Medical Malpractice, the Most Prominent Cause of Cerebral Palsy

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Courts | 0 comments

Often, despite a mother’s worry and complaints about her child’s seeming delayed development, many pediatricians rather decide to take on the “wait and see” attitude, which has become very common among medical health providers. The problem is, this attitude has also been the cause of many serious health complications – results of untreated, or delayed treatment of, severe conditions, one of which is cerebral palsy.

Cerebral palsy is the most common neurodevelopmental motor impairment among children. It is the result of an abnormally developed brain or injury to the brain due to lack of oxygen supply before, during, or after birth. There are various causes to this incurable, chronic disorder that affects a child’s motor skills, posture, speech and, sometimes, cognition or mental capabilities; many of these causes, however, are traceable to one and the same thing – negligence resulting to medical malpractice.

As soon as a doctor or any health care expert accepts a patient under his/her care, he/she becomes fully responsible over the total care and safety of such patient. In the case of a pregnant woman, care for the unborn child is added to his/her responsibility.

This care starts during pregnancy, goes on through labor and delivery and extends up to a period known as puerperium, which is about six weeks after delivery. Though many doctors do their best to provide the necessary and required quality care, some are found wanting of such care, putting the child in a condition prone to risks of birth injury, especially, to cerebral palsy.

Mistakes that may lead to cerebral palsy include failure of the doctor to:

  • Detect and/or treat maternal infections during pregnancy
  • Keep the unborn child healthy
  • Treat severe cases of jaundice
  • Recognize and treat fetal distress
  • Plan and schedule a C-section procedure if the child is too big to pass safely through the birth canal
  • Perform a timely C-section procedure during an emergency situation
  • Use forceps or vacuum properly to deliver the child
  • Discover a prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Provide the correct medication or correct dosage of medication during delivery

It would really be challenging, however, to prove that the cerebral palsy that the child has been made to suffer is a result of medical malpractice. Though no one wants a child to suffer from the dreaded disorder called cerebral palsy, if its development was due to a mistake committed by someone, then that person will just have to face the consequences of his/her mistakes.

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The Truth about White Collar Crimes in Texas

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Courts | 0 comments

The absconding clerk, the insider trader, the nerdy hacker…these are representations of a type of criminal that specializes in activities that either breaches security or trust to ultimately benefit in some way, most often than not financially. These are considered white collar crimes because they are perpetrated by people with control or authority, and seldom involve any physical contact or violence. Nonetheless, such criminals are just as likely to ruin lives as a gun-toting bank robber, which is why the punishments are often quite severe. To be convicted for a white collar crime can have profound consequences.

This is especially true for a job that requires the employer and clients have a certain degree of confidence and trust in the person doing it, i.e. bank teller. According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, in a lot of cases white collar crime is some form of fraud: wire, tax, healthcare, securities, business, accounting, bank or investment. New kids on the block are computer crimes and identity theft, which are already crimes but may also be used as a means to commit other crimes i.e. hacking databases to obtain credit card information.

White collar crimes are dangerous because they are carried out in secret, so the damage is extensive before it is found out. This is also why it can be difficult to trace the crime back to the perpetrator, especially now and for computer-related crimes, and once traced, difficult to prove. It also happens that mistakes are made that can lead to the wrong person being charged with a crime and, if the case is not handled properly, convicted.

If you are charged with a white collar crime, the worst thing you can do is to try to explain. Say nothing and find a skilled criminal defense attorney to sort things out for you.

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Court Reporters

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Courts | 2 comments

There are instances, in a court proceeding, when a particular person is called upon to read back a part of what had been said during the earlier part of an ongoing case or the exact words used during a deposition, or for other purposes vital to the case. This person is called a court reporter – one of the very important roles in a litigation case as he/she is the one responsible in recording everything that is said during the trial and in making an official written transcript of all that transpires, in perfect accuracy. To earn a license and so become a Certified Court Reporter (CCR), one has to undergo rigorous training, pass a series of tests and participate in continuing education courses.

A court reporter is required to be able to transcribe at least 225 words per minute on a stenotype, a machine that resembles a typewriter and is used to record speech in syllables or phonetic codes. There are three types of court reporters: the stenographer, who uses a stenotype machine; the voice writers, who speak into a mask that is equipped with a recorder and voice silencer; and, the electronic reporter, who makes use audio recording tools while simultaneously taking notes. Regardless of the type, though, one major thing is required – the skill to transcribe all things correctly and exactly as they happen in court, for even a single mistake can possibly alter the whole course of the case. It is the job of a court reporter to transcribe everything said in a court hearing, a deposition, a conference held inside a judges’ chamber and in other official proceedings.

Many private law firms have also seen the importance of hiring and maintaining the services of court reporters to record their own cases, as well as organize valuable documents related to all the cases the firms have handled. Besides transcribing and record organization, a professional court reporter also provides video services, records retrieval, process service and investigations and many other concerns that will make records keeping, retrieval and sharing so much easier, faster and orderly.

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