Newborn Brain Injury
You’ve been pregnant for 9 months and likely planning for your growing family for years. When it’s time to have your baby, you should be able to trust that your medical staff has the training, competence, and equipment to perform a safe and successful delivery. Happily, more often than not, this is exactly what happens, and everyone goes home healthy and ready to start the next chapter of their lives. Unfortunately though, many newborns suffer brain injury at birth, bringing lifelong medical complications, and often because of a doctor’s mistake. When a physician or other medical professional does something, or fails to do something, it may result in a brain injury for your child. Many times these injuries are instances of medical malpratice. If your family has been a victim of medical malpractice, continue reading to learn more, or we invite you to call our office at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation with a Chicago brain injury attorney.
Common Medical Errors that Cause Newborn Brain Injury
- Failure to Monitor Fetal Vital Signs – If your medical team isn’t appropriately monitoring fetal vital signs, like heart rate, they could miss an obvious sign of fetal distress. Without knowing your baby is in distress, the opportunity to act quickly and avoid further complications is lost. This can and does end in newborn brain injury.
- Delayed C-section – If mom or baby shows signs of distress, a timely C-section may be necessary to prevent permanent damage. If a doctor fails to recognize the need for a C-section, or one is otherwise delayed for any other reason such as lack of appropriate medical staff and equipment, your baby could suffer permanent brain injury.
- Failure to Properly Treat Pre-eclampsia in an Expectant Mother – Pre-eclampsia is a complication of pregnancy that is characterized by high blood pressure. Without proper pre-natal treatment, pre-eclampsia can result in seizures and other complications that restrict oxygen flow and lead to permanent brain injury.
- Failure to Diagnose or Properly Address Pre-term Labor – A woman experiencing signs of labor before her due date, such as contractions or vaginal bleeding, must be properly treated and monitored. Premature birth before a baby is fully developed can result in respiratory distress and permanent brain damage.
- Other Negligence During Delivery – A medically incompetent delivery of any kind can lead to unnecessary birth trauma and serious medical complications.
- Failure to Diagnose or Properly Treat Infections in the Mother During Pregnancy or Labor – If a pregnant woman has an undiagnosed or untreated infection, complications could include brain damage to her fetus.
- Failure to Diagnose or Properly Treat Severe Newborn Jaundice – Many infants develop jaundice, a yellowing of the eyes and skin, because their liver is too immature to breakdown the pigment quickly enough. Even significant jaundice generally doesn’t lead to long term problems, but it must be properly recognized and treated in order to avoid serious complications.
- Improper Administration of Medication – If a newborn baby requires medication and is over or under dosed, the consequences could be serious.
If your child suffered a brain injury due a physician’s negligence, you need an experienced Chicago brain injury attorney on your side. We are ready to treat your case with the care and diligence it deserves. Please call Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C. at (312) 236-2900 to schedule your free consultation.