How Is Infant Brain Damage Caused During Birth?

Birthing Complications Caused By a Lack of Oxygen

Unfortunately, an astounding number of infants suffer long-term injuries caused by a lack of oxygen. These complications can be particularly devastating, namely because a lack of oxygen can cause the child to suffer brain damage. According to statistics from the American Journal of Neuroradiology, about two to ten out of every 1,000 newborns experience a lack of oxygen. In many cases, these injuries could have been prevented with the proper treatment.

If your child suffered brain damage as a result of medical negligence, we encourage you to discuss your case with the Boston brain injury attorney at Abraham & Associates, P.C. Over the last two decades, our firm has secured numerous multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for brain-injured victims. Take the first step today by scheduling your free initial consultation with our firm. When you work with us, you don’t pay unless we win your case.

Common Causes of Infant Brain Damage

Infant brain damage can be caused by a number of different factors, some of which are simply unavoidable. In many cases, however, these complications are not met with timely and appropriate medical treatment. If you believe that your doctor failed to take appropriate action to safely deliver your baby, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

Examples of infant brain damage caused by negligence include:

Umbilical cord problems: lack of oxygen can occur when the umbilical cord becomes twisted, knotted or prolapsed. In other cases, the doctor may cut the umbilical cord too soon, cutting off the child’s oxygen supply before they can breathe on their own.

Birth canal problems: when a mother has a difficult labor, the baby can get stuck in the birth canal. If the attending medical team does not intervene quickly, the infant may start to experience a lack of oxygen. They could also be at risk for other injuries like Erb’s palsy.

Infant jaundice: this condition usually affects premature babies. It is caused by an excessive amount of bilirubin—which, when left untreated, can lead to a condition known as kernicterus. This is a form of brain damage that can have long-lasting effects.

Improper handling: in some cases, infant brain damage can be caused when the attending physician mishandles the baby, causing physical trauma. For example, the misuse of birth-assisting tools like forceps of vacuums can lead to a physically traumatic birth for the child.

Infections in the mother: another cause of infant brain damage is maternal infection. Infections like rubella, herpes, varicella and syphilis can all lead to neonatal brain injury, which is why careful monitoring and early intervention are critical to the child’s health.

Other factors that could cause your child to suffer a brain injury during birth include fetal distress, blocked airways, placental eruptions and over-medication. If your child was injured under any of these circumstances, you should not hesitate to discuss your case with a Boston injury lawyer immediately. You may have grounds to file a personal injury lawsuit.

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If you think that you might have a case, you should waste no time in speaking with the team at Abraham & Associates, P.C. During a free, no-obligation consultation, we can discuss your options and help you to determine the value of your claim. Our firm has recovered millions on behalf of former clients, and we welcome the opportunity to do the same for you.

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