For most parents, the birth of a child is one of the happiest days of their lives. But, for parents whose newborn suffers a brain injury during childbirth, this happiness can quickly turn into stress. If your child suffered from a brain injury at birth that is a result of medical malpractice, you may be entitled to compensation, and you should speak with a Chicago traumatic brain injury attorney who handles medical malpractice claims.
Brain injuries that occur at birth are typically either caused by trauma to your child’s brain or by a lack of oxygen flow to your child’s brain immediately before, during, or after birth. Unfortunately, many of these injuries are preventable and are caused by negligent medical care. Injuries resulting from negligent medical care can have long-term results, which can affect motor skills or other cognitive functions.
Traumatic brain injuries at birth are commonly caused by:
While congenital disabilities and defects are naturally occurring and generally unavoidable, external trauma and oxygen deprivation may be the direct result of medical negligence or malpractice. If you think your child may have suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence or medical malpractice, the right attorney can help you evaluate your case.
There are many common brain injuries that can occur during birth and may be the result of medical negligence or malpractice, including:
It can be very challenging to determine if your child suffered from a brain injury, as many of these injuries are internal, and the symptoms may be subtle. However, there are some symptoms that are easier to observe, such as:
Your child may also suffer from developmental disabilities and delays instead of physical symptoms. Examples include:
Physicians and other healthcare professionals have a duty to provide an adequate standard of care for you and your child before, during, and after birth. If this duty is breached, they can be held liable for resulting harm.
If you suspect your child may have suffered from a brain injury due to medical malpractice, it’s critical you reach out to an experienced traumatic brain injury attorney from Malman Law. We are passionate about ensuring that you and your child receive full compensation.