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  • Can Pitocin be Used to Induce Labor Cause a Birth Injury?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 20-Mar-2018

    There is nothing simple or easy about giving birth. While a diverse number of problems can arise during birth, one of the most common is the mother’s struggle to actually go into labor and complete the birth of her child. An extended labor can be detrimental to both the mother’s and the child’s health so doctors often tend to induce labor through the use of a drug called Pitocin. ...
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  • Beam Legal Team Listed in Top 15 Obstetrical Malpractice Settlements in Michigan 2017

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 16-Feb-2018

    Michigan Lawyers Weekly reviews and ranks the greatest verdicts, settlements, and judgements in Michigan every year. After categorizing all usable data from 2017, it has ranked an obstetrical malpractice settlement secured by Attorney Jack Beam of Beam Legal Team, LLC – in co-counsel with Attorney Geoffrey Fieger – as the fourth largest settlement in the state last year. The settlement ...
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  • Beam Legal Team Proudly Sponsor "Creating History" to Honor Black History Month

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 29-Jan-2018

    Beam Legal Team is proud supporters of Black History Month and are currently sponsoring “Creating History” with Oscar and Grammy award-winning songwriter Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Every Wednesday, through March 1, the series will showcase the stories and contributions of exceptional African Americans who are making a difference in Chicago. The series has, thus far, had the ...
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  • Beam Legal Team Supports Fill a Bag, Fill a Bus Food Drive to Fight Hunger in Chicago

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 18-Dec-2017

    Beam Legal Team is a proud sponsor of the Fill a Bag, Fill a Bus food drive! This was our second year supporting the community driven program, which works to make an immediate impact on hunger in Chicago and Cook County, where 1 in 5 children face food insecurity. Our charitable donation, which was recently profiled by WCIU, helps provide fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy, and proteins to over ...
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  • Can Fetal Distress Have Long-term Side Effects?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 11-Dec-2017

    Fetal distress is a term used to describe complications during labor and delivery. Generally, it refers to an unborn baby who is not receiving enough oxygen. Because oxygen deprivation, or birth asphyxia, can result in devastating consequences, including cerebral palsy, medical professionals have a duty to identify signs of distress and respond appropriately. Failing to identify fetal distress, ...
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  • A Guide to Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Birth Injuries

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 10-Nov-2017

    At Beam Legal Team, our Chicago-based birth injury lawyers have fought for numerous families across the country in lawsuits involving preventable birth injuries and medical malpractice. These include many cases involving hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a serious condition in which an infant’s brain suffers from a loss of oxygen, or birth asphyxia. Although some minimal reduction of ...
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  • Family Fest at Misericordia to Benefit Disabled Children & Adults

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 18-Oct-2017

    Misericordia is a non-profit organization that provides living arrangements, employment opportunities, and educational care to children and adults struggling with mild to profound disabilities. Since 1921, Misericordia has helped hundreds of residents achieve greater independence. It currently serves more than 600 children and adults from a variety of racial, ethnic, religious, and socio-economic ...
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  • Preventing Infant Cerebral Ischemia: What You Should Know

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 9-Oct-2017

    Infant cerebral ischemia, or brain ischemia, is a condition in which there is not enough blood flow to a baby’s brain. Because blood carries oxygen and nutrients, a brain deprived of blood is also deprived of oxygen. When this occurs during labor or delivery, reduced blood and oxygen flow can cause cells in the brain to die, which can result is serious and permanent brain damage – even ...
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  • Understanding "Fetal Stroke" and How Negligence during Labor and Delivery can Cause Strokes

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 27-Sep-2017

    What is a stroke? It is a term used to mean that part of the brain has been damaged or destroyed because of a lack of blood flow and oxygen. Many people may not know that babies face the risk of getting a stroke during labor if there is not enough oxygen. “Fetal stroke” is a term sometimes used to describe a brain infarct, which is damage to the brain tissue itself, that can occur ...
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  • How Do Doctors Diagnose Oxygen Deprivation During Delivery?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 20-Sep-2017

    Oxygen deprivation during delivery significantly increases the risks of newborns suffering developmental delays, brain damage, and serious conditions that create a lifetime of medical and financial needs. In the most severe cases, newborns can suffer from permanent impairment, cerebral palsy, and complications that can shorten their lifespan or result in death. When it comes to oxygen deprivation, ...
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  • Can Lack of Oxygen During Birth Cause Developmental Delays?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 15-Sep-2017

    Oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, is a known and substantial risk during labor and delivery. When babies suffer from a lack of oxygen, they can experience significant short- and long-term health consequences, including lifelong disabilities and developmental delays. In the most severe cases, oxygen deprivation or anoxia – the term used to describe no oxygen reaching the brain – ...
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  • The Difference Between a Birth Injury and a Birth Defect

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 30-Aug-2017

    Pregnancy and childbirth have inherent risks for babies. Some of these risks involve injuries that could and should have been prevented if not for negligence. These types of preventable injuries are why victims and families file birth injury lawsuits. However, there are also some injuries and complications that are not caused by preventable negligence or substandard care. When families explore ...
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  • How to Establish Fault for a Birth Injury

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 25-Aug-2017

    Birth injury lawsuits are governed by medical malpractice, a system of liability that holds medical professionals financially liable for preventable injuries caused by negligence and substandard care. Civil legal actions are centered on negligence. Therefore, birth injury lawsuits must meet several legal elements to prove that a medical professional was negligent in treating a patient, and that ...
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  • Can You Sue A Midwife For Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 17-Aug-2017

    Midwives are a common option for pregnant mothers who prioritize the natural aspects of childbirth, especially when they prefer home births or private birthing centers over childbirth in a hospital. Although midwifery models of care aim to minimize technological intervention in favor of more natural support and comprehensive care, midwives are still trained and licensed medical professionals. As ...
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  • Did Your Doctor Fail To Detect A Complication in Time?

    Posted By Beam Legal Team || 14-Aug-2017

    When many people think of medical malpractice and patient injuries, they tend to think of physicians who cause direct injuries to the individuals they treat. These may include medication errors involving the wrong drug being given to a patient, or surgical errors in which instruments are left behind or nearby organs are damaged. While these are certainly examples of medical malpractice, they are ...
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