When many people think of brain injuries, they think of someone who has fallen and hit their head, who has been injured during sports or who has been in a car accident. However, there are other causes of injuries to the brain. Brain injury can occur during birth.
Potential complications of using forceps during delivery include skull fractures and causing bleeding in the brain. This in turn can lead to long-term complications including cerebral palsy.
Lack of monitoring
One cause of brain injury is a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain. This can result from a number of causes ranging from the umbilical cord becoming wrapped around the baby’s neck to maternal shock or excessive bleeding. If the situation is not monitored carefully by medical professionals, brain injury can be the result. Epilepsy is one potential complication of a brain injury that is due to a lack of oxygen.
How an attorney can help
A brain injury at birth can result in long-term or lifelong complications for a child and the child’s family. If a brain injury is the result of a medical staff’s negligence, it may be possible for the family to file a lawsuit against the staff and the medical facility. While compensation cannot change the outcome, it may pay for medical expenses and improve the treatment and quality of life available to a child who has a brain injury.