Nationwide Hydrocephalus Birth Injury Attorney

Your Trusted Advocates for Birth Injury in Maryland and Nationwide

Hydrocephalus is a serious condition that can occur when an infant's brain accumulates too much cerebrospinal fluid, leading to harmful pressure on the brain. This condition often results from negligent medical care or mishandling during childbirth.

At the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc., we provide expert legal representation for families affected by hydrocephalus birth injuries in Maryland and across the country. Our dedicated team is committed to representing families nationwide who suspect that medical malpractice may be the cause of their child's hydrocephalus. With our office located in Annapolis, Maryland, we extend our legal services across the nation, ensuring that every family has access to expert representation and the justice they deserve.

Call (410) 220-6581 or contact us online to get started. Initial consultations are always free.

Understanding Hydrocephalus Birth Injuries

Hydrocephalus is a medical condition characterized by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain, leading to increased pressure. Frequently called "water on the brain", hydrocephalus can cause significant developmental delays and physical disabilities in children if not diagnosed and treated promptly. It is crucial to understand that this condition may be the consequence of medical malpractice during delivery.

What Causes Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus can arise from various factors, including congenital conditions, infections, tumors, and traumatic brain injuries. In the case of infants, complications during childbirth, such as improper use of medical instruments or delayed cesarean sections, can contribute to the development of hydrocephalus.

Recognizing Hydrocephalus: Identifying the Symptoms

Identifying hydrocephalus early is crucial for timely intervention. Common symptoms include:

  • Unusually Large Head: This is one of the most common symptoms in infants. The baby's skull bones are not fully fused yet, which allows for the head to expand to accommodate the excess fluid.
  • Rapid Increase in Head Size: As the fluid continues to build up, it can cause the head to grow at an accelerated rate. Regular measurement of the baby's head circumference is a standard way to monitor this.
  • Vomiting: The increased pressure on the brain can lead to nausea and vomiting, which may be particularly noticeable in the morning or following meals.
  • Sleepiness: Infants with hydrocephalus may appear excessively drowsy or difficult to wake up. This is due to the pressure on certain parts of the brain that regulate consciousness.
  • Irritability: The discomfort and pain caused by the condition can make the child more irritable. They may cry persistently and inconsolably.
  • Seizures: Increased pressure on the brain can also lead to seizures, which involve involuntary muscle movements or convulsions, and sometimes loss of consciousness.
  • Eyes Fixed Downward: This symptom, also known as "sunsetting", is characterized by the white part of the eye being visible above the iris when looking straight ahead. It's caused by pressure on certain nerves.
  • Developmental Delay: Children with hydrocephalus often experience delays in reaching developmental milestones such as crawling, walking, or talking. This is due to the impact of the condition on various brain functions.
  • Poor Feeding: Difficulty feeding, lack of appetite, or trouble swallowing can be a symptom of hydrocephalus. This can lead to inadequate nutrition and poor weight gain.

However, these signs can often be subtle, making it challenging for parents to recognize them without the assistance of attentive healthcare providers.

Treatment Options for Hydrocephalus: Navigating the Road to Recovery

Effective treatment often involves surgical interventions to manage the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Ventriculoperitoneal shunts and endoscopic third ventriculostomy are common procedures aimed at alleviating the pressure on the brain. Rehabilitation and ongoing medical care are often necessary for a child's optimal development.

Medical Malpractice and Hydrocephalus: Connecting the Dots

In some unfortunate cases, hydrocephalus may be the result of medical malpractice. Errors during prenatal care, labor, or postnatal care can contribute to the development of hydrocephalus. These errors may include misdiagnoses, inadequate monitoring, or delayed interventions.

How a Birth Injury Attorney Can Help: Seeking Justice for Your Family

If you suspect that medical malpractice played a role in your child's hydrocephalus, our experienced birth injury attorneys are here to advocate for you. We understand the complexities of medical malpractice cases and are dedicated to investigating the circumstances surrounding your child's condition. Our goal is to hold negligent parties accountable and secure the compensation needed to cover medical expenses, ongoing care, and the emotional toll on your family.

Why Choose the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc.?

At the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc., we understand the emotional and financial toll these cases can take on families. We're committed to fighting for justice, providing compassionate support, and helping you secure the compensation you need for your child's future care.

Get a no-cost, no-obligation case consultation with our birth injury experts by dialing (410) 220-6581.

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