If your infant suffered brain damage as a result of a birth injury, they are at an increased risk for seizures. Seizures resulting from brain trauma—whether physical trauma or trauma caused by lack of oxygen to the brain—often begin early and may be the first indication of brain damage. Working with a trusted doctor, most…
What Are Infant Seizures?
Infant seizures are abnormal electrical discharges that are usually exhibited as uncontrolled shivering, shaking, and spastic muscle activity. Seizures can occur in up to twenty percent of infants, especially premature infants. They can be the result of a high fever, infant meningitis, ischemic stroke, intracranial hemorrhage, epilepsy, or hypoxia-ischemia. Hypoxia-ischemia is the most common cause of infant seizures. These types of infant seizures can prove particularly difficult to treat.
Infant seizures can also be caused by epilepsy, a disorder that causes repeated seizures. Epilepsy is characterized by altered brain function and abnormal electrical discharges from the brain’s cells.
Hypoxemia occurs when the blood’s oxygen levels are lower than normal causing your baby’s body not to function properly. Hypoxemia that creates low oxygen levels in your infant’s body tissues is called hypoxia. Ischemia means your baby’s heart muscle is not receiving enough blood containing the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function properly.
Seeking Legal Assistance from a Birth Injury Lawyer
If your son or daughter’s infant seizures are caused by brain damage, birth injuries, or untreated infection, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit on their behalf. When you are ready to explore your legal options, call the Birth Injury Lawyers Group at
(800) 222-9529 to schedule a consultation with an attorney in your area.