Monthly Archives: December 2017

Can a Birth Injury Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Birth injuries may be caused by medical mistakes that are made before, during or shortly after birth. In some cases, birth injuries involve damage to the brain. Therefore, cerebral palsy is a possible outcome. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Cerebral palsy may occur when an infant’s developing brain is injured. There are several types of birth injuries or medical mistakes that can cause a newborn to develop cerebral palsy. Examples may include: Oxygen deprivation: A newborn can suffer a brain injury if they are deprived of oxygen. This can occur if the umbilical cord prolapsed or if there is trauma to the infant in utero. Should displacement during delivery could also lead to oxygen deprivation. Failure to treat an infection: Cerebral palsy is a possible outcome if an…
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Study Finds Window Blinds Injure Two Children Per Day

Your home could contain a product that is responsible for injuring 17,000 children under 6 years old between 1990 and 2015. According to a new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, window coverings are responsible for injuring roughly two children per day. In addition, almost one child per month is killed in an incident involving window coverings. The study pulled information from databases operated by federal agencies, such as the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Many incidents resulted in minor injuries. In these cases, children were struck by window blinds. A majority of cases that led to severe injuries or deaths involved children who became entangled in window blind cords. According to the study, entanglements were responsible for 80 percent of the 726 hospitalizations and 94 percent of the 271 deaths recorded between 1990 and 2015. Many of these incidents occurred in bedrooms or when children were not being…
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Why Are Superbugs Dangerous for Hospital Patients?

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are responsible for 99,000 deaths in the US each year. Some of these cases involve “superbugs.” Superbugs may refer to strains of bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. As more antibiotics are used commercially and in healthcare settings, these strains of bacteria have adapted by developing a resistance. Strains that include MRSA, CRE and VRE can be found on hospital surfaces or commonly used medical devices. Infections can also spread between patients. Patients who develop superbug infections are more likely to die or suffer permanent complications. Medical professionals have a more difficult time treating these patients. Commonly used antibiotics may not work. For this reason, there are federal and institutional regulations that are designed to decrease instances of superbug infections. Can I Sue for a Healthcare-Acquired Infection? Healthcare-acquired infections, including those caused by superbugs, may be caused by…
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