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Infants’ Scores on Apgar Scale May Predict Cerebral Palsy Risk

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 How an infant scores on the index known as the Apgar scale may predict the risk of cerebral palsy or an epilepsy diagnosis, according to an extensive observational study conducted by researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Sweden. The results of this study were published in The BMJ (British Medical Journal). Researchers found that even slightly lowered Apgar scores can be linked to a higher risk of cerebral palsy.

Apgar is basically a point system that is used at the time of birth to assess a newborn’s vitality at one, five and 10 minutes after birth. The scale ranges between 0 and 10. A score of 10 indicates a baby in full health. It is well known that a low Apgar score of between 0 and 6 points at one or five minutes after birth is linked to a higher risk of cerebral palsy. A very low score of between 0 and 3 points at 10 minutes indicates a significantly higher risk of cerebral palsy. But researchers in this study wanted to look at how small changes on the Apgar scale may be a predictor of cerebral palsy or epilepsy.

What the Study Found

For this study, researchers at the Karolinska Institutet analyzed data from the national Medical Birth Registry for more than 1.2 million babies born at full term between 1999 and 2012. They identified children diagnosed with cerebral palsy before the age of 16 and calculated the risk for every Apgar level. The found that 1,221 babies had developed cerebral palsy and that the risk successively increased with decreasing scores at five minutes.

Compared with infants with a top Apgar score of 10 at five minutes, babies with a score of 9 had almost twice the risk of developing cerebral palsy. A score of 0 at five minutes was associated with a 280-fold risk. So, even small changes in score between five and 10 minutes after birth were shown to heighten the risk of cerebral palsy. Researchers say this study shows it is critical to evaluate babies at both five and 10 minutes even if the score is normal at five minutes.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move. This occurs due to damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or during or after birth. Cerebral palsy may affect body movement, muscle control, coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Even though cerebral palsy is a permanent life-long condition, some of these signs of cerebral palsy can improve or worsen over time. People who have cerebral palsy may also have visual, learning, hearing, speech, epilepsy and intellectual impairments. There is no known cure for cerebral palsy. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the United States, cerebral palsy affects about one in 323 children.

A difficult labor or delivery puts the child at risk for cerebral palsy. In fact, oxygen deprivation is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy among infants. When the child’s brain is deprived of oxygen due to complications such as breech birth, shoulder dystocia or cord entanglement, the baby may get asphyxiated. Brain damage caused in such a situation might lead to cerebral palsy. Any type of trauma or injury to the child’s brain during birth may result in cerebral palsy. Sometimes, when an obstetrician applies too much force while trying to get the baby out, cerebral palsy may occur.

Contacting a Birth Injury Lawyer

If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy as the result of medical negligence, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

Our law firm helped a family secure a $43,940,000 verdict for a child who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Another client of ours received a $23,500,000 verdict for a child who developed cerebral palsy and mental retardation after suffering a birth injury. Both verdicts were so large that they were reduced on appeal. We also recovered $1,400,000 for a newborn who lost motion in the arm during birth due to doctors applying incorrect force on the baby’s head

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Source: https://www.news-medical.net/news/20180208/Infants-scores-on-Apgar-scale-can-predict-risk-of-cerebral-palsy-or-epilepsy.aspx

Man Injured by Stairway Collapse Reaches Settlement with Property Owner

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 A Connecticut man was awarded a $375,000 settlement after falling 10 feet from a stairway in his apartment complex that collapsed because the steps had become rusted. According to a report on Law.com, the 57-year-old man broke his kneecap, upper leg and left shoulder as he took a fall at the apartment complex in May […]

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Most Hit-and-Run Drivers Still Avoiding Arrest in New York City

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 A report on Citylimits.org talks about how 2017 saw the fewest pedestrian accident deaths in New York City since the city started keeping such records in 1910. While pedestrian deaths have dropped by 45 percent since Mayor Bill de Blasio launched his Vision Zero project, New York City continues to suffer from a hit-and-run epidemic […]

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Federal Officials to Pay $42 Million to Family of Child Injured in Forceps Delivery

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 The federal government has agreed to pay $42 million to the parents of a young Pennsylvania boy who was left disabled from birth injuries caused by the use of forceps at the time of his delivery. According to an Associated Press news report, the federal government withdrew its appeal and agreed to pay the money. […]

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Fatal Brooklyn Truck Accident Stirs Debate About License Suspension Laws

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 The arrest of a Deer Park truck driver, who police said struck and killed a boy riding a bicycle in Brooklyn, has lead to a debate over penalties for driving with a suspended license, Newsday reports. The 28-year-old truck driver had had his license suspended nine times before his oil truck struck the 13-year-old boy […]

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Amtrak Train from New York That Crashed Was Given Approval to Proceed

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 The Amtrak train traveling from New York to Florida, which crashed head on into a parked freight train in South Carolina early morning on Sunday Feb. 4 killing two crewmembers and injuring 116 others, had been given verbal approval to proceed down the track. According to an NBC news report, the train accident occurred because […]

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Officials Say SoHo Scaffolding Collapse Was a Result of Contractor and Engineer Cutting Corners

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 Officials say the recent scaffolding collapse in SoHo that left five people injured occurred because of a “perfect storm of incompetence.” According to ABC news article, the Department of Buildings has issued a report concluding that the collapse may have been easily prevented and that the contractor and engineer cut corners and almost cost several […]

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Man Nearly Loses Foot After Escalator Accident at Upper West Side Movie Theater

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 A trip to a movie theater nearly cost a man his foot when he got stuck riding up an escalator. According to a recent CBS New York news report, the escalator accident occurred at the AMC 84th Street 6 on Broadway and 84th Street. The 71-year-old man told CBS that when he got near the […]

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Jury Issues $40.3 Million Verdict in Delaware County Birth Injury Case

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 A jury in Delaware County, Pennsylvania, has awarded $40.3 million to a 6-year-old girl who suffered a spinal cord injury during birth, making it one of the largest jury awards in that county in recent years. According to a news report in Philly.com, the girl who was born with a twin had been in breech […]

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Truck Driver Charged with Vehicular Homicide in Fatal Crash

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 The Columbia County District Attorney in Wisconsin has filed criminal charges against a semi-truck driver in connection with a truck accident that killed a woman and injured several others in August near Randolph, Wis. According to news reports, the 40-year-old truck driver from Wisconsin has been charged with one count of homicide by negligent operation […]

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