The brain is the most complex organ in the body, and there is still much that the medical community simply doesn’t know regarding brain injuries and the impact they will have on an individual patient. This holds true with infants and children, who may experience varying complications and disabilities as the result of brain damage sustained during birth. Minor brain damage may seem to heal on its own or may have little to no impact on a child’s life. Significant damage may leave a child in need of lifelong care.
The Lancione Law Firm has a long history of helping children across Cleveland and throughout Ohio who have experienced brain injuries during birth. We believe in the complete immersion into our clients’ causes, and we are passionate about holding negligent obstetricians, nurses, and healthcare facilities accountable for their wrongdoing. Led by third-generation birth injury attorney John A. Lancione, we have the skill and resources needed to handle the most complex brain damage cases.
Find out how we can help you provide for your child’s future after a preventable brain injury. Call (440) 220-4439 for a free case review.
Identifying & Treating Infant Brain Damage
Brain damage may occur during childbirth as a result of a lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, or as a result of trauma to the head. The former is more common and may be caused by umbilical cord compression, prolonged labor, obstructed airflow, or other complications. Identifying the specific cause is important, as this will help us determine whether malpractice was involved.
Medical malpractice may be linked to infant brain damage in the following scenarios:
- Failure to recognize and respond to fetal distress during labor or delivery
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia or other complications
- Failure to recommend or perform a C-section in a timely manner
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor in an instrument-assisted delivery
- Negligent monitoring of a newborn after delivery
Brain damage during birth can cause serious, life-altering conditions such as cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and mental retardation. In extreme cases, a child’s life may be lost.