Intracranial hemorrhages, or brain bleeds, as they are commonly known, can result in fatalities or permanent injuries. Brain bleeds refer to any condition where bleeding occurs in the brain or the skull. This situation can be caused by a number of complications during the birth process. Each year, families are devastated by a diagnosis of intracranial hemorrhage in Miami and area hospitals.
In many cases, intracranial hemorrhages are preventable and are caused by mismanagement of the delivery process. If your child has been diagnosed with an intracranial hemorrhage, you may be eligible for compensation if the injury was caused by medical negligence in Miami or anywhere in South Florida. You can always contact the Flaxman Law Group to get more details about your legal rights. Your initial consultation is free and comes with no obligation.How do Intracranial Hemorrhages Happen in Miami and Other Florida Area Hospitals?
There are several types of brain bleeds:
- Subarachnoid hemorrhage. In this type of brain bleed, the bleeding occurs in the space between the inner two membranes that cover the brain. This type of intracranial hemorrhage can lead to apnea, seizures, lethargy, and other complications.
- Cerebral hemorrhage. In this type of brain bleed, the intracranial hemorrhage occurs within the brain. It is actually a type of stroke.
- Intraventricular hemorrhage. In this type of bleeding, blood seeps into the area where spinal fluid is produced. Most often seen in premature infants, this type of intracranial hemorrhage is one of the most serious kinds of brain bleeds.
- Cephalohematoma. This type of brain bleed occurs between the skull covering and the skull. It can last up to a few months and can produce a bump on the infant’s head.
- Subdural hemorrhage. Also known as a subdural hematoma, this type of brain bleed occurs when blood vessels located between brain and the tissue separating the skull from the brain rupture. These types of intracranial hemorrhages can cause eye problems, jaundice, seizures, an enlarged head, and other serious complications.
Several factors can lead to intracranial hemorrhages in Miami and area births:
- Abnormal presentation (face presentation or breech presentation)
- Prolonged labor, leading to fetal distress
- Baby is too large for the mother’s birth canal
- Blood pressure problems
- Blood disorders
- Lack of oxygen to the child’s brain during labor and delivery
When infants suffer intracranial hemorrhage, they may be subject to seizures or may experience brain injuries or apnea. Some infants who have intracranial hemorrhage may show no interest in feeding. To help prevent intracranial hemorrhages, it is important that medical staff carefully monitor both the baby and the mother during the pregnancy and the birth. If intracranial hemorrhage risks are present, it is important that doctors run the appropriate tests and take the right steps to reduce the risk of injury to the baby.
If your child has suffered an intracranial hemorrhage and resulting injuries or permanent injury, you will want to speak with a personal injury attorney in Miami or your community. You may have a medical malpractice case in Miami or your community if the intracranial hemorrhage was caused by medical malpractice or negligence. Pursuing a legal claim can help you recover compensation that can help pay for long-term care for your child.
Contact the Flaxman Law Group today for a free consultation. There is no cost and no obligation to you. The Flaxman Law Group is a full-service law firm with extensive experience in birth injury and personal injury cases across South Florida.