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Causes of Birth-Related Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injuries can range from mild to severe, and have an equally varied range of outcomes. The most serious brain injuries can lead to permanent disability or even be fatal, while some resolve on their own without medical treatment. Unfortunately, brain injuries often affect the most vulnerable among us, and newborns are no exception.  The birth process itself is hard on both a mother and her baby, and there is a normal amount of bruising and swelling expected in newborns. It is important, however, to be sure that your medical providers during childbirth use the utmost degree of care when helping your baby into the world. Any mistake that may damage a newborn’s head or skull may result in brain injury that could lead to long term medical complications. If you suspect that your newborn sustained a brain injury during childbirth or while in neonatal care, you should have your case reviewed by an experienced Newnan brain injury attorney. The Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to assisting people who have been negatively affected by brain injuries.

Common causes of birth-related brain injury

Birth can be a difficult process for both mother and baby. If you choose to deliver your child in a hospital or other medical setting, the physicians and staff owe you and your baby a duty to act with a reasonable degree of care. Unfortunately, however, this is not always the case, and errors made by the individuals charged with helping you deliver your child could have life-long consequences. Some common causes of birth-related brain injury include:

  • Lack of oxygen
  • Head trauma
  • Infection
  • Failure to administer oxygen when needed
  • Failure to diagnose medical conditions
  • Errors in use of delivery instruments
  • Failure to monitor the newborn and respond to distress

Any of these errors, and others, could lead to a child suffering from conditions such as cerebral palsy, intellectual disability, learning problems, behavioral problems, or problems with motor skills. If you believe that there may have been problems with the delivery of your child, you should contact an experienced Newnan brain injury attorney to schedule a no obligation case review.

Contact a Newnan brain injury attorney for a free consultation

Brain injuries can be very serious and can sometimes require life-long medical care or treatment. In addition to the emotional and physical toll a serious brain injury can take on a person and his or her family, they can also cause tremendous financial hardship. As a result, it is important to hold the parties who caused the injury responsible.  The best way to achieve this is to contact an experienced Coweta County brain injury attorney as soon as you recognize that there has been an injury. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Shane Smith are dedicated to representing people who have sustained brain injuries, and strive to obtain the best possible outcome in each case we take. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at (770) 487-8999.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia