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Birth injuries: The risks and rewards of a planned home birth

Giving birth to a child is an extremely personal experience for both parents. As the options for a successful and contented birthing event expand across the nation, it is important for parents to explore these options and choose the one that works best for them. A planned home birth under the care of trained professional offers many rewards, but the process is not without a few risks as well.

Many Boston couples choose a home birth because it lets them retain a measure of control while birthing their baby in a familiar environment. Below are just a few additional benefits giving birth at home can offer parents.

  • Parents can avoid common medical interventions such as labor induction techniques, medications and labor augmentation
  • Planned home births typically cost less than hospital births
  • Both parents may feel more comfortable and relaxed having the baby at instead of in a hospital

Does workers' compensation cover carpal tunnel syndrome?

As long as it happened in the course of performing your work duties, workers' compensation will cover any work-related injury. Repetitive motion injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome are sneaky in that they may occur over time, leaving the patient wondering what is going on. It might take some time for those suffering such injuries to connect them to the work environment.

Some additional information about carpal tunnel syndrome includes the following.

Make sure you understand the risks of orthopedic procedures

Gaining the ability to repair broken bones internally was one of the most important advancements in the field of medicine. Without orthopedic surgery and other treatments, we would suffer from ongoing pain, deformity, amputation and death.

While all of us appreciate the skills orthopedic surgeons possess, we need to understand that these procedures are not without risk. As modern citizens, we know that all medical treatments and surgeries come with a certain amount of risk. What we might not expect is that one of these risks is orthopedic malpractice.

Is infant hypoxia caused by negligent birth injuries?

Unfortunately, birth injuries because of negligence happen far too often as many Boston parents can attest. Sometimes, mistakes made during the birth process cannot be remedied, but if a member of the birthing staff catches these errors in time, babies can recover and lead healthy, happy lives.

Hypoxia may occur if a newborn does not get enough oxygen to his or her brain. It could happen at any point before the baby is delivered as well as during or after the birth. However, if medical personnel identify the condition in time, the baby has a good chance of recovery in many cases.

Doing your part to give your baby a healthy start

As a parent, you want more than anything for your child to be safe, happy and healthy. During your pregnancy, you do all you can to make sure your little one will have the best start in life, from eating healthy to avoiding unnecessary risks. While not all birth defects are preventable, there are certain measures you can follow and steps you can take to help ensure you're doing your part to secure a healthy future for your child from the get-go.

Of course, no matter how hard you try, injury to your infant still could occur. While some risks are unavoidable - like being a mother over the age of 34 - having one or more factors that increase the likelihood of a birth injury does not automatically mean your baby won't be born healthy. So, what are some things you can do to help your baby have a healthy start to life?

Why some workers' compensation claims are denied

Most people who live in the Boston area take comfort in the knowledge that workers' compensation is available if they suffer work injuries or illnesses. Under the law, all workers have the right to receive this compensation, but there are some circumstances in which your workers' comp claim may be denied.

Learning about the most common reasons for a claim denial could help prepare you for a potential denial. It can also give you insight into the procedure for filing a successful claim.

Medical cognitive bias that could cause diagnostic errors

Medical mistakes and diagnostic errors are common in doctors' offices, hospitals and other health care facilities in Massachusetts. While some of these errors are benign and easily corrected, others can lead to critical conditions and even death. Failure to diagnose and misdiagnoses are among the most common medical mistakes, and they can have catastrophic consequences for patients and their families.

Working in the medical field comes with a lot of pressure as well as a hectic atmosphere. Mistakes occur for many reasons, and medical personnel cognitive bias may be one cause.

Must all Boston employers carry workers' compensation insurance?

The short answer to this question is that most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. However, a better way to answer is by providing you with a brief overview of employer requirements regarding workers' compensation.

In addition to actually purchasing this type of insurance, here are a few additional requirements with which most employers must comply.

  • Conspicuously post workers' compensation compliance notices at all work sites
  • Be able to provide immediate emergency attention for workers who suffer an injury at work
  • Send copies of a written incident/injury report to the employer's insurance provider and to the appropriate workers' compensation board office
  • Provide additional medical care if the injured worker cannot or does not want to choose his or her own doctor

Construction safety: Don't let demolition projects knock you down

As a construction worker in Massachusetts, you already most likely realize that you frequently put your life on the line. Compliance with safety regulations is essential in this occupation. Your employer plays a big role in ensuring your health and safety whenever you are on duty, and a part of that responsibility is to provide adequate safety training that will enable you to recognize hazards and know how to avoid injuries.

Construction includes roofing, roads, renovations and demolitions -- each with unique safety hazards, and safety protocols to suit each category must be in place. Demolition projects need as much planning and precautions as other construction work (if not more).

Failure to spot preeclampsia is dangerous to mother and baby

Health care for pregnant women has come a long way across the decades. More women than ever are able to enjoy complication-free pregnancies and give birth to healthy infants. Unfortunately, hazardous medical conditions still exist that can cause pregnancy-related injuries in mothers and in babies. Preeclampsia is one of these life-threatening conditions.

Preeclampsia occurs when the pregnant mother suffers from high blood pressure accompanied by excessive amounts of protein in the urine. Symptoms of this condition may occur over time but they can also manifest in mothers abruptly. These symptoms include:

  • Severe headaches
  • Changes in vision (blurriness, flashing spots and light sensitivity)
  • Swelling in face, hands or feet
  • Sudden nausea and/or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal pain