Dallas Birth Injury Attorneys
Laura Brown is an advocate for mothers and for babies. She is a birth injury trial lawyer representing both babies who have suffered severe injuries at birth, such as cerebral palsy caused by HIE. She is a mother of two children who understands the pain that moms and dads feel when their child is hurt.
Many families want to know: what this injury preventable? Laura has years of experience getting answers for families and holding hospitals and doctors accountable when their negligence has caused a birth injury.
What causes Cerebral Palsy, HIE, and other Birth Injuries?
- Oxygen deprivation: It only takes minutes for a child to be severely injured by oxygen deprivation—birth injuries like Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (or HIE) and Cerebral Palsy are caused by oxygen deprivation.
- Physical trauma: The human body has an incredible resiliency to heal from physical wounds, but some types of damage, like nerve damage caused by a brachial plexus injury, may not heal at all.
The good news is that medical imaging and technology in Dallas, TX is much better than it was even a few years ago. The bad news? Preventable birth injuries still happen in as many as 30% of deliveries.
Are Birth Injuries Preventable?
Unfortunately, when something goes wrong during labor and delivery, parents are not always told the significance and may not understand that their child has suffered a severe injury with lasting consequences. If your baby has been treated with cooling therapy, also called neonatal or therapeutic hypothermia (click to read more), that is a good indication that something serious may be wrong.
There are tests that can help diagnose the cause and extent of the potential damage. Having this information as early as possible can be very important in obtaining proper medical treatment to minimize damage to the baby’s brain.
Many times, the extent of the damage becomes more apparent later on. If the child is delayed or does not reach normal developmental milestones, that may indicate a brain injury and predict future developmental problems. A diagnosis of cerebral palsy is usually not made at the time of birth, but later in the child’s development as the physical and cognitive deficits become more apparent. For more information about the early signs of Cerebral Palsy, click here.
What Should I do if I Believe that Hospital Negligence Caused My Baby’s Injuries?
Although there are different causes for birth injuries, one of the most dangerous and preventable causes is negligent healthcare. When mistakes are made during the labor and delivery process, those mistakes expose the baby to risks like HIE.
If you think your child may have suffered from lack of oxygen, or if your newborn child has been diagnosed with HIE, then your child may be a victim of a birth injury that was preventable. To learn and to best protect your baby, it’s important to act quickly and get help now. Use the live chat button and find out how we can help you.