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The risks associated with forceps births

As an expectant mother, or the partner of one, you want to be informed on birth. What to expect, problems that could arise and how to fix them are all valuable pieces of information to hold. One complication most mothers-to-be are aware of is when something stops the baby can't make it out through the last bit of the birth canal.

There are several reasons this may happen, and one of the most common ways doctors alleviate this situation is by doing a forceps-assisted delivery. Once the mother is fully dilated, the doctor will use a large pair of tongs to help pull the baby the rest of the way out.

Possible nursing shortages raise patient safety concerns

Demand for nurses is going up in Ohio and other parts of the country. At the same time, there is a lot of turnover in this field, with a fair number of licensed nurses opting not to work in nursing. This raises the possibility of significant nursing shortages.

There are many problems that can come with such shortages. This includes patient safety problems. Proper staffing levels at hospitals is key to quality care. When hospitals allow themselves to become understaffed, such as not having enough nurses, the odds of serious medical errors can greatly increase.

Did the birth process cause your child's injury?

The hours from onset of labor to delivery of your baby are critical. A birth plan along with birthing classes are ways to prepare, but it can be hard to know exactly what is happening. For instance, Pitocin, a medication used to stimulate and augment labor, can cause too much cord or head compression.

Are injuries - hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy or Erb's palsy - always immediately apparent? APGAR (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration) scores may show concerns right away. In other cases, it may take months or years to recognize signs. A referral to a pediatric neurologist might indicate something could have gone wrong during delivery.

Will your doctor monitor your baby's health properly during labor?

Pregnant women put a lot of faith and trust in their doctors to keep them and their babies safe during pregnancy, labor and delivery. If something goes wrong, those doctors may need to be held accountable.

In some cases, doctors may not be monitoring a baby during labor properly. This often occurs because the doctor didn't use electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) strips.

If I'm Hurt in a Crash and the Other Driver Dies, Can I Still File a Claim?


If you suffer a serious personal injury, you can file a legal action against the negligent person or entity responsible so you can recover compensation for your damages. But what do you do if the person who hurt you dies?

Can a Brain Injury Affect Your Personality?

 Can a Brain Injury Affect Your Personality?A traumatic brain injury (TBI) affects everyone differently, but all brain injuries do have something in common. TBIs are unique from other injuries in that they not only affect the victim physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Brain injuries literally affect every aspect of a person’s life, which is what makes them such complex injuries.

What Will the Police Report Tell Me about My Accident?

What Will the Police Report Tell Me about My Accident?Many people, after a car accident, think they don’t need to file a police report. Maybe the accident was just a “minor” one, or maybe the negligent party took responsibility for the incident. However, if it ends up that you need to seek compensation for unanticipated medical bills, that police report will likely be the most valuable piece of evidence you’ll have in your possession.

Mount Carmel’s Very Own “Angel of Death” William Huesel May Have Tried to Murder 27 People

Mount Carmel’s Very Own “Angel of Death” William Huesel May Have Tried to Murder 27 PeopleAn intensive care doctor at Mount Carmel Health System may have purposely overdosed multiple patients with a deadly amount of fentanyl. If your loved one died or sustained an injury while being treated by William Huesel, you may have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit. Contact Crandall & Pera Law today to find out how we can help.

Patients are dying at Mount Carmel

People wrongly attribute the phrase “First, do no harm” to the Hippocratic Oath. But you know what it does say?

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