- How Do Infants Get Brain Damage?
- What Are the Symptoms of Infant Brain Damage?
- What Treatments Are Available?
- What to Do If Your Infant Suffers a Brain Injury
- Infant Brain Damage FAQ
How Do Infants Get Brain Damage?
There are a number of medical errors that can lead to infant brain damage. Physical trauma during or after a birth can damage a baby’s still-developing brain, and can result from a doctor’s improper use tools like forceps, or the baby’s head striking against something during delivery. The infant being deprived of oxygen because of problems with the umbilical cord, the placenta or the mother’s low blood pressure can also contribute to brain damage. Vaginal, intestinal and other infections in the mother, as well as jaundice, can lead to a baby’s brain being damaged as well.
Read more about how infants may suffer from brain damage here.
What Are the Symptoms of Infant Brain Damage?
Brain damage in infants can manifest in a number of different ways. Infants may suffer from delays in their speech development and problems with sensory input to their eyes and ears. An infant’s head can suffer abnormalities such as misshaped facial features or a protruding forehead, and changes in temperament and personality can also take place after a brain injury.
Although these symptoms do not alone signify your child has brain damage, you should always consult with a doctor to determine if there is an injury present. Learn more about how to identify the symptoms of infant brain damage here.
What Treatments Are Available?
Treatments for infant brain damage may include surgery, rehabilitation for cognitive changes, physical rehab and medication. Doctors may begin treatment at the time the injury occurs to reduce swelling and/or bleeding if the symptoms are readily apparent. Read more about treatments that may be available to help your infant recover from brain damage here.
What to Do If Your Infant Suffers a Brain Injury
The first step to justice and compensation for your child’s brain injury is to talk to a lawyer. Your attorney will help you to understand the legal and medical terms involved in your case and fight for you and your child’s rights in court.
The Brain Injury Law Center has won multimillion-dollar verdicts on behalf of brain injury victims and their families. We have experience handling infant brain damage cases. For example, we obtained $2.2 million for a Louisiana family after an infant suffered a brain injury during surgery.
What is the difference between a head injury and a brain injury?
What kinds of situations lead to birth injury lawsuits?
Will a lawsuit always be successful if a baby is harmed through a birth injury?
In a lawsuit for birth injury, how does a jury determine if a doctor’s actions were within the standards of good medical practice?
What type of financial support can I get?
An infant brain damage lawsuit can provide you with compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Medical-related expenses
- Lost wages
- Future treatments
- And more
Who will receive money after a successful lawsuit for a birth defect (or injury)?
How long do I have to file a birth injury lawsuit?
How long does a suit last?