Hypoglycemia Birth Injuries
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Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals need to closely monitor a newborn infant’s health for neonatal injuries and other potentially serious health problems. This includes making sure a newborn baby does not have dangerously low blood sugar levels, a medical condition known as hypoglycemia.
What parents might not realize is complications of hypoglycemia are often the result of negligence or mistakes made by the hospital or medical professionals. When this happens, it’s critical that parents understand their legal rights and take steps right away to hold them accountable.
The dedicated legal team at The Lancione Law Firm near Cleveland can be there for you when you need us most. Ohio birth injury attorney John A. Lancione has a well-earned reputation for his skillful handling of birth injury claims nationwide. Our law firm only handles birth injury and medical negligence cases. As a result, we have an in-depth understanding of birth injury law.
Many lawyers refer birth injury cases to our law firm. They do so because they know we have a track record of success when it comes to such cases. Since our law firm was founded, we have obtained more than $350 million for our clients, including one of Ohio’s largest malpractice verdicts. Case results matter here – and so do you.
What is hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia is a medical term used to describe below normal blood sugar (glucose) levels. Glucose is the body’s main source of energy, and in particular, it’s needed for the brain to function. Newborn infants with low glucose levels due to hypoglycemia are at risk of developing brain damage, which can cause many different serious health conditions, including:
- Frequent seizures
- Loss of consciousness
- Blurred vision
- Damage to the nervous system
- Elevated heart rate, a medical condition often known as tachycardia
Whatever type of health issues your newborn child has due to hypoglycemia, make sure that doctors, nurses and other medical professionals closely monitor your child’s blood sugar levels and respond immediately if they notice anything wrong with your child.
What causes hypoglycemia in infants?
Infants are born with hypoglycemia for many different reasons. Some of the most common risk factors that increase a child’s likelihood of developing hypoglycemia include:
These are just some of the reasons why some infants are born with hypoglycemia. If doctors suspect a baby is at high risk of developing this medical condition, they should carefully monitor the mother’s health and the baby’s vital signs (heart rate, glucose levels, etc.) during the pregnancy and soon after the infant is born. Otherwise, serious medical issues are common.
How does negligence contribute to hypoglycemia?
Nurses, doctors and other medical professionals need to carefully monitor the mother and her baby during the pregnancy, delivery and soon after for any possible health problems, including hypoglycemia. If they fail to do so, their actions may constitute negligence. This includes:
- Not performing standard medical tests during a mother’s pregnancy, especially if she has diabetes or is at high risk of developing diabetes during her pregnancy.
- Not responding right away if doctors diagnose below normal glucose levels in the baby.
- Misdiagnosing a medical issue affecting the mother or the baby.
- Not prescribing the right medication (or the wrong dosage amount) for children with low glucose levels.
Hypoglycemia can be effectively treated, but only when medical professionals diagnose what’s wrong and respond immediately with the appropriate interventions. When they don’t, your child’s health and well-being could be put at risk. That’s why you need to talk with attorney Lancione right away.
Your child has rights. We can fight for them. Contact our Ohio law firm
The sooner you have our legal team on your side, the better. Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione can get right to work on your case. He knows how to investigate medical negligence claims and find the evidence needed to build a strong legal case.
He also never loses sight of what matters most – your best interests. That’s why he will keep you informed about the status of your case every step of the way. And if you ever have a question, you can call attorney Lancione anytime on his personal cellphone.
Your path to justice can be long. Take the first step. Contact us and schedule a free consultation at The Lancione Law Firm. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to speak with Ohio birth injury attorney John A. Lancione.