Another cause of cerebral palsy and other neurological conditions is fetal stroke, or neonatal intracranial hemorrhage (ICH). A fetal stroke happens between 14 weeks of the gestational period and labor when the baby does not receive enough oxygen to the brain and cells begin to die. Although many factors can be the cause of fetal stroke, some occur as a result of medical malpractice. Doctors must take preventative measures to ensure that inadequate oxygen and circulation does not happen and if signs of a fetal stroke are detected, they must act on it. Symptoms and signs of ICH may take months, or even years, to surface.
Determining a Case
Parents who discover that their child has suffered a stroke and developed a health condition as a result should look into whether the incident was a cause of a medical error. At our legal firm in Baltimore, MD, clients can seek legal advice from a birth defect attorney who will analyze their situation to determine if a case is warranted. However, because there are numerous risk factors that can cause fetal stroke, determining whether a medical mistake played a role in the condition requires the gathering of strong evidence and thorough assessment of the findings.
Evidence of Fetal Stroke
Some of the evidence that can merit a case can be found in prenatal and neonatal sonograms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), medical records, clinical course and computer tomography (CT). In the sonograms, many features can showcase fetal stroke, such as intraventricular echogenic foci or periventricular echodensities, irregular echogenic brain mass, posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus (PHH) and ventriculomegaly. Our law firm’s familiarity with the medical field allows us to recognize medical errors and strategize a case that will aim to achieve a successful outcome.
Health Conditions as a Result
Aside from the development of cerebral palsy, fetal stroke can cause paralysis, weakness, vision deficits, speech impediments, seizures, development delays and intellectual disabilities. These health conditions can be life-altering and may require that the child needs around-the-clock care throughout his or her life. Our attorneys will recommend the best course of action and provide legal guidance for gaining the compensation the family needs.
Medical Malpractice of Fetal Stroke
Some of the medical errors that can lead to fetal stroke involve the failure to recognize health issues before or during delivery, failure to act fast on any noticeable health problems, leaving a child in the birth canal for too long, improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction, failure to diagnose and treat seizures and failure to treat meningitis or jaundice. If you have a child who suffered a fetal stroke and suspect that it may have been a cause of medical malpractice, seek legal help from our law firm. Schedule a free consultation with us today.