Perinatal Asphyxia: Common Types of Birth Injuries

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Perinatal suffocation is a common type of birth injury that that results from lack of oxygen to the child during, before, and after birth. Unfortunately, it is a common injury that occurs to children during that time. Perinatal suffocation has potential impacts that can be disabling, severe, and even life-threatening.

Experienced and qualified birth injury attorneys understand how distressing this condition may appear to you and your family members. They also understand the magnificent cost implication associated with taking care of your child. They also work hard to provide you with the professional legal representation needed by you and your family. They also offer you the best advice towards a course of action that can award you with the best compensation you need.


Causes of Perinatal Suffocation
According to Healthline medical journal, it is vital for physicians to monitor the oxygen levels of both the mother and baby throughout and before the birth process to be sure that they receive the correct amount of oxygen. The heart rate of the infant should be monitored carefully as it is a key indicator of the deprivation of oxygen. In addition to a slowing heartbeat, perinatal suffocation symptoms include the skin that appears pale or blue, difficulty in breathing, and a weak muscle tone. Common causes of perinatal asphyxia include
• The umbilical wrapping around the neck of the baby
• Placenta restricting oxygen flow because it separates the uterus
• Baby or mother’s infections
• Difficult, long deliveries
• High blood pressure or low oxygen levels in the mother.
Babies suffering from perinatal suffocation must be monitored closely. In severe cases, a ventilator is required to support the baby’s breathing.

The Importance of the Birth Injury Attorney
In addition to issues concerning breathing, doctors advise that infants suffering from perinatal suffocation may experience neurological issues including seizures and coma. They may also exhibit problems associated with functions of the organs especially the respiratory, digestive, and the circulatory systems.
Doctors who don’t detect symptoms pointing towards the development perinatal suffocation or take the necessary steps that prevent its occurrence can be held liable for the damages suffered through medical malpractice cases. Compensation you can claim includes
• Ongoing or the current medical expenses you have incurred in the hospital. Rehabilitative therapy medical expenses are also included.
• You can also claim or the lost wages that are associated lost wages that you and your spouse need to quit your regular jobs to take care of the injured child till it mature.
• You can also claim for the future losses in earnings that result from the disability of your child.
• You can also be compensated for the suffering, pain, or emotional anguish that often result from the injuries caused by the child.

If your child is suffering from perinatal suffocation and you also suspect that the doctor’s actions led to the development of that condition, be sure to contact an experienced and skilled birth injury attorney immediately. They can offer you the necessary legal advice on how to secure your compensation for the injury your child suffers and ensure your family is protected legally.

Medical Issues and Medications Can Give a False Positive on a Breathalyzer or IID

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News stories pop up occasionally about all of the problems someone faced after being charged with Operating Under the Influence (OUI) even though they hadn’t been drinking at all but had a medical condition. Many people are unaware of all of the factors that can cause a breathalyzer test to report a BAC (blood alcohol content) over the legal limit. Anyone who can only drive after blowing into an ignition interlock device (IID) must be particularly careful not to unknowingly trigger a positive BAC without drinking an alcoholic beverage.


How Breathalyzers Work
When someone breathes into a breathalyzer, the alcohol in the exhaled breath is being measured with infrared spectroscopy. It’s assumed that alcohol from the blood is being accurately measured. However, breathalyzer tests are not as reliable as many people believe. The person administering the test may not be properly trained and the breathalyzer itself could be defective. Even if those issues don’t apply, the driver’s health and medications can create a false positive, putting them into legal jeopardy. Anyone who’s had a positive breathalyzer reading should call The Law Offices of Keren Goldenberg for legal assistance.

The Body Naturally Breaks Down Alcohol – But Very Slowly
An individual can only break down so much alcohol an hour at a slow and steady pace. An average human can metabolize about 13 ml or 0.4 fluid ounces an hour of alcohol. Poisonous acetaldehyde, produced by the body as it processes alcohol, must be eliminated from the body before more alcohol can be processed.

Medical Conditions and Medications That Affect Your BAC
Medical issues and both prescription and over-the-counter medications can have an effect on a person’s blood alcohol level.

  • Alcohol Intolerance: Genetics causes some people to be alcohol intolerant and unable to metabolize alcohol, resulting in immediate physical symptoms.
  • Asthma and COPD: About one-third of the mist emitted by typical inhalers is alcohol. This remains in the lungs for some time and a very small quantity of inhaler alcohol can create an artificially high BAC reading when exhaled. Some studies have found that
    salbutamol can also create a false positive.
  • Acid Reflux: It’s common for acid reflux to cause very high BAC levels for someone who has been drinking a legal amount of alcohol. Alcohol is regurgitated from the stomach, increasing the BAC reading.
  • “Auto-Brewery” Syndrome: This rare condition causes the body to turn food into alcohol and has caused false arrests for intoxication.
  • Cold Medications: Nyquil, many other cold medications and even some cough drops could produce false positives in both alcohol and drug tests.
  • Diabetes: Many symptoms of hypoglycemia or low blood sugar such as slurred speech and disorientation can be confused with drunkenness. Hyperglycemia or high blood sugar produces acetones which are read by a breathalyzer as alcohol even if someone has not been drinking.
  • Oral Gels: Anbesol, contained in oral gels used for tooth aches and canker sores, could create a false positive reading.

Health issues and medications have caused many people to experience false positive results. Don’t delay in consulting an experienced OUI attorney without delay. The possible consequences could affect you for a lifetime.

Safety Responsibilities of Railroads

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Each year, thousands of accidents involving trains occur, according to Angels On Track. These accidents lead to hundreds of fatalities and many thousands of injuries each year. Railroad companies have many safety responsibilities mandated by federal law, and train accident lawyers can help victims of train accidents recover their losses and sort through the complexities of the law.These are among the many duties railroads have to the public.


Railroad crossings. Most train accidents occur at railroad crossings. Railroad crossings are often the responsibility of the rail companies to maintain. This includes ensuring there isn’t overgrowth that could impede line of sight. Trains are also required to sound their horns while crossing and maintain a federally mandated speed limit. Other simple safety measures simply aren’t put in place by railroad companies. For example, only 36 percent of public crossings are gated despite the fact that gates are up to 90 percent safer, Angels On Tracks reports. Instead of making these crossing safer, officials instead pass the blame to motorists and passengers.

Equipment maintenance. Railroads have a legal responsibility to ensure their equipment works properly. This includes keeping railroad tracks clear and regular inspections of train cars. Proper facilities, such as marking where it is safe for passengers to stand, also fall into the responsibility of train companies. If these companies overlook dangerous equipment such as malfunctioning brake systems, radios and signals, they may be liable for damages and injuries.

Boarding and exiting. Train companies have a responsibility as “common carriers.” Being a common carrier means that trains offer public transportation for a fee, and therefore must do their best to ensure the safety of their passengers. This includes safety during boarding and exiting. If a person is injured at these times, the rail company is still responsible. They are expected to have proper handrails, steps and doors which also undergo regular maintenance.

Trained personnel. Train accidents are sometimes caused by human error. Railroads are expected to hire and train personnel that understand and follow safety procedures. Railroads may be at fault if it is found that one of their employees was not properly trained or did not otherwise follow those procedures. Sometimes the conductor of a train may be distracted, as was the case of California train engineer who missed a stop signal because he was texting

Safety technology. Railroads are notorious for overlooking proper safety technology which can help prevent derailments and accidents. They are also responsible for ensuring there are proper warning signals at crossings. In the near future, this may also include a responsibility to protect their online systems. In March 2017, German train stations were attacked by hackers. Cyber attacks such as this could have safety implications for railroads.

If a train company is even minorly at fault for a train accident, they may be legally responsible for accidents that cause injuries and deaths. Lawyers that specialize in train injury lawsuits can help victims receive what they’re owed from these large corporations.