We entrust medical professionals with our health and well-being and expect them to provide us with a certain standard of care. However, not all medical professionals deserve this trust. Medical negligence is far more common than many of us realize, especially when it comes to expecting mothers and their children. Birth injuries, such as infant brain ischemia, can impact the injured child as well as his or her family. Children who experience birth injuries often require immediate medical attention and ongoing care, including frequent medical visits or at-home care.
At The Mellino Law Firm LLC, our Cleveland birth injury attorneys are committed to holding negligent medical professionals and healthcare establishments liable for their actions. We will fight on your behalf to obtain the fair and just compensation you need and deserve.
SYMPTOMS PRODUCED BY INFANT BRAIN ISCHEMIA
Infant brain ischemia occurs when blood flow to the brain is restricted, resulting in a gradual shut down of the brain as its cells begin to die. In an adult, the symptoms of brain ischemia are generally easy to detect. In an infant, however, it is often more difficult to assess because babies cannot communicate their symptoms.
Some of the symptoms exhibited by infants suffering from brain ischemia include:
- Loss of consciousness
- Weakness or loss of movement
HOW TO IDENTIFY BRAIN ISCHEMIA
If this condition is left untreated, it can result in permanent damage to the brain. If you notice any of the aforementioned symptoms in your newborn baby, it is imperative that you seek a diagnosis and treatment. To confirm whether your infant has brain ischemia, he or she might receive a head CT scan, MRI, and an EEG. A CT scan and MRI can reveal what is going on inside of your infant’s brain, while an EEG will track the brain’s electric activity. These tests can help assess the level of brain damage your infant sustained.
WHAT CAUSES INFANT BRAIN ISCHEMIA?
Childbirth can be traumatic, especially if the healthcare professional attending to the mother and baby is negligent or acts erroneously. Doctors and nurses are responsible for monitoring the mother and baby’s condition through various medical techniques, such as fetal heart rate monitoring. When the medical professionals fail to properly monitor the pair, or if they fail to respond to a serious complication, it could result in injury to the baby, including brain ischemia.
A few known causes of infant brain ischemia include:
- Extreme dehydration
- Maternal infection
- Oxygen deprivation
- Birth asphyxia
- Placental abruption
- Other placental disorders
SEEK THE SKILLED LEGAL GUIDANCE OF A COMPASSIONATE BIRTH INJURY ATTORNEY TODAY!
If you suspect your child sustained infant brain ischemia due to the negligence of a medical professional, you should not hesitate to obtain skilled legal counsel as soon as possible. At The Mellino Law Firm LLC in Cleveland, we are prepared to fight on behalf of your child to ensure the responsible party is held liable for this serious injury. Backed by a proven track record of success that includes millions of dollars recovered for our clients, you can trust that your case will be in good hands with our legal team.