Medical Malpractice Causes Infants to Suffer Injuries in NICU

Medical Malpractice Causes Infants to Suffer Injuries in NICU

When a child is born with a serious health condition or birth injury, like cerebral palsy or brachial plexus, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is necessary to provide medical treatments. In the NICU, a specialized team of doctors and nurses monitor the health of infants and take appropriate action as needed. For as much help as a NICU can provide, though, it can also be the source of more serious injury and health complications suffered by the child. Medical negligence of any sort in a NICU has a high chance of causing further or worsened birth injuries.

A child in NICU may suffer the following injuries and more if medical providers act negligently:

  • Respiratory injury and harm: Premature birth increases the chances of a child being born with a respiratory complication. A breathing machine is often the first medical instrument used to help the child breathe. Failing to use a respiratory machine, or utilizing other respiratory rehabilitative methods, can cause the newborn to suffer a permanent brain injury.
  • Breathing machine errors: Placing a child into a breathing machine is only the beginning of treatment, though. Medical providers have to pay close attention to breathing apparatuses at all times. Machine defects or natural changes in the newborn’s health can lead to the machine providing too much or too little oxygen.
  • Intracranial bleeding: When a hemorrhage occurs within or around the brain of a newborn, it can trigger a permanent brain damage in a brief period of time. Intracranial bleeding can occur due to a medical provider using too much force upon the child in delivery.
  • Untreated infection: The smallest of infections in a newborn, whether contracted shortly after birth or in utero, can be extremely dangerous. When an infection is not diagnosed in NICU, it can cause inflammation that ultimately makes the child develop a brain injury.
  • Misdiagnosis of HIE: Newborns who do not receive enough oxygen before, during, or shortly after birth can suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a dangerous birth injury that can quickly lead to lifelong developmental issues or premature death. Doctors need to recognize the signs of HIE within six hours or less to prevent the most dangerous of health consequences.
  • Neonatal hypoglycemia and seizures: An infant with low blood sugar levels can cause neonatal hypoglycemia. Seizures are early warning signs of this dangerous health conditions. NICU doctors and nurses must closely monitor all newborns in their ward to watch for seizures and involuntary motions.
  • Severe jaundice: A breakdown of an infant’s blood cells releases bilirubin into the bloodstream, causing a condition known as jaundice. In many situations, jaundice is not hazardous as long as it is diagnosed readily and treatments are soon administered. However, NICU medical professionals may fail to diagnose and treat jaundice, leading to permanent brain injury.

If your child suffers a serious birth injury while in NICU, contact Janet, Janet & Suggs, LLC to talk to a caring and experienced team of Minnesota birth injury attorneys. Through our efforts, we have proudly secured billions in recoveries for our birth injury and medical malpractice clients around the state and country. We would like to deliver the same caliber of service to you as well. Call (651) 243-2972 to learn more about our services and your options.

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