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Judge strikes down law providing for medical malpractice review panels

Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd has ruled that the new law mandating that medical malpractice cases must first be presented to medical review panels is unconstitutional.

Erb's palsy can cause arm paralysis in infants

Although most Kentucky parents expect the delivery of their child to go as planned, birth injuries can occur. One injury that can be caused by a difficult delivery is called Erb's palsy. Also known as brachial plexus birth palsy, it can cause an infant's arm to be partially or fully paralyzed.

Federal government is liable for botched forceps delivery

Expectant parents in Kentucky who are concerned about birth injuries should know about a ruling that was issued by a Pennsylvania court against the federal government. The government will be required to pay $41.6 million in compensation after an obstetrician working at a health clinic funded by the federal government was deemed negligent in the use of forceps to deliver a baby. The baby sustained permanent brain damage because of the medical care.

Cerebral palsy and its risk factors

Many Kentucky residents may believe that cerebral palsy is a condition that is caused by oxygen deprivation at the time a child is born. However, science is showing that this may be a less common cause of the condition. CP can occur prior to or after birth, and oxygen deprivation is only one of the potential risk factors.

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