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Infant Brain Damage – Causes and Actions

So many things can go wrong when your bundle of joy is being delivered. Usually doctors and nurses are an important component to having a healthy baby, but unfortunately some medical professionals breach this standard of care. An infant who has suffered brain damage may be due to a genetic abnormality, but other times it is a medical professional’s negligence that is the cause. The Phoenix medical malpractice attorneys of Oracle Law Group want to help your family.

Different Causes of Infant Brain Damage

Kernicterus: A rare type of brain damage that occurs in a newborn with jaundice. Kernicterus may be prevented by treating jaundice before it gets severe. It is caused when bilirubin builds up to high levels and spreads into brain tissue. A low level buildup of bilirubin is normal and requires a close watch following birth. The symptoms of Kernicterus include: extreme sleepiness, non-responsive to touching, abnormal high-pitched cry, poor muscle tone, seizures, or fever. Long term damage include: movement difficulties, hearing loss, learning problems, developmental issues, and problems moving eyes.

Cerebral Palsy: “CP” is a motor coordination issue due to an injury to the brain, which controls voluntary movement and coordination. The tell-tale signs of CP include: weakness or stiffness of the arms and legs, seizures, and may include a degree of mental retardation. There are different types of cerebral palsy, which are based on the area of the brain that is affected and the effect on a child’s movement. Any diagnosis of a baby with cerebral palsy requires an investigation into the circumstances surround the labor and birth to determine if hypoxia or asphyxia could have been prevented. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that doctors do not diagnose a child with cerebral palsy before the child is two-years-old—regardless of the number of signs and symptoms the child exhibits.

Neonatal Herpes Simplex Encephalitis (“HSE”): This virus is transmitted from an infected mother to her child during delivery. A woman who had an active infection in her third trimester has a 33 percent chance of transmitting the virus to her infant during birth. HSE causes both general and focal signs of cerebral dysfunction. Testing women for HSV-2, vaginal herpes, before delivery and delivering babies by C-section is an easy way to prevent HSE. Failure to diagnose an infection and failure to perform a C-section may be grounds for a medical malpractice claim.

How Beauchamp Law Can Help You

All law firms are not created equal. If your baby or a loved one’s child has suffered brain damage due to a medical professional’s negligence, then the Arizona personal injury attorneys of Oracle Law Group are ready to help you recover the compensation you deserve. While other law offices will have a paralegal evaluate your case, Beauchamp Law will always have an attorney evaluate your personal injury claim. We have a Registered Nurse on staff, who is also a licensed attorney, that brings compassion and warmth to our legal services. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life, so we will try to alleviate some of that stress by keeping you apprised of what is happening with your case so you can make informed, educated decisions when necessary. You pay zero fees unless you recover.

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