Cleveland, Ohio Birth Injury Attorneys Do Not Back Down from Insurance Companies
Brain bleeds must be treated immediately to reduce the risk of long-term effects or death
A brain bleed, also called a brain hemorrhage, occurs when a blood vessel (either an artery or a vein) leaks or bursts within the brain, and blood flows into the area around it. Often, this type of bleeding leads to the death of brain tissue, which is essentially the definition of stroke. In certain situations, newborns are at risk of suffering from brain bleeds. If medical professionals do not intervene quickly when a brain bleed happens, serious injury or death may occur. At The Eisen Law Firm, our attorneys carefully review medical records to determine if a medical professional diagnosed and treated your baby’s brain bleed properly.
What are some common causes of brain bleeds?
Brain bleeds may be triggered by an external force, or they may occur spontaneously within the brain due to other factors. Some common causes include:
Head trauma, such as a drop or fall
Blunt force trauma to the baby’s head (this may occur while in the womb as well)
Excessive uterine contractions (excessive in intensity, number, or duration)
Elevated maternal blood pressure resulting in elevated newborn blood pressure
Improper use of birthing tools such as delivery vacuums or forceps
Premature birth and very low birth weight.
When any of these conditions occur, the baby should be evaluated carefully for signs of a brain bleed.
The signs and symptoms associated with brain bleeds in babies
The signs and symptoms of a brain bleed vary significantly depending on the location and severity of the bleed. Symptoms may include:
Loss of consciousness
Weakness in a limb
If a patient is exhibiting these signs and symptoms, medical professionals must act quickly to alleviate the harm that may be caused by the brain bleed. Otherwise, the bleed may expand to additional areas of the brain, causing further damage.
Treating a brain hemorrhage
The treatment of a brain hemorrhage depends on the size and location of the bleed. Doctors may order imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRIs to get a handle on the location, extend, and cause of the bleed. Neurological exams may also be conducted.
In some cases, surgery is necessary to treat the bleed or to relieve the pressure caused by bleeding within the brain. In other cases, medications may be administered to control seizures or brain reduce swelling.
If left untreated for too long, serious complications may occur, or the baby may even die. If a medical professional failed to recognize or treat a brain bleed in a timely manner, it may be necessary to file a birth injury lawsuit.
What do I need to do to pursue a birth negligence claim?
If you suspect that your baby’s brain bleed was not properly diagnosed or treated by a medical professional, you should schedule an appointment with an experienced birth negligence attorney as soon as possible. Take copies of any medical records or bills you have received, so that the attorney can review them. Also bring any notes or timelines you may have created. If any doctors or nurses sent you emails or left you voicemails explaining the situation or admitting mistakes, bring those, too. With this information, your attorney can begin to determine what went wrong and whether you have a valid legal claim. If you prefer, the attorney can gather the records and bills for you.
At The Eisen Law Firm, we put our clients’ needs first
At The Eisen Law Firm, our attorneys focus on medical errors, including those that involve the birth of a child. Rather than represent as many clients as possible, we concentrate on a smaller number of claims to give them each the attention and dedication they deserve. To schedule your free consultation with our legal team, call 216-687-0900 or contact us online.