Seizures, Epilepsy and Texas Birth Injuries
Seizures and epilepsy are common birth injuries that impact many children in Texas. Abnormal activity in the brain can cause these children to experience many different symptoms. Seizures can be frightening and trying to control them can be frustrating. Many times, they were caused because of medical negligence.
There are many different types of seizures, often categorized as:
- Generalized - These types of seizures impact both sides of the brain. They can result in involuntary movement, loss of consciousness loss of control over bodily functions. Different types of seizures within this category include absence seizures (petit mal), atonic seizures, clonic seizures, myoclonic seizures, tonic seizures and tonic-clonic seizures.
- Focal - These types of seizures impact one side of the brain. They can result in loss of consciousness, vision problems and involuntary movement in certain areas of the body. Different types within this category include simple and complex.
Seizures are caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Some children develop epilepsy - a chronic disorder in which they suffer many unprovoked seizures. There is no cure for epilepsy, and children may experience seizures throughout their lives. Treatment can help them manage the disorder.
Babies may develop seizures or epilepsy as a result of oxygen deprivation, hemorrhaging (bleeding), infections, prolonged labor or trauma (for example, from the use of forceps or vacuum extractors). Medical negligence by doctors during pregnancy, labor or delivery can result in birth injury.
Medical professionals in Texas and throughout the United States always have a responsibility to follow the accepted standard of care. This includes being aware of the risks babies face. It includes monitoring the baby's health so they can be alerted to signs of a problem, and it also includes taking quick action to try to reduce or at least prevent permanent damage.
When doctors don't follow the accepted standard of care, it can result in children suffering seizures or epilepsy. The experience of a seizure is frightening for children and can result in further injury. They may need to take anti-seizure medications and other drugs for the rest of their lives. Other treatment may be needed as well to help keep seizures under control.
Focusing on your child's future
If your child has epilepsy or regularly experiences seizures, your family is impacted as well. It is very difficult to watch your child having a seizure. The cost of treatment can have a significant impact on your family's financial situation. Medical expenses can become overwhelming very quickly.
If the negligence of a medical professional or hospital in Texas caused a birth injury that led to your child's seizures or epilepsy, we suggest consulting a Texas birth injury attorney as soon as possible. You may be able to hold them accountable and recover financial compensation that can help pay for your child's treatment.
Doctors and hospitals typically deny doing anything wrong. Insurance companies back them up, because they want to pay you as little as possible. They all have high-powered attorneys who will fight you every step of the way.
That's why you need an experienced Texas attorney who knows how to handle birth injury cases. One who can review the details of your case and explain your options. One who will listen to you and answer all your questions.
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