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Macon, GA Birth Injury Lawyer

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Experienced in Litigating Birth Injury Cases

Medical experience can make a difference in birth injury cases

In a legal matter, and especially in a trial, experience and expertise are measurements of relative power and persuasiveness. The more you have of each, the more likely it is that you and your attorney can build the strongest possible case. This is all the more so when the subject matter of the dispute is itself one that requires experience, expertise or both to fully grasp and to be able to explain effectively to a jury.

As one example, take birth injuries and birth defects. Whether these can be attributed to the negligence of a medical professional requires knowledge not only of the law but of medical practice as well. Simply put, it is easier to understand what to look for and where to look for medical mistakes if the plaintiff's attorney has a background in the medical profession as well as in the law.

This important distinction is where the Dellacona Law Firm can offer clients a key advantage that other personal injury law firms may not be able to match. Our attorney, Tracey Dellacona, is not only licensed to practice law in the state of Georgia but is also a licensed critical care nurse. This combination of both legal and medical education, training and experience can begin to make itself felt right away in a birth injury lawsuit: from the initial fact investigation, to knowing what to look for in legal discovery, to knowing how to find the best-qualified expert witnesses and how to explain both the facts and the law to a jury so that they can clearly understand not only what happened, but how and why it happened.

In any endeavor when you need assistance, a generalist can only do so much whereas someone with more relevant experience and expertise can do more. If you believe that your newborn has suffered an injury or a birth defect as the result of culpable behavior on the part of a medical professional or a health care institution, the Dellacona Law Firm can provide you with a critical edge that many other personal injury firms simply cannot match.

Recovery for pregnancy-related and birth injuries: we can help

Bringing a child into the world is safer today than it has ever been, thanks to advances in medical knowledge and technology. But it is never a risk-free event. Many things can go wrong that can lead to serious complications before and during birth. Sometimes there may be nothing that parents or doctors can do to prevent a birth injury or birth defect. On other occasions, however, a birth injury does not happen without some negligence on the part of the health care professionals that you trusted to do things right when it matters the most to you.

Learning that a medical mistake has led to your child suffering a birth injury, or that even before the expecting mother has reached the delivery room the fetus had already incurred a birth defect can be as devastating for the parents as for the newborn. All your hopes for a promising future can vaporize and be replaced with a new reality of a potentially life-long disability and its requisite long-term medical care that comes with a crippling price tag.

As attorneys, we at  the Dellacona Law Firm cannot prevent birth injuries from happening or take away birth defects. But we can help to remedy some of its physical and emotional pain that accompany these tragic developments by helping you to seek compensation for the medical expenses, the ongoing care, and the emotional costs caused by an avoidable medical error.

Failing to diagnose preeclampsia can lead to birth injuries

Birth injuries can take a number of forms. Two of the better known ones are cerebral palsy and Erbs palsy. But there is another type of condition that can lead to birth injury that may be less familiar to parents-to-be and which can lead to serious consequences if not properly diagnosed: preeclampsia.

Correct and timely diagnosis of the condition is critical in formulating the proper medical response. A failure to diagnose preeclampsia or diagnosing it too late can lead to serious complications before and during birth. The failure to diagnose preeclampsia may be subject to compensation in a medical malpractice or hospital negligence action in a Georgia court if such failure leads to injury or death of the mother or the baby.

What is preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is a complication of pregnancy related to high blood pressure, although its exact cause is not yet fully understood. It usually manifests itself about five months into the pregnancy, even in women who have not shown signs of high blood pressure before. Its symptoms can be difficult to discern from normal conditions of pregnancy, such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath. Severe headaches or adverse vision changes, such as blurred vision, light sensitivity or even temporary sight loss can be signs of its presence -- especially when combined with a sudden blood pressure increase.

If it is not detected, preeclampsia can cause serious physical harm or even death to the mother or her baby. Complications can include lack of blood flow to the placenta (resulting in oxygen and nutrient deprivation to the fetus), placental abruption (causing internal bleeding, and which may be life-threatening to both mother and child) and blood disorders that can lead to organ damage.  

Is there a treatment for preeclampsia?

 There is no way to prevent preeclampsia. Although there are some treatments for the condition in its milder form -- such as medications to reduce blood pressure -- its only cure is to deliver the baby, by early delivery or cesarean section if necessary in severe cases.

Study looks into inducing labor to prevent shoulder dystocia

When a pregnant woman in Georgia is carrying an unusually large baby, inducing labor early could have more benefits than risks, according to a new study. Researchers from the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Geneva University Hospitals in Switzerland looked into labor induction for large babies and how the practice could reduce the occurrence of shoulder dystocia.

Due to the risks associated with early deliveries, doctors normally don't induce labor until a baby is full term. However, oversized babies that are delivered at around 39 weeks could be seriously injured when their shoulders become stuck behind their mother's pelvic bone. Shoulder dystocia, which results in a baby being unable to fully emerge from the birth canal, can cause suffocation and spinal nerve damage. Because of the potential for shoulder dystocia, researchers found that there was a benefit to inducing labor at 37 or 38 weeks when a woman was carrying a large baby.

Using sonograms, researchers identified over 800 women who were carrying babies that were unusually large for their gestational age. About half of the women had their labors induced early while the other half of the women were monitored by their doctors as usual. The study found that 2 percent of the babies that were born after early induction had shoulder dystocia, compared to 6 percent of the babies that were born naturally.

Some birth injuries are caused by a medical error during delivery that could have been prevented. A parent who believes that their child's birth injury was the result of negligence might want to speak to an attorney about filing a personal injury complaint.

Tracey L. Dellacona, Esq
R.N., M.B.A.


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