Infant Brain Injury
Corpus Christi Birth Injury Attorneys
When a child sustains a brain injury at birth, it is devastating to the
entire family. Parents worry not just about the short-term consequences
of the injury, but about what will happen as their child grows. The medical
bills can be astronomical, and of course, there is also a significant
emotional impact to consider.
When children are seriously injured due to malpractice before, during,
or after labor and delivery, the Corpus Christi birth injury lawyers at
the Bandas Law Firm are there to seek justice on their behalf. Our firm
represents clients across Nueces County and all of Texas, helping injured
children and their families recover fair compensation for brain injuries
sustained due to substandard obstetrical care.
Call (361) 238-2789 today to find out how our attorneys can help you.
We handle birth injury claims on a contingent fee basis, which means you
pay no legal fees unless there is a recovery.
What Causes Infant Brain Damage?
The most common causes of brain damage in newborns are hemorrhaging due
to brain trauma and oxygen deprivation (asphyxia or hypoxia).
Bleeding in the brain, also called intracranial hemorrhage, is an injury
to the brain that is caused by blood vessels rupturing in the skull. When
bleeding occurs inside the skull, it is often due to the skull being deformed
as a result of a rough delivery. This is sometimes due to an action or
failure to act on the part of the delivery room staff or due to equipment
that wasn’t working properly.
Often, bleeding in the brain isn’t obvious – it could manifest
as seizures or lethargy. It is the job of the obstetrician and other medical
personnel to identify the symptoms and act on them accordingly.
Types of Hemorrhage
The following are the most common types of hemorrhage in infants:
Intraventricular Hemorrhages: This is bleeding into the fluid-filled spaces (ventricles) of the brain.
Subarachnoid Hemorrhages: This type of bleeding occurs underneath the membranes that cover the brain
and is the most common intracranial hemorrhage in infants. It usually
happens with full-term newborns and may manifest as seizures.
Subdural Hemorrhages: These occur between the inner and outer brain coverings. With this type
of hemorrhage, there is pressure on the surface of the brain. They used
to be common but now occur with far less frequency due to modern childbirth
techniques. When they do occur, they may be due to negligence. Infant
brain injury attorneys are most likely to find a cause of action with
this type of hemorrhage.
Negligence Is Malpractice
Most malpractice lawsuits are based on negligence. This doesn’t just
mean that something went wrong – it means that something went wrong
because of a medical professional’s failure to provide a standard
level of care. An attorney can help you to determine if you have a basis
for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Establishing Negligence in an Infant Brain Injury Claim
For a medical malpractice lawsuit to succeed, you must prove that the defendant’s
conduct did not meet the same standard that a reasonably skilled professional
would have exhibited in the same or similar situation. You also must prove
that the negligence caused measurable harm.
In cases of infant brain injury, your attorney can help you to obtain expert
testimony – opinions from practitioners in the same field as your
defendant. In many states, you’ll have to provide sworn statements.
Again, this is something that your attorney can handle on your behalf.
See an Attorney at Our Corpus Christi Law Firm
The doctor or hospital will bring all the power of their legal team to
bear against you if you bring a malpractice suit for infant brain injury.
That’s why it is very important to have a competent attorney on
your side – you’ll never be able to handle a medical malpractice
suit, with all its complexities, on your own. Your attorney can look after
your legal rights, as well as those of your child, and work to get you
the compensation you deserve.
Take this opportunity to find out how the Bandas Law Firm can help you.
Contact our Corpus Christi birth injury lawyers at (361) 238-2789 to