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Mom claims doctor errors led to baby's injuries

It is easy to take the process of labor and delivery for granted. Because most people in New York and across the country go through it with relatively few complications, it may be easy to forget that the lives of both the mother and infant are at risk. As a result, it is important for medical care professionals to carefully monitor both the mother and the baby during the process. Unfortunately, a woman now claims that doctor errors caused brain damage to her son.

The woman originally filed the lawsuit against the doctor who delivered her son in 2015. Reports indicate that her son suffered brain injury as a result of oxygen depletion that happened during birth. She claims that her son's injury is at least partially the result of a faulty heartbeat monitor intended to monitor the baby during delivery.

Woman accused of causing infant's head injury sentenced

Parents are often in the difficult situation of choosing who will provide child care for their children while they are at work. Unfortunately, some parents in New York and across the country learn that the faith they placed in the person who is caring for their child is misplaced. In fact, a child care provider in another state was recently sentenced to prison after she was accused of causing a head injury to an infant in her care.

The incident that ultimately led to her arrest and conviction happened on a day in Jan. 2017. The 27-year-old woman reportedly called 911, claiming that the then 4-month-old was unresponsive and vomiting. The infant's injuries left him blind and with brain damage.

Parents, government settle medical malpractice lawsuit

Parents in New York and across the country often feel helpless when their small children are not feeling well. They do everything in their power to help them heal and make them more comfortable, but there are limits to what they can provide. As such, they often seek treatment from health care professionals. Unfortunately, one mother and father claimed in a medical malpractice lawsuit that they lost their daughter as a result of bad advice given to them.

The incident reportedly happened in Jan. 2016. The child, who was just over a year old, was reportedly suffering from a high fever and a "barking," "croupy" cough. Her mother took her to a federally qualified health center where a physician's assistant diagnosed her with croup, gave her a prescription and sent her home.

Man awarded over $2 million due to brain damage

The brain is a complex organ. Despite the extensive research in New York and across the country that has focused on understanding it, there are still many aspects regarding how it works that are unknown. What is known is that brain damage could have significant long-term impacts. In fact, a recent lawsuit filed in another state centered around a man who suffered permanent injuries as a result of exposure that occurred while he was a small child.

The plaintiff in the case is now 24 years old. Reports indicate that as a child, he lived in a residence that was run by a company called City Homes. Unfortunately, his mother reports that the home had paint that was chipping and flaking.

Infant suffers brain damage; babysitter arrested

Most parents in New York and across the country want nothing more than to spend every waking moment with their children. Unfortunately, many must work in order to support themselves and their families, leaving them with no other choice but to place their child under the care of another. Despite the attempts of one mother to ensure that her daughter was receiving the best of care, the woman she hired to care for her infant daughter is now accused of abusing the baby, causing permanent brain damage.

The incident happened on a day in late January. The 23-year-old babysitter reportedly told police that the child was injured when she fell down two steps. However, the Child Protection Team claims that her injuries were consistent with abuse, not a fall down the steps. The child suffered a lacerated liver and spleen as well as a fractured rib, internal bleeding and brain swelling.

Study links brain injury to mental health issues

Though much effort has gone into studying the brain, there is still much that is unknown about it. Scientists in New York and across the country are still working to determine how many aspects of the brain work and how a potential injury will impact long-term function. Unfortunately, a brain injury can cause problems that can impact a person in surprising and dramatic ways.

For example, scientists have recently looked into the connection between brain injuries and mental health. A recent study appears to show that those who suffer a mild traumatic brain injury may be at a higher risk of experiencing depression or post-traumatic stress disorder in the months following the injury when compared to those who suffered traumatic injuries that did not involve the head. The study reviewed self-reports taken at several intervals from 230 patients with a non-head traumatic injury and 1,155 patients with a traumatic head injury at 11 different hospitals.

Child suffers traumatic brain injury in drunk driving crash

A motor vehicle accident in New York and other areas of the country can result in serious injuries for some while others walk away unscathed. Unfortunately, a 5-year-old reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury in a recent crash in another state. The driver believed to have caused the crash has since been arrested, suspected of drunk driving.

The crash happened during the early morning hours of a day in January. According to reports, a 34-year-old man driving a pickup truck was approaching a red light. Witnesses claim that instead of braking, the man sped through. As a result, the truck reportedly T-boned a vehicle going through the intersection.

Family wants answers after child suffers head injury at school

Parents in New York and across the country send their children to school every day. By doing so, they put their trust into educators and other school workers to both educate and protect their children's safety. It is understandable, then, that parents would demand answers if their child suffered a head injury while at school.

In fact, a family is doing just that. According to the parents, they sent their 8-year-old son, a third grader, to school on a day in January. Apparently while in gym class, the child suffered an injury to his head.

Parents file lawsuit after son suffers fatal head injury

Parents in New York and across the country have a reasonable expectation that businesses -- especially those that cater to children -- will ensure that their children are safe while on the premises. Depending on the business, this could potentially include providing safety gear such as helmets. Unfortunately, a recently filed lawsuit claims that a My Gym Children's Fitness Center failed to provide these measures, ultimately resulting in the plaintiffs' son suffering a fatal head injury.

The incident that led to the 7-year-old boy's death happened on a day in late September. According to reports, the boy was at My Gym as part of a children's birthday party. The lawsuit claims that a "spotter" was assigned to watch the child.

Parents file lawsuit after son suffers head injury in school

When parents in New York send their children to school each day, they do so with the expectation that the educators will do everything they can to ensure the safety of all students in their care. Unfortunately, two parents in another state claim that negligence on the part of the school ultimately led to their son suffering a head injury. They have since filed a lawsuit.

Reports indicate that in Dec. 2017, a teacher released a group of five students from class, allowing them to walk around the campus without supervision. At one point, the lawsuit claims, the group entered a bathroom and threw a trash can over a stall. It reportedly struck the plaintiff's son, resulting in an injury to his head, among other areas of his body.

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