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G&E Women’s Health Attorneys Investigate North Carolina Woman’s Cancer Misdiagnosis at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

A young woman from North Carolina underwent radical, irreversible HER2 positive cancer treatment, only to find out she had been misdiagnosed and did not have HER2 positive. She turned to the medical negligence attorneys at Grant & Eisenhofer for help, who are investigating the culture at Atrium Health and potentially many other women whom have gone through a similar journey.

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Awareness Month Continues This April

April is HIE Awareness Month, and April 4th marks HIE Awareness Day. Join us in recognizing the signs of HIE and supporting families affected by this type of brain damage, which typically occurs before, during, or shortly after birth and may lead to lifelong injuries.

G&E Wins Jury Trial in Wrongful Death Suit Against The University of Chicago Medical Center

Jury finds hospital liable for over $14 million in damages for death of four-year-old born with brain damage; Grant & Eisenhofer Birth Injury Litigation practice group attorneys led trial team

New Research Suggests Blood Test May Pinpoint Cause of Brain Injuries in Newborns

Study finds that patterns of gene expression in the blood of newborns may help determine the cause of their HIE brain injury. The blood tested showed differences between infants born in low-income countries vs. high-income countries, which may impact therapy treatment regimens

A team of researchers from Imperial College London completed a study analyzing newborn brain injuries caused by a lack of oxygen. This type of injury, known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), is responsible for a large number of permanent injuries and deaths of babies every year.

Legislative Report Finds that 92% of Arkansas’ Pregnancy-Related Deaths May Have Been Preventable

Over 90% of pregnancy-related deaths in Arkansas were likely preventable, a new legislative report finds. The Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee sets forth recommendations to combat this troubling trend.

According to a December 2023 report published by the Arkansas Maternal Mortality Review Committee, 92% of pregnancy-related deaths in Arkansas between 2018 and 2020 were likely preventable. Other key findings of the report include the many factors contributing to maternal death such as race and ethnicity, age, education, cause of death, timing of death, source of payment, and geographic location. 

Uncovering a New York OB/GYN’s Decades-Long History of Malpractice Claims

Families devastated by the alleged malpractice of OB/GYN Dr. Thomas J. Byrne, whose New York medical license was revoked in 1991 due to charges such as gross negligence and incompetence, have faced ongoing distress as Dr. Byrne, despite obtaining subsequent medical licenses in New Mexico and Oklahoma, had his New York license reinstated in 2014. Numerous lawsuits and claims of negligence followed, including a lawsuit as recent as December 2020, highlighting systemic failures in oversight and regulatory mechanisms that allowed Dr. Byrne to practice and potentially endanger numerous lives.

Mothers who were injured or died under the care of a New York doctor have been reeling for decades.

California Lawmakers Take Aim to Combat Maternal Mortality Rates Among Black Mothers

To combat alarming maternal mortality rates, particularly among Black women in the United States, California lawmakers are addressing this crisis by working to enforce a 2020 law mandating anti-bias training for maternity care staff in CA hospitals.

While mothers across the nation continue to die during or shortly after childbirth, Black women experience the highest maternal mortality rate. The CDC reported that, in 2021, the maternal mortality rate among Black mothers was almost 70 deaths per 100,000 live births, 2 to 3 times higher than the maternal mortality rate for White mothers. Indeed, more women are dying due to childbirth complications in this country than the rest of the developed world.

A Look at the Maternal Health Crisis in Some of the States Struggling the Most

Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee are among the worst states to have a baby as the maternal and infant health crises grows

As the maternal health crisis continues around the nation, Arkansas has one of the worst maternal and infant death rates. Over the past several years, expectant mothers at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock have come in to deliver with high-risk pregnancies. In 2021, the state recorded the second-highest infant mortality rate in the country with 8.59 deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the CDC. Mississippi had the highest rates, at 9.39 deaths per 1,000 live births that same year. Nationally, the rate was 5.4 deaths per 1,000 live births. Arkansas hospitals have unfortunately been closing over the past few years because they have become unprofitable, leaving new mothers little choice but to drive over an hour at times to have their babies.

One in Five Women Report Mistreatment in Their Maternity Care, CDC Study Finds

A recent CDC study reveals that one in five pregnant women experienced mistreatment during maternity care, with higher rates among Black, Hispanic, and multiracial women, as well as among those with public or no insurance. These findings highlight the need for more respectful maternity care to better address pregnancy-related complications and prevent maternal mortality in the U.S.

A new CDC study finds that one in five pregnant women say they were mistreated during their maternity care. While 20% may seem staggering enough, mistreatment rates were higher among Black, Hispanic, and multiracial women. Those with public insurance or no insurance reported higher rates of mistreatment as well, compared to women who had private insurance.