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October 2011 Archives

Court to decide if disabled girl can be present during med mal trial: Part 3

As discussed in the previous two posts, an ongoing medical malpractice case in another state has brought up some complicated issues regarding whether a child disabled by an alleged birth injury should be allowed in a courtroom. The case has been appealed to the Supreme Court of Georgia. The high court will decide whether a lower court erred in only allowing the girl into the courtroom in certain situations.

Court to decide if disabled girl can be present during med mal trial: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, a birth injury case currently making its way through the courts of another state deals with complicated issues of whether a disabled person who is at the heart of the case should be allowed to remain in the courtroom during the trial.

Court to decide if disabled girl can be present during med mal trial: Part 1

A case soon to be heard by the highest court of another state will deal with some difficult and controversial issues in the trying of medical malpractice and birth injury cases. The case involves an 8-year-old girl who is suffering from disabilities that her parents claim were caused by obstetrician errors during the girl's birth.

Hospitals can take simple steps to reduce errors: Part 2

As discussed in the previous post, in this age of technology, it is often the simple things hospitals do to prevent errors that save patient lives. Dr. Donald Berwick was appointed by President Obama as head of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, but his appointment runs out at the end of the year.

Family of infant lost to birth injury works to help others

The prospect of severe disabilities as result of a birth injury is daunting challenge for a new family. Long term hospitalization and therapy can quickly deplete much of the family's resources of time, money and energy. While this is undeniably challenging, other families are less fortunate, in some cases the injuries an infant sustains at birth can cost them their lives.

Repeated anesthesia in infants linked to learning difficulties

When an infant suffers a birth injury, the baby may need numerous treatments in order to mitigate the negative health consequences. Some of these treatments may be minor and not have any long term impact on the child. Other circumstances may require numerous surgeries and other interventions. A recent study examined the correlation between general anesthesia and educational and behavioral metrics later in life.

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