Brain Damage during Birth
Work with an Experienced Birth Injury Attorney in Columbus
Brain damage during childbirth is much more common than one might imagine.
What is particularly disturbing is that all too often the
birth injury is a result of
medical malpractice. Preventable and critical mistakes made by the physicians, hospitals and/or
medical staff can cause irreversible brain damage, including
cerebral palsy, to newborns.
Birth trauma caused by brain damage will usually require a lifetime of
medical care and special assistance for the child. While hopefully you
will never face the devastating news that your newborn has suffered a
traumatic brain injury, a Columbus medical malpractice lawyer may be able to help you gain the
compensation needed to cover the exorbitant medical costs you face.
Birth Trauma and Medical Negligence
One would expect a physician who has accepted the delicate task of delivering
a newborn to take great care, but this is not always the case. The Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention report that one out of every thousand
babies born in the country suffers brain damage at birth. While not all
of these occur as a result of a medical error, a large number are.
Medical staff should take care to watch the progress of the fetus from
conception to delivery and beyond. When the mother goes into labor, the
fetus should be monitored constantly to make sure that no complications
arise. Unfortunately, harried and busy medical personnel may not pay as
much attention to a baby as they should. During delivery the baby may
not be positioned properly. Also, the physician may damage the delicate
skull when delivering the infant.
Identifying Brain Injuries in Children
A complicating factor that a
personal injury lawyer encounters in helping with such cases is that brain injury may not be
evident until later. It then becomes a matter of contention with insurance
personnel whether the injury was caused by medical staff. That said, if
you have a child who displays symptoms of slow motor skills, vision or
hearing issues, or learning difficulties you should seek to determine
whether damage to the brain occurred during birth.
Call Rourke and Blumenthal
An Columbus birth injury lawyer at Rourke and Blumenthal may be able to
help you gain compensation if your child suffered brain damage during
birth. We will respond to you within 24 hours, and you can be assured
of speaking directly to an attorney.
Contact us by email or call 614-321-3212 today.