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Spread the Word and Support Prematurity Awareness Throughout November

November is Prematurity Awareness Month – a time dedicated to raising awareness of preterm birth and the concerns of preterm infants and their families. According to the March of Dimes, each year in the United States, 1 of every 10 babies is born prematurely (fewer than 37 weeks’ gestation). This month, share your prematurity story to connect with others, reach out to support families of premature infants, or help out by funding research that fights for the health of preterm babies.

Customized Toothbrush May Help Improve Oral Health in Children with Cerebral Palsy

Due to fine motor skill impairments, performing everyday tasks such as teeth brushing can be difficult for people with cerebral palsy.  However, according to a new study published in the journal Special Care in Dentistry, cerebral palsy patients may improve their oral health with a customized toothbrush that features a redesigned handle and brush head. Researchers point out that oral health is the “most unattended health need” of children with special needs.

In the study, 30 patients ranging from age 6 to 18 were divided into two groups—one group used a regular toothbrush and the other group used a customized toothbrush with finger imprints on the handle and a modified brush head. After three weeks, researchers found that the participants in the modified toothbrush group showed a significant improvement in plaque removal and decrease in gum inflammation. The authors also noted that the patients using the customized toothbrushes were able to brush their teeth without any assistance from a caregiver.

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.

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.

Grant & Eisenhofer Expands Birth Injury Litigation Practice with Veteran Chicago Attorney

Grant & Eisenhofer’s birth injury litigation group has recently expanded to include Charles Bletsas, a “veteran medical malpractice attorney” experienced in catastrophic injury cases. With more than 20 years of experience, Mr. Bletsas joins the now-6-attorney team of G&E lawyers representing families and infants seriously injured at birth, including cases of cerebral palsy, brain damage, wrongful death, and other focus areas. “There’s no more vulnerable population than babies in the womb; they have no control over their situation and it’s very difficult to imagine that if the care had been different, you wouldn’t be in this situation,” Mr. Bletsas said.

If your child suffered a birth injury, you may be able to bring a claim for medical malpractice against the professionals responsible for causing harm.  Please call the attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer today at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation.

Can my Ultrasound Tech be Liable for my Baby’s Birth Injury?

Ultrasound is widely accepted as a revolutionary tool in prenatal care, allowing doctors to evaluate pregnancies and detect common gynecological anomalies.  Most expectant mothers will receive at least one ultrasound during their pregnancies, however variations in quality of equipment and training of the personnel performing the ultrasound can lead to errors in diagnosis and interpretation. These errors may result in a birth injury to the baby or injury to the mother if the sonographer performing the ultrasound is inadequately trained or supervised, if the images obtained lack the quality needed to accurately form a diagnosis, or if the imaging equipment is not properly maintained. Certain “best practices” and even accreditations have been established for ultrasound performance quality. Sonographers may be held liable for breaching these standards, forming the basis of a birth injury lawsuit.

If you believe that you have a birth injury claim relating to an inadequate ultrasound you had during your pregnancy, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

The Impact of Maternal Death on the Entire Family

Maternal mortality rates are on the rise in the U.S., according to an investigation undertaken by USA Today this past summer. With more women dying from childbirth complications than any other country in the developed world, more fathers are left to care for their grieving families alone. After losing a mother, family roles may be uprooted, with fathers, older siblings, grandparents, or aunts and uncles stepping in to fill in the missing branch on the family tree. Adjusting to a new reality as a single parent can be extremely difficult for fathers both emotionally and financially, and equally devastating for children.

92 countries offer paternity leave—and the U.S. is not one of them. Additionally, only a few states and cities have passed family leave and paternity leave laws. In fact, according to a 2016 study, the U.S. ranks last among 41 nations for parental leave laws. The lack of paid time off often makes fatherhood far more difficult new dads, after having just lost their child’s mother.

If you believe your loved one died due to medical negligence during her pregnancy, labor, childbirth, or the postpartum period, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

Blood Test in First Trimester May Help Determine Risk for Gestation Diabetes: Study

A new study published in Scientific Reports indicates that a blood test taken at as early as 10 weeks of pregnancy may indicate a woman’s risk of developing gestational diabetes.  For the study, researchers looked to the A1C test (commonly used to diagnose type 2 diabetes) to identify signs of the pregnancy-induced blood sugar disorder in the first trimester of pregnancy. “We wanted to identify women at high risk for gestational diabetes early in pregnancy so that it leaves more time to intervene to prevent the condition,” said senior author Cuilin Zhang MD, PhD.

Researchers analyzed records from a previous study performed by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development that included women that were pregnant between 2009 and 2013 were at low-risk for gestational diabetes. A1C test results from over 100 women who did develop gestational diabetes were compared with over 200 women that did not develop the condition. Tests had been taken at four intervals throughout their pregnancies. Dr. Zhang reported that first trimester A1C tests “significantly improved the prediction of gestational diabetes over conventional risk factors.”

If you developed gestational diabetes during your pregnancy and you or you baby were injured during the labor and delivery process, please contact us at 877-262-9767.

Delayed Pushing does not Affect Spontaneous Delivery: Study

A common practice for laboring mothers at many U.S. hospitals, delayed pushing during the second stage of labor—when the cervix is fully dilated—had been thought to reduce the risk of deliveries in which forceps were used to deliver the baby. Now, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that delayed pushing has no effect on whether pregnant women deliver without intervention (i.e. cesarean section or via forceps or vacuum).  Conducted by doctors at six different institutions, the study randomly assigned more than 2,400 first-time mothers at 37 weeks pregnant or later to two different groups: the first group was asked to begin pushing immediately after the second stage of labor began, while the second group was asked to delay pushing for 60 minutes. The researchers found that among the two groups, the rate of spontaneous delivery did not largely differ, as the” immediate group” experienced a spontaneous delivery rate of 85.9% and the “delayed group,” 86.5%.

Also noted in the study, however, was the rate of chorioamnionitis, or inflammation (infection) of the sac surrounding the baby in the uterus, as well as the rate of postpartum hemorrhages. The immediate group experienced lower infection rates and lower hemorrhage rates compared to the delayed group.  The study was therefore stopped after 75% of the births were analyzed due to postpartum hemorrhage and chorioamnionitis concerns that the delayed pushing group may have had, and that results were unlikely to differ substantially if the full study was carried out.

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.


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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