Erb’s Palsy lawsuit filed against federal hospital

Parents of a child born with Erb’s Palsy filed a lawsuit naming the United States of America as the culprit behind the medical negligence that led to their son’s birth injuries. The lawsuit is seeking $12 million in damages after the federally-managed Family Health Centers of Southwest Florida, Inc. committed negligence during the mother’s pregnancy and delivery.

The mother of the child was diagnosed with Type II diabetes at the age of 11 and was at a heightened risk of gestational diabetes due to her small stature and above average weight gain during pregnancy. Labor was induced at 38 weeks when she weighed 200 pounds at 4’8’’ tall.

The delivery of the baby showed the possibility of severe metabolic acidosis caused by lack of oxygen during delivery. The baby weighed 9 pounds 4 ounces after birth in comparison to the 7 pounds 12 ounces the pre-birth sonogram showed.

The child was in a NICU center for 26 days, frequently experiencing seizures among other health issues. The plaintiffs claim that the medical staff was not following the standard protocol during birth. This situation may have been avoided through a C-section rather than vaginal delivery.

The parents are seeking $10 million in damages for the ongoing medical treatment of their son and $2 million for the pain and suffering that the family is experiencing.

It is devastating when your child is injured due to poorly trained or negligent medical staff. If your baby was born with cerebral or Erb’s palsy, contact the birth injury attorneys at the Driscoll Firm. Our compassionate and experienced attorneys are prepared to find compensation for the damages you sustained. Call (800) 305-9800 today for more information about how we can help you.


Bumbo seats recalled due to reports of infant head injury

Officials with the Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced the recall of nearly 4 million Baby Bumbo seats after it was discovered that children may be able to wiggle out of the floor seat and potentially suffer head injuries as a result of the fall.

The first recall on these seats was made in October 2007 and resulted in additional warning labels to be placed upon the seats and stated that  placing the seats on raised surfaces may be dangerous.

There have been 50 reports of infants wiggling out of Bumbo seats and sustaining skull fractures as a result. Another 34 reports were made that stated that infants fell out of the seat while it was on the floor and 21 of these infants received skull fractures.

Consumers have been urged to stop the use of the Bumbo seats and to contact Bumbo International of South Africa in order to receive a repair kit that will include a restraint belt. The company has stated that they will be adding the restraint belt to all of the seats as a safety precaution.

If your child has suffered a head injury, contact the Driscoll Firm today by calling 800-305-9800 today.

 


Missouri Supreme Court ruling overturns cap on medical malpractice damages

The cerebral palsy lawyers at the Driscoll Firm are pleased to announce that the Missouri Supreme Court overturned a previous ruling that placed a cap on the amount of damages that can be awarded to victims of medical malpractice.

The change was made after it was determined that placing a cap on damages was unconstitutional because it violated the victim’s right to trial by jury by not allowing the details of a case to determine the outcome.

To read further into the details  of this decision, click here.


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