Birth injuries can take a number of forms, two of the better known ones being cerebral palsy and Erbs palsy. There is another type of condition that can lead to birth injury that may be less familiar to parents-to-be, but which can still lead to serious consequences if not properly diagnosed, preeclampsia.
Knowing that you may have a claim for medical malpractice is one thing. But what is next? Can you just retain an attorney and file a lawsuit right away? According to South Carolina law, the answer to that question is "Not so fast."
The risk to our health from injury is never more serious than when we are at our most fragile. We see warnings at amusement parks advising pregnant women to avoid certain roller-coasters, and obstetricians will advise expecting mothers to avoid specific activities or adjust their behavior for the betterment of their own health as well as the infant child they are carrying.
Medical malpractice and hospital negligence cases can be tragic even when one only victim and his or her loved ones are affected by the error. Rarely does a case of possible medical malpractice that happens in South Carolina or another state have the potential to affect the entire country or even beyond the U.S. borders. But this potential unfortunately now does exist due to an error made in a U.S. hospital.
After months of vehement denials, Veterans' Administration officials are now admitting that long waits at VA facilities did contribute to deaths of veterans. While the Acting Inspector General would not say that the delayed assistance caused the deaths, he did admit that it contributed to the fatal consequences.
"The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one.