A judge for the Lenawee Circuit Court held a hearing last month on the issue of what the cap should be for birth injuries in a medical malpractice case involving a botched delivery that resulted in the stillbirth of a baby at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in 2008. According to the claim brought by the baby’s mother, the death was the result of the negligence of a nurse and a physician on staff at the hospital. The child was reportedly delivered well after it should have been due to the oversight of the providers.
A family recently settled its lawsuit against a Hawaii military hospital for birth injuries that caused a boy to develop cerebral palsy. The lawsuit listed disturbing details about doctors' actions preceding the emergency c-section birth of Noah Whitney, now 3.
The medical community has long been aware that oxygen deprivation before and during birth causes worse brain damage in boys than girls, but the reasons why have proved elusive. A recent study provides exciting insight into the differences between female and male brain neurons after oxygen deprivation, or hypoxia.
Sept. 12, 2008 was supposed to be a joyous day for the Rivera family. Kasie was a patient at Darnall Army Medical Center in Fort Hood, Texas, expecting the healthy birth of her son, Haiden. Tragically, things went wrong and Haiden suffered serious birth injuries.
Sadly, nursing home falls are common. Residents are elderly or physically disabled, rendering them less likely to regain their balance should they trip, slip or misstep. The injuries can be severe, even life-threatening, as documented by a recent study.
Brian J. McKeen, managing partner and founder of McKeen & Associates, P.C., was recently selected for the Dan Cullan Memorial Award. The prestigious honor was bestowed upon McKeen for his lifetime dedication to advocacy, especially in the area of birth trauma and brain injury. Please read more about this tremendous honor here.
An unconscionable study risked the lives and health of more than 1,300 babies without their parents' knowledge. The trial, known as the SUPPORT study, provided varying levels of oxygen to prematurely born infants and measured the effects. The government-funded study spanned five years and involved 23 hospitals across the nation, including Wayne State University.
The medical community knows that concussions aren't good for the brain, but there has been disagreement about whether an isolated concussion can cause long-lasting brain damage. The answer is yes, according to researchers from the New York University Longone School of Medicine. The medical study found that patients' brains still displayed significant damage one year after enduring a single concussion.
In 2003, a girl's parents gave her ibuprofen to help battle a fever. The medication, manufactured by Motrin, caused a life-threatening side effect known as toxic epidermal necrosis (TEN). The reaction caused the 7-year-old to suffer brain damage and irreparable damage to her respiratory system. Unfortunately, that wasn't all that happened: TEN caused her to lose more than 90 percent of her skin and go blind.
Even in today's tech-heavy world, brain injury detection and treatment are extremely difficult. Those who have suffered head injuries from a car crash, industrial accident or warfare have no choice but to rely on a set of imperfect and unreliable tests to diagnose whether a brain injury occurred - and, if so, how serious is it?