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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Texas Birth Injury, Small Child Injury, and Birth Defect Lawsuits

Texas Birth Injury Lawsuits, Texas Primary Pulmonary Hypertension PPH Lawsuits, Texas Infant Traumatic Injury Lawsuits, and Texas Small Child Traumatic Injury Lawsuits (Birth Injury and Birth Defect Lawsuits)

Avoidable birth injuries, birth defects, fatal accidents, and traumatic injuries are some of the most devastating problems that can occur to a parent, family, and/or a small child. Parents and family who should be celebrating the life of their new child, are often caught off guard when their child is taken from them, born with severe disabilities, or suffers significant injuries in an avoidable accident. After a death, accident, or discovery of a birth defect, the family is often busy taking care of the child with the serious health problems or grieving their loss, and often does not have the time or energy to seek compensation from or battle the party or parties that caused the death, birth defect or accident.

Texas Birth Injury Hypoxia Brain Damage Lawsuits
(Causes of Hypoxia During Birth)

Several types of accidents and negligent actions can cause an unborn child to suffer hypoxia resulting in a brain injury during the birthing process including a difficult labor, unreasonable delay in performing a C-section, delay in delivering an extremely large baby, gestational diabetes in the mother, failure to properly and timely resuscitate the baby, maternal or fetal bleeding complications, excessive administration of Pitocin, and placenta previa. It is important during any birth to have medical professionals that are able to protect the safety of the mother and child by not allowing any of these factors to become a problem. If problems arise and these difficulties occur during the birth of your child and the child sustains a brain injury, you may want to contact a Texas Birth Injury Lawyer with the skill and dedication to help you get the compensation.

Texas Medication Birth Defect Lawsuits

Several medications, products, and drugs have been linked to birth defects. Some of these medication and products have ample warnings that warn pregnant women to avoid taking these products while they are pregnant, however, some manufacturers have hidden the real dangers of their product in order to sell more of their product and value profits over healthy babies. For these manufacturers, they may have short term profits, but over the long term they will suffer for the long term birth defects that they have caused.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants (SSRIs)
Birth Defect Claims and PPH and PPHN Lawsuits

Some medications that have been linked to birth defects include Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressants (SSRIs). Women that have taken SSRIs after the 20th week of pregnancy have a 6-fold increased risk of their child developing persistent pulmonary hypertension, a life-threatening lung disorder. Infants with persistent pulmonary hypertension have abnormal blood flow through the heart and lungs and do not get enough oxygen to their bodies and may become very sick or die. The SSRIs antidepressants that have been linked to persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN) include Paxil by GlaxoSmithKline, Zoloft marketed by Pfizer; Prozac sold by Eli Lilly; Celexa and Lexapro by Forest Laboratories, Effexor marketed by Wyeth, Luvox by Solvay, and the generic makers of these drugs include Barr Pharmaceuticals, Ranbaxy Labs and Genpharm.

Infants born with PPHN often require mechanical assistance to breath and even worse about 10% to 20% of the infants do not survive even when they receive treatment. The PPHN babies that do survive often experience developmental delays, brain abnormalities and hearing loss, experts say.

Lamictal Birth Defect Claims

Lamictal is a drug used to treat bipolar episodes and the most serious forms of epileptic seizures. Unfortunately, there is now an association between pregnant women taking Lamictal in there first three months of pregnancy and their children being born with a cleft palate or lip.

Cerebral Palsy Medical Negligence Lawsuits, Texas Medical Negligence Lawsuits, and Federal Tort Claims Act Negligence Lawsuits

"Cerebral" refers to the brain and "palsy" to muscle weakness/poor control. Cerebral palsy itself is not progressive, but is a developmental problem that can occur during fetal development, the birthing process, or infancy. Once a child has cerebral palsy, the child will not get worse over time, however, conditions such as muscle spasticity can develop which may get better or worse over time. Although cerebral palsy is not "curable", training and therapy treatments can help improve function.

The term "cerebral palsy" refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination. Even though cerebral palsy affects muscle movement, it isn’t caused by problems in the muscles or nerves. It is caused by abnormalities or damage in parts of the brain that control muscle movements. The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later. The early signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before a child reaches 3 years of age. The most common symptoms are a lack of muscle coordination when performing voluntary movements (ataxia); stiff or tight muscles and exaggerated reflexes (spasticity); walking with one foot or leg dragging; walking on the toes, a crouched gait, or a “scissored” gait; and muscle tone that is either too stiff or too floppy. A small number of children have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the first few months or years of life, brain infections such as bacterial meningitis or viral encephalitis, or head injury from a motor vehicle accident, a fall, or child abuse.

Cerebral Palsy usually occurs during fetal development, but can occur before, during, or shortly after birth; or during infancy. The faulty development or damage to motor areas in the brain disrupts the brain's ability to adequately control movement and posture. Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy can range in severity. Medical mistakes during the labor and delivery process are to blame for thousands of children with Cerebral Palsy. Unfortunately, many parents don't realize that their healthcare provider might be to blame for their child's Cerebral Palsy.

Causes of Serious Brain Injuries and Brain Damage (Traumatic Brain Damage Lawsuits)

Serious brain injuries can occur through traumatic impact to the head caused by an automobile accident, serious fall, falling object, construction accident, accidental gun shot, boating accident, or a vicious attack. Severe trauma to the head can cause the brain to move inside the skull and injure the brain. The skull typically protects the brain from injury, but because the inside of the skull is rough a traumatic event that causes the brain to move or to swell inside the skull can cause the brain to press up against the skull and cause serious brain damage.

Texas Infant Brain Injury, Child Head Injury, and Hypoxia (Medication Interaction, Carbon Monoxide, and Drowning Victim) Lawyer

Brain injuries including Hypoxia can be caused by several factors including a traumatic injury, lack of oxygen, drowning, carbon monoxide poisoning, smoke inhalation, or drug interactions. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious brain injury or brain damage, the most important thing you can do is to find a good medical doctor to assess the injury so you know what you are dealing with and how to best treat the injury.

Federal Tort Medical Malpractice Claims Act, Product Liability, Traumatic Injury, and Texas Medical Negligence Birth Defect Lawsuits

Federal Tort Claims Act Medical Negligence Lawsuits, SSRI Antidepressant PPH Product Liability Lawsuits, Texas Traumatic Injury to an Infant, and Texas Medical Malpractice Birth Defect Lawsuits are some of the most complicated types of cases in the practice of law. For more information on these types of cases, please go to the following webpage on Texas Birth Injury, Texas Small Child Injury Lawsuits, and Texas Birth Defect Lawsuits.

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