Pregnancy and Birth
Doctors must use extra caution when prescribing medications to pregnant women. Certain medications can be harmful to
Continue Reading Medication Mistakes Can Lead to Irreversible Birth Injuries

Growing up is hard enough. Growing up with a serious medical condition like cerebral palsy is even harder. The causes of cerebral palsy are varied and complex. However, some children suffer cerebral palsy because of complications during birth that cause brain damage. Some of these complications are unavoidable, while others are the result of a medical provider’s negligence.
Cerebral palsy manifests in many different ways, including uncontrollable movements, physical limitations, and learning difficulties. For many children with cerebral palsy, having a service animal or emotional support animal can be invaluable in helping them cope with the challenges that they face
Continue Reading Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals for Children With Cerebral Palsy

Childbirth is substantially less dangerous than it was in the past. Unfortunately, however, maternal injury and death during childbirth does still occur in rare cases. If your wife passed away during the labor or delivery process, you are probably feeling grief-stricken, confused, and overwhelmed. You may not know what your legal options are in a situation like this.
Each situation is different. However, some maternal deaths are directly caused by medical negligence immediately before, during, or after birth. If your child’s mother died as a result of poor medical care, you may be able to seek justice on her behalf
Continue Reading My Wife Died During Delivery. What Are My Legal Options?

Each child with cerebral palsy is unique. The condition manifests in countless ways and levels of severity. Some children experience minor impairment and can move their bodies without assistance. Others experience moderate symptoms such as irregular walking gait, twisted posture, involuntary movements, and speech difficulties. Children with severe cerebral palsy may be unable to control their limbs or walk at all. They may suffer from intellectual disabilities, vision and hearing loss, and seizures.
The treatment a child with cerebral palsy receives will depend on his or her unique symptoms and difficulties. However, orthotic devices can be beneficial in many situations,
Continue Reading Potential Benefits of Orthotic Devices for Children With Cerebral Palsy

Every mother hopes for a quick, problem-free birth. Unfortunately, sometimes the labor process can be wrought with complications and difficulties. Prolonged labor or “failure to progress” is any labor that lasts more than 20 hours for a first-time mother or 14 hours in subsequent births. Without medical intervention, prolonged labor puts both mother and baby at risk of birth injuries.
Why is Prolonged Labor So Dangerous?
Many different problems can cause prolonged labor. The baby may be too large to fit through the mother’s birth canal or in the wrong position. Weak contractions and other issues can also lead to
Continue Reading How Can Prolonged Labor Lead to Birth Injuries?

When a child is diagnosed with a life-changing condition like cerebral palsy, the parents’ first question is usually, “Why?” While there are many possible causes of cerebral palsy, parents often look to the mother’s pregnancy, labor, and delivery for an explanation. Did a mistake during the birth process cause the child’s condition? If forceps, vacuum extraction, or other tools were used during the delivery, did the use or misuse of these tools injure the baby?
Forceps Delivery and Brain Damage
Can the use of forceps during delivery cause cerebral palsy? While the jury is still out on this
Continue Reading Can the Use of Forceps During Delivery Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Expectant mothers usually prioritize their health and safety as much as possible. They recognize that any illness or injury can hurt their growing baby. Unfortunately, even the most prudent mother may contract an infection during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Because infections can be so dangerous for pregnant women and newborns, doctors must be vigilant for signs of infection. Failure to promptly diagnose and treat infections can severely harm the baby or the mother.
Undiagnosed Infections in Pregnant Women
Infections are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in pregnant women. According to the CDC, infections are responsible for 12.5
Continue Reading Failure to Diagnose and Treat Maternal Infections Can Lead to Birth Injuries

One of the most characteristic symptoms of cerebral palsy is difficulty with movement. Some sufferers of cerebral palsy have mild muscle rigidity or spastic movements while others experience debilitating uncontrolled movements, muscle spasms, and loss of control.
Although there is no cure for cerebral palsy, medical and technological advances provide both children and parents with hope. One option many parents of children with cerebral palsy explore is electrical stimulation therapy.
What is Electrical Stimulation Therapy?
Electrical stimulation therapy or functional electrical stimulation use electrical currents to simulate nerves in people with cerebral palsy, stroke, or other medical conditions. Some evidence
Continue Reading Electrical Stimulation Therapy for Children With Cerebral Palsy

Skull fractures during birth are more common than many people realize. While many skull fractures sustained at birth are minor and will heal on their own without any long-term effects, some can be much more serious. In some cases, a baby can sustain a skull fracture that leads to serious health complications, including brain damage. If your baby sustained a skull fracture during birth and suffered health complications as a result, you may be wondering if you can sue the doctor for medical malpractice.
When Is an Infant Skull Fracture Considered Medical Malpractice?
As with any potential medical malpractice
Continue Reading Can I Sue a Doctor for Giving My Baby a Skull Fracture?

If you are the parent of a child with cerebral palsy, you have probably spent many hours reading books, browsing the internet, and talking to your child’s doctors about cerebral palsy treatment options. Cerebral palsy can cause a wide range of symptoms, from spastic movements and muscle rigidity to intellectual disability. According to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, about a quarter of children with CP also suffer from behavioral and emotional problems such as anxiety and difficulty relating to their peers. 
Traditional CP treatments include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, medications, orthodontic devices, and surgery. While these
Continue Reading 4 Complementary Therapy Options for Children with Cerebral Palsy

When a baby is born, the timing is crucial. Infants must transition from receiving oxygen and nutrients through the umbilical cord to breathing on their own and receiving oxygen through their lungs. If this transition is not smooth, it can result in a lack of oxygen to the brain, which is called hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. When HIE occurs, it can cause serious injury to the brain. In some cases, HIE can result in a lifelong condition called cerebral palsy.
If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy after suffering from HIE at birth, you may be
Continue Reading Birth Injury Claims for Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Resulting in Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy affects an individual’s ability to control his or her muscles, but the condition varies significantly with regard to severity. Some children with cerebral palsy are only mildly affected by the condition. They can play, walk, or even participate in sports. Others are nearly immobilized by the condition.
Fortunately, innovations in science, medicine, and engineering offer hope to cerebral palsy sufferers and their parents. Just recently, UC Riverside engineers received a $1.5 million grant to develop clothing that will increase mobility for children with cerebral palsy. The so-called “robot clothing” will, ideally, enable children with cerebral palsy to better
Continue Reading “Robot Clothes” May Offer Increased Mobility for Children with Cerebral Palsy