Law Specialties

Failure to Prevent Premature Delivery/Latrogenic Prematurity

Early signs of labor are important to look for during the pregnancy. Regular contractions and change incervvical dilation prior to term (<36 weeks gestation) can lead to premature delivery.

There are tocolytic drugs that can be administered to help stop premature labor as well as a medical procedure called a cerclage when incompetent cervix is diagnosed.

Therefore, it is important for health care providers to timely recognize and treat early signs of premature labor. When these signs are negligently missed, premature delivery can lead to neonatal problems including Hyaline’s Membrane Disease, Brain Bleeds, and Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC). If you may have experienced early signs of labor that were ignored by your doctor or nurse, I can investigate those circumstances to determine if you have a claim for medical negligence.

There are also situations where your obstetrician or perinatologist may unnecessarily recommend early delivery before term. As a result, your baby may have suffered brain damage from prematurity. If this is the case, you may have a claim against that health care provider

Botched Circumcisions

Another area I have helped families is in negligent circumcisions. Depending on the experience level of the practitioner and the type of procedure/instrument used to circumcise your child, a portion of the penis can be at risk of amputation. One of the most common instruments responsible for these types of injuries is the Mogen Clamp.

Most of the time parents are not given the choice of the type of instrument that is used for their child’s circumcision. And there are safer options available and parents need to be made aware.

Jaundice Hyperbilirubeinemia Kernicterus

Did your child have jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) that went unrecognized or untreated? Was there a diagnosis of hyperbilirubinemia and or kernicterus? If so, your child’s brain damage may have been preventable.

Kerniterus is a type of brain damage that occurs when high levels of bilirubin cross the blood-brain barrier. This happens when high levels of bilirubin (hyperbilirubinemia) go untreated.

A simple blood test can measure the bilirubin in a child’s system. And phototherapy is available to effectively treat hyperbilirubinemia. If severe enough, a double exchange transfusion may be necessary. But under no circumstances should your child suffer brain damage if appropriate steps are taken in a timely manner. Pediatric literature clearly states that kernicterus is a completely preventable condition and a non-event (should never happen with proper care).

I have helped families with children with brain damage from hyperbilirubinemia in the past and I am available to sit down and talk to you about your child as well.

Brachial Plexus Injury/Shoulder Dystocia

Maybe you had gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, your stomach was abnormally large, and you worried about your baby being larger than normal. Your doctor told you there was nothing to worry about and did not recommend a c-section. Your labor was long. And the baby’s head came out, the shoulder got stuck and the delivery room personnel began to panic.

The nurse may have jumped up on the bed and began pushing down on your upper stomach. And the doctor was simultaneously pulling on the baby’s head to try and get the baby delivered. Your child is finally born and one of his/her arms was floppy and not moving. The hospital personnel and pediatrician tell you it should be back to normal in a few weeks. But the shoulder, arm, wrist and hand do not recover. Or worse, the doctors tell you later that your child’s nerves were torn and surgery is needed. If you have experienced this scenario, your child’s injury may have been preventable.

Brachial plexus palsy is a diagnosis given to children who have suffered damage to their brachial plexus nerves. These nerves are located in the neck area that originate at the spine and travel down the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers. When these nerves are stretched or torn during the delivery, it can lead to severe and permanent injury to the child’s shoulder, arm and hand.

I have represented many families in this situation and have helped them recover compensation from the physician or hospital when negligence can be proven. And I am ready to sit down and talk with you to see if I can help your child.

Birth Trauma/Cerebral Palsy

Your baby was born and spent significant time in the NICU. Your infant later failed to meet his/her developmental milestones. The doctors tell you he or she may have cerebral palsy. You have many questions and the cause of your child’s developmental delay – questions that your trading pediatrician or pediatric neurologist are unwilling to answer.

Often times, physicians are unwilling to give you specific answers for fear of litigation.  This is where I come in.  I have over 13 years of experience helping families find the answers to those questions.  If your child’s brain injury was preventable, I have the experience and expertise to seek justice and compensation for your family.  I have obtained compensation for families with children with cerebral palsy where special trusts are established to provide financial security for their child’s future medical, rehabilitative, and living needs.

Cerebral Palsy is a generic diagnosis that can have many causes.  Some of the ones I commonly handle are hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (brain damage from a lack of oxygen/blood flow), Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL – primarily due to prematurity), Kernicterus (brain damage due to untreated hyperbilirubinemia), and Intracranial Bleeds (bleeding in brain many times caused by trauma during the labor and delivery).  Sometimes these types of brain injury are preventable and therefore caused by the negligence of the treating physician or nursing staff at the hospital.

One of the common areas where negligence occurs that causes brain injury involves fetal monitoring during the labor.  This is accomplished using a fetal monitor that is connected to the mother during labor either by a belt or a fetal scalp electrode.  During the labor, the monitor displays real-time fetal heart rate information that nurses and obstetricians are trained to interpret to assess fetal wellbeing.  The forces of labor can be traumatic on a fetus. And if the fetus begins to show significant signs of distress on the monitor, it is critical for the nursing staff and/or physician to recognize this in a timely manner and respond with intrauterine resuscitative measures and an emergency c-section if necessary.

Medical malpractice law is very complex and filled with obstacles and pitfalls that require an experienced attorney to handle your case.  I am experienced in reviewing the labor and delivery, NICU, neurology, and fetal monitoring strip records to determine if the physician and/or nurses’ interventions were timely and if your child’s brain injury was preventable.  I also have access to some of the most respected and credentialed medical experts in the field of obstetrics and neurology to assist in your case.

General Medical Negligence

If your case does not fit in any of the above situation, but you believe medical negligence occurred that caused you or your loved one to suffer severe and permanent injury, I would be willing to sit down and discuss with you your legal options.