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Louisiana birth injury: intracranial hemorrhage

Those individuals in Louisiana who are getting ready to welcome new babies into their homes do not like to think about everything that can go wrong during child birth. It is a natural process, but it can also be a dangerous one for some individuals. Many women turn to medical providers to get them through it with a healthy, happy baby at the end of it all. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a birth injury to happen. Depending on the injury, the child could lose his or her life or suffer consequences that last a lifetime.

Intracranial hemorrhage is an injury that can occur during the birth process and can lead to death or serious disability. An intracranial hemorrhage is bleeding in the brain, often the result of head trauma -- such as can be experienced in difficult labor or when labor-assist devices are utilized. This type of injury is an emergency and requires immediate medical attention.

There are several ways to diagnose an intracranial hemorrhage -- such as an MRI, angiography, CT scan and by looking at blood work. If a positive diagnosis is achieved, treatments vary, depending on how bad the bleed is. Some doctors may choose to wait it out if the bleeding is thought to be minor, while in more severe cases, surgery to correct the issue may be necessary.

An intracranial hemorrhage that is not treated properly, as said before, can cause ongoing neurological problems or death. A child who survives this type of birth injury may experience delays in learning, movement and speech -- among other things. This will affect the child and parent's quality of life.

Those in Louisiana who believe that their child suffered this type of birth injury during labor and deliver as a result of medical negligence may have legal recourse. Medical malpractice claims may be filed against all parties thought responsible. Such claims may be settled in or out of court.

Source: fairview.org, "When Your Child Has Intracranial Hemorrhage", Accessed on May 1, 2018

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