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2 ways serious car accident injuries can change your life

Car accidents are not always serious fender benders. Most motor vehicle incidents result in minor to nonexistent property damage and everyone continuing about their business. However, some victims find themselves reeling from the aftermath while trying to recover from serious and life-threatening injuries. 

You may be a safe driver with an impeccable driving record, but if you are ever in a crash and wind up with catastrophic injuries, you will need to do more than keep up with your medical care. You may need to contact your insurer to file a claim and possibly pursue legal action against the wrongful party. Here are a couple of reasons why you should consider filing a personal injury suit against the at-fault motorist(s). 

Jury awards $23.9 million for child's birth injuries

Labor is usually an intense and sometimes frightening experience, but parents usually expect that the process will end well. For many Oregon families this is simply not the case. Although parents may feel helpless after learning their child suffered birth injuries during delivery, it is possible to hold hospitals, doctors and other medical staff responsible for their actions.

As compensation for their child's injuries, a jury recently awarded $23.9 million to an out-of-state family. During the mother's labor, the umbilical cord wound its way around the baby girl's neck, which deprived her of oxygen. She was then born the color blue, and doctors had to undertake extensive resuscitation efforts before she was able to breathe on her own. But those efforts could not undo the damage that was already done. Soon after birth, doctors determined that she had suffered a severe brain injury that would limit her cognitive, speech and motor skills.

Could the doctor have prevented your child's birth injuries?

There is a lot to do when you are expecting a baby, and it is more than just getting the nursery ready. There are parenting and feeding methods to consider, names to be chosen and -- if necessary -- day cares facilities to visit. But on top of all of that you knew that the most important thing was to get the best possible prenatal care. Poor prenatal care is associated with an increased risk of birth injuries, so if your child was harmed here are a few things you may want to keep in mind.

Pregnant women do not always exhibit obvious symptoms of any problems. In some cases, symptoms are only noticeable while being monitored. Doctors in Oregon are responsible for carefully monitoring their patients' pregnancies, which means watching out for some of those hard-to-spot symptoms. These doctors are also responsible for truly listening to and considering self-reported symptoms. 

Help is on the way for car crash victims with TBI

Unfortunately, traumatic brain injury is a common result of a car crash. Even victims with a mild form of TBI such as concussion may experience lifelong health issues.

However, innovations in testing and treatment are helping those who suffer TBI to combat the effects and reduce the need for ongoing care.

The basics of birth injuries

Expecting parents in Oregon generally just want what all other parents want -- a healthy child. While there is no way to prevent a child being born with or developing a disease, preventing birth injuries is very much possible. This can make it all the more devastating to learn that a child who would have otherwise been born healthy was injured instead.

There are many different types of birth injuries, ranging from minor to severe. Cerebral palsy is just one example that many people are probably familiar with. Babies who are deprived of oxygen during delivery can suffer irreparable brain damage that limits body movement and brain function.

Doctors ignored woman's symptoms, causing birth injuries

A mother is suing multiple doctors who allegedly ignored the warning signs of a very serious condition. She says that since she did not receive adequate medical attention, her son was born with multiple birth injuries. Her medical malpractice lawsuit does not include a specific amount for damages, but the annual cost of providing her son with necessary medical care is around six figures. This cost is not uncommon for Oregon families in similar situations.

In late 2015, the woman spent two weeks in the hospital to lower her risk of going into preterm labor. Although it is not clear how far along in her pregnancy she was at that point, she attended an appointment with one of her doctors a week after being discharged. Despite bringing up multiple concerns, the doctor insisted that her pregnancy was proceeding normally and sent her home. Still experiencing troubling symptoms, she visited the emergency room on two separate occasions and was told that everything was fine. Doctors started to refuse the mother's phone calls shortly after.

Cancer ranks high in deadly illnesses that are misdiagnosed

Everyone makes mistakes—even at work. That includes doctors too. While most of us might think of those stories about doctors operating on the wrong knee or leaving a sponge inside a patient, only to be found years later, doctors also misdiagnose patient illnesses. Sometimes, that can cause life-altering consequences, even death.

Earlier this year, researchers from John Hopkins University wanted to narrow down what conditions were most misdiagnosed and also were most likely to lead to death or disability. What they found is that one-third of medical errors that led to death and disability were linked to cancer.

Mother awarded $101 million for son's birth injuries

Parents spend months getting ready to welcome their new baby into the world. Unfortunately, all it takes is one negligent mistake or error to change all of those carefully laid plans. For Oregon parents who are raising children injured by birth injuries, the reality of this situation can be especially difficult. However, it is possible to hold negligent doctors, nurses and hospitals responsible for their actions.

An out-of-state mother decided to pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit after her son was injured during delivery. Her claim alleged that the medical personnel working at the facility where she gave birth ignored signs of distress for approximately six hours. This was backed up by medical experts who agreed that the fetal monitoring strips showed abnormalities both before and during labor. Experts also determined that the boy would not have suffered any injuries if the attending personnel had told the doctor about those abnormalities, which warranted a cesarean section.

Does your child have brain injuries?

Parents tend to seek to protect their children. However, there are some instances where the actions of another party may cause undue harm to a child, beyond the parents' control.

Depending on a child's developmental level, it may not be easy to determine when a child has sustained injuries in a car accident. However, particularly in the case of brain injury, there are a few signs parents can look out for.

Woman's birth-related injury goes undiagnosed for over one year

Advances made in medicine in recent years have caused childbirth to be viewed as a fairly routine procedure. While expectant mothers in Oregon certainly should not fear that they will be harmed while giving birth to their babies, delivery is still a traumatic process that certainly does take its toll on a woman. Part of that toll may indeed be an injury, yet the hope is that any damage that is done during delivery will be quickly identified and dealt with. If it is not, it can linger within a woman and even progress to the point of causing serious health complications

Often the effects of such an injury are manifested over time. Yet women should be able to count on the skills of their doctors to recognize problems from diagnostic testing or a description of their symptoms. It was a failure to meet such a standard that prompted a woman to sue a physician's group in Kansas for medical malpractice. She claims that providers belonging to the group should have been able to identify the signs of a tear she sustained during childbirth that was causing her bowel issues. The problem ultimately went unidentified for over a year. 


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