What to Expect After Infant Brain Injury

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baby-69770_960_720The arrival of a child is an exciting time, until your child is diagnosed with a birth injury. There are a variety of injuries that can be present at birth but perhaps one of the most traumatic is one that involves the brain. While every infant is unique and no two injuries are the same, you can generally expect your child to recover in certain ways depending on the diagnosis. Here is what you need to know.

Mild Brain Damage

Most infants are able to fully recover from mild brain damage with the right treatments and therapies. It can take years to recover in some instances, and your child may seem to be recovering only to take two steps backward. That said, this is completely normal, and most children do recover.

Some infants, however, have mild brain injuries that result in permanent damage. The impairments may not be obvious right away and take years to develop. Sometimes you won’t know that your child has a disability until they enter school. Children who have mild brain injuries at birth are more likely to have learning disabilities, impaired cognitive function and behavioral problems.

Severe Brain Damage

If your infant is subjected to severe brain damage at birth and is not treated quickly, there may be additional brain damage after birth or even death. In the case of severe brain damage, your child may be treated with surgery and medication. The outcome depends on how quickly the patient was treated and how they respond to treatment given. Long-term prognosis for children with severe brain damage at birth is guarded. These children often deal with a variety of physical, psychological and cognitive disabilities.

No matter what type of brain damage your child suffered, you have a right to be worried. You also have a right to compensation if the brain injury was due to negligence on the part of a medical professional.

If you believe that your child was injured during birth due to someone’s negligence, call our office. A member of our team will provide you with a free case evaluation and advise you of your options. You are not alone. Call now.

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