The birth of a baby can be a very exciting and nerve wrecking experience, especially when something goes wrong. In some situations, a baby may experience a neonatal seizure as a result of a medical error. A neonatal seizure is caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain that results in convulsions in the body. Most neonatal seizures occur as a result of brain damage due to a birth injury. These seizures must be treated immediately, otherwise, these can lead to long-term disabilities. Neonatal seizures can range in severity. However, common symptoms include:
- Rapid blinking;
- Rapid leg movement;
- Mouth smacking;
- Jerking on one side of the body;
- Rapid twitching;
- Eyes rolling into the head; and a
- Temporary lapse in breathing.
According to the Mayo Clinic, most neonatal seizures occur as a result of fetal distress from the following:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE);
- Abnormalities in the placenta;
- Uterine complications;
- A delay in delivery;
- A delay in ordering a C-section; and
- Brain hemorrhage or trauma.
Most birth injuries that may result in neonatal seizures can be prevented through proper delivery techniques. A healthcare professional is responsible for identifying risk factors that could potentially lead to a birth injury. A healthcare professional’s failure to do so could result in liability for any injuries sustained, especially long-term disabilities. Here, a person may recover damages for the following:
- Current medical care;
- Future medical care expenses;
- Rehabilitation expenses;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering, among others.
If you have a child that experienced a neonatal seizure as a result of a medical error, you may be entitled to compensation. It is important to contact an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice attorney that may fight for the justice you and your family deserve. The attorneys at the Rinaldo Law Group are skilled medical malpractice and personal injury lawyers, who will fight for the compensation you and your family are entitled to receive. Please contact us today at 1-833-RINALDO to schedule a free initial consultation.