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Lack of oxygen at birth because of human error

Posted by Guy DiMartino | Nov 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Leesburg, Florida medical malpractice lawyer discusses a recent study supporting what medical malpractice lawyers see all the time – that the number one cause of lack of oxygen at birth is human error.

In the baby malpractice cases that I've had over the years, the main issue was that the healthcare providers did not recognize the signs and symptoms that the baby was being deprived of oxygen and in distress.  Put in legal terms, the healthcare providers failed to recognize “fetal distress.”

This theory has recently been supported by researchers in Scandinavia after performing a 15 year study. The study noted three reasons for this problem:

  1. Inadequate fetal monitoring;
  2. Lack of clinical skills; and
  3. Failure to get the assistance of senior medical staff members.

The results of the study showed this:

That in the compensated cases there were 107 infants who survived, with 96 having neurological injury, and 54 children who died. Human error was the most common cause of birth asphyxia with 50% attributed to inadequate fetal monitoring, 14% lack of clinical knowledge, 11% non-compliance to clinical guidelines, 10% failure to ask for senior medical assistance, and 4% were errors in drug administration. In cases of substandard care, the obstetrician and midwife were documented as the responsible staff at 49% and 46%, respectively.

In my experience the same is true here.  If the medical profession would undertake a legitimate study looking at the hard and fast facts they would see that birth injuries occur because the staff handling the case is not adequately trained, they missed the clear signs of fetal distress and because of these issues didn't get the assistance of senior staff members.

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I have loved helping people in need for almost three decades.  It has been my privilege to serve people as their pastor, chiropractor, and lawyer.  The current focus of my legal practice and life’s passion is helping the seriously injured receive complete compensation for their injuries. I am a Florida Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney. What that really means is that I am no stranger to the courtroom.  I have successfully tried and handled serious cases in state and federal courts.  My backgrounds in both law and chiropractic medicine have given me a unique perspective, extensive knowledge, and wide experience to serve those I represent. For years as a chiropractic physician, I treated my patients to alleviate their pain and suffering. Now as their lawyer, I fight to bring them financial compensation for their pain and suffering. During my years of service, I have handled many traumatic injury cases ranging from the traumatic amputation of a limb to brain and spinal cord injury.  I consider it an honor to serve you and your family. When a person entrusts me and I accept to represent them, I don’t take that relationship and responsibility lightly. My approach is that we work as a team. We are partners and our goal is the best outcome for you and your family with the highest level of communication throughout. I am always available by phone or email to discuss my potential representation of your injury case. I handle cases throughout Florida. Education: National University of Health Sciences – BS (1984), DC (1986) Valparaiso University School of Law – JD, summa cum laude (1999) Bar Admissions: Florida (2000), Indiana (1999), Illinois (2000, expired); US District Courts of Appeals (11th Circuit, 7th Circuit); United States District Courts: Southern and Middle Districts of Florida; Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; Northern and Central Districts of Illinois; and District of Colorado. Certification:  Civil Trial, Florida Bar Guy DiMartino on Google+ – Circle Guy on Google+ Guy DiMartino on Google+

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