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Ethnicity, Age, and Income Play a Role in Maternal Morbidity Rates

Authors of a recent statistical brief published by the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project have found trends associated with age, race, and income contribute to severe maternal morbidity. In the analysis, “severe maternal morbidity” was defined by 21 indicators identified by the CDC. According to the brief, from 2006 to 2015 the rate of severe maternal morbidity increased 45%.  Rates were highest among women over 40, and in 2015 in-hospital mortality was three times higher for black women than for white women. Severe maternal morbidity rates were also higher amongst women who were using Medicaid or who were uninsured compared to those using private insurance.

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

What Is Horner Syndrome?

Horner syndrome is a condition caused by damage to the nerve pathway between the brain, face, and eye on one side of the body. Symptoms include disproportionate pupil sizes, drooping of the upper eyelid or elevation of the lower eyelid, and decreased sweating on the affected side of the face. Horner syndrome causes include birth trauma, and in particular, neck injuries. Improper use of forceps during delivery, shoulder dystocia, and brachial plexus injury may contribute to Horner syndrome. While there is no specific treatment for Horner syndrome, treating the underlying cause of the condition may help restore nerve function.

If your child has Horner syndrome, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit. Please contact us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

Wearing green in March isn’t limited to just St. Patrick’s Day celebrations—don the hue all month long in support of Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month! Cerebral palsy is a condition caused by brain damage—often resulting from a lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery (also known as HIE—hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy). Cerebral palsy can affect both motor coordination and cognition, and its effects range from mild to severe. While there currently is no cure for cerebral palsy, many of the roughly 764,000 children and adults with the condition seek therapy to help manage its effects and improve function. During March, wear green to promote awareness of cerebral palsy, educate yourself on the condition, or volunteer your time helping those with cerebral palsy or other disabilities.

‘Tis the Season of Giving: Community Bands Together to Support of Injured Newborn

‘Tis the Season of Giving: Community Bands Together to Support of Injured Newborn

Minutes after Rachel Allen gave birth to her daughter Eliana in October 2016, the new family quickly learned something was wrong. Eliana was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, a type of brain injury characterized by a lack of oxygen or blood flow that can lead to permanent disabilities. “It took doctors 10 minutes to get Eliana breathing,” Rachel said of the terrifying and shocking experience at the Minneapolis hospital where Eliana was treated.

Just before Thanksgiving, family members of the Allen’s hosted a community benefit to raise money for Eliana’s expensive hospital care. Over 300 people attended, bringing with them donations and baskets of goodies for a silent auction. The family continues to raise funds to offset the medical and other unexpected expenses since Eliana’s birth and looks forward to finally spending time at home as a family of three.

If you believe your child has suffered from an HIE injury, please contact our expert birth injuries lawyers at 877-262-9767 to discuss your situation.

Study: Nintendo Wii Game Improves Balance for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Study: Nintendo Wii Game Improves Balance for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Nintendo Wii Balance Boards may be on the Christmas wish lists of many children this year. But for kids with spastic hemiplegia, a type of cerebral palsy, the game has shown to be an effective form of therapy according to researchers from Chile. Published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine, a new study analyzed 32 cerebral palsy patients randomly selected to receive six weeks of either “Wii-therapy” or standard physiotherapy sessions. Compared to patients who received standard physiotherapy, Wii-therapy “significantly improved standing balance in children and adolescents with CP,” the authors wrote in their report. Another perk? The program is easy to transfer to physiotherapists and rehabilitation centers.

Early Intervention Key in Children with Birth Injuries

Early Intervention Key in Children with Birth Injuries

The first few years of a child’s life are a particularly sensitive period in his or her brain development. For children who sustained brain injuries at birth, early therapy interventions may improve their developmental path and increase their functional abilities.

In 1986, the federal government began the Early Intervention Program to provide services to babies who are developmentally delayed or are at risk for developmental delay—including children with birth injuries. Generally, Early Intervention Programs offer customized vision, hearing, nutritional, and medical services, as well as physical therapy, developmental therapy, speech/language therapy, and occupational therapy. They also provide parents and families with information to help better understand their child’s behavior and needs, and offer resources, support, and training to help caretakers work and play with the child more effectively. To find out about Early Intervention Program options in your state, click here.

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Birth Injuries

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Birth Injuries

Parents often ask me, “What exactly is a birth injury?” A birth injury is an injury that occurs at or near the time of birth and has long-term consequences. There are also prenatal injuries that occur during the prenatal period and neonatal injuries that occur shortly after the baby is born.  Most often, birth injuries are associated with permanent brain damage which can be caused by hypoxia and/or ischemia. This can lead to conditions such as neonatal seizures,cerebral palsy and developmental delays. If you believe your child suffered from a birth injury, please contact us at 877-262-9767 to discuss your unique situation.

To Repeat C-Section or Not to Repeat C-Section? That is the Question

To Repeat C-Section or Not to Repeat C-Section? That is the Question

If you delivered your first born via C-section, are there risks in delivering your second child vaginally vs. repeat C-section. A study out of the University of Aberdeen in the UK suggests there could be. Once a baby is delivered by C-section, a second child delivered vaginally could cause the scar to rupture, potentially leading to HIE, a type of brain injury caused by lack of oxygen. However the researchers suggest that the only consistent difference between repeat C-section (scheduled or unscheduled) and vaginal birth was a slightly elevated risk for hospitalization with asthma in children born by C-section. Though the study suggests that further research needs to be performed to determine long-term outcomes of a repeat C-section vs. a vaginal birth, ultimately the right decision about your birthing method is individualized and should be discussed with your obstetrician.

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Neonatal Seizures

Attorney Lisa Weinstein Discusses Neonatal Seizures

A mom called me today and asked me whether seizures were a sign of brain damage.  She witnessed her newborn baby’s legs “bicycling” and the child was staring into space; however, her doctor said not to worry about it.  Newborn seizures can be an indicator of serious neurological damage as a result of a birth-related injury. Seizures occur from abnormal electrical discharges in the brain. Seizures can be caused by HIE, trauma or infection. A review of your medical records by an experienced birth injury lawyer can determine whether negligence played a role in causing your child’s seizures. Call us now at 877-262-9767 if you think your baby’s seizures may be a result of a birth injury.

Grant & Eisenhofer Attorney Lisa B. Weinstein Inducted to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Grant & Eisenhofer Attorney Lisa B. Weinstein Inducted to Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Lisa Weinstein, senior counsel at Grant & Eisenhofer P.A., works exclusively with children and families impacted by birth injuries caused by negligence. Lisa helps her clients obtain the long-term care they deserve while holding the medical professionals accountable for causing harm.

Lisa was recently recognized for her work when she was selected as a life member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. These Forums recognize the top trial lawyers in America who have served as principal counsel in cases resulting in million-dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards, or settlements. Lisa has had several of these settlements and verdicts.

Click for Lisa B. Weinstein Press Release to read more.

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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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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