The incident occurred almost five and a half years ago when a doctor at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown wrapped a child’s head with ACE Bandages to treat swelling after she was born prematurely. The procedure, said the doctor, John O. Chan, was something he had learned during his medical training in the Philippines. It went horribly wrong. The unusual procedure left the child with a deformed scalp and unable to grow hair on most of her head.
When on trial in a personal injury case, it is important not only to win a verdict but to ensure that it’s conducted in a manner that protects against a possible – and often probable -- appeal later on.
Cerebral palsy is not one distinct condition, but an umbrella term for a variety of disorders that affect a child’s ability to move and develop muscle tone. These disorders are caused by damage to the baby’s developing brain during pregnancy, labor and delivery, or immediately after birth. When the medical professionals you trusted with the birth of your child fail to provide an appropriate level of care, you have the right to hold the negligent parties responsible for your child’s injuries.
A Cesarian section is often medically necessary to avoid complications during labor and delivery and to provide a safe birth for both mother and child. A C-section may be safer than a vaginal birth for many reasons, among them:
The birth of your child should be one of the most important and celebrated moments in your family’s life. However, a birth injury can instead cause your child and family unforeseen pain and loss. When you suspect that your infant has been harmed during birth because of the negligence of medical professionals, there are important steps you can take to protect your child and your legal case.
You may have read the headlines lately about Caroline Malatesta, a woman who fought and won a $16 million verdict against the hospital that delivered her fourth child. Because of the trauma she sustained at the hands of her nurses during the birthing process, she suffered a debilitating nerve condition and a lifetime of pain management ahead.
Erb’s palsy is a condition caused by nerve damage around the shoulder, or brachial plexus, and usually occurs during a difficult childbirth. These nerves can be injured due to shoulder dystocia (when a baby’s shoulder gets caught on mother’s pubic bone during delivery), excessive pulling on the head and shoulders, and during a breech birth—also known as a feet first birth.
Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) occurs in premature infants, and involves damage to the intestine. It can range from a small mucosal lesion to full thickness necrosis, or death, of a portion of the bowel.
Cephalopelvic disproportion, or CPD, occurs when a baby’s head or body is too large to fit through a mother’s pelvis or birth canal. This may be due to a small pelvis, abnormally shaped pelvis, breech or transverse lie position or a large baby. If CPD is not diagnosed and treated in a timely manner, it can cause fetal distress, brain damage, cerebral palsy, brachial plexus injuries and other birth injuries.