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Birth Injury, Birth Trauma, Birth Defect & Cerebral Palsy

Birth trauma can result in severe injury to a baby. There is little in life as distressing as the birth of a child with an unexpected serious defect. At the same time, there is little in life as inspiring as watching a caring parent sacrificing lovingly to give that child the best chance possible to realize his or her potential.

Some experts estimate that millions of birth injuries happen each year. Unfortunately, all too many of these birth defects are the result of carelessness or substandard medical care. Some arise because a physician failed to diagnose conditions or certain risk factors, allowing them to go untreated, for example, sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, blood pressure disorders (pre-eclampsia), gestational diabetes, blood factor incompatibility (RH negative), and others. Some occur because of poor preparation for delivery, such as failure to measure fetus size or age, and failure to predict and prepare for associated delivery complications.

At the Law Offices of Judy Greenwood, P.C., we are dedicated to helping parents and their children achieve their potential, when the medical facts are appropriate, while also ensuring that those who negligence caused the birth injury and trauma are required to compensate their victims for their damages. We have been successful in numerous birth injury and birth trauma cases, and focus on ways to improve the quality of life of the children and their parents. As a result, we have at times created funds to enable the mother and child to improve the quality of their lives.

These are a myriad of birth injury cases arising every day. Handling birth injury claims successfully requires an understanding of the medicine, access to physicians capable and willing to aid in the prosecution of the case, and tenacious litigation.

Failure to Perform Adequate Fetal Monitoring

Another common cause of birth injury is the failure to properly and adequately respond to electronic fetal monitor evidence of fetal distress, which can have catastrophic results. In fact, the correct interpretation of the electronic fetal monitor tracings is imperative, and nurses and physicians attending a laboring mother must be intimately familiar with the device and its use. True distress indicates oxygen deprivation, which can all too quickly cause irreparable brain damage; babies who do not receive proper care can suffer seizures after birth and may be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.

Improper Pitocin Administration or Failure to Perform a Caesarian Delivery

In addition, the improper administration of the drug, Pitocin, which is used to enhance contractions, or the failure to perform an emergency Caesarian section delivery, can have devastating results.

Forceps Injuries Such as Shoulder Dystocia

Other injuries may be the result of the improper application of forceps or vacuum extraction during delivery, resulting in hemorrhage beneath the skull, as well as brain injury or other damage. Shoulder dystocia occurs when a baby's shoulder gets "caught" on the mother's pelvic bone during delivery. This can arise with babies who are too large for the birth canal. While the condition cannot be prevented, the shoulder almost always can be released when correct maneuvers are employed in an appropriate fashion. The failure to properly respond to this emergency typically results in permanent nerve damage to the baby and injury to the arm.

At the Law Offices of Judy Greenwood, P.C., we have obtained excellent results for our clients in birth injury, birth trauma and birth defect cases, and pride ourselves on our attention to detail and our reputation in the legal community. If your loved is a victim of birth-related trauma, and want to discuss your case please contact us for a free consultation. Our attorneys will review what happened, consult with appropriate medical experts, and let you know what we think.

Cerebral Palsy Organizations: Foundations and Charities

There are many respectable charities and foundations that are dedicated to helping those who suffer from a devastating condition like Cerebral Palsy. Some of these organizations are listed below.

Epilepsy Foundation
4351 Garden City Drive
Suite 500
Landover, MD 20785-7223
postmaster@efa.org
http://www.epilespyfoundation.org
Tel: 301-459-3700
Tel: 800-EFA-1000 (332-1000)
Fax: 301-577-2684
  Philadelphia Chapter
919 Walnut Street #700
Philadelphia, PA 19107
215-629-5003
800-887-7165
     
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
askus@marchofdimes.com
http://www.marchofdimes.com
Tel: 914-428-7100
Tel: 888-MODIMES (663-4637)
Fax: 914-428-8203
  Philadelphia Chapter
1019 West 9th Avenue
King of Prussia, PA 19406
Tel: 610-945-6050
Fax: 610-945-6060
PA437@marchofdimes.com
     
Easter Seals
230 West Monroe Street
Suite 1800
Chicago, IL 60606-4802
info@easter-seals.org
http://www.easter-seals.org
Tel: 312-726-6200
Tel: 800-221-6827
Fax: 312-726-1494
  Philadelphia Chapter
3975 Conshohocken Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19131
http://www.easterseals-sepa.org
Tel: 215-879-1000
Fax: 215-879-8424
     
United Cerebral Palsy
1600 L Street, NW
Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036
national@ucp.org
http://www.ucp.org
Tel: 202-776-0406
Tel: 800-USA-5UCP (872-5827)
Fax: 202-776-0414
  Philadelphia Chapter
102 East Mermaid Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19118
Tel: 215-242-4200
Fax: 215-247-4229
pr@ucpphila.org
http://www.ucpphila.org

Disabled Children's Benefits

If your child suffers from cerebral palsy, anoxic encephalopathy, severe mental retardation, low birth weight, HIV infection, blindness, deafness, or brain injury because of birth trauma, birth injury or defect, he or she may be entitled to certain benefits including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or state children's health insurance program benefits.

If you would like further information on applying for these benefits, you should visit these resources.

www.socialsecurity.gov
www.ssa.gov/disability
www.ssa.gov/pubs.10026/html
www.cms.hhs.gov

Special Needs Trust

If your child is receiving public benefits or is entitled to receive SSI or Medicaid benefits, and is about to receive assets that may disqualify him or her from receiving those benefits, you may need to create a Special Needs Trust to protect the child's ability to receive SSI or Medicaid benefits. If you would like information on special needs trusts you can follow this link.

www.cms.hhs.gov

At the Law Offices of Judy Greenwood, P.C., we represent individuals who have been injured as a result of medical malpractice. Because these cases are often complex, we have a doctor/lawyer available to review the facts of your case, and to provide the medical insight necessary to determine if there was negligence or substandard care. If you have been injured because of a medical mistake and want to discuss your case, please call (215) 557-7500, or click here to contact us, to arrange a free consultation. Our attorneys will review what happened, consult with appropriate medical experts, and let you know what we think.

     
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