No tragedy compares to the death of a child, and as the U.S. National Library of Medicine explains, the number-one cause of long-term disabilities and deaths for infants is traumatic brain injuries. Although a birth defect can contribute to brain damage, many of these cases involve medical malpractice.
Infant brain damage can be difficult to detect. Common symptoms include:
· Cognitive problems;
· Physical symptoms;
· And perceptual issues.
If you or your child was injured during the delivery, contact The Bowling Law Firm. As a medical malpractice attorney in New Orleans, David A. Bowling can evaluate your case to determine if you have grounds for a claim.
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Here is a brief overview of three common symptoms of infant brain damage:
1. Cognitive Problems
According to WebMD, cognitive disabilities are often subtle but become more apparent as the child grows. Many parents do not notice cognitive issues until the child reaches certain developmental milestones.
A birth injury may contribute to several cognitive symptoms including:
· Difficulty communicating;
· Inability to understand and remember information;
· Problems comprehending language;
· Difficulty controlling impulses;
· And an inability to concentrate.
2. Physical Symptoms
The first symptoms of infant brain damage are usually physical in nature. They become noticeable as the child begins to crawl, walk and become active. Coordination problems and headaches are common. Other symptoms include:
· Sensitivity to light;
· Persistent fatigue;
· Problems sleeping or walking;
· And paralysis.
3. Perceptual Issues
Infant brain damage can cause perceptual issues. Hearing and visual disorientation, and sensitivity to discomfort or touch, are common symptoms.
It is difficult to notice the signs of perceptual issues until the child develops. Doctors often misdiagnose or fail to diagnose perceptual problems in babies.
Other Signs of Infant Brain Damage
Although the symptoms of brain damage can be subtle, most cases show obvious signs. Common symptoms include:
· Curves in the spine;
· Large or misshapen forehead;
· Abnormally small head;
· Difficulty lying down;
· Distortion of the face;
· Stiffness in the neck;
· Difficulty focusing the eyes;
· Eating problems;
· And persistent bad temper and crying.
Parents often assume that these symptoms are natural. Although healthy infants can show these signs, they may indicate brain damage. If the problems were caused by physician negligence, then the family may be entitled to compensation.
Unfortunately, babies with brain damage often require expensive, ongoing care. This can cost a veritable fortune. Although no amount of money can undo the trauma of such an injury, a successful claim may help you avoid overwhelming debt.
If you or your child was the victim of a negligent health-care worker in Louisiana, contact The Bowling Law Firm. David A. Bowling is a New Orleans birth injury lawyer who can help you pursue the maximum compensation.
Our firm is AV-rated under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system. Schedule a consultation today by calling 877-757-3539.