Brain Damage During Birth
It may be hard to believe, but one out of every thousand births in the United States results in brain damage. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 11,000 births in the United States every day. This means that on an average day, 11 children are born with brain damage that can result in expensive medical treatment and life-long disability.
Medical Negligence and Infant Brain Damage
An overwhelming majority of brain damage cases are the result of medical malpractice. Even before delivery, doctors should carefully monitor the mother for various indications of potential birth complications. During labor, constant monitoring of fetal health is necessary to detect oxygen and blood flow, and during delivery proper methods must be employed to prevent damaging the delicate bone structure of your baby’s head.
Unfortunately, on too many occasions the hospital staff is rushed and busy, leading to inattention and sloppy techniques. The end result of this type of behavior is often serious injury to your baby, profoundly altering their future quality of life, and burdening your family with the financial and emotional strain of a disabled child.
Symptoms of Brain Injury
In many instances, brain damage is not immediately recognizable. For this reason, many people never suspect birth injury as the cause of their child’s difficulties. As your child begins to develop, you may notice indications of brain injury, including:
- Slow development of motor skills
- Slow development of physical abilities
- Vision disorders
- Hearing problems
- Awkward positioning
If you notice any of these symptoms, you should seek out medical advice as soon as possible. If brain damage or cerebral palsy is diagnosed, you may not know where to turn. This can be a confusing and distressing time, and you need someone on your side who can help provide answers and develop solutions for the financial and emotional consequences of your child’s injury.
The birth injury lawyers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey at Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller have the experience and resources to thoroughly investigate the cause of your child’s injury. We can help you receive the compensation you deserve to provide for your child’s needs now and into the future.
If your child has suffered from brain damage in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation. Wapner, Newman, Wigrizer, Brecher & Miller serve infant brain damage victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.