Fetal Brain Injury

Fetal brain injuries can occur when a baby’s brain experiences some form of damage during a mother’s pregnancy, labor or delivery. The injury is either congenital, occurring before the baby is born, or not congenital, occurring after birth.

Many fetal brain injuries are associated with lack of oxygen to the baby during labor and delivery. When a baby’s brain does not receive enough oxygen, it becomes permanently damaged.

Types of medical errors causing fetal brain injuries may include:

  • Failure to respond to umbilical cord compression
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress and fetal monitoring sensors
  • Failure to respond to the need for a cesarean section in a timely manner
  • Misuse of forceps
  • Misuse of extractor
  • Misreading fetal heartbeat
  • Failure to recognize placenta abnormalities
  • Failure to detect and/or treat infections in the child or mother
  • Dropping a newborn after delivery

If your baby has suffered a fetal brain injury, and you feel it may be a result of medical error, you may be entitled to compensation.

Types of Fetal Brain Injury

Cerebral palsy—Newborns with this disorder, which can be caused by an infection during pregnancy, a prenatal stroke, or shortage of oxygen during birth have seizures, spastic movements and physical defects.

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy—This condition is caused by lack of oxygen, and frequently damages not only the brain, but other organs as well, so that the baby may have heart damage with abnormal blood pressures or heart rhythms, liver damage with elevated liver enzymes, kidney damage with low urine output and abnormal kidney function, gastrointestinal problems with abnormal feeding, low or high tone with floppy or stiff muscles and/or impaired control of breathing often requiring ventilation.

Kernicterus—This condition occurs as red blood cells naturally break down in your baby’s body at an excessive rate. Babies with Kernicterus have jaundiced skin and may suffer cerebral palsy, seizures an spasticity, mental retardation and hearing loss.

Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice occurs when doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals fail to take reasonable care, either through negligence or oversight.

Taking reasonable care is a legal obligation. If a medical professional does not take care or makes a foreseeable error and your baby suffers a brain injury as a result, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.

How We Can Help

Birth trauma such as a fetal brain injury can have a permanent and devastating impact on your newborn’s life. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning medical malpractice lawsuits for clients whose babies have suffered fetal brain injuries as result of medical malpractice.

If your baby has suffered a fetal brain injury, your doctor may be at fault, and you may be eligible for compensation.

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