Infections and Sepsis in Texas Birth Injuries
Babies are vulnerable to infection, because their immune system has not fully developed. An infection can be very serious and sometimes leave children with a permanent disability. Medical professionals have a responsibility to follow proper infection control procedures to protect the baby's health.
There are many different types of infections babies can be exposed to before, during or short after birth. Some of the more dangerous infections include:
- Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Parvovirus B19
- Zika virus
Doctors have a duty to follow accepted standards of care to protect newborns from infection. They may involve giving antibiotics or other medication, inducing labor or performing a caesarian section. When a doctor fails to meet this responsibility, the infection can be left to linger and cause damage.
An infection that is not treated properly can have serious health consequences for children. Depending on the extent of the infection, this can include physical disabilities, paralysis, cognitive disabilities and vision impairment. In some cases, infection can spread to the membranes surrounding the brain or spinal cord (meningitis).
Another serious concern is that a child will develop sepsis. This is an infection that has spread to the bloodstream. This can lead to a condition known as septic shock. A baby's blood pressure can drop to a level that is dangerously low. Complications can include organ failure and permanent damage.
As a result of an infection at birth, your child may need lifelong care and treatment. This may include surgery, hospitalization and medication. Your child may need physical therapy, speech and language therapy or occupational therapy. Your child may need special assistive devices for walking. In some cases, home modification may be needed.
Holding negligent medical professionals accountable
The costs of providing this care and treatment can become overwhelming very quickly. If medical negligence led to the infection that left your child with a birth injury, you should not have to pay. You deserve financial compensation for what happened, which can help pay for your child's needs.
Recovering that compensation can be complicated. Doctors don't admit doing anything wrong. Hospitals stand by them. So do insurance companies, because they know there's a lot of money at stake and they want to pay you as little as possible - preferably nothing - and they have lawyers looking out for their best interests.
You need an experienced Texas birth injury lawyer on your side. One with a thorough knowledge of the laws regarding medical malpractice who has the experience needed to get results. A lawyer who knows how to gather evidence, identify and interview witnesses and consult medical experts to prove your child was victim of medical negligence.
Many people don't know where to find such an attorney. That's why Help For Your Baby has created a free consultation service for Texas families who have been impacted by birth injuries. We can help connect you with an experienced attorney who can review the details of your case, answer your questions and go over your legal options.
If your child suffered a birth injury related to infection that was the result of negligence, take steps today to get answers. Learn more about how an experienced Texas birth injury lawyer can help. There's no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information that you need.