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Steve Pokiniewski Obtains $4 Million in Shoulder Dystocia Case

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Anapol Schwartz attorney Stephen Pokiniewski obtained a $4 million verdict for a 29-year-old mother and her baby who suffered severe and permanent injuries when their obstetrician negligently delivered the large newborn after a prolonged labor involving shoulder dystocia.

Shoulder Dystocia LawyerThe young mother underwent a vaginal delivery of her daughter despite her voicing concerns that a sonogram predicted a 10-pound macrosomic fetus four days before delivery. The resulting delivery nearly killed the infant and left the mother with a damaging vaginal tear. The newborn wasn’t breathing or moving and required immediate lifesaving resuscitation and emergency head cooling treatment.

The case was tried in Allentown, Pennsylvania and asserted the doctor did not offer to perform a Caesarian section at any time during labor. He disregarded clear warning signs of shoulder dystocia, a condition in which the baby’s shoulder gets trapped behind the mother’s pubic bone.

The child still has weakness on her left side as well as cognitive and expressive speech delays. She is currently undergoing occupational, physical and speech therapies and is enrolled in a special education program. Her mother suffers from incontinence and other injuries as a result of the laceration during delivery.

A unanimous verdict was reached five days after the trial began. The mother and daughter may never fully recover from their injuries, but Pokiniewski was able to obtain some justice for the family.

What You Did Not Know About Your CT Scan

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Back in June, we discussed whether a CT scan could be dangerous.  Seems we’re not the only ones with concerns.

Sunday’s New York Times highlighted the dangers of serious health risks from CT scans.  The Times investigation concluded that radiation overdoses were larger and more widespread than previously thought.  The reasons for the overdoses included manufacturing mistakes and technician errors.  Some people have been given up to 13 times the recommended levels of radiation.

The short term effects of excessive radiation include hair loss, headaches and confusion and the long term effects may include cancer, organ failure and brain damage.

The FDA has started an investigation but has not yet acted on the documented cases of radiation overdose.

If you have received an overdose of radiation then you may be at risk of serious side effects and life threatening conditions.  Contact a CT Scan injury lawyer today for more information about your rights.

Who Will Answer Questions About My Child’s Birth Injury?

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

If your child has suffered a birth injury then you likely have a lot of questions.

Most importantly, you want to know why your child suffered an injury during birth and what can be done about it.  In order to get the answers to those very important questions you need the advice of Pennsylvania pediatricians, specialists, and lawyers.

How a Pennsylvania Birth Injury Lawyer Can Help You

While doctors can help you secure your child’s medical future, lawyers can help secure your child’s financial future.  A Pennsylvania birth injury lawyer can conduct a full investigation in order to determine how your child was injured.  If your child suffered from lack of oxygen — hypoxia or anoxia at birth — or any other type of birth injury because a doctor, nurse, midwife, or hospital failed to exercise reasonable care then your lawyer will help you hold the responsible party accountable and recover the financial damages to which you are entitled for your child’s medical care, pain and suffering and other damages.

Contact our Pennsylvania medical malpractice lawyers today if your child was hurt during birth.  He will answer all of your legal questions regarding your child’s injury and determine if you may be entitled to a medical malpractice recovery.

Reports on Infections Acquired in Pennsylvania Hospitals

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

In 2006, Pennsylvania became the first state in the nation to report important data related to hospital infections for each and every general acute care hospital in the state.  The data collected details the number of patients who acquired infections, the mortality rate of those patients, the average number of days they had to stay in the hospital and the financial cost of those stays.

This data is now reported annually and it is important for patient safety in Pennsylvania hospitals.  Infections often occur because hospital personnel fail to adhere to safety and sanitary standards which allows infections to spread between patients.

This reporting program encourages hospitals to be vigilant about cleanliness and protection from infection. They know that the public, and potential patients, can compare the infection rates of different hospitals and hold hospitals accountable for any negligence that results in harm to a patient.

Visit the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for more information or to view the infection information for your local hospital.