• Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Jury Awards $229M in Record Medical Malpractice Case

    Posted on October 7th, 2019 admin No comments

    As one of the leading birth injury law firms in Cleveland with a proven record, we always like to tell our clients it’s not about the money. Not really. It’s more about holding the medical community accountable for its negligence.

     

    But we’ll also tell you that when a Baltimore jury awarded $229 million to plaintiffs in a recent birth injury case, that’s more than just holding the hospital accountable for its errors. It’s a record – the largest medical malpractice verdict ever awarded in the United States.

     

    “We are grateful to the jury for their careful consideration,” said Mary Koch, attorney to Erica Byrom, whose daughter suffered lifelong lasting brain injuries as a result of a medical mistake. “The verdict of the jury insures that Zubida will receive the care and treatment she needs and deserves for the rest of her life.”

    A Poor Decision Led to Medical Error

     

    The 16-year-old mother had dangerously high blood pressure from preeclampsia. Doctors told her that her baby could die or suffer brain damage. In light of that prognosis, which her attorney’s claim was mistaken, the teen decided to forgo a cesarean section, resulting in lasting brain injuries to her daughter. The hospital plans to appeal the verdict.

     

    “Our hearts go out to this child and her family,” said Kim Hoppe, a Hopkins spokeswoman. “We are confident in the care this patient received and have provided ample documentation clearly demonstrating that we appropriately informed her multiple times of all of the risks associated with her condition. The verdict was not supported by the evidence.”

     

    As Cleveland birth injury lawyers, we’ll also tell you that not only does a financial award hold hospitals accountable, it also guarantees lifelong financial security for those who suffer from malpractice. And that helps to facilitate the healing process, a lifelong struggle that at least becomes a little easier when finances are no longer a concern.

  • Birth Injury Attorney in Cleveland: New Study Finds Autism May Be Connected to Birth Injury

    Posted on August 5th, 2019 admin No comments

    Our understanding of the nature of birth injury continues to change, as our birth injury attorney firm in Cleveland can attest. And it continues to disclose new details.

    Here’s the latest. Autism could be added to the list of potential birth injuries, a new study suggests. Researchers have noticed that autism rates are higher in cases of premature c-section deliveries, suggesting a possible link.

    The Study

    Researchers at Neurochlore, Ben-Ari Institute of Neuroarcheology monitored brain size in ASD mouse models before, during and after birth. They published results in the journal, Science Advances, finding evidence that the birth process may play a role in the development of autism.

    Medical Express reports:

    “In looking at the images, the researchers found that the brains of normal mice stopped growing in size for a period of time prior to birth and remained at that size for a period after birth. They suspect the pause was to help the brain cope with the trauma of birth. In ASD mouse models, things were different, however—the brain was larger after birth (specifically in the hippocampus), suggesting its growth had not been suppressed during delivery and in the time shortly thereafter. They also found that administering the drug bumetanide to the mice before delivery prevented the abnormal brain growth from occurring.”

     

    It’s a finding our birth injury attorneys in Cleveland find interesting, to say the least. Birth is a very delicate process. There’s so much on the line when it comes to a child’s development.

  • Birth Injury Lawyer Cleveland: Should You Give Birth at Home?

    Posted on May 20th, 2019 admin No comments

    To home birth or not to home birth? That is the question that every expecting mother faces. It’s not an easy decision – and there is no clear cut answer.

    And as our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland can attest, either choice carries the risk of birth injury – the difference is whether or not there will be medical staff around in case something goes wrong.

    Do the Math on Risk

    First, the facts: statistically, hospital births are safer. When 99% of births were done at home in 1900, about 100 babies per 1,000 tragically died during the birth. Today, when only one-percent of births are done at home, that number has dropped to 5.9 per 1,000.

    About 23 to 27% of first-time mothers giving birth at home, will be transferred to a hospital because the baby will have trouble moving through the birth canal. Mothers who have given birth before have an easier time – only 9% transfer to the hospital because of difficulty.

    And babies who are born at home will die at twice the rate of those born in a hospital. There’s always a risk something will go wrong – such as hemorrhaging, a lack of oxygen to the baby, etc.

    Home Birth Guidelines

    Dr. Robyn Lamar, OB-GYN at UCSF, recommends mothers giving birth at home live within 15 minutes of a hospital, according to NPR. Mothers should also plan on hospital birth if the baby is breech if she is pregnant with multiples or has had a cesarean in the past.

    However, a home birth can provide a more nurturing birthing experience. And women delivering won’t be coerced into pain meds or a cesarean.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Why Ohio Needs Midwife Regulations

    Posted on February 11th, 2019 admin No comments

    Why is birth injury particularly prevalent in the state of Ohio?

    That’s a question we get asked a lot at our birth injury lawyer firm in Cleveland. One driving force is the fact that Ohio is one of more than a dozen states that don’t regulate its midwives.

    And that’s a problem —  because more and more babies are being born at home. Accounting for just .8 percent of births a decade ago, out of hospital births have nearly doubled to more than 1.5 percent.

    An Increasing Need for Regulation

    Most states have passed laws recognizing and more importantly regulating direct-entry midwives —  the largest group of out-of-hospital delivery providers.

    Most midwives are trained via midwifery schools or apprenticeships and rarely collaborate with physicians or hospitals.

    Of the more 400,000 out-of-hospital births attended by midwives in the past decade, 60% were attended by a midwife who had no official nursing training.

    No Medical Training Required to Facilitate a Birth? Really, Ohio?

    And Ohio currently has no law on the books to regulate midwives.

    “The legislature didn’t really care about that population, and so it evolved without animosity,” said Virginia Buchanan told the Columbus Dispatch. Buchanan is a Florida birth injury attorney representing the family of a child who died in an out-of-hospital birth. “They sort of snuck in and established a presence, and it just has sort of grown. Somewhere along the lines, it just got overlooked.”

    Our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland receive numerous cases every year that did not have to happen. Write your legislator and advocate for the regulation of the midwife field.

  • Some Inspiring News from the Desk of Our Cleveland Brain Injury Attorney

    Posted on February 4th, 2019 admin No comments

    Suffering a brain injury is a highly traumatic event. You feel like you’re damaged goods. It can seem hopeless like you’ll never get any better.

    Here’s a recent news article from our Cleveland brain injury attorneys to inspire you.

    Just months after suffering serious brain injury, Stephen Monson scored a perfect score on the ACT.

    Yet only a few months before taking the test, the high school student could barely play Monopoly because the math was too hard.

    Elementary Throwback

    The disorientation of brain injury can make you feel less like you’re ready for college and more like you’re elementary school bound, Monson remembers.

    “You take for granted the way that you think and the way that your brain operates because you never know how other people’s brains operate,” Monson told The Belleville News-Democrat. “… But when you get a concussion, especially a severe one, it really throws you back to your elementary levels.”

    Some Test Taking Advice

    What test-taking advice does the teen give the clients of brain injury attorneys in Cleveland? Time yourself.

    “My best advice would be: realize that the ACT is extremely dependent on time and that you need to make sure that before you go into the test, you know what it looks like, and you know how to time yourself,” Monson said. “For that, I would recommend heavily take those practice tests. Realize what you’re going to be getting yourself into on test day.”

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Trauma & Hormones Lead to Smaller Male Babies

    Posted on December 3rd, 2018 admin No comments

    You don’t need to be a birth injury lawyer in Cleveland to understand why high levels of trauma in a mother could affect the health and weight of a newborn. But now, we have the science to back up basic gut instinct and common sense. A study published last September in Science Daily found that women who have experienced intense trauma tend to give birth to significantly smaller male babies.

     

    The finding is, that it wasn’t the stress alone that likely led to lower birth weights, but hormones.

     

    “Only women who had both a history of trauma and higher levels of cortisol secretion experienced lower birth weights; trauma alone was not sufficient,” Science Daily reported.

    Only Males Babies Seem Affected

    The phenomenon was only seen in male babies. “This is consistent with other data that shows that male fetuses are more susceptible to effects of maternal stress on intrauterine growth,” Science Daily reported.

     

    “Identifying a prior history of trauma and providing interventions, for example treatment for associated mood disturbances, could lead to improved perinatal outcomes that have lifelong implications for health of mother and baby,” said the study’s first author, Julie Flom, MD, MPH, fellow in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

    Self Care; Love Yourself

    The bottom line? Expecting mothers should take care of themselves because in doing so they also take care of their developing babies. Pregnancy and giving birth are naturally stressful events, as any Cleveland birth injury lawyer will tell you. But don’t forget a little self care. Take a relaxing bath. Put on soothing music. Talk with and enjoy spending time with your partner. Nurture yourself because you will soon be nurturing a little one who needs all the love they can get.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Attorney: Infant Head Circumference and the Risk of Cerebral Palsy

    Posted on August 20th, 2018 admin No comments

    Birth injury attorneys in Cleveland, get asked this all of the time: what should pregnant mothers be most concerned about when it comes to increased birth injury risk?

    A recent German study points to large head circumference in full-term newborns as a risk factor for both brain damage and cerebral palsy.

    The study, “White Matter Damage in 4,725 Term-Born Infants Is Determined by Head Circumference at Birth: The Missing Link,” was published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology International.

    Science has long known that injuries to the white matter of the brain put the baby at risk for cerebral palsy, but now it has found that head size greatly increases the risk of those injuries.

    Re-examined Data, New Discoveries

    A recent study re-examined previous data that included cranial ultrasound screenings of 4,725 term-born infants (born 37-43 weeks gestation) taken from the first day of birth to day 30. They created a data index included weight, length, and head circumference and found that head size was the greatest risk indicator.

    “By using MMI for white matter damage assessment, unremarkable term-born infants presenting an MMI >90% and <10% centile now can be selected for head imaging as a standard of care to provide a cost-effective basis for potentially curative treatments such as autologous cord blood mononuclear cells…,” the researchers wrote.

    “We propose that prospective risk management should routinely include sonographic monitoring of head circumference rather than biparietal diameter during late pregnancy, though perhaps technically difficult, to prevent prolonged labor and hence increased the risk for white matter damage in babies beyond 75% centile,” they added.

     

     

     

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: The Healing Benefits of Reiki Explored

    Posted on June 25th, 2018 admin No comments

    As any birth injury lawyer in Cleveland understands, surviving a birth injury can be a very traumatic process. Aside from the physical recovery, there is also mental, spiritual and psychological healing that needs to be done. Fortunately, those who are struggling to get better have a variety of tools and therapy exercises available.

    One therapy that many have benefited from is Reiki. Many women who have experienced birth injury and are considering having another child are using it to not only recover from the past trauma but prepare for their next birth in order to hopefully have a better experience.

    In a recent Channel 19 edition of Jamie’s Baby Diary, Jamie Sullivan sat down with Joyce Poplar, an internationally certified childbirth educator and doula for 30 years, to discuss the practice of Reiki and Hypnobirthing.

    Essentially, Reiki “is a gentle hands-on therapy between a practitioner and client which promotes calmness and peace of mind, as well as pain relief,” Sullivan explains in her blog.

    Hypnobirthing focuses on the release of fear and reliance on an innate paternal instinct during the birthing process.

    “Pregnant mothers do a wonderful job growing their babies during those nine months. On the last day of you being pregnant, the body knows exactly what to do,” Sullivan explains in her blog. “It is very powerful.  Birth is a mindset and going deep into the primal space where you connect with your inner power.  Many times, this eliminates the use of drugs during labor.”

    The Value of Alternative Approaches

    If you have suffered birth injury, our birth injury lawyer in Cleveland highly recommends exploring a variety of therapies and approaches when it comes to healing and recovery. Every woman’s body is different, and it helps to keep an open mind as you discover what your body really needs to heal.

  • Cleveland Birth Injury Lawyer: Why are Home Births on the Rise?

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 admin No comments

    It’s a question our birth injury lawyer in Cleveland gets asked a lot: Are hospital births safer than births at home?

     

    As lawyers, it’s really a question best left to doctors, midwives and most importantly the parents. How and where you give birth is really of a personal nature. What we can tell you is that out of the hospital and at-home births are on the rise, many times due to concerns about the current healthcare establishment in the US.

     

    Deliveries out of the hospital have grown from one-percent to one and one-half percent, according to a study published in Scientific American. In 2014, there were almost 60,000 out of the hospital births in the US.

     

    And yes, the medical system is most likely to blame. “I think it speaks to some women’s growing discomfort with the standard hospital-based system of childbirth in the U.S,” Marian F. MacDorman, lead author of the Maryland Population Research Center at the University of Maryland in College Park, told Reuters. “Currently, it seems difficult for women wanting a natural birth to be assured of having that experience in the hospital, where one out of every three U.S. births are delivered by cesarean section, and where induction rates and other interventions are very common.”

     

    About 1 in every 44 births to non-Hispanic white women took place outside of a hospital.

    How Safe is Home Birth?

     

    The study did not include data on infant mortality or birth injury. Regardless, most international studies have not found any higher risk of stillbirth and early infant death for out-of-hospital than for hospital births, MacDorman points out.

     

    Our birth injury lawyers in Cleveland can certainly understand expectant mothers’ concerns. Birth injury is certainly on the rise in the United States, and it’s best to take precautions.

     

    The bottom line? It’s your body, your baby, your choice. Decide what’s best for your family.

  • Birth Injury Attorney Cleveland: Don’t Push. Instead, Relax and Reposition.

    Posted on January 30th, 2018 admin No comments

    What’s the easiest way to avoid birth injury? Our birth injury attorney in Cleveland has some easy advice: Don’t push it.

    A new birth program designed by staff at Medway Foundation Trust in Kent has found that the risk of birth injury can be greatly reduced when women are not asked to push. Mothers are instead encouraged to slow down and try a variety of birthing positions. Instead of pulling the baby, assistants merely help to support the weight of the baby.

    Sound a little like old wives tales? The data shows encouraging results. The program has been shown to reduce unintentional damage to the birthing mother by as much as 85 percent in some maternity wards, and reduce the incidence of traumatic tearing from 7 percent to just 1 percent of mothers.

    Positioning can be key

    “The new guidelines recommend women do not birth on their backs, but rather change positions and try standing, leaning, or on their knees…,” an article in Natural Birth Magazine explains. “The other new guideline is to coach labouring mothers to breathe through their contractions and not force themselves into pushing – letting the body and gravity help move the baby along. Pulling the baby by the shoulders is also being discouraged as of course it can put more pressure on the mother’s perineum, instead they’re being advised to support the weight of the baby.”

    So relax. Move. Switch it up. Avoiding the push can dramatically reduce your chances of birth injuries and the ultimate need for a birth injury attorney in Cleveland.