Miami Epilepsy Attorneys
Was Your Child Born with Epilepsy? Call Now
birth injury that injures a baby’s brain or central nervous system, like cerebral palsy (CP), could result in that child being born with epilepsy or epileptic seizures.
If the brain injury could have been prevented, and the epilepsy diagnosis
could have been avoided, then the medical team that assisted with the
baby’s birth could be held responsible through a lawsuit.
Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. proudly offers our legal
services to parents throughout Miami who have children suffering from
all types of preventable birth injuries, including epilepsy. We can help
determine how much compensation is owed to you and your child, what parties
owe that money to you, and how to file an effective claim against them.
All the while, you can focus on taking care of your child and yourself.
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What Causes Baby Epilepsy?
An epilepsy diagnosis is warranted when someone suffers two or more seizures
without an apparent explanation. The goal then is to identify what is
causing those seizures. When an infant is born with epilepsy, it can actually
be easier, in some cases, to determine the source of their epileptic seizures
because they have such a brief medical history.
A medical investigation could determine that your baby’s epilepsy
was caused by:
- Oxygen deprivation during birth
- Head injury during delivery
- Unhealthy in utero development
- Mother’s bacterial infection during pregnancy
The key to an epilepsy birth injury lawsuit is to prove that the epilepsy
and related brain damage could have been prevented with more care. For
example, did the doctor take too long to react to the umbilical cord strangling
the baby during delivery? Or did an obstetrician fail to realize that
the child was showing signs of distress well before the date of the child’s
birth? Either problem could constitute
medical malpractice that justifies an injury claim or lawsuit.
Long-Term Effects of Baby Epileptic Seizures
A baby epileptic seizure – also called a neonatal seizure –
might have no lasting consequences on your child’s health. The underlying
condition causing epilepsy is usually what causes the long-term effects.
However, this is not always the case. Neonatal seizures always have the
potential of causing severe and lasting consequences, so they should always
be taken seriously.
Intense epileptic seizures suffered by a child could cause the following problems:
- Learning disabilities
- Developmental delays
- Speech impediments
- Weakened musculoskeletal control
What are Signs of Epilepsy in Babies?
Neonatal seizures are often short and subtle at first. It is deceptively
simple for a parent to not notice that a seizure has happened because
infants tend to move in unpredictable ways even when completely healthy.
Knowing the telltale signs of an infant seizure is important.
Your baby might be having a seizure if you notice:
- Sudden, sporadic eye movements
- Frantic tongue chewing
- Thrashing or kicking as if pedaling
- Gasping for air between delayed breaths
- Rhythmic yet spastic face or limb movements
- Turning to one side with apparent bodily stiffness
If your baby has a seizure, you should gently place them on the ground
and away from any objects that could hurt them while thrashing. Try to
position your child on their side in case they vomit and be ready to clear
their mouth if they do. Do not put anything in your child’s mouth,
do not try to stop their thrashing, and do not let them eat or drink anything
until they are completely alert.
CALL 911 IF YOUR CHILD IS:
- Having multiple seizures
- Having a prolonged seizure
- Having trouble breathing
- Turning blue or gray
- Unconscious for a prolonged time after a seizure ends
Do Baby Seizures Go Away?
Neonatal seizures not caused by a permanent brain injury usually dissipate
as the child ages. It is unusual for frequent seizures to still occur
after the child turns about 16 to 18 months. You should consult with a
pediatrician to get a better understanding of your child’s condition
and symptoms. Be sure to save any notes they produce for our birth injury
attorneys to use in your claim later.
Compassionate Legal Assistance for You & Your Child
The damages associated with neonatal epilepsy can be extensive if it is
expected that your child will be permanently impacted by the condition
and its side effects. They might be unable to care for themselves as they
get older, requiring day-to-day care and financial support. If the injury
could have been prevented, then the party that caused it should be the
one that helps pay for everything you and your child need in life.
(305) 900-5493 and speak with our Miami child epilepsy lawsuit attorneys from Rossman,
Baumberger, Reboso & Spier, P.A. We can help form your case and bring
it against the liable parties while you focus on taking care of your child.
We’re here to support you, no matter what.
Contact our firm now.