If your child has been a victim of medical negligence, consult with a Chicago birth injury lawyer to understand your legal rights.
Brain hemorrhage or intracranial hemorrhage is a condition that can be caused by a birth injury due to various reasons. It is a medical emergency and should be treated immediately. An infant brain hemorrhage describes any severe bleeding in the brain. This can be caused by a stroke, which causes a blood vessel to burst and causes blood to flood the brain, leading to the death of brain cells.
Causes of Infant Brain Hemorrhage
- head trauma
- high blood pressure
- amyloid angiopathy
- blood vessel abnormalities
- blood disorders
- brain tumors
- liver disease
If your child has suffered a brain hemorrhage due to a birth injury, it may have been caused by various reasons including:
- the baby was dropped just after delivery
- high blood pressure in the mother passed down to the baby
- blunt force trauma to the pregnant belly or to the infant’s head
- inappropriate use of birth assisting tools during delivery
An infant’s skull and head are very fragile, so it is important for doctors to properly use tools such as vacuum extraction and forceps. Forceful or improper pulling when using these tools can cause permanent brain damage.
Symptoms of Brain Hemorrhage
It is much easier to recognize the symptoms of brain hemorrhage in an adult compared to an infant. Adults may show symptoms such as difficulty speaking, dizziness, severe headache, or change in vision. However, an infant cannot communicate any symptoms. An infant with brain hemorrhage may show symptoms such as lethargy, difficulty swallowing, loss of consciousness, weakness in an arm or leg, vomiting, and seizures.
Diagnosis of Infant Brain Hemorrhage
Tests such as CT scans and MRI are used to diagnose an infant brain hemorrhage. These scans can show exactly how the bleeding is affecting the cells and where the blood vessel has burst. Doctors can then decide to perform surgery to stop the hemorrhage and prevent the death of brain cells.
Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
When a brain hemorrhage is a result of a blunt force trauma, it may have been prevented. In addition, failure to diagnose and treat hypertension in the mother or dropping the baby amounts to medical negligence. If your child has been a victim of such negligence, consult with a Chicago birth injury lawyer to discuss your case and understand your legal rights. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.