Infant Brain Damage

Traumatic brain injuries carry a significant risk for infants, and they are considered the leading cause of permanent disability or death in young children.
While they can be difficult to diagnose right away, symptoms of a traumatic brain injury will typically begin to show themselves gradually. These symptoms include, but aren’t limited to: trouble focusing the eyes, jaundiced skin, irregular or problematic breathing, and abnormal body temperature. All of these are signs of brain damage which may present over time, so it is important for parents to monitor their child’s progress.

What Causes Brain Damage During Birth?

Most infant brain damage is caused by either a physical head injury, which can occur in many ways, or a lack of oxygen to the baby during birth.
During the delivery process, doctors and medical professionals may put some light pressure on the baby in order to help them along. Because most babies are born head-first, the head can take the majority of the impact on the way out. If too much pressure is put on the baby’s head during this process, severe brain damage can occur.
Additionally, anything that restricts blood flow to the baby’s brain can cause brain damage, and any physician found to have taken an action that restricts this blood flow may be guilty of medical malpractice and liable for the ensuing damages.
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How Do Doctors Treat Infant Brain Damage?

Once a physician becomes aware of the possibility of brain damage in a child, the first step is to have a CT scan or MRI scan done, if possible. Treatment is then based around the results of such tests, and may consist of multiple elements.
Depending on the severity of the condition, doctors may recommend surgery, physical therapy, placing the infant on a ventilator, medication to increase attention span and concentration, or rehabilitation. In many cases, some combination of these treatments will be recommended.

What Are The Long-term Effects of Brain Damage at Birth?

The long-term effects of infant brain damage will depend on the severity of the injury itself. Because of the nature of traumatic brain injuries, an infant who has suffered one is at risk of a multitude of different conditions which may surface later on. Potential long-term effects of infant brain damage include:
  • Heightened risk of Cerebral Palsy
  • Paralysis
  • Physical disabilities
  • Mental disabilities
  • Blindness and deafness
  • Jaundice
  • Respiratory disease
  • Organ failure

Is Infant Brain Damage the Result of Medical Malpractice?

It might be, if proper medical procedures were not followed. For example, a medical error may have resulted in the baby receiving insufficient oxygen before or after delivery. Common mistakes that lead to infant brain damage include improper handling of the infant, incorrect medical diagnosis and treatment, and failure to perform a caesarean section. A lawyer should be contacted to help determine if medical malpractice was the cause of brain damage.

How Can a Lawyer Help with My Child’s Brain Damage?

The stress of having a child with a traumatic brain injury can take a financial and mental toll on new parents during what should be the happiest time of their lives. If you find yourself in this situation and feel that your infant suffered from brain damage as a result of medical negligence during birth, it’s important to understand the options available to your family going forward.
An experienced birth injury attorney can help you navigate this difficult time by performing an independent medical review, determining if medical protocols were followed, and identifying potentially negligent parties. The decision to file a lawsuit—while solely at the parents’ discretion—can bring financial relief for medical costs, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other losses.

We’re Here For You

Morgan & Morgan’s birth injury lawyers understand that raising a child with a brain injury can be expensive and difficult. We are dedicated to holding negligent medical professionals accountable and lessening the financial burden on affected families. The first step in getting help for your child’s birth injury is contacting our attorneys and scheduling a free case review.

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Our attorneys have more than 20 years of experience and a strong track record of success in birth injury cases. To find out how we might be able to help, call (855) 300-4456 or contact us.
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