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Hypoxic Brain Injury and Palsies

Obstetrical Errors Sometimes Cause Hypoxic Brain Injury and Various Palsies

When a child has suffered a hypoxic brain injury during the birthing process, injuries can be severe and burdens to a family can be overwhelming. Failure to respond to fetal distress or delay in ordering a needed cesarean section can result in extraordinarily catastrophic injuries. Either situation may have been the result of medical malpractice. Determining and documenting malpractice can lead to a successful injury claim, bringing much-needed financial relief to the child and his or her family.

Cerebral Palsy

A common outcome of hypoxic brain injury during labor or delivery is cerebral palsy. As parents struggle to cope with the aftermath of a birth injury-related pathology such as cerebral palsy, sound legal advice can be as critical to the overall outcomes as top-notch medical care, therapy and lifelong personal care needs. As shocked as you may be after learning that your newborn or infant has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, consulting with a lawyer promptly can help improve the chances of a successful injury claim or lawsuit that can truly help.

Other Palsies Resulting From Different Types of Birth Injuries

The standard definition of a palsy is a "paralysis, [often] accompanied by involuntary tremors." Besides cerebral palsy, resulting from a brain injury, other palsies also affect many newborns who experienced difficult births. Two well-known palsies are:

  • Erb's palsy, a type of brachial plexus palsy affecting the network of nerves near the neck that affect movement and feeling in the shoulder and arm. Stretching of a baby's neck during birth can lead to Erb's palsy. Early and persistent intervention through physical therapy can help some babies overcome dysfunction caused by this palsy.
  • Klumpke's palsy, another type of brachial plexus palsy affecting movement and flexibility of the forearm and hand.
Other Hypoxic Brain Injuries Affecting Babies and Children

A hypoxic brain injury affecting a child may also happen at a later time and for different reasons such as during faulty emergency room care procedures, during surgery, in a home accident or in the event of any other catastrophe.

Whether it is a birth injury or an injury occurring under other circumstances, a hypoxic brain injury is a life-changer for the sufferer as well as family caregivers. A child's development with be impacted by ongoing challenges and disabilities.

Life after a brain injury can be rewarding and full when a child and family adjust to the differences, but financial needs will remain critically important. Assessing the lifetime costs of a birth injury is fundamental to developing a successful legal case. Rush & Gransee, L.C., is prepared to lead the efforts and help you pursue the compensation your child will need after suffering a birth injury.

Free Consultation For Families Whose Babies Are Affected By Palsies And Other Brain Injuries

For a no-charge, no-obligation consultation regarding a birth injury, contact Rush & Gransee, L.C., by email or by phone at 210-223-9200 in San Antonio, Texas. An experienced attorney can evaluate your case and recommend a course of action such as a birth injury claim or lawsuit.