Birth Injury | Denver Trial Attorney Blog | Leventhal Puga Braley P.C.
Is Kernicterus a Sign of Birth Injuries?
Kernicterus is a birth injury that results when a child doesn’t get the correct treatment for severe jaundice. It’s crucial for newborns to receive proper monitoring so this condition can be prevented.
There are effective treatments for kernicterus when it’s discovered in time. Sadly, babies that suffer from untreated kernicterus will require lifelong medical treatment and assisted living. Read the rest »
Signs of Developmental Delays Caused by Birth Malpractice
Early childhood is an exciting time as you watch your child learn, grow, and make new discoveries about the world. Waving, smiling, reaching for objects, sitting up, and forming words are heartwarming signs of normal development.
When a child’s development is delayed, it may be cause for concern. You will want to speak with your child’s pediatrician right away if you have any questions about your child’s behavior. Read the rest »
Causes and Effects of Infant Cortical Blindness or Impaired Vison
There’s nothing more important than your child’s health. That’s why parents do everything they can to get their children the best possible medical care.
If your child has any type of vision issues, it’s important to get the correct diagnosis as soon as possible. Early intervention and treatment will help improve your child’s prognosis and enhance their quality of life. Read the rest »
Could NICU Staff Have Injured Your Newborn?
Babies who are born prematurely or with medical issues may need to go to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Newborns in the NICU require close monitoring and skilled, careful treatment. Medical errors on the part of NICU staff can have major, life-altering consequences for the child, including permanent brain damage. Read the rest »
The Top Causes of Birth Injuries
When it comes time for your child to finally be brought into this world, you assume that the labor, while potentially long and painful, will have as few complications as possible and will result in a healthy baby. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case. Birth injuries happen in hospitals all across the country, including here in Colorado. These kinds of traumatic events can have a detrimental impact on your child’s life and yours. But how do they happen? And who should be held responsible? Read the rest »
What Is Erb’s Palsy and How Can It Affect Your Newborn?
Giving birth is both a wonderful and frightening event. On the one hand, you’re about to bring your child into the world; on the other, you’re in extreme pain and there are hundreds of things that can go wrong. One of those potential complications is Erb’s Palsy. Read the rest »
The Unacceptable Cost of Poor Maternal Care in the U.S.
Think the United States is the leader in providing healthcare and state-of-the-art treatment to patients—especially for new babies and mothers? Think again. The U.S. actually has the highest maternal mortality rate of all first-world countries. An estimated 700-900 women died in 2016 due to pregnancy-related causes. Additionally, maternal deaths in the United States increased between 2000 and 2014, and 60% of these maternal deaths were considered preventable. Read the rest »
“Pit to Distress” – Medical Malpractice in Its Purest Form
If you are an expecting parent or ever plan to be, you should know the term “pit to distress.” This is an oblique order doctors give to increase the levels of a synthetic hormone, Pitocin, to a mother during childbirth in order to speed up the labor and delivery process.
At best, doctors do this because they believe it to be standard procedure that speeds up a painful childbirth.
At worst, doctors crank up the Pitocin so they can go home early and turn over the patient’s bed more quickly, creating more profit. Never mind the fact that babies and mothers can be seriously hurt by the practice. Read the rest »
If My Child Has Cerebral Palsy, Will There Be Other Conditions?
Cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 345 children have cerebral palsy. But cerebral palsy is rarely all that a family will have to deal with after a diagnosis. When a child has another medical condition in addition to cerebral palsy, it is called a “co-occurring,” “associated,” or “coexisting” condition. Read the rest »
When Childbirth Goes Wrong, Can You Sue?
Being born is traumatic. There is no argument about that. As a human child is pushed through and out of the birth canal, he or she will be forced to use lungs for the first time, feel cold for the first time, see bright lights burning the eyes, be startled by loud noises, and perhaps even feel pain during his or her arrival into the world.
However, some trauma that babies endure during birth is not part of nature’s process. Read the rest »