Not many life experiences are as fulfilling as giving birth to a healthy little bundle of joy. Unfortunately, childbirth can also be a delicate exercise for both the mother and the child. Sometimes, simple errors during labor and birth can lead to serious injuries to one or both.
One of the most devastating injuries a baby can suffer during labor and birth is an injury to the brain. If your child suffers brain damage during birth, you may be able to make a claim on their behalf through a birth injury lawsuit.
How do you know your child has birth-related brain injuries?
Infant brain damage is associated with a few common signs and symptoms. Here is what you need to look for if you suspect that your child has sustained brain injury at birth:
- The baby’s physical appearance: If the infant has a noticeably distorted appearance at birth – whether in the shape and size of the forehead or the head in general, this could be indicative that they suffered some level of brain trauma during birth. An immediate professional examination can help you identify the potential cause of this trauma. It can also help you determine the severity of the damage.
- The baby’s behavior: You can also spot infant brain injury by observing the baby’s behavior. It is not uncommon for babies to experience difficulty sleeping, crying or even feeding. However, if these behaviors become noticeably severe, this could be a sign that something is not right with your child’s neurological development.
There is no doubt that advances in medical technology have made significant strides in reducing labor complications that can lead to infant injury both during pregnancy and at birth.
Unfortunately, these injuries still happen. Learning more about Pennsylvania negligence laws can help hold a liable healthcare provider to account while pursuing a birth injury claim on behalf of your child.