Maryland Brain Damage or Swelling Lawyer
While babies are typically born healthy, some are born with serious conditions such as brain damage. Brain damage can be congenital due to a condition such as cerebral palsy. However, cerebral palsy and other forms of brain swelling can also be caused by birth trauma.
Knowing that your infant has brain damage can be scary. But the prognosis is not always bad. Some forms are minor, with the brain damage healing on its own. While the baby may have some degree of communication issues, the baby will make significant developmental gains and eventually live a normal life. On the other end of the spectrum are babies who experience constant seizures, disabilities, paraplegia, and other physical and mental delays for the rest of their lives.
If your child sustained brain damage at birth, you need to understand the stakes involved. Seek legal help from the Maryland brain damage lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman so we can provide you more information about taking legal action against a negligent medical professional.
What Causes Infant Brain Damage?
The brains of newborn babies are very delicate and vulnerable. Babies can suffer brain damage through issues such as asphyxia (a lack of oxygen), untreated infections in the mother, severe jaundice, and excessive force during delivery.
If brain damage is immediately obvious after birth, surgery or hypothermic treatment may be considered to treat the condition. If the brain damage presents itself later on, children may need to rely on educational interventions and other therapies to treat the symptoms of the brain damage rather than the actual brain damage.
Some common treatments used are anti-seizure medications and diuretics to help with fluid buildup in the brain. Assistive devices can be used to help with movement or functional activities. While these treatments can help with a child’s physical and mental disabilities and improve their quality of life, severe cases of infant brain damage are more likely to have a less positive long-term outcome.
Your Baby’s Prognosis
What will happen to your baby? What does their future hold in terms of physical and mental health?
This is something that you’ll need to discuss with possibly multiple doctors. A neurologist can run a battery of tests to see the source of the brain damage or swelling and determine whether the symptoms will resolve themselves over time/ Many issues caused by brain damage can be managed through treatment options such as medications, therapy, or surgery.
The cause of the brain damage will impact the treatment. Whether the brain damage was caused by a lack of oxygen, improper use of tools, infections, or some other cause, your doctor can develop a clear prognosis and treatment plan.
Contact Us Today
Brain damage is a serious injury that can affect newborns for a long time. A baby can suffer mild effects or suffer from a serious condition such as cerebral palsy.
Did a doctor’s negligence cause your baby to suffer brain damage or other serious injuries? The personal injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman can help you understand your legal rights. Contact our office today. Call (410) 567-0800 to schedule a consultation.