A fetal stroke occurs whenever blood flow to an unborn child’s brain is restricted or blocked and the resulting trauma can cause permanent brain damage. There are many possible factors that can be attributed to fetal stroke including the negligent use of delivery instruments, resulting in trauma to the child’s head. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is a personal injury law firm committed to holding hospitals and their staffs accountable for birth injuries caused due to medical malpractice and representing the interests of injured children as well as the families who must care for them.
Causes of Fetal Stroke
Regardless of whether the cause of a fetal stroke is natural or due to actions performed by a physician, the response time upon discovery of a stroke can be a major factor in the severity of injuries sustained. Common causes of perinatal stroke include the following.
- Preeclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure during pregnancy.
- Gestational diabetes.
- Asphyxia, the deprivation of oxygen to the child’s brain, which can be caused by numerous factors such as a blockage in a major blood vessel or the wrapping of the umbilical cord around the child’s neck.
- Inflammation of membranes resulting from the presence of a bacterial infection.
- Blood clots.
- Premature detachment of the placenta.
- Trauma to the head during delivery.
Many fetal strokes occur long before delivery and some are not discovered until after the child is born and suffers from impairment when needing to use damaged parts of the brain.
Injuries Caused by Fetal Stroke
Due to the nature of strokes, injuries sustained by them can permanently impact the quality of the child’s life and it may require a lifetime of care to treat the resulting conditions. The cost of caring for a child with developmental or neurological problems often places extreme pressure on the family’s finances, which is why it is important to weigh your legal options and speak with a birth injury lawyer if your child has suffered from a fetal stroke. Common injuries and conditions that result from fetal stroke include the following.
- Cerebral palsy
- Mental retardation
- Impaired motor function on one side of the body
- Developmental problems
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers’ birth injury attorneys understand the emotional and financial toll that raising a child with brain damage takes on the child’s family. It is our commitment to ease this burden by seeking fair compensation for injuries caused by medical error and negligence so that families of children who suffer from these conditions can have the peace of mind of knowing that the cost of their child’s care is covered. If your child was injured during pregnancy or birth and you feel that the doctor or hospital delivery staff did not take proper measures to prevent or treat your child’s injuries, contact us today to arrange a free consultation with a lawyer. Our attorneys are located throughout the greater Chicago area and serve all of Illinois.
Our consultations are free and so are our services if we are unable to collect compensation on your behalf.