When suitable levels of carefulness, consideration and good judgment have not been met by medical professionals, injuries, death and the worsening of existing medical conditions can transpire as the direct result of medical negligence. Medical negligence before, during or after childbirth can result in death or lifelong consequences for an infant which include brain-damage, blindness or deafness, various types of palsy as well as spinal cord injuries.
Blatant Medical Malpractice
There are certain situations where medical malpractice is clear as the cause of suffering for the infant. Such situations include cuts or lacerations, bruises or contusions and broken bones. Skull fractures or the bruising of the zone between the brain and the outer layers of skin know as cephalohematoma are other severe and physical effects of medical negligence.
Difficult labours should be prevented and at the very least, are something that medical practitioners should be prepared for.
Anoxia and Hypoxia are medical terms relating to a complete lack of oxygen to low levels of oxygen before, during or after childbirth. There are many things that can cause both; including umbilical cord complications, pre-mature births and underdeveloped lungs. Ischemia is another complication that can occur when blood flow to the baby’s brain is decreased, effectively resulting in asphyxiation. All of these phenomena can result in varying degrees of brain damage and even death.
Oxygen deprivation and related brain damage such as Cerebral Palsy can be difficult to trace to medical negligence. However, improper and insufficient management of foetal distress, failure to perform an emergency C-section, umbilical cord issues as well as placenta problems that have been left undetected are all examples of medical negligence that can lead to oxygen deprivation and resulting brain damage. CT scans, MRI’s and other tests can prove the damage suffered.
Have You and Your Baby Been Victims?
If you think so, then it is worthwhile to liaise with professional legal representatives who specialise in medical negligence. Baby’s that grow up with brain damage need therapy, treatment, care and specialised schooling which are costly for families. A compensation claim could help you to cover those costs. Contact Paul du Plessis Attorneys or visit their website for more information.