There are many challenges which must be met surrounding the care and treatment needed for a brain damaged child; not only on the part of the parents of the child, but also on the part of siblings, teachers, therapists and doctors. In addition, the emotional aspects of learning to accept and cope with the demands made by such a child's condition can be extremely difficult for a family, particularly if their baby's brain damage was caused by a birth injury due to the negligent care of a healthcare provider.
The birth process does not typically result in injury. However, sometimes medical professionals encounter certain situations during a pregnancy, labor/delivery which require adequate and timely treatment, and if not properly addressed, may result in a traumatic injury to the child's brain. Brain damage to an infant during childbirth is often linked to the baby not receiving the proper amount of oxygen (hypoxia which can lead to asphyxia). When the brain is deprived of oxygen, brain cells can be destroyed, resulting in neurological impairment (or a decreased ability for the brain to control muscle function/movement, and/or organ function). Brain damage sustained during or after birth may occur as a result of the following:
Brain damage and injury can result in conditions such as Cerebral Palsy, greatly affecting a baby's various motor (muscle) and brain functions, sometimes requiring years of physical, occupational and speech therapies in order to acquire even the most limited functional abilities.
When a medical professional fails to anticipate or properly and timely treat labor complications that could have been detected or were otherwise apparent, the consequences of this neglect can put the baby and mother's life and well being at risk and can have permanent consequences.
Healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses and midwives) sometimes do not act in accordance with the standards of care recognized by the medical profession, or they may fail to provide an expected standard of care resulting in permanent brain injury. At Blume Forte, our experienced NJ birth injury lawyers may be able to help you seek compensation for your child and his/her brain injury. As a respected and accomplished law firm in New Jersey, we will provide you and your family with decades of experience in handling these types of complex medical negligence matters. For a no cost consultation of your brain damage birth injury case, contact the attorneys at Blume Forte at (973) 635-5400.
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