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Brain damage may present legal grounds for malpractice claims

The joy that comes along with having a child often comes coupled with worry about that child's wellbeing. In many cases, children grow up happy and healthy, but in other instances, children could suffer brain damage at a young age that considerably impacts their lives. Unfortunately, medical staff could potentially be responsible for such damage in some situations.

New Jersey residents may be interested in one couple who recently filed a lawsuit for medical malpractice. Reports stated that their son was born in 2013, and after his birth, he appeared healthy. However, the child had difficulty breastfeeding and quickly began losing weight before developing other issues, such as a lowered temperature, lowered oxygen level and low blood sugar. It was also reported that the child stopped breathing at least two times.

As a result, the child was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit, but the doctor in the NICU was not properly informed of the baby's details. As a result, the proper diagnosis of malnutrition and low blood sugar was delayed. The parents of the child were not properly informed of the issues their child experienced at that time, and they did not become aware of them until recently, when they noticed that their now 4-year-old child has developmental delays caused by brain damage suffered soon after birth. Now, they are pursuing a lawsuit against the medical center for negligence.

When an otherwise healthy baby suffers brain damage due to the negligent actions of others, the parents can feel devastated. Because children with such injuries may need considerable care over the course of their lives, parents may find it useful to seek compensation from the liable parties to cover expenses. Information on medical malpractice claims may interest New Jersey parents who have faced similar circumstances.

Source: greensboro.com, "Burlington hospital sued over child's brain damage", Isaac Groves, Oct. 7, 2017

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