Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
Dr. Bruce Fagel who spoke at the ED/OB Beta Healthcare Group Risk Symposium October 3, 2012 and will be speaking at the American Heart Association national meeting November 5, 2012, is a leading California medical malpractice lawyer and a licensed medical doctor. His law firm, the Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases for injured patients than any other law firm in California, and has obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Dr. Fagel has a strong message for the medical community, “when doctors, nurses, and hospitals are negligent, and this negligence results in serious and permanent injuries to babies, those responsible must be held accountable for the damages. Preventable birth injuries are unacceptable under any circumstances.” Dr. Fagel has a deep understanding of the medical community and how medical professionals sometimes commit medical malpractice. Prior to his 30 years of practicing medical malpractice law, Dr. Fagel practiced emergency room medicine for over 10 years. This unique background has given Dr. Fagel direct exposure to medical malpractice from both sides of the aisle.
“One serious concern with medical malpractice and birth injuries involves doctor’s not recognizing there is distress in the fetus and moving promptly to a cesarean section to correct the problem,” states Dr. Fagel. “An emergency such as this may be caused by a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain of the infant. Doctor’s should be able to detect the warning signs by the fetal heart rate monitor. The fetal monitor strip is the baby’s way of communicating with the doctors and nurses during the mother’s labor. If the baby’s heart rate suddenly drops significantly from a lack of oxygen or blood flow, the fetal monitor strip will provide these warning signs to the medical staff who must take immediate action to correct the problem, otherwise serious and permanent brain injuries can occur to the baby, or the baby may even die.”
Dr. Fagel discusses preventable birth injuries resulting from medical malpractice and the types of permanent disorders that can occur in newborn children:
Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy refers to a variety of neurological disorders that permanently affect muscle coordination and body movement. Even though cerebral palsy affects muscle coordination, it is not caused by problems with the muscles or nerves themselves but rather by abnormalities in the parts of the brain that control muscle movement. Cerebral palsy can develop because of a lack of oxygen to the brain of the baby before, during, or after delivery, premature delivery, trauma, or certain types of infections with the central nervous system.
Developmental delays and developmental disabilities: Developmental delay, developmental disability and mental retardation are terms referring to a person with significantly impaired cognitive functioning. If a child is significantly slower than other children of the same age in achieving developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, talking, or learning, these may be signs of developmental disabilities.
Kernicterus: Kernicterus is a rare form of brain damage that happens to a newborn baby with severe jaundice that is not treated promptly. Kernicterus can cause learning problems, developmental disabilities, movement difficulties, hearing loss, and vision problems. If bilirubin levels in the baby reach significantly elevated levels and spread into the brain tissue, this can cause kernicterus. It’s important to understand that kernicterus is preventable by treating jaundice in the early stages before it becomes severe. Doctors can use phototherapy as one method for treating high levels of bilirubin and severe jaundice.
Brachial plexus and paralysis: A baby may end up being born paralyzed from either a traumatic brain injury or lack of oxygen to the brain. In the case of a traumatic brain injury during a difficult instrumental delivery, such as the case may be when the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal without assistance by the doctor using forceps or a vacuum device, if the doctor is not careful, he or she may cause serious brain injuries or nerve damage resulting in paralysis to the baby. If the doctor uses too much force twisting and turning the baby’s head through the birth canal, he or she may damage the brachial plexus nerves which can result in paralysis to the hand and arm on one side of the body. A traumatic brain injury can result in permanent paralysis to the arms, legs, or a combination in the baby.
Preeclampsia and PIH: During pregnancy, high blood pressure or what is known as PIH or gestational hypertension can be extremely dangerous for both the mother and the infant. PIH can lead to a low birth weight or premature delivery of the child. If the hypertension becomes severe and is not treated by the doctor, it can progress to preeclampsia or eclampsia which can result in seizures in the mother or a stillborn delivery of the baby.
About The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates
The Law Offices of Dr. Bruce G. Fagel & Associates specializes in medical malpractice cases involving serious injuries to patients. Cases include medical malpractice, birth injury, cerebral palsy, surgical error, brain damage, and wrongful death. Dr. Bruce Fagel has tried and settled more medical malpractice cases on behalf of injured parties than any other attorney in California, including obtaining the largest verdict in California history, $460 million dollars. The law firm has successfully obtained over one billion dollars in verdicts and settlements for their clients.
About Dr. Bruce Fagel
Dr. Bruce Fagel is a lawyer and a licensed medical doctor, specializing in medical malpractice. Dr. Fagel practiced emergency medicine for over 10 years before becoming an attorney. This background provides Dr. Fagel with the knowledge and expertise to represent his clients against negligent doctors, nurses, and hospitals.