Oklahoma Drill: High School Football, Concussions, and PTSD

A former Pennsylvania high school football player is suing his old school district for injuries he says were caused while performing the Oklahoma Drill in 2009. During the head-to-head maneuver, Shane Skillpa was slammed so hard that his helmet shattered. Even though he was showing signs of concussion, he was returned to practice. Now he […]

Supreme Court Rules in Favor of 13-Year-Old Girl and Her Service Dog – Why it Matters

On February 22, 2017, The U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous decision in favor of 13-year-old Ehlena Fry and her service, Wonder. While it comes far too late to give Ehlena the elementary school experience she should have had, the decision will help other children facing disability discrimination in school pursue their rights under the […]

The Difference Between Birth Injury and Birth Defects

Every future parent, upon learning that he or she will have a baby, hopes that his or her child will be born healthy and whole. Unfortunately, sometimes, babies are born with a birth injury or a birth defect. While many people may use these terms interchangeably, there is actually a significant difference between the causes […]

Induced Labor and Birth Injury

Under ideal conditions a woman’s body will follow normal physiological processes when giving birth. Though every woman’s labor is different, both in duration and intensity, medical professionals have established certain phases that a woman’s labor should follow in order to be considered normal. When this does not happen, in some cases labor must be induced. […]

Umbilical Cord Problems and Birth Injury

A baby’s umbilical cord is the primary connection between the child and his or her mother. This link serves as a conduit for oxygen, nutrients, and other vital fluids to pass between the two. When there is a complication involving the umbilical cord before or during birth, the child’s health and life may be put […]

Children with Cerebral Palsy Benefit from Physical Activity

It is estimated that approximately 2-2.5 children are born with cerebral palsy (CP) out of every 1,000 births in the Western world. Cerebral palsy is a physical impairment which usually onsets between a child’s development in the womb and three years of age. Muscle stiffness, muscle weakness, coordination problems, and uncontrolled body movements are all […]

Infections and Birth Injury

While the fetus is in utero, the mother’s immune system helps to protect the developing child from infections. Such infections can be caused by a variety of harmful influences, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa, and other potentially harmful microscopic organisms. It is the job of trained medical professionals to help pregnant women mitigate the dangers […]

Prolonged Labor and Birth Injury

Everyone has heard stories about women who have gone into labor and spent hours upon hours delivering their babies. But despite the difficulties of such instances, these situations usually still fall within normal birthing times. However, when a woman’s labor lasts too long, a dangerous medical situation can result for her and the baby. It […]

Fetal Distress and Cerebral Palsy

Fetal distress is a term used to describe the situation in which a fetus does not receive enough oxygen, whether during pregnancy or during the birthing process. When a fetus, or baby, suffers from a lack of oxygen (asphyxia), the results can be devastating. For this reason, medical professionals such as the doctors and nurses […]