Signs of Potential Brain Damage at Birth
Doctors and nurses in a delivery room have a responsibility to a mother and her child to promptly provide proper care that addresses potentially serious health concerns, such as brain damage. If an infant shows signs of brain damage at birth, it’s the doctor’s duty to investigate the causes of these signs and determine a reasonable course of treatment if necessary or possible. Doctors who fail to take this kind of action quickly enough or completely neglect obvious signs of brain injury may be held liable for the health problems, such as cerebral palsy, a child may develop later in life.
If your child is living with the consequences of a physician or nurse’s mistakes during or after birth, there may be legal options available to pursue compensation for the cost of any related-expenses, including disability treatment and management. For more information about how we may be able to help you file a claim, contact a cerebral palsy birth injury attorney of Driscoll Firm, at (800) 305-9800 today.
Preventing Cerebral Palsy through Prompt Diagnosis and Treatment
Cerebral palsy caused by birth injuries often occurs because a child’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen due to an error in care. As a result, brain cells die rapidly, potentially impeding that child’s development. However, the signs of this brain damage may be seen by a doctor or nurse, and action may be taken to prevent severe brain damage in some cases. In particular, the following may be signs of possible brain damage after birth:
- Blue-colored or exceedingly pale skin
- A lack of muscle tone
- Unusual eye movement
- Unusual tiredness or sluggishness
Doctors are supposed to take precautions to investigate additional health problems if these signs persist for days after a child is born. If a doctor fails to take action according to reasonable expectations of care, they may put the child at greater risk for permanent disability.
Cerebral palsy can be a difficult disability for a child to adjust to and manage. However, if a physician’s malpractice is responsible for a child’s disability, parents may be able to pursue financial compensation for treatment expenses through an injury lawsuit. For more information about your options if your child’s disability was caused by a negligent doctor, contact a cerebral palsy birth injury lawyer of Driscoll Firm, today by calling (800) 305-9800.