In late May, 45-year-old Jacqueline Martin of NY was awarded nearly $120 million after suffering brain damage from a series of hospital visits. Martin, who originally sought treatment for a seizure, filed a lawsuit against three New York hospitals for medical malpractice. Martin claimed the medical staff mismanaged her medications, were unresponsive in times of crises, and failed to provide essential treatments. Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, or dentist) is negligent when providing treatment to a patient. Improper treatment and negligence can cause injury to a patient, whether it’s a surgical or prescription error. Medical personnel
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Cerebral palsy is a condition disrupting the motor skills and postural tone, developing in the first years of a child’s life. This disorder affects 0.002% of newborns, but a higher percentage of premature infants are diagnosed. Cerebral palsy can lead to respiratory problems, irritability, seizures, feeding problems, jitteriness, abnormal motor function, and irregular postural tone.
The process of giving birth, aside from the joy of delivering, is painful, stressful, and dangerous for both the mother and the child. Because there are so many instances during birth when the baby’s oxygen flow is limited, the condition known as Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is most common in newborns.
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