Erb’s Palsy (Brachial Palsy)

No amount of joy can match what you feel the day you give birth to a child. At such a time, you are simply overflowing with happiness and excitement. Unfortunately, however, these festive sentiments can change in an instant if you discover that your seemingly healthy child was actually born with a devastating birth injury. Even more shocking is the fact that a number of times, birth injuries can be easily prevented with the deliverance of adequate medical attention.

One of the more common birth injuries that newborns can suffer is a condition known as Erb’s Palsy. It is caused by injury to the brachial plexus nerves, which lie in the shoulder and transmit neurological signals down the arm and even into the hand and fingers. If your child has suffered Erb’s palsy as the result of a medical provider’s negligence, then you may have the right to recover damages for your family’s suffering. 

Causes

Typically, Erb’s palsy arises during difficult birth situations. In these cases, the acting physician will need to apply certain birthing techniques that can be quite damaging if not done correctly. Cases with an increased chance of Erb’s palsy development include:

Abnormally large fetal head

Abnormally large baby

Breeched birth

Shoulder dystocia

Though doctors today should have the knowledge, skills, and experience to handle these situations, sometimes, they fall short of expectations. When this happens, the child being delivered is at risk of suffering serious injuries – for example, Erb’s palsy.

Symptoms

You should be able to tell shortly (or immediately) after birth that your child has suffered damage to his or her brachial plexus. The symptoms of such an injury include the following:

Lack of gripping abilities on affected side

Inability to spontaneously move affected arm and hand

No Moro reflex in the affected arm

Arm abnormally flexed and held against the body involuntarily

If your child has been a victim of this terrible condition, you should know that there are treatment options available. In most situations, affected children experience full recoveries. Therapy, including muscle exercises and massages, is typically prescribed. In more serious cases, however, surgery may be necessary to restore the area.

Contact Us

If your child has suffered from Erb’s Palsy as the result of a medical provider’s negligence, then you may have the right to recover compensation from the responsible party. The New Jersey medical malpractice lawyers of Levinson Axelrod can help you make an effective claim for damages. To learn more, visit http://www.medicalmalpracticenj.com/ today.

Porn and the Christian Woman

When you think of the word “pornography,” does it conjure up the image of a scruffy guy with messy hair in the basement watching porn in his underpants?

Truth is, though I get lots of requests for prayer and counsel from men who are slaves to porn, I recently had an encounter with a pretty young woman who was struggling with that same addiction.

I was already aware this problem existed among the gentler sex. I was awakened to that fact while listening to a Christian radio program on the subject many years ago and was amazed that half the callers were female teens. I’ll always remember the young girl who called crying because she felt powerless to resist the lure. A Christian girl, attending her Youth Group, the kids at school started passing around a website address. Desiring to fit in, she logged on. She was hooked. Not only was she hooked but she tearfully admitted she was confused about her sexuality, having found herself aroused by lesbian photos as well as the straight stuff.

My heart ached for her. Still does.

We are sexual beings. Just look at yourself nude in a mirror. Everything about our anatomy screams reproduction. Without the God-given urges we feel, there’s no other way would have ever procreated the species. Sex was God’s idea (and a great one at that). Leave it to Satan to pervert those desires and turn something beautiful into something so vile and harmful.

I found some 2003 statistics on pornography and its impact on society. I’m sure they’re worse now, 5 years later. Brace yourself:

Of the adults admitting to Internet sexual addiction: 10%; 28% of those are women (internet-filter-review.com).

This one impacts women more than we can imagine: More than 70% of men from 18 to 34 visit a pornographic site in a typical month (comScore Media Metrix).

Our young men, even the Christian guys, are being fed a steady diet of nudity and sexually-related lies. In real life, women don’t look or act like that.

But perception is reality.

Our girls simply cannot compete.

I was doing premarital counseling with a couple when, on our last night before the wedding, I gave them the opportunity to talk about anything they wanted to get out in the open. Sure enough, the young lady bashfully admitted her fear of disappointing her husband when he saw her body in comparison to all the others he’d been exposed to all his life, if only just at store check-out counters and magazine racks.

Girls, don’t be deceived. There are many wolves in sheep’s clothing. Outwardly, they may show all the signs of being “good.” Inwardly, well…they’re a mess. You have every right to get to know his internet viewing habits and see the magazines he subscribes to. Don’t be so quick to give your heart away and invite problems later. As a former Singles Pastor, my word of advice was always, “Become what you want to marry.” It’s the reaping and sowing factor.

Where porn’s impact on marriage is concerned, at a 2003 meeting of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, two thirds of the 350 divorce lawyers who attended said the Internet played a significant role in the divorces in the past year, with excessive interest in online porn contributing to more than half such cases. Pornography had an almost non-existent role in divorce just seven or eight years ago.” (Divorcewizards.com)

STATISTICS ON WOMEN WITH PORNOGRAPHY ADDICTION

28% those admitting to sexual addiction are women (internet-filter-review.com).

That was five years ago.

34% of female readers of Today’s Christian Woman’s online newsletter admitted to intentionally accessing Internet porn in a recent poll and 1 out of every 6 women, including Christians, struggles with an addiction to pornography (Today’s Christian Woman, Fall 2003). There is much deliverance required and, sadly, too few who even know what that means to minister in that way.

The impact on families and marriages is devastating, affecting women in yet another negative way as their desire to e married and raise children in a healthy, happy home are dashed. 47% percent of families said pornography is a problem in their home (Focus on the Family Poll, October 1, 2003). Add that to drug and alcohol problems, teen rebellion, overeating, domestic violence, workaholism, and everything else that goes wrong behind closed doors.

CHRISTIANS, PASTORS AND CHURCH PORNOGRAPHY STATISTICS

I hear of far too many instances of clergymen having affairs with female Members of their flock. It’s no wonder. 51% of pastors say cyber-porn is a possible temptation. 37% say it is a current struggle (Christianity Today, Leadership Survey, 12/2001). In fact, over half of evangelical pastors admit viewing pornography last year.

Roger Charman of Focus on the Family’s Pastoral Ministries reports that approximately 20 percent of the calls received on their Pastoral Care Line are for help with issues such as pornography and compulsive sexual behavior.

In a 2000 Christianity Today survey, 33% of clergy admitted to having visited a sexually explicit Web site. Of those who had visited a porn site, 53% had visited such sites “a few times” in the past year, and 18% visit sexually explicit sites between a couple of times a month and more than once a week. These are our Church leaders. When a woman with a problem visits a man with the same problem, looking for spiritual assistance, what else can we expect? Like spirits attract, after all.

The sheep are fairing no better than the shepherds with 29% of born again adults in the U.S. feel it is morally acceptable to view movies with explicit sexual behavior (The Barna Group).

57% of pastors say that addiction to pornography is the most sexually damaging issue to their congregation (Christians and Sex Leadership Journal Survey, March 2005).

SEEKING COMFORT IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE WORLD

We are aliens on this planet. We’re not from around here and, therefore, should give up on our attempts at getting comfortable. Such attempts are futile. Nevertheless, because the cycle of emotional pain among women – even the Christian variety – has been going on for so long, our ladies are running to things like Valium, extramarital and premarital affairs, romance novels, soap operas, porn and, yes, even religion, in search of comfort. Some may even embrace timidity, manliness, or what’s referred to as a “Jezebel” spirit. They’re doing that INSTEAD of running to the God of all comfort; the loving Father who wants nothing more than to kiss them and make things better. They need ministry but too few ministers are equipped to minister in the required manner.

Why wouldn’t a Christian run to her Christ and, instead, run into the arms of another lover like porn? The answer is obvious: She doesn’t know Him. Like a man with homosexual tendencies, throwing himself into Christian service in hopes of cleansing himself and “getting better,” many woman expect that sitting in a pew each time the door is opened and attending conferences, even reading Christian books, will all make their problem go away.

It won’t.

Only Jesus has the power to do that. Only He is our Deliverer. Freedom will come when the foul Spirit of Porn bows to His Name and no other.

I’ve read that the early Church would minister exorcisms to new converts before baptizing and introducing to the Christian community. Great idea!

Here are some promises from Scripture that I hope will encourage you. I followed this with a prayer you may want to print and stick by your bathroom mirror. Remember this: God isn’t mad at you. Stop feeling so guilt-ridden and sin-conscious and focus on your relationship with the Redeemer. Jesus suffered for the sins of the world, including YOURS. There’s no judgment remaining, no wrath of God forthcoming, no punishment. The debt has been paid and God is satisfied. Between Calvary, which was judgment on Christ, and the Judgment Day, when all the books will be opened, there is no place for judgment in this world. Yet, most Christians cannot seem to overcome that sin consciousness that oppresses and suppresses them. The price has been paid! You’ve already been reconciled to God! When He sees you, He sees Jesus! You couldn’t be good enough and you’re not bad enough to lose your place with Him. This goodness of God is what will bring you to repentance. Don’t expect that from church services or Christian books.
Start down your road to recovery TODAY!

Psalm 10:17

Lord, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.

Psalm 23:4

Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid,for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.

Psalm 119:76

Now let your unfailing love comfort me, just as you promised me, your servant.

2 Corinthians 1:4

He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.

Thank you, Lord, for being my Comforter. I’ve been crying out to be comforted since the moment I was born. Now, I feel that I need your comfort – the only REAL comfort that exists – more than ever. I’m tired of trying to overcome and I’m running to YOU – the One who dwells within me who cannot do anything BUT overcome. Be the Lord of my life; the Owner of my sinful nature, my bad habits, my addictions. Thank you for comforting me, Lord Jesus, so that I, in turn, will be better equipped to comfort others who are also struggling with bondages. I thank you, also, for healing me where I’ve been hurt. Not just physically but deep down in those darkest places that no one can see but you. Thank you for giving me the grace to forgive those who hurt me; they knew not what they were doing to me. I believe you are the One who can Deliver me; increase my unbelief that the things I struggle with are even real. Help me to un-believe MORE that I am trapped, that I am a victim, that I am a second-rate Christian. Help me to believe more strongly than ever that I am who YOU say I am…redeemed, delivered, healed, the enemy’s worst nightmare, part of a Kingdom of Priests and Kings. Thank you, Father. I love you and I pray this in the mighty Name of Jesus, the Name above every name. Amen!

Every blessing,

Michael Tummillo

Workplace Chaplain

http://www.YourTown4Jesus.com

Dog Owners Beware

Recently, a New Jersey Superior Court in Mercer County awarded $100,000 in damages to a UPS driver for injuries he suffered while trying to deliver a package. The homeowners’ dog was roaming alone loose on the property, had a history of viciousness, went at the driver, and the driver severely and permanently injured his knee trying to escape.

Also, recently, an unrestrained dog jumped out of its owner’s car window and viciously attacked a woman and her dog. The attacking dog was reported to be a repeat offender.

New Jersey law holds dog owners liable, or financially responsible, for injuries caused by their dog’s behavior in three possible – and very common – scenarios.

First, New Jersey law says dog owners, and only the owners, are strictly liable for injuries caused by their dog’s bite, so long as the victim was lawfully on the property and regardless of the dog’s history.

However, if the dog has a vicious propensity that the owner knew or should have known, then the dog’s owner or even the dog’s keeper are responsible for any injuries caused by the dog – even if not caused by biting and biting was not involved in the incident. Vicious propensity can be proven simply by the dog’s history of biting, jumping, chasing, scratching, or even being overly affectionate or playful. “Down boy!”

And, third, even if the dog did not bite and did not have a vicious propensity, then the owner or keeper may be liable for injuries because they failed to exercise a reasonable degree of care for the safety of others.

Owners have a duty to provide safe premises for those invited onto its property and a duty to control their dogs. It is considered dangerous to allow a dog on your property unleashed, unrestrained or unfenced, or to roam free, unsupervised or in an area where it is likely to encounter strangers. At least a clear warning of the dog’s presence should be posted.

People visit for a variety of legitimate reasons every day: Mail carriers, newspaper carriers, package deliverers, utility & maintenance workers, fundraisers, friends and family. Knowing this, owners must anticipate their dog’s behavior. Dogs protect their turf. They investigate strangers. They approach and greet anyone who enters their turf. Unless the dog is responsibly controlled, preventable injuries are likely to happen.

Even friendly dogs can cause serious injury – unintentionally. A big, friendly dog that gets excited when visitors arrive can knock the visitor down, wrench their back, twist their ankle, or otherwise “kill” them with kindness and curiosity. Just the sight of a large dog on the loose and coming toward a visitor can frighten them into hasty escape and injury. Not everyone shares enthusiasm for dogs, especially a 100-pound German Shepard rushing to say “Hello” … or “Get lost”. And that’s their right.

When dog owners fail to exercise care and visitors are injured, people’s lives can be ruined and courts will impose substantial money damages to compensate victims. Compensation has been recovered for injuries when someone was running from a dog, when someone fell after being chased by a dog, or when someone was knocked to the ground by a dog.

Owning a dog carries special responsibility to ensure others’ safety. If you are a delivery person, newspaper carrier, utility worker, or any visitor to another’s property where a dog is present, and are injured by the dog, you have a right to recover money damages under the law.