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Knowing the location of a brain injury can reveal critical information regarding complications a child will face long-term. An important concept to remember is that that brain injury is an evolving process. Doctors realize that brain injury that occurs near the time of birth is the most common cause of long-term neurological problems in a child. When a brain injury is suspected, head imaging is typically performed within 24 hours. It is important to understand the evolution of injury as well as the full extent of the damage.
When a child suffers a brain injury, they may later be diagnosed with:
Children with brain injuries can experience difficulty with muscle function, intellectual, perceptual, emotional, attention, and language skills. There are treatments and therapies for each of these problems. This is what makes early recognition and intervention so important.
Seizures are a common sign of a brain injury. In many cases, seizures aren’t recognized until an EEG is performed on the child. Failure to perform frequent or continuous EEGs can result in a brain injury going undetected for long periods of time, as seizure activity is often the only clear sign of a brain injury. However, there can be others.
Typical signs of brain injury in a baby include:
After a difficult pregnancy or birth, or after a baby has experienced an event that could lead to oxygen deprivation and/or brain bleeds, the medical staff must be diligent in looking for signs of a brain injury. When a brain injury is suspected, head imaging and other diagnostic tests must be done so that doctors can pinpoint the type of injury, its cause, and begin treatment.
Conditions that occur close to or during the time of delivery which can cause brain injury include:
There are many other injuries that can damage a baby’s brain and cause conditions such as cerebral palsy to develop:
If your child suffered a brain injury at birth, the team at Willens Law Offices can help.
We have helped the families of children across Illinois get the compensation they need for a secure future. We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.
Our nationally recognized birth injury firm has numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements that speak to our success and experience. You will not pay our firm unless we win or settle your case.
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The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
With decades of hands-on experience working with top healthcare professionals in labor and delivery, our legal team has access to some of the top medical professionals in the world. As in many types of medical malpractice cases, high quality expert are essential in obtaining justice.
Our firm was established to focus on the unique needs of our clients. We work with top medical, life-planning, and forensics experts to determine the causes and extent of injuries, prognoses of victims, and areas of medical negligence. Our passion for helping birth injury victims allows our attorneys to deliver unrivaled legal services for your family.
Willens Law Offices have helped the families of children across Illinois get the compensation they need for a secure future.
We strive to give the utmost personal attention to each child and family we represent.