Brain Damage during Birth
Work with Knowledgeable Birth Injury Attorneys 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 negligence. 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 you will hopefully never face the devastating news that your newborn has suffered a traumatic brain injury, a Columbus birth injury lawyer may be able to help you gain the compensation needed to cover the exorbitant medical costs you face.
Birth Trauma & 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 the brain injury may not be evident until later. It then becomes a matter of contention with insurance personnel about 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 & Blumenthal
A Columbus birth injury lawyer at Rourke & 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.
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