Medical Malpractice Articles

Which Injuries Can Cause Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a common disorder for infants in the United States. It is estimated to affect around 500,000 people. It is an intricate disorder that has a myriad of symptoms and causes. In some cases, cerebral palsy can occur due to injuries at birth. Therefore, it is important that parents are not only aware of their child’s specific risk factors, but also the general symptoms and causes. What is Cerebral Palsy? Cerebral palsy is a disorder that impacts a person’s brain and affects motor skills. It is a direct injury or dysfunction of the cerebral region of the […]

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The Dangers of Fetal Distress

Fetal distress is a term used by medical professionals when a fetus is not receiving adequate oxygen. Because it is not the official term, however, it can apply to other situations – whether during labor or not. The term itself is rather ambiguous, but it is important that expectant mothers understand what fetal distress entails and how it could impact their baby. Fetal distress and birth asphyxia are often confused for one another, but these two terms are not the same. Birth asphyxia only occurs when the baby is deprived of oxygen before, during and after labor. There are numerous […]

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Erb’s Palsy – The Facts You Need to Know

Numerous brachial plexus injuries can be classified as Erb’s Palsy. It is one of the more common and serious birth injuries, typically caused by shoulder dystocia, or obstructed labor. It can result in damage to the nerves that connect the arm and shoulder, and is often seen in cases when excessive force was used to remove the baby. Shoulder dystocia can lead to high-risk complications during delivery, where the physician must often use excess force on the shoulder in order to remove the baby from the womb. The brachial plexus nerves – which originate in the spinal cord – travel […]

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Preventing Malpractice in New York

February 2016 | Category: Articles, Medical Malpractice Resources Center

The lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. believe that the best way to prevent medical malpractice is to be an informed patient. Janet Woodcock, M.D., head of the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, actively encourages consumers to help prevent errors by being watchful about their health care. Many potential problems can be resolved before they occur just by asking the right questions or knowing what to look for. She offers the following tips to prevent medical malpractice: Be an active member of your health care team. Don’t be a passive patient; take part in every decision […]

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