Neurological vision impairment can be inherited, in rare instances. Occasionally, a metabolic disorder can cause global damage to the brain. This can then cause neurological vision impairment and other neurological symptoms.
In most cases, though, neurological vision impairments are not inherited. Instead, they are the result of a lack of adequate oxygen to the brain before, during, or just after the baby’s birth.
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Common Causes of Neurological Vision Impairments
In one case review in the British Journal of Ophthalmology of more than 7,000 infants and children, the researchers found that the four most common causes of neurological vision impairments included:
- Perinatal hypoxia (occurring before, during, or just after birth)
- Blocked or ruptured blood vessel in the brain (“cerebral vascular accident”)
- Acquired hypoxia (occurring later in infancy or early childhood)
Inherited traits such as metabolic disorders lie far outside the most common causes of neurological vision impairments, although it is possible and does occur. If you have a family history of a metabolic disorder or have concerns about your baby, discuss them with a trusted doctor. The sooner you get a diagnosis and treatment begins for a treatable metabolic disorder, the better the outcome for your child.
With proper management, you may be able to help your child avoid the brain injuries that lead to neurological vision impairments and other neurologic conditions.
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Understanding How a Metabolic Disorder Can Cause Brain Injury and Neurological Vision Impairments
Babies who have a metabolic disorder are generally born with the condition, and many of them are inherited through genetic information passed down from one or both parents. At its very basic, this type of disorder involves an error of metabolism. The baby lacks the ability to metabolize and rid their body of some type of toxic substance.
During pregnancy, the baby suffers no ill effects from a metabolic disorder because the placenta handles the job of metabolizing all toxins and other substances. When a baby with a metabolic disorder is born, they usually have no symptoms. For this reason, hospitals should run blood tests on all newborns to rule out dangerous metabolic conditions before brain damage can occur.
Without treatment, a process begins:
- The baby’s body cannot metabolize a toxic substance.
- This substance will build up in the baby’s tissues, including the brain.
- An accumulation of this toxic substance in the brain begins to cause damage.
In some cases, babies become ill and suffer brain injuries within hours of birth. In others, it could take years. You may be unaware of your child’s condition until they develop symptoms of neurological damage, possibly including neurological vision impairment.
A Failure to Diagnose a Metabolic Disorder Could Be Catastrophic
If the doctor or another care provider fails to run the routine blood tests following your baby’s birth or they do not recognize the symptoms of a metabolic disorder, you may be eligible to hold them responsible for the preventable brain injuries your child suffered, including their neurological vision impairment.
To learn if you have a valid birth injury case, you need to discuss the facts of your case with a medical malpractice attorney in your state. They will be able to review your case for free and pursue compensation on your behalf if you choose to take action.
Your attorney will help you prove:
- Your doctor or another care provider should have taken certain steps to evaluate or diagnose your child’s condition.
- They failed to do so, deviating from protocols.
- Your child suffered a brain injury and neurological vision impairment as a result.
- The fair settlement value of your family’s related damages.
You may also have a case if you underwent genetic testing, and your doctor failed to identify a serious genetic condition you passed down to your child. Your attorney can offer advice about how to get started.
There are deadlines for taking legal action in this type of case. Reach out to an attorney who practices birth injury law in your state as soon as possible.
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Neurological vision impairment can be inherited. If your child inherited a condition that caused them to sustain neurologic damage including neurological vision impairment, you may have a case against the doctor or hospital who failed to diagnose your baby quickly enough to prevent brain damage.
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