Denver Infant Stroke Attorneys
Stroke occurs when a part of the brain is damaged or destroyed due to lack of blood flow and oxygen. An infant can suffer a stroke before, during, or after birth. Infant strokes can be caused by medical negligence when doctors fail to monitor mother and baby carefully or fail to act quickly to prevent a stroke during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Infant stroke can limit or delay cognitive growth and speech and shorten the child’s life expectancy.
Infant stroke is preventable in many cases. Lack of oxygen during birth is a common cause. Medical negligence can contribute to this devastating occurrence in several different ways, including:
- Failure to appropriately manage conditions in the mother during pregnancy
- Failure to properly evaluate mother during pregnancy, diagnose potential risk factors, and arrange for an earlier delivery
- Failure to properly monitor baby for signs of distress with an electronic fetal heart monitor during labor
- Failure to respond promptly and appropriately to distress and complications, for example, with emergency C-section
- Improper use of vacuum or forceps during delivery
- Allowing unsafe labor to continue for too long
- Failure to identify known risk factors and respond appropriately
- Failure to respond immediately to adequately treat fetal stroke and help prevent brain damage
Brain damage occurring with infant stroke can cause problems that affect the child throughout life. The child will need to see specialists, including physical, speech, and occupational therapists. Your child may also need to see a neurorehabilitation specialist and be given different therapies to help him or her recover from stroke. Complications of infant stroke may include:
- Intellectual disabilities
- Communication problems
- Vision defects
- Psychological problems
- Paralysis or weakness on one side of the body
- Cerebral palsy
Stroke can be difficult to diagnose in an infant. It may be identified as the cause of developmental delays or seizures after other conditions have been ruled out. When stroke is suspected, a doctor may order one or more of the following diagnostic tests:
- Blood tests
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) – MRI of specific arteries
- Magnetic resonance venography (MRV) – MRI of specific veins
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
- Computed tomography angiography (CTA) – X-ray of specific arteries
- Cranial ultrasound
- Lumbar puncture (spinal tap)
If medical negligence caused your child’s injuries, you could hold negligent providers liable in a medical malpractice claim for damages. The first step is to meet with an experienced Denver medical malpractice attorney. We can tell you if you may have a case and what damages you may be entitled to claim. There is no charge for the initial consultation.
Our medical malpractice lawyers can investigate your child’s injuries to determine if medical negligence occurred that caused harm to your child, and what parties are liable for your injuries. We can assess the full extent of your damages, including your child’s future medical and rehabilitation costs, build a strong case based on the facts, and handle every aspect of your claim. Our attorneys can negotiate skillfully to settle your case out of court, but we are fully prepared to go to trial if that is what it takes to get the compensation you and your family deserve.
At Leventhal Puga Braley P.C., we have some of the top attorneys in the nation on our legal team. We are recognized as the top law firm in the state for medical malpractice and personal injury. If your infant suffered a stroke because of medical negligence, call us at (303) 759-9945 or toll-free at (877) 433-3906.