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Mom of 4 Daughters Dies Shortly After Emergency C-Section

A California mother suddenly passed away just 30 minutes after undergoing an emergency C-section to deliver her fourth child. The 27-year old mother, who reportedly had a history of heart problems, was rushed into surgery to deliver her baby when doctors discovered she was bleeding internally. The baby was born prematurely and will reportedly spend a month in the NICU. “My wife has gone to a better place…But will forever have my heart…” her husband wrote in a social media post dedicated to his wife.

If you lost a loved one during the labor and delivery process, please call us at 877-262-9767.

Video Game Designed by Doctoral Student to Help Kids with Cerebral Palsy

A University of Toronto doctoral student has designed a video game similar to Nintendo’s “Super Mario Bros.” specifically to help children with cerebral palsy during occupational therapy. To make characters perform an action, players must open the palm of their hand, encouraging targeted muscle movements. A smart armband worn by each player detects this motion and gives players feedback on their movements. The game is designed to help children with cerebral palsy improve function in their underused hand.

If your child is affected by cerebral palsy as a result of malpractice, call us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Black Mothers in Illinois at Higher Risk of Death from Pregnancy-Related Conditions

In October 2018, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams attended a news conference at the University of Illinois announcing findings of a detailed report on pregnancy-related maternal deaths. According to the report referencing data from 2015, per 100,000 live births in Illinois, there were 72 deaths of non-Hispanic black women, 24 pregnancy-related deaths of Hispanic women, and 11 deaths of non-Hispanic white women. This indicates a six times greater risk of death for black women than for white women. Causes of death to these women included complications from blood clots, heart failure, hemorrhages, sepsis, and mental health conditions. 33 percent of these deaths occurred between 43 and 364 days after delivery. Sadly, the research committee found that the majority of these pregnancy-related deaths were preventable.

Consequently, the committee has suggested that hospitals implement well-defined emergency room policies to identify postpartum women, and is encouraging mothers to schedule a postpartum check-up. Other recommendations included creating home care programs, increasing care to include a “fourth trimester” of post-natal care, and expanding Medicaid eligibility from 60 days postpartum to one year.

If you lost a loved one during the labor and delivery process, please call us at 877-262-9767.

Study: Access to Hospital Medical Records Proves Difficult for Patients

A new undercover study by Yale researchers published in JAMA Network Open shows that many patients are encountering unnecessary difficulties in obtaining their medical records.

Though the 1996 Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guarantees patient access to their medical records within 30 days, lead study author Carolyn Lyem said most hospitals were noncompliant with those regulations. According to the study’s data, only 53% of hospitals allowed patients to access their entire medical files, and many provided inaccurate information about how to go about receiving them. For example, the 83 U.S. hospitals involved in the study gave different answers as to how the records would be released (i.e. paper copy, patient portal, email, or CD). Additionally, over half of hospitals charged patients to release the records – some charging $541 more than the federal recommendation of $6.50.

Easy and timely access to medical records is essential for patients that may have to make decisions concerning life-threatening health conditions. And these medical records are similarly essential for lawyers to evaluate and prosecute a case, including birth injury cases where there is a limited time parents or guardians have to bring a medical negligence claim. Click here for more information on how obtaining your medical records can impact your birth injury claim.

If you believe your child was injured during the labor and delivery process, please call us today at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation to discuss your potential claim.

Boy with Cerebral Palsy Turns Heads as Beetlejuice for Halloween

A nine-year-old Illinois boy with cerebral palsy loves getting into the Halloween spirit by dressing up in extravagant costumes every year. This year, he is celebrating Halloween dressed as Beetlejuice.  His parents are always thoughtful in selecting his costumes to accommodate his wheelchair, having dressed as the wheel from “Wheel of Fortune” and a snow globe in years past. “Once he’s in his costume he totally laughs and smiles and definitely loves the attention,” his father said. This year, the boy started using a power wheelchair, which will help him gain independence not only on Halloween night but every other day of the year!

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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