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Annapolis Birth Injury Blog

Preeclampsia puts moms and babies at risk

Pregnant women in Maryland know that they need to stay on top of their health and the health of their unborn babies all the way through to birth. Expectant parents should also be able to count on their obstetricians and other medical professionals to help them with this along the way. If a problem arises, the proper and prompt response can sometimes make a world of difference. One condition that must be watched for is called preeclampsia.

As explained by Preeclampsia.org, this condition affects as many as eight percent of pregnancies and if not properly treated may lead to the death of either babies or mothers. It is not possible to cure preeclampsia so managing it becomes essential. Preeclampsia is most common in the latter half of pregnancies but may even appear for a few weeks after birth. Among the predominant symptoms are excessive protein in the urine and unusually high blood pressure.

What is Erb’s palsy?

As an expectant parent in Annapolis, you are left waiting nine months for the arrival of your baby. Once the time comes to deliver, that anxiety likely lessens knowing that the process is almost over. Yet complications during delivery can easily leave you feeling more stressed than ever, as such issues can cause harm to your baby. One of the more common results of delivery complications is Erb’s palsy, which, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, occurs in one or two of every 1,000 live births.

What is Erb’s palsy? It is a condition that arises from damage done to the brachial plexus network of nerves in the neck. These nerves help to provide movement to hand, fingers, arms and shoulder. Indeed, the main symptoms of this condition are weakness, loss of feeling, or even partial or total paralysis in one arm.

Understanding the Protecting Access to Care Act of 2017

How would you feel if you went through severe medical trauma only to find out that a lawsuit is nearly impossible to go through with? The person responsible for your injuries would essentially get away with everything that happened to you with nothing but a slap on the wrist. Congress is currently pushing legislation that would do this, and it could impact your ability to file a claim when you need to most.

Medical mistakes kill 440,000 people in America every year. Medical errors themselves are the third leading cause of death in the country. When you begin to consider how many people have been injured, the shock of how many medical mistakes happen and how they affect people grows.

What is a uterine rupture?

While childbirth should bring about joy for women in Maryland, there are numerous complications that can cause harm to both mother and child. Uterine ruptures are just one complication that may prove highly dangerous during the birthing process.

According to Healthline.com, uterine rupture affects approximately 1 percent of the millions of women who give birth in the United States on a yearly basis. Women who’ve undergone previous uterine surgeries, such as caesarian births, are at risk of experiencing uterine ruptures. The health and well-being of mother and child can be in jeopardy should this complication occur.

What are some causes of birth injuries and when can you sue?

No parent likes to think about the possibility that their child will suffer birth injuries. However, injuries can happen during pregnancy, labor and delivery that can result in medical issues. 

When dealing with birth injuries, or birth trauma, it is important to understand common causes. It also is vital to understand when injuries could have been prevented through more careful medical treatment from skilled doctors, nurses, surgeons and others involved in the birth process.

Lack of uniform newborn screening can mean a missed diagnosis

Most babies in the United States undergo newborn testing shortly after birth. This screening is used to detect serious genetic disorders that can be treated, but only if detected early.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of uniformity in newborn testing from state to state, not all disorders are detected on time - if at all. This can result in brain damage, developmental disabilities and even death.

Health risks to mothers during pregnancy and delivery

Sadly, babies are susceptible to birth injuries that can affect their whole lives if not prevented. Though some birth injuries are unavoidable, doctors may be at fault for failing to monitor the baby's condition or taking reasonable measures to prevent injury. What many people do not realize is that a mother's injuries are also relevant to a medical malpractice case if the doctor failed to monitor her condition and risk of injury as well.

Some health risks that mothers might face include:

The basics of the time limit to bring a medical malpractice suit

Malpractice suits, like all lawsuits, are subject to time limits known as 'statutes of limitations.' In fact, the only type of legal action that isn't subject to a time limit are prosecutions for murder. Most other lawsuits, civil and criminal, are subject to time limits. The purpose of time limits is to ensure that people (a) bring their claims in a timely manner and (b) relieve people from being worried about getting sued for their entire life. This post will go over the basics of statutes of limitations (SOLs) and how they may affect you.

Study finds cervical cancer fatalities are higher for black women

A study published in the journal Cancer found that cervical cancer mortality rates are substantially higher for African American women than they are for white women. Cervical cancer is a deadly and virulent strain of cancer that kills an estimated 4,000 women a year in the United States. It is dangerous because it is so difficult to detect. By the time it is discovered, it is often spread so far that it 's hard to bring back under control.

As such, it is critical that doctors identify cervical cancer early, to prevent the spread of the disease. The study reanalyzed data collected already reviewed by researchers. The new study applied a new set of controls and came up with a significantly higher mortality rate, 10.1 per 100,000 for black women. Conversely, white women suffer from a 4.7 rate. The previous study pegged those figures at 5.7 and 4.2.

Failure to diagnose skin cancer: can you sue?

Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis is a valid medical malpractice claim. This post will go over the nuance of medical malpractice claims for missing a skin cancer diagnosis. It requires you to prove the same elements as you would in any other malpractice suit, except this time, the negligence is that the doctor missed something critical that another doctor would have discovered. Furthermore, you must prove that if that doctor had caught it, you would have had a reduced or preventable injury.

Skin cancer is one of those scary diseases that, if left untreated, can quickly spiral out of control. Therefore, it is critical that doctors catch it early so they can begin treatment. Failure to catch skin cancer in time could result in serious or even fatal consequences.

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