Previous injuries can result in a neurological visual impairment diagnosis in an infant or newborn, but the most common cause of this type of birth injury is an injury to the central nervous system. In almost every case, neurological vision impairment is the result of a global or multifocal insult to the brain that causes problems processing visual stimuli as well as additional medical conditions.
Some commonly co-occurring conditions include epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
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Head Trauma Accounts for a Small Percentage of Neurological Vision Impairments
While head trauma to a growing fetus, newborn, or infant causes only a small percentage of neurological vision impairments, traumatic brain injuries do contribute to this condition.
According to one study published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology of more than 7,200 babies, the top causes of this condition include:
- Perinatal (before, during, or immediately following birth) hypoxia, 22%
- Cerebral vascular accident, 14%
- Meningitis, 12%
- Acquired (after birth) hypoxia, 10%
Head trauma played a causative role in only 4.1% of the neurological vision impairment cases included in the study. These represented both accidental head injuries such as car accidents, drops, and falls, as well as non-accidental trauma.
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Almost All Cases of Head Trauma That Leads to Neurological Vision Impairment Are Preventable
When a traumatic brain injury is diffuse, it can affect the brain in many of the same ways as hypoxia. This may occur as a result of injuries or abuse, including shaken baby syndrome.
In general, a condition that affects a large part of the brain is much more likely to cause neurological vision impairments than a condition that only affects a small area. While it is possible, it is rare that damage to the brain would only affect higher vision processing and cause no other ill effects.
According to the Journal of Medicine and Life, some of the leading causes of traumatic brain injuries in children under the age of three include:
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery
- Child abuse
- Falls or drops
- Motor vehicle accidents
As you can see, a traumatic brain injury in an infant or newborn is almost always the result of negligence or an intentional act. None of these injuries occur spontaneously. A newborn should never suffer this type of injury or lasting effects.
You May Have a Birth Injury Case if Your Doctor or Another Care Provider Caused Your Child to Suffer Injuries
There are several ways a newborn can suffer a traumatic brain injury between birth and leaving the hospital for the first time. This can include injuries from the improper use of forceps or a vacuum extractor, dropping the baby following delivery or later, and intentional harm from shaking or striking the child.
If you believe your child endured any of these and suffered a brain injury as a result, this could be the cause of their neurological vision impairment. You should contact a birth injury medical malpractice attorney in your state as soon as possible and request a free case review. If your lawyer agrees that you have a case against the doctor or hospital, you could recover compensation that includes:
- Current and future medical care costs
- Ongoing care costs
- Equipment and tools necessary for mobility, in-home therapy, and care
- Out-of-pocket expenses related to your child’s injuries and care
- Pain and suffering damages
We encourage you to act quickly. Each state has its own statute of limitations that sets a deadline on how long you have to take legal action. Some states have rules that allow you to toll this deadline for birth injury cases, but not all do. Your attorney will be able to explain the time limits that apply in your state.
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Talk to a Birth Injury Lawyer About Your Child’s Injuries
Previous injuries can result in a neurological visual impairment diagnosis in an infant or newborn. You may be able to take legal action against a doctor or hospital if your infant suffered preventable injuries. The Birth Injury Lawyers Group can help.
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