Brain Damage

Brain damage is a very real risk to a fetus whose signs of distress go unrecognized or untreated during birth. The current standards of medical care, especially with regard to delivery, must be met with competence and efficiency at the very first signs of trouble.  When they are not met, the health of mother and baby are put at risk.

Brain damage is primarily the result of a lack of oxygen to the brain of the fetus. Oxygen deprivation can have a severe impact on the brain and nervous system, and infants may subsequently develop vision problems, impaired motor function, hearing loss, seizures, learning disabilities, and other developmental issues.

Children with severe brain damage may need lifelong medical care, imposing an extreme financial and emotional cost on the entire family. A brain damage lawsuit is one way for families to recover those costs, while at the same time, offering a sense of justice to the victims of medical negligence.

Brain Damage Warning Signs

Brain damage sustained during delivery may be the result of any number of circumstances. Some red flags include:

  • Uterine scar rupture
  • Abrupted placenta
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Hypoxia and Asphyxia (low to no oxygen during delivery)
  • Hypertension disorders such as preeclampsia or HELLP Syndrome
  • Fetal heart rate changes
  • Hematological disorders such as sickle cell disease or anemia
  • Diabetes in the mother

Any of these indications should alert the attending medical staff of potential fetal distress and prompt whatever protocol is appropriate to alleviate the condition.  Failure to act may cause the fetus to sustain a serious birth injury. Find out more about other birth injuries.

Filing a Brain Damage Lawsuit

If your child sustained brain damage as a result of medical malpractice, you and your child may be eligible to receive compensation.  Talk to a birth injury lawyer at Balkin & Eisbrouch to learn more about your legal rights.

Our birth injury team is committed to helping families recover some measure of justice for the harm they have suffered at the hands of negligent medical professionals.  For over 45 years we have brought relief and closure to countless individuals and families facing a lifetime of suffering that could have been avoided.  Through the years we have built a solid network of medical experts, investigators, and other consultants who work together to find out what went wrong during the delivery of your baby.

Contact the birth injury lawyers of Balkin & Eisbrouch to get started. The consultation is free, and there is never a charge for our legal services unless we are able to procure compensation on your behalf.