Infant cerebral ischemia, or brain ischemia, is a condition in which there
is not enough blood flow to a baby’s brain. Because blood carries
oxygen and nutrients, a brain deprived of blood is also deprived of oxygen.
When this occurs during labor or delivery, reduced blood and oxygen flow
can cause cells in the brain to die, which can result is serious and permanent
brain damage – even in a matter of minutes.
Ischemic birth injuries are closely related to hypoxic and anoxic injuries,
which refers to reduced oxygen or the complete lack of oxygen. They may
result from a number of causes and factors, including:
- Maternal infection, gestational diabetes, or low blood pressure
- Placental abruption
- Difficult delivery and trauma
- Umbilical cord problems
Cerebral ischemia has an overwhelming potential to cause devastating long-term
health consequences, and in the most serious cases, can be fatal. When
it comes to conditions and birth injuries, ischemic brain damage can cause:
- Cerebral palsy
- Seizures and epilepsy
- Cognitive impairment or mental retardation
- Hearing or vision problems
- Developmental delays
Was My Child’s Brain Ischemia Preventable?
Ischemic birth injuries are typically caused by complications during birth
– which medical professionals must appropriately monitor and respond
to in order to prevent serious damage – as well as exposure to trauma
which may be caused by negligent medical professionals. In the context
of birth injury lawsuits, families who believe
medical malpractice may have played a role in causing their child’s ischemia and resulting
injuries or impairments will need to prove that nurses, medical professionals,
or other attending health care providers more likely than not failed to
provide an acceptable standard of care.
Proving negligence and substandard care in
birth injury cases is always an endeavor unique to the particular facts and circumstances
at hand. When investigating these cases, our legal team at Beam &
Raymond pays close attention to a number of factors, including:
- Did attending medical professionals appropriately monitor mother and child
during pregnancy and delivery?
- Were any signs of distress or complications not identified by treating
physicians or nurses when they should have been?
- Did nurses or doctors fail to respond appropriately to signs of distress?
Were there any unreasonable delays in treatment, such as an emergency
- Did medical professionals fail to uphold accepted medical standards when
treating mother or baby?
These questions are essential to securing the facts about whether a birth
injury was preventable, and to helping victims during their lawsuits and
pursuit of a financial recovery of their damages, which can cover not
only past medical expenses, but also future medical and financial needs
associated with their child’s condition, emotional injuries, and
more. Finding the answers to these questions, as well as the evidence
and testimony that can support them, demands the attention of proven lawyers.
Our birth injury lawyers at Beam & Raymond represent birth injury victims
and families throughout Chicago and the United States. If you have questions
about infant cerebral ischemia, brain damage, and birth injuries resulting
from negligence, we encourage you to
contact us for a free consultation.