Rockville Maryland Child Brain Injury Attorneys
A voice for injured infants
While a brain injury is never a minor medical condition, regardless of age, the reverberations of an infant brain injury can impact the lives of children and parents to an extent few of us can fathom. At an age in which children are unable to protect themselves, parents are easily overwhelmed by the fear their child’s life has possibly been forever altered as the result of an accident, medical malpractice, or even, physical abuse.
At Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A., our experienced Maryland infant brain injury attorneys are sensitive to the heartache and suffering caused by preventable infant brain injuries. As part of our commitment to changing lives, it is our goal to speak up for infants and families seeking to restore their lives in the wake of a devastating injury. Through compassionate representation and aggressive pursuit of much-needed compensation, our attorneys are dedicated to finding solutions that last a lifetime.
What can cause an infant brain injury?
Infants are susceptible to many of the same factors that cause brain injuries in adults, such as auto accidents or being struck with an object. But infants are particularly vulnerable to brain injuries resulting from:
- Falls — Falls account for over half of all brain injuries to children under the age of 14. An infant still learning to stand and walk is especially likely to slip in a bathtub, tumble down stairs, or fall off of a bed or changing table.
- Assault and abuse—Unfortunately, most fatal brain injuries to children below the age of 4 are intentionally inflicted by an adult. Infants also suffer profound brain injury as the result of shaken baby syndrome.
- Oxygen deprivation during childbirth—This occurs when the umbilical cord is twisted or crimped, when the baby is in an unusual position at the time of delivery, or even as the result of medical malpractice, such as negligent use of forceps or vacuum extraction.
Because some brain functions do not begin to develop until a child reaches a certain age, symptoms caused by an injury to that undeveloped part of the brain may take years to manifest. In addition, it is much more difficult for a child’s brain to recover from an injury than an adult suffering comparable trauma.
What effects can a brain injury have on an infant?
Problems specifically resulting from medical errors during childbirth can include developmental disabilities such as:
- Cerebral palsy
- Erb’s palsy Autism
- Intellectual disability
Parents should also be aware of the various symptoms of a brain injury, particularly when a child is too young to understand or communicate. These symptoms include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Persistent crying
- Difficulty walking, speaking, or breathing
- Drowsiness or loss of consciousness
Sometimes the effects of an early brain injury may not become apparent until the child’s education reaches a level at which the injured area of the brain is first tasked to perform more complicated types of reasoning and problem solving.
Respected Maryland infant brain injury attorneys ready to help you today
To find out more about your rights as parents, and about the rights of an injured infant in Maryland, Northern Virginia or the metropolitan Washington D.C. area, we urge you to contact an experienced infant brain injury attorney at the law firm of Karp, Wigodsky, Norwind, Kudel & Gold, P.A. Contact us today at (800) 229-7026 or online set up a free initial consultation.