Infections and Sepsis in Alabama Birth Injuries
Babies don't have fully developed immune systems. This makes them vulnerable to all kinds of different infections. Some types of infection can result in health complications and permanent disability. That's why infection control during prenatal care, labor and delivery is so important. Negligence by a medical professional in this area can have very serious consequences.
Some serious infections in newborns can be transmitted from mother to baby prior to birth. These infections can include toxoplasmosis, E. coli, group B strep (GBS), certain sexually transmitted infections and bacterial vaginosis.
Most infections in newborns are treatable. Even if an infection is not treatable, medical intervention can reduce the risk of transmission to the baby. An important part of prenatal care is testing for infections and taking immediate action to protect the health of both baby and mother.
Because babies can't fight infections on their own, doctors have a responsibility to protect them. The actions doctors can take include administering medication, inducing labor or ordering a c-section. If a baby is born with an infection, a doctor can begin a course of antibiotics for the baby while awaiting test results that will confirm infection.
If an infection is not treated properly, there can be some serious potential complications. These include:
- Sepsis: This is an infection that has spread to the bloodstream. Left untreated, the result can be septic shock, a complication in which a baby's blood pressure drops to a dangerously low level. This can lead to organ failure and permanent damage.
- Meningitis: This is an infection that has spread to the membranes that surround the brain or spinal cord. This can cause swelling and cause damage that leads to cerebral palsy, epilepsy or paralysis.
Holding negligent parties accountable
During pregnancy, labor and delivery, doctors have a responsibility to follow standards of care for preventing and treating infection. This may include ordering tests or taking certain action when there is a risk of transmitting infection. It is negligence when doctors don't follow this standard of care and your child develops an infection as a result.
An infection that could have prevented or treated sooner can leave your child with lasting health consequences. Your child may need continuing medical care and the costs can become overwhelming. But if negligence led to your child's birth injury, you should not have to pay.
The problem is that doctors and hospitals don't admit to doing anything wrong. Insurance companies stand by them because there is a lot of money at stake and they don't want to pay it. That's why they have high-powered lawyers who will try to prevent you from collecting any financial compensation.
You need an experienced Alabama birth injury attorney to fight for the rights of your child. An attorney can investigate to gather the evidence that proves medical negligence caused the infection that led to your child's birth injury. And an attorney can fight to help you recover the financial compensation you need and deserve for your child's treatment and care.
We suggest talking to a birth injury attorney in Alabama as soon as possible to learn more about your legal rights. An attorney in the Help For Your Baby network can review the details of your case, explain your options and answers your questions. Schedule a free consultation with an Alabama birth injury lawyer today.