Brain damage caused at birth is medical negligence. Parents of a child who suffers brain damage at birth, fear for the future and health of the baby. Severe hemorrhage normally is the result of physical brain trauma. Also, when the brain is deprived of oxygen, it can cause catastrophic brain injury. These two types of injuries are the biggest causes of injuries to an infant.
When there is intracranial hemorrhage, there is bleeding in the baby’s brain which is caused by the rupture of a blood vessel within the skull. Acute bleeding in the infant’s brain cause result in a deformity of the infant’s skull because of a rough labor and delivery. Depravation of oxygen can cause brain damage. To determine if a rough vaginal delivery or lack of oxygen during birth caused the child to suffer a severe brain injury, the parents must obtain the medical records. In very premature infant births, bleeding in the brain is more common. When this happens, there is a less amount of oxygen in the blood and inadequate blood flow.
Subdural hemorrhages happen between the outer and inner layers of the brain. With subdural hemorrhages, newborns may develop seizures. Subarachnoid hemorrhages occur below the inner most of the two membranes that cover the brain. Subarachnoid hemorrhages usually occur in full term newborns. Intraventricular hemorrhages occur in the brains ventricles.
If your child has suffered a significant brain injury at birth, which might be the result of medical malpractice involving a diagnostic error or medical procedure, please contact Chelpaty Law Office to discuss this potential claim.