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In order to prevent brain injuries and other disorders, sepsis needs to be diagnosed and treated quickly. If there is a delay in either, the outcome can cause permanent damage to a baby. In fact, a baby should be treated even when sepsis is only suspected. The only way to confirm it is to test cell cultures, but treatment should be administered before the results of the test come back.
Physicians and other health care professionals should have the experience, training, and knowledge to recognize the signs and symptoms of sepsis. If your baby was injured due to complications resulting from sepsis, contact the Willens Law Offices today to discuss your case.
When a newborn baby develops sepsis, it is known as neonatal sepsis. Neonatal sepsis is an extremely dangerous blood infection. It can lead to meningitis, brain injury, cerebral palsy, seizures, and septic shock. It can damage the brain by either directly or indirectly infecting the central nervous system.
It can be transmitted to a baby through the amniotic fluid or as the baby passes through the mother's lower genital tract during a vaginal delivery. Both chorioamnionitis and group B streptococcus are infections that are able to travel to an infant before or during delivery and these can cause sepsis and other disorders.
While sepsis typically transmits to the baby in the womb or during delivery, it can occur within the first 7 days of life and is known as late-onset sepsis (LOS). With LOS, the baby is infected during delivery and the bacteria later progresses into sepsis.
There are a number of potential risk factors that can contribute to a baby developing sepsis. The smaller and younger a baby is, the more susceptible they are. Some of the common risk factors include:
Due to the severity of the condition, sepsis must be diagnosed and treated very quickly. Not only can it cause serious injuries to the brain and cerebral palsy but it is also a substantial cause of infant death, especially in babies with low birth weight or that were born prematurely.
Doctors and other health care professionals should have the knowledge and experience to be able to detect and treat neonatal sepsis. Some of the common signs and symptoms of neonatal sepsis include:
Sepsis may cause an infant to go into shock, which greatly hinders the blood flow and blood pressure. This can lead to a severe lack of blood to the brain, which in turn can cause brain injuries and cerebral palsy.
In addition, when a baby has sepsis and it infects the central nervous system, the baby may develop meningitis. This can be extremely damaging to the brain. Sepsis should be treated with a series of antibiotic procedures.
If your baby has suffered a birth injury due to undetected or untreated sepsis, Willens Law Offices can help you understand your legal rights and options. The emotional and financial costs of dealing with your child's birth injury isn't one you should have to carry. If a physician or health care provider has caused injury, they should be held accountable.
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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.
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