What Are Signs My Baby Has Sustained a Brain Injury?

Posted on April 10, 2015 by Shapiro Law Group

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) during birth can be caused by a variety of neglectful actions, so it is important for parents to know what the symptoms are and what to do to get help. Birth injuries such as oxygen deprivation and physical trauma from forceps or vacuum extractors can leave infants with permanent brain damage.

When a brain injury is present, children might show the following symptoms:

  • Children with brain injuries might show a change in eating habits and in some cases may refuse food.
  • Abnormal behavior can be a symptom of brain injury, and children might seem unable to be consoled, have persistent crying spells and be consistently irritable.
  • Changes in sleeping habits are common with children who have sustained a brain injury.

Symptoms of a TBI in children can resemble other conditions, so it is extremely important for parents to seek out medical attention if they have reason to suspect their child has a brain injury.

TBIs in infants can also cause conditions such as cerebral palsy, a permanent disability of the central nervous system. Children with cerebral palsy will have minor to major difficulty with motor skills, speech and cognitive abilities.

Can Children Hurt By Birth Injuries Receive Compensation?

Last week, we wrote about the case of a 16-year-old boy who sustained a brain injury during birth and now suffers from severe cerebral palsy. The boy, who will permanently have the intellectual functioning of a two-year-old, has had his chance for a normal life stripped away by the careless mistake of a medical professional. The boy’s case is currently in the middle of a medical malpractice trial.

The lifetime costs of care for a child with cerebral palsy can exceed $1 million. If a birth injury caused a TBI, parents should contact an attorney to review options for compensation.

To learn more about birth injuries and TBIs, we encourage parents to visit our YouTube page. For regular updates on Shapiro Law Group and our work assisting injured children, please follow us on Facebook.

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