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April 15, 2020

A Caesarian section (C-section) may be made necessary during the course of labor and delivery in order to prevent birth injury. Indications that a C-section will be needed include:

Fetal distress, including cord entanglement Severe maternal distress Dangerously long labor

At the first signs of fetal distress, the potential need for a C-section should be on the table. Sadly, inadequate monitoring of baby and mother may result in emergency situations being overlooked or ignored. Hubris... Read More

April 08, 2020

The attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience helping families deal with the emotional and financial consequences of birth injuries. If your child was injured during labor or delivery, you may be entitled to compensation for all related medical and rehabilitation expenses. If your child’s injury will result in lifelong struggles, your family may be entitled to compensation for all related financial damages along with considerations for emotional and physical... Read More

March 17, 2020

Concern about the spread of COVID-19 has roiled our financial markets and our daily way of life. We have all been advised to limit unnecessary social interaction and avoid large groups and gatherings to the extent possible in an effort to stem the rate at which the virus spreads in our community. Certain communities and localities have now been instructed to “shelter in place,” and others may soon follow. Courts throughout the State of Georgia are now operating pursuant to a statewide... Read More

March 09, 2020

Nursing home neglect is not always as obvious as abuse. Whereas the latter often leaves visible signs, neglect can prove much more insidious. If you suspect a loved one is dealing with neglect in his or her nursing home, it is important to take swift action. Failure to intervene may result in serious or even fatal harm to your loved one.

Signs of Nursing Home Neglect

One of the clearest signs of nursing home neglect is residents being left alone. This may occur in their rooms, in... Read More

February 13, 2020

Every birth injury case begins with tragedy. The event itself can be so shocking that families are left reeling, unsure where to turn for support. If you have found yourself in this situation, Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance are here to help.

The Steps in a Birth Injury Case

The first step in getting justice for your family following a birth injury is contacting an attorney. The birth injury lawyers at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance have decades of experience, including... Read More

January 13, 2020

Between 8 and 12 percent of all vaginal births in the United States are overseen by midwives. The primary functions of a midwife are assisting with labor and delivery and providing care and support for new mothers and their babies. Midwives undergo training and education similar to an RN.

A majority of midwife-assisted births are overseen by a physician or obstetrician. In the state of Georgia, midwives are legally required to enter into a written agreement with a licensed physician... Read More

December 13, 2019

Oxytocin is a hormone and neuropeptide that works to stimulate uterine muscles during labor and delivery. Oxytocin also increases the production of prostaglandins, a group of lipids that help induce labor through contractions.

During pregnancy, the cervix is closed. As the delivery date approaches, the cervix begins to soften, open, and rotate into the appropriate position. The cervix can dilate for several weeks, but once it has opened to 5cm or more, the body is ready to deliver. If... Read More

November 08, 2019

The Press On Fund is pleased to announce our continuing support of research being conducted by Dr. Theodore Johnson and Dr. David Munn at the Medical College of Georgia and the Georgia Cancer Center. These pediatric oncologists are currently leading an investigation into the efficacy of a new drug that shows promise in inhibiting an enzyme that some forms of pediatric cancer use to shield themselves from the body’s natural immune response. The hope is that this medication will allow for... Read More

October 24, 2019

Staffing problems seem to be at the root of several issues facing nursing home residents in Georgia. Care facilities – even those that offer luxury accommodations – are chronically understaffed, leading some to become less rigorous in the hiring process. This has, tragically, opened the door for the neglect and abuse of several nursing home residents, some of whom have died from the mistreatment.

According to an investigative journalism report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “[s]... Read More

September 10, 2019

Babies Can’t Wait is a program developed by the Office of Child Health to provide special assistance, guidance, and support for children born with special needs. Operating under the larger banner of Children and Youth with Special Healthcare Needs' (CYSHN), Babies Can’t Wait serves all of Georgia's 18 Health Districts and has assisted nearly 18,000 babies and their families by providing learning opportunities and other services for children who have been diagnosed with a medical condition... Read More