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2 Events That Could Cause Infant Brain Damage

June 10th, 2015
On behalf of David Bowling of The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, A Professional Law Corporation posted in Brain Injuries on Wednesday, June 10, 2015.

Newborn babies are incredibly vulnerable – particularly during the birthing process. According to the Birth Injury Guide, one of the most common and serious birthing complications is infant brain damage, which affects a significant percentage of newborns every year. The impact of these injuries can affect the child’s growth and development, and in some cases, it can even result in death.


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While there are many potential causes of infant brain damage, including some that are unavoidable, it may be possible that a doctor or health-care worker’s negligence during either the pregnancy or birthing process contributed to the complications. If this is the case, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.

If you believe a doctor or health-care professional may be responsible for injuries to your child, contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm for help. A New Orleans medical malpractice attorney from our practice can evaluate the circumstances surrounding your case and determine if they may constitute medical malpractice.

Our network of medical experts can assess the cause of the injuries and potentially deliver a testimony that supports your claim. Call us today at (504) 586-5200 to get started.

There are many possible causes of medical issues in newborns. This article will introduce two scenarios in which medical malpractice may contribute to infant brain damage:

1. Traumatic Delivery

According to the Birth Injury Guide, a traumatic delivery can cause infant brain damage. This is possible if the doctor pulls or pushes excessively on the unborn child’s head during the delivery process. Also, the birthing tools can cause damage to the baby’s brain if the doctor uses them incorrectly.

2. Oxygen Deprivation

Many instances of infant brain damage occur because of oxygen deprivation. These circumstances are often easy to avoid, which is one reason why they may lead to a malpractice lawsuit. It may be possible that a doctor’s inattention at a critical moment caused oxygen deprivation, which can be potentially fatal.

There are other causes of oxygen deprivation or asphyxia that may result in brain damage. These include cases when an umbilical cord is wrapped around the fetus’s neck, and when the doctor cuts the umbilical cord before the child is breathing adequately on his or her own.

Medical malpractice is often difficult to prove, particularly if you are struggling with the aftermath of a doctor’s mistreatment or negligence. At The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, we can help you during this difficult time.

An attorney from our Firm can examine your malpractice case and suggest the best way to move forward with your claim. After New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer David A. Bowling evaluates your case, he can discuss whether you have grounds to pursue damage from the at-fault physician or health-care provider.

You may be able to recover costs associated with additional medical treatment, loss of income, or pain and suffering. To schedule a consultation with Mr. Bowling, call us today at (504) 586-5200.

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