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  • Would it be worth perusing?

    My daughter was born with the cord around her neck and the nurse on shift knew the whole time and even pointed it out but never informed my O.B. The complications from her birth led to her being cognitively impaired and will need extra help and sp...

    Jesse’s Answer

    I'm sorry to hear about your daughter. A cord around the neck (nuchal cord) is a frequent birth complication. While usual benign, a cord about the neck can result in significant brain injury from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) where a baby does not receive enough oxygen during the birthing process. It is important to review all medical records, including after birth and pediatric records as well as head imaging studies to be able to show that the cord around the neck resulted in brain injury and cognitive deficits. A birth injury attorney can help you with this. Good luck with your case.

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  • My son was born premie and had a hemorrhage that winded up clearing up. got diagnosed with autism. can i sue anyone over that?

    My son is 18 months old. He was born 1 1/2 month's early and was in the NICU for almost a month. He winded up getting diagnosed with a hemorrhage after he was born while he was in the NICU but it winded up clearing itself up. He recently got diagn...

    Jesse’s Answer

    Sorry to hear about your son. There are a number of questions that would need to be answered before reaching any conclusions. First, what was the grade of the hemorrhage. Low grade hemorrhages are typically benign. If it was a grade III or IV hemorrhage, it could result in permanent injury. Second, at 34 weeks gestation, brain bleeds are uncommon and are typically caused by something other than premature birth. Third, what caused the preterm birth and was it preventible. Finally, autism is frequently overdiagnosed. Another opinion with all the background information including the birth records is sometimes helpful. A birth injury attorney can answer your questions after reviewing the medical records. Good luck.

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  • Do I need to get an attorney? If so, what kind?

    My fiance got pregnant shortly after having our oldest child via c-section. This caused her a lot of pain around her scar do to the ligaments stretching and tearing. The obgyn she was seeing kept prescribing her pain meds) hydrocodone, percocet, T...

    Jesse’s Answer

    Your baby was below the 10th percentile at birth so she was born with fetal growth restriction (FGR). The cause can be related to genetics occurring in the first trimester or placental nutritional insufficiency occurring during the last trimester of pregnancy. Medications taken during pregnancy can also cause FGR. Where there are risk factors for FGR, OBs are trained to performed ultrasounds to make a diagnosis. Ultrasounds are the most reliable test for diagnosing a small baby. Physical exam and fundal height measurements performed during pregnancy are very inaccurate. Most FGR babies are born healthy but some suffer from lack of oxygen to the brain prior to birth. FGR babies are delivered prior to 40 weeks as they have a better prognosis with early delivery. FGR babies typically don' fair well in labor since they are small and do not tolerate contractions as well as normal size babies. Your baby likely did not suffer a brain injury around the time of birth based on the fact that she spent only 3 days in the hospital after birth. Most babies who suffer intrapartum asphyxia or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) suffer from birth depression and seizures after birth and typically have prolonged hospital stays. They also have abnormal head imaging (CT, MRI, and head ultrasound) after birth. Many subsequently develop cerebral palsy and cognitive delays. Your baby may have suffered a brain injury in the days leading up to birth or could be suffering from a genetic issue. Head imaging, review of the medical records and a genetic work up could give a better idea of whether there might be a suit against the hospital and ob.

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  • Does my daughter have a case

    my daughter gave birth to her son at 26 wks 2 days gestation around april 22nd he had surgery for necrotizing bowel and he was sepsis .april 17th they did a sono on his brain it looked good .may 7th they did another and he now has PVL all brain ...

    Jesse’s Answer

    I'm sorry about your grandson. Since the first head ultrasound from the 17th was read as normal, it is likely that a hypoxic injury occurred sometime within 23 hours of the ultrasound on the 17th and the 22nd. It usually takes 24 hours to see abnormalities such as PVL on head imaging and ultrasound. At 26 weeks GA, the rate of PVL should be below 15%. So it is likely that something else was involved here. The PVL could be due to overventilation/hyperventilation, infection or other cases. It would be necessary to review the records, and in particular, the blood gasses and cultures, to determine the cause.
    The pre-term delivery might also be an issue of concern. Pre-term delivery can be caused by an incompetent cervix, pre-term labor or an untreated infection, among other things. 24 hours of steroids should typically be given before birth prior to 34 weeks gestation to improve fetal outcome. Also, Mag sulfate should also given to premies prior to birth for neuro-protection. There are a number of potential issues requiring a thorough review of the records. It is important that you find an experienced birth injury attorney to review your case.
    Good luck.

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  • My daughter's baby suffered some brain damage at birth due to lack of oxygen, can the hospital be held liable?

    My daughter was in labor at a hospital, while in labor she was given an epidural. My daughter's labor had not progressed like the doctors wanted her to. The baby started to become distressed after the epidural and the pitocin (which induces labor)...

    Jesse’s Answer

    This is not a fluke. The hospital can and should be liable for this. It is not uncommon for a baby's heart rate to become bradycardic after an epidural as epidural's can cause maternal hypotension. The subsequent heart rate abnormalities should have been picked up by the fetal monitor. Sometimes fetal heart rate abnormalities are missed when the fetal heart rate is confused for the maternal heart rate. A timely C-section would have avoided the brain damage. Cord blood gasses, apgar scores and head imaging performed after birth are helpful in determining the exact timing of the brain damage. It would be important to have the records reviewed by a birth injury attorney. Good luck.

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  • My circumcision was messed up when ever I got it in my baby years, can I sue?

    What could I sue for?

    Jesse’s Answer

    Agreed that there may be a statute of limitations issue on your case. Assuming you still have a good statute, the question with circumcisions is did they take too much or not enough skin during the procedure. If they took too much, they you may well have a case. If they took too little, the a surgery revision can probably be performed and there is no case. Good luck.

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  • What are the signs of birth defects/injuries?

    Is there a way of knowing if a child has a birth injuries right away when he is born? What are the signs of birth defects or injuries to look for? .

    Jesse’s Answer

    Great question. Many times you can tell if a child has suffered birth injuries at birth. The signs of birth injuries may include: floppiness, pale color, lethargy, seizures, abnormalities on head scans, breathing problems requiring intubation, and abnormal lab results. Long term signs can include cerebral palsy (of one or all four limps), learning problems and developmental delays without cerebral palsy, brain damage (which may or may not be visible on head scans) and cognitive deficits. A careful review of medical records after a detailed history can usually tell us whether there is a birth injury or birth defect.

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  • Do i have a case

    my daughter had a very traumatic birth experience that caused erbs palsy that she has overcome slowly. she has extreme developmental delays, 17 months ols doesnt crawl, walk, talk ect could i have a case? she has yet to be "diagnosed" with anything

    Jesse’s Answer

    In addition to the Erb's palsy suffered by you daughter, her other developmental delays are very concerning and may well be related to either birth trauma or birth asphyxia or some combination of both. It would be very important to review the medical records and head imaging studies to determine exactly what injuries were suffered. In particular, it would be important to look at the apgar scores and blood gas studies from the umbilical cord to see if there was evidence of asphyxia. The head imaging would show whether there was bleeding in the brain or cellular damages from lack of oxygen. Its important to you locate an attorney who specializes in birth trauma and who is very familiar handling cases like this routinely. The issues that need to be assessed should be easily identifiable by and experienced birth trauma attorney. Good luck.

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