Baby Brain Injuries
Information Provided by a Baby Brain Injury Attorney Experienced in Helping Victims of Baby Brain Injuries, Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Shoulder Dystocia
Researchers have found that each year, approximately one in 664 infants delivered using medical forceps sustains a brain injury, as does one in 860 infants delivered using a vacuum extractor. While this equipment is generally considered safe and often medically necessary, it can be extremely dangerous if the attending physician misuses it. For example, if a doctor uses forceps at the wrong stage of labor, the baby can suffer bruising, permanent indentations, severe cranial damage, excessive blood loss, or cephalohematoma, during which there is bleeding between the bone and its protective covering. Conversely, vacuum extractors (which suction a baby out of the birth canal by its head) can cause cuts, severe swelling of the scalp, bruising and blood clots if not used properly. Any of these injuries caused by forceps or vacuum extractors can result in developmental delays and permanent brain damage. If you suspect your child’s brain injury was the result of medical malpractice, contact a baby brain injury attorney at Cappolino Dodd Krebs LLP immediately. Our brain injury law offices in Texas are positioned to assist residents throughout the state, including those in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and many others.
Another type of brain damage infants can sustain as the result of physician error is kernicterus. Caused by untreated jaundice, a condition marked by yellowing of the eyes and skin, kernicterus can lead to vision and dental problems, mental retardation, and hearing loss, as well as athetoid cerebral palsy in a small number of cases. Each baby brain injury lawyer at our firm has experience handling these types of cases throughout Texas.
Further, other conditions that can lead to brain injury include difficult labor, unreasonable delay in performing a C-section, delay in delivering an extremely large baby, gestational diabetes in the mother, failure to properly and timely resuscitate the baby, maternal or fetal bleeding complications, excessive administration of Pitocin, and placenta previa. Attending physicians are obligated to protect the safety of the mother and child by not allowing any of these factors to become a problem. If difficulties occur and your child sustains a brain injury, you should contact a baby brain injury attorney with the skill and dedication to help you get the compensation you deserve. Our Texas offices stand ready to answer questions and assist residents throughout the state.
If your child has suffered a brain injury, physician malpractice, negligence, or error, might be cause. To be advised of your legal rights and get your family the financial compensation to which it is entitled, contact a baby brain injury lawyer at our firm today.