1 in 1000 babies are born with Brain Damage
- Many injuries are preventable with proper care and some are unfortunate outcomes without negligence. By reviewing the records, D&M can help you find the answer to whether your child's brain injury was indeed preventable.
Items to help pinpoint the timing of injury
- Type of Injury
- Brain Damage that occurs during labor and delivery typically occurs from a lack of blood flow (ischemia) which causes a lack of oxygen (hypoxia) and brain injury (encephalopathy). Therefore, a doctor will diagnose a child whose brain is injured during birth with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy. If your doctor has used that term to describe your child, stop reading this and call us right away.
- Location of Injury
- Various types of injuries occur from different mechanisms. The extent and location of the injury can be coordinated with the medical record to see if the injury could have been prevented.
- Pattern of Swelling
- Following a brain injury, the brain follows a rather predictable pattern of swelling. Review of head films like ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs can help determine whether the injury could have been prevented
- Placental Findings
- The Fetus receives its oxygen and nutrients from the placenta. Findings in the placenta and in the baby's initial blood circulation can help determine whether the injury could have been prevented.
- Subsequent CT and/or MRI scans
- Brain Damage that occurs at birth typically peaks shortly after birth and usually does not continue to progress. Subsequent CT and MRI scans can help rule out genetic or metabolic causes and help determine whether the injury was preventable
D&M can finance and prosecute your case
- If D&M believes your case occurred because of negligence, you pay nothing to prosecute the matter unless there is a successful resolution