Whether or not the obstetrician is responsible depends on the circumstances of the stroke. In some cases, the obstetrician could not have done anything more to help your child. However, in some cases the stroke could have been anticipated or prevented. You should speak with an experienced medical malpractice attorney who can help advise you.
Fetal strokes occur when blood flow to an unborn child’s brain is restricted or blocked. Permanent brain damage can result. There are a number of factors that can cause a fetal stroke. The obstetrician may have negligently used instruments during delivery that resulted in trauma to the child’s head. Preeclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure, or gestational diabetes could result in a stroke. A blood vessel may become blocked or the umbilical cord may wrap around the baby’s neck, which can cause asphyxia which can result in a stoke. Blood clots or hemorrhaging can cause a stroke. Many fetal strokes occur well before delivery and could be discovered quickly. Others may not be discovered until after the child is born.
Strokes can cause injuries that can permanently impact the quality of a child’s life. Strokes can also result in a lifetime of medical care being required to treat the medical conditions caused by the stroke. Paying for the medical care of a child who has suffered a stroke can be extremely costly and can harm the finances of the whole family.
Fortunately, help may be available. You may be able to hold your medical team responsible for your child’s injuries. If your child was injured during pregnancy or birth and you believe that the doctors did not act correctly in preventing or treating your child’s injuries, you should speak with an attorney. Call our experienced team here at Kennedy Law Firm to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.