Infant Brain Damage During Labor or Delivery
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Pregnancy is often an exciting time for expectant parents. Unfortunately, there are situations that can cause serious harm to the baby, including the possibility of brain damage during the labor or delivery process. Infant brain damage is usually caused by either a lack of oxygen or head trauma during delivery.
It is important to understand how these injuries are diagnosed, what the causes are, and what long-term conditions brain damage could cause. Our team at Aldous \ Walker are determined to help our clients understand these factors so they can seek the legal remedy they need.
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Common Conditions Associated with Infant Brain Damage
If a baby suffers brain damage as a result of some kind of birth injury, it can cause serious conditions in the immediate and long-term future depending on the severity of the brain damage. Unfortunately, when this happens, there may not be many treatment options available. Mild infant brain damage can result in some mood changes and possible behavioral problems.
Severe infant brain damage can result in the following conditions:
- Cognitive issues
- Psychological problems
- Physical disabilities
- Heterotopic ossification
These are serious issues that can last a lifetime. It is important to seek legal representation to help cover the costs associated with these damages such as medical bills and any modifications that may be needed for the family’s home or vehicle.
What Causes Head Trauma During Delivery?
One of the potential causes for infant brain damage is head trauma during labor. Unfortunately, these are more common than they should be and it is usually the result of doctor negligence. Potential trauma can be caused by the use of certain tools such as vacuums or forceps. When these items are used, it can cause too much pressure on the baby’s head and resulting in brain damage. Another potential cause could be childbirth happening too quickly or some excessively aggressive actions by the doctor when pulling on the baby.
What Causes Lack of Oxygen?
Lack of oxygen can be caused by umbilical cord entrapment in which the baby’s umbilical cord pinches or wraps itself around the baby’s neck. This type of situation may require an emergency cesarean section to help alleviate the pressure on the baby and prevent lack of oxygen. If the baby doesn’t have oxygen for an extended period of time, it could affect his or her brain.
If your baby suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence, you may have the right to file a claim. Our team can work with you to determine if the actions of a doctor or nurse were the cause of your baby’s birth injury and work to help you reach a successful resolution.
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