If a birth injury caused your newborn to suffer bleeding of the brain, you may have a viable medical malpractice claim against the doctor who delivered him or the hospital where he was born. Brain bleeds may require emergency surgery and could cause permanent brain damage.
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Lawsuits and Injury Cases
Infant bleeding of the brain, often called a brain bleed or brain hemorrhage, can occur because of a birth injury in two ways:
- Failure to identify a risk factor during labor, such as high blood pressure
- Trauma during birth
If your newborn suffered bleeding of the brain related to a birth injury, a medical malpractice attorney can review your case and, if possible, help you pursue damages and hold the doctor or hospital liable.
Recovering Damages in a Brain Bleed Birth Injury Case
To recover damages in a birth injury case, you will need to show the doctor failed to provide an acceptable standard of care or otherwise acted negligently. This often requires enlisting the help of a medical expert witness who can link the injury to the doctor’s action or inaction.
With the help of a birth injury attorney, you may be able to recover damages to help offset the cost of treating your baby’s birth injury and getting them the therapy and rehabilitation they require for the best possible outcome. You may also be able to recover compensation for your out-of-pocket costs, mental anguish, and pain and suffering.
Types of Infant Bleeding of the Brain
There are three primary types of brain bleeds that occur in infants. The difference between each type is where in the brain the bleed occurs. The three types are:
- Intracranial hemorrhages: Bleeding between the skull and brain or inside the brain.
- Intraventricular hemorrhages: Bleeding inside one of the ventricles of the brain.
- Subarachnoid hemorrhages: Bleeding into the space between the brain and the that surrounds it.
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Causes
A birth injury can cause infant bleeding of the brain through a head injury or traumatic brain injury. This could occur when:
- A member of the team delivering the baby drops the newborn.
- The mother suffered blunt force trauma to the stomach.
- The doctor uses too much force delivering the infant.
- The newborn suffers a head or brain injury in another way.
Infant bleeding of the brain may also occur because of high blood pressure or other medical concerns. Premature babies may also suffer bleeding of the brain without any other causative factors related to a birth injury.
Risk factors for bleeding of the brain related to birth injuries include:
- The use of forceps or vacuum extractors during delivery
- A breech vaginal delivery
- A large baby
- Cephalopelvic disproportion
- The use of Pitocin or other drugs to cause strong contractions and quick delivery
- Prolonged labor and delivery
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Symptoms
Research shows that brain bleeds may be more common in newborns than we realize, but many never show any symptoms. If your child develops symptoms of bleeding of the brain, it is imperative they receive a quick diagnosis and emergency medical care to prevent permanent brain damage. Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty swallowing and feeding
- Lethargy or loss of consciousness
- Weakness in one limb or on one side of the body
- Unexplained seizures
- Difficulty breathing
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Diagnosis and Treatment
If your newborn has symptoms associated with a brain bleed, the doctor will likely want to do imaging scans of their brain, such as a head CT or an MRI. This allows the doctor to see where the bleed occurred, diagnose the type of bleed, and develop a treatment plan.
In some cases, bleeding of the brain may require brain surgery to stop the bleeding and prevent further damage. However, your doctor may be able to provide less invasive or non-invasive options, depending on the specific details of your child’s case.
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Frequently Asked Questions
How do I know if my baby has infant bleeding of the brain?
In many cases, a newborn will exhibit concerning signs immediately following birth, and the doctor will order imaging scans right away. In other cases, you or a medical care provider may notice symptoms later and bring them to the attention of the doctor.
Can infant bleeding of the brain be fatal?
A serious untreated brain bleed can be fatal. Even with the treatment of brain hemorrhages, the most serious brain bleeds can cause permanent, severe intellectual and physical impairments. Your child may require therapy and rehabilitation, additional support in school, or ongoing care.
Who is liable for infant bleeding of the brain?
You may be able to hold the doctor who delivered your infant or the hospital liable. Your birth injury attorney will work to build a strong case demonstrating what caused your newborn’s birth injury and who is accountable.
What is the statute of limitations for infant bleeding of the brain?
There are deadlines on how long you have to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor or hospital liable for your baby’s brain bleed. This varies by state, and there are many factors in play that may alter the time limit set by the statute of limitations.
Many states allow tolling (suspension of the effect of the statute of limitations) for minors, and there is often a statute of repose that sets an overall deadline no matter the victim’s age. When you discuss your case with an attorney from your state, this will be one of the questions they will address.
Infant Bleeding of the Brain Glossary Terms
- What is intraventricular hemorrhage? Intraventricular hemorrhage is a type of bleeding of the brain that occurs inside the brain’s ventricles. Intraventricular hemorrhage is most common in premature babies, especially those with very low birth weights.
- What is hydrocephalus? Hydrocephalus is a condition when cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain and creates pressure, causing brain damage. It can occur because of a birth injury.
- What is apnea? Apnea is a condition where the infant repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. Apnea is a symptom of a brain bleed in infants.
Talk to a Bleeding of the Brain Birth Injury Lawyer in Your State
If your child sustained brain damage following bleeding of the brain, you may want to discuss your case with a birth injury attorney. Birth injuries can cause brain bleeds in a number of ways, and you may be eligible to hold the doctor or hospital liable for your child’s injuries. Reach out to the Birth Injury Lawyers Group today by calling 1-800-222-9529. You can connect to a brain bleed birth injury lawyer in your state.