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How common are birth defects?

Parents face many stressors during pregnancy, the birth of their child and after the child has been born. Unfortunately, things can go wrong at any point, and this can be incredibly overwhelming from an emotional and financial standpoint. Many children are born with birth defects in Oregon and it is pivotal for parents to do everything they can to prevent these hardships. Unfortunately, more children will continue to be born with various complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth defects are the primary reason why infants pass away, accounting for twenty percent of infant fatalities. Moreover, they impact about three percent of infants born in the U.S. every year. There are many factors which can play a role in the likelihood of an infant suffering due to a birth defect, such as the ethnicity of the child. However, birth defects may also be the result of poor prenatal care or some other factor that could have been avoided.

Investigation into maternal fatalities

When women go into labor, they are embarking on an amazing and dangerous journey into child birth. There are a host of issues that can arise when women give birth and having quality medical assistance on hand may not always solve the problems. At least 50,000 women experience severe childbirth complications every year. This number, however, is thought to be much higher, as many institutions fail to report and/or account for complications due to childbirth.

Women may suffer from high blood pressure, hemorrhages, seizures, heart attacks, strokes and other complications prior to and during child birth. They may need hysterectomies or blood transfusions following delivery as a result of complications. These issues can prove to be catastrophic if women are not given immediate and proper medical attention. In some cases, medical attention is delayed or not given at all, which could result in serious injury or death to the mother.

What To Expect: What Will a Preeclampsia Medical Malpractice Case Look Like?

In our previous blog posts, we walked you through a few potential signs that would lead to a medical malpractice case if you suffered from preeclampsia. Today, we want to talk about the steps that will happen should you move forward with a medical malpractice case.

DUI Fatalities: The Heartbreaking Statistics & Outcomes

Driving under the influence is a major issue in the United States. We see many cases every year of people injured, or worse, killed, by impaired drivers. As we work these cases, we are often heartbroken alongside families, just trying to get justice for their loved one.

Recent report reveals the cause of most malpractice claims

When it comes to dealing with a medical problem, you want to know you can trust your doctor’s diagnosis. Many times, your doctor relies on various tests and clinical reports to reach a diagnosis. What if these reports turn out wrong?

A recent report details a five-year study into medical claims involving radiological mistakes, and the data is eye-opening. It states that 80 percent of all malpractice claims stem from a problem with interpreting the results of radiology testing. This means that the root of almost all misdiagnosis cases come down to a misreading of these results.

There is sometimes a hidden cause for abnormal birth injuries

Have you considered everyone involved in your birth injury? Even if you trust your OB-GYN or primary physician, there could be some negligence or delay that was caused by another party. At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, we sometimes find that imaging and related issues are responsible for our clients' injuries.

If you had a radiology medical malpractice claim, it would probably fall into one of two main categories. The first category would be egregious communication errors, and the second would contain all interpretation mistakes or oversights.

Medical professional negligence during pregnancy

Birth injuries can shatter the lives of mothers, their newborns and family members, but it is important to keep in mind that things can also go wrong during a pregnancy. In some instances, these hardships are the result of a medical professional's negligence, and there are various reasons why pregnant mothers may find themselves in this position. From issues involving medication to a doctor's failure to monitor the pregnancy properly, these issues can have a detrimental impact on the lives of families. Sadly, many have endured hardships that could have been avoided altogether had the mother received proper care.

A pregnant woman may be subjected to medical professional negligence for various reasons. For example, a doctor may be inexperienced, or they may not set aside enough time to take care of their patients appropriately. Or, a medical professional may hold a grudge against a family for some reason and intentionally provide them with poor care. These are just some of the reasons why medical professional negligence takes place during pregnancy, and the consequences can be devastating.

Neverland in the operating room

If someone asked the top three leading causes of death in the United States each year, most people would either know or correctly guess one is cancer; another is heart disease; and perhaps a third may be accidents, strokes or possibly lung disease.

The CDC's top three for their latest study are, in order of fatality numbers: Cardiac disease, cancer and respiratory disease. The real third leading cause of death is medical malpractice—a factor the CDC neglects to report. American citizens deserve to know that botched medical procedures cause a significant number of fatalities.

The long-term consequences of pregnancy-related injuries

When it comes to pregnancy-related injuries and various other ways in which patients may suffer as a result of medical professional negligence, the immediate consequences can be devastating. These challenges sometimes result in the loss of life and unbearable levels of physical pain, not to mention the emotional toll of these incidents can make daily life almost unbearable. However, it is also important to consider some of the long-term repercussions of pregnancy-related injuries, especially if legal action is on the table in an attempt to hold a negligent medical professional accountable.

Long-term consequences may be financial in nature, whether a mother or her child need therapy or some other costly form of assistance as a result of the injury. Sometimes, the emotional toll of a pregnancy-related injury can last for the rest of a person's life. Fathers and even extended family members may also be emotionally hurt by these incidents. Aside from the financial and emotional toll of a pregnancy-related injury, life may be permanently altered from a physical standpoint for a mother or her child. From a long-term disability to shattered dreams, these injuries are often very devastating.


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