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    Maternal Mortality on the Rise in the United States
    Posted on May 2, 2023 To

    Maternal Mortality on the Rise in the United States

    Despite being among the wealthiest and most developed countries in the world, the United States has some of the highest rates of birth and maternal mortality. An article by the Wall Street Journal exposed a massive spike in preventable maternal deaths occurring during and shortly after pregnancy from 2019 to 2021, calling attention to systemic healthcare concerns. Findings from data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that minority women, specifically…

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    Posted on December 19, 2022 To

    Clifford Law Offices Obtains $27 Million Birth Injury Settlement

    A $27 million settlement was obtained for a girl (Twin A), now age 8, who suffered serious, permanent injuries during delivery at a Chicago area hospital. Her mother underwent a Pitocin induction of labor to deliver her twins due to an ultrasound finding of poor growth in Twin B. During the induction, Twin A’s fetal heart monitor strips were normal. On November 6, 2013, an emergency C-section was performed due to significant heart rate decelerations…

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    Clifford Law Offices Obtains Record Verdict for Miscarriage
    Posted on July 6, 2022 To

    Clifford Law Offices Obtains Record Verdict for Miscarriage

    Clifford Law Offices’ partner Bradley M. Cosgrove obtained a $5.2 million dollar verdict on July 5, 2022, on behalf of a family for the loss of a fetus of 16 weeks gestation. The nine-man-three-woman jury deliberated two hours before reaching the record verdict in a miscarriage case. The previous record was $5 million obtained in 2005 for a one-month fetus. The trial, which took place in the Circuit Court of Cook County before Judge Israel…

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    Posted on January 24, 2022 To

    What is Facial Nerve Palsy?

    Facial Nerve Palsy (Bell’s Palsy) can occur when the seventh cranial nerve is damaged. This nerve controls facial movements in a newborn baby. In the most severe cases, the entire side of a baby’s face is affected, preventing them from opening or closing their eyelid or sharing any facial expressions. However, in most cases, this condition only affects the mouth and surrounding muscles. In many newborns, Facial Nerve Palsy goes away in several months, but…

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    What Is Postpartum Hemorrhage
    Posted on October 1, 2021 To

    What Is Postpartum Hemorrhage?

    One uncommon but known condition that can occur after a baby is born is postpartum hemorrhage. When it happens, a woman has more bleeding than normal — usually about half a quart (500 ml) during vaginal birth or one quart (1,000 ml) after a cesarean birth. Stanford Children’s Health estimates that about 1 to 5 in 100 women experience postpartum hemorrhage, and that it is more likely to occur with a cesarean birth. Meanwhile, a…

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    Gestational Diabetes The Importance of Timely Diagnosis and Proper Treatment
    Posted on August 26, 2021 To

    Gestational Diabetes: The Importance of Timely Diagnosis and Proper Treatment

    Gestational diabetes is a condition in which elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels develop during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes usually resolves after pregnancy. According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), nearly 10 percent of pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by gestational diabetes each year. If timely diagnosed and properly managed, a pregnancy complicated by gestational diabetes, should have a good outcome for both the mother and baby. If gestational diabetes is not diagnosed and properly managed…

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    Antenatal Testing During Pregnancy
    Posted on April 19, 2021 To

    Antenatal Testing During Pregnancy

    Getting regular prenatal care from a team of trusted obstetrical professionals is essential for a healthy pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy usually results in a healthy baby. During prenatal care, your obstetrician or midwife will recommend and perform testing on both you and your baby. Known as antenatal testing, or prenatal testing, these checkups, screenings, and procedures are designed to ensure a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery for both you and your baby. Antenatal testing…

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    Preeclampsia and Obstetrical Negligence
    Posted on April 15, 2021 To

    Preeclampsia and Obstetrical Negligence

    The weeks and months leading up to the birth of a baby are full of joy and anticipation. Parents-to-be must be informed by their obstetrician of potential conditions and complications that can occur throughout the course of a pregnancy. One such condition is preeclampsia. As with many other medical conditions, the sooner preeclampsia is diagnosed and treated, the greater the chances of a healthy mother and baby at delivery.  Preeclampsia is known as a hypertensive…

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    Negligent Prenatal Care
    Posted on February 3, 2021 To

    Negligent Prenatal Care

    After the excitement of finding out you are pregnant, the usual next step is to seek prenatal care. Regular prenatal care from a physician or midwife is essential for a healthy pregnancy. A healthy pregnancy usually results in a healthy baby. Early and regular prenatal is essential in reducing pregnancy complications. Your first prenatal visit should take place soon as you reasonably believe you might be pregnant after missing a menstrual period. Most first prenatal…

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