Brain injuries can cause serious damage and permanent disabilities to any sufferer. However, when an infant suffers a brain injury that causes brain damage, the results can be particularly devastating for several different reasons. If your child suffered brain damage as an infant due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Under certain circumstances, infants may suffer brain trauma in the delivery process. Usually, such brain damage is caused by one of the following:
All of these conditions are highly dangerous and may cause permanent developmental problems and other physical, mental, or cognitive disabilities. Brain damage from birth injuries is rare and often occurs when a doctor makes a negligent mistake, such as failing to diagnose a serious risk or condition.
After birth, infants under the age of two are still at a very high risk for Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE occurs when oxygen is cut off from the brain and happens for various reasons, including:
Infants are also at a high risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Even the slightest bump on the head for a small child can cause a concussion, which is a form of minor TBI. Furthermore, TBI does not even require someone to hit their head, as it can occur anytime the brain rattles inside the skull. One familiar instance of this may be Shaken Baby Syndrome, in which a child receives severe brain damage or is killed due to abusive shaking.
TBI can cause many complications, affecting motor skills, cognitive abilities, emotional and mental capabilities, and much more. Additionally, especially with very small infants, parents may not realize that the child has suffered a concussion or TBI. Not receiving the proper treatment then puts a child at even greater risk for repeat TBI and resulting brain damage.
In many instances, a child may suffer brain damage in an incident that happened due to someone else’s negligence. Some examples of negligence that cause infant brain damage may include the following:
These are only a few examples of negligent actions that can cause infant brain damage. If your child has suffered brain damage, you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated for your child’s medical expenses, permanent disabilities, loss of enjoyment of life, inability to work in the future, and much more.
Calculating the full array of damages in an infant brain damage case may be very complicated, and an experienced Florida personal injury attorney can help you. Call us at (386) 777-7777 or fill out our online contact form below for a free case evaluation.