Kansas City Failure to Diagnose Hydrocephalus Lawyer
Hydrocephalus is a condition where an infant has too much cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in his or her head. As a result, the child can develop serious complications, such as seizures, brain damage, cerebral palsy, and developmental disabilities. Prompt treatment of this condition is vital to prevent permanent damage — but some doctors fail to diagnose hydrocephalus, even though it is a common birth complication.
If your child suffered complications from hydrocephalus and you believe that your doctor failed to diagnose him or her, Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet can help. Your child’s case may qualify for a medical malpractice lawsuit, and we can help you secure the compensation your family needs to support his or her condition.
Why Choose Us
- We understand how complex birth injuries can be. That’s why we partner with medical experts who can verify your child’s injuries and provide insight into the behavior of other healthcare workers.
- Our attorneys have significant trial and negotiation experience, ensuring we have the skills and knowledge to advocate for your best interests during each stage of the lawsuit.
- Our contingency fee system provides maximum affordability. You do not have to pay legal fees unless we win your case.
What Causes Hydrocephalus?
CSF plays a number of important roles within our brains, including cushioning, waste removal, and pressure maintenance. This fluid flows through the brain and spinal cord, with deoxygenated blood eventually absorbing it. Hydrocephalus occurs when something obstructs the flow of CSF, which can cause the fluid to build up within the skull. Without prompt drainage, the pressure can result in long-lasting damage.
Anyone can develop hydrocephalus, including children, adults, and infants. However, newborns are often susceptible to this condition due to the prevalence of birth injuries and developmental complications.
Common factors that may contribute to newborn hydrocephalus include the following.
- Abnormal development of the central nervous system
- Injury due to labor-inducing drugs such as Pitocin
- Bleeding within the brain’s ventricles
- The use of dangerous birthing tools, such as forceps or vacuums
- Infection in the uterus prior to delivery
- Oxygen deprivation
A Doctor’s Role in Diagnosing Hydrocephalus
Childbirth carries a number of risks, and it is the responsibility of the medical team assisting your labor and delivery to detect and treat these complications quickly. Hydrocephalus is one common condition healthcare workers must be aware of, and its symptoms are often obvious: a bulging skull, seizures, an abnormally large head, bulging eyes, developmental delays, and so on.
It is the responsibility of a competent doctor to examine your infant for any complications, including hydrocephalus. Failure to diagnose these symptoms can result in further brain damage, permanent complications, and death. If your doctor did not diagnose your child’s hydrocephalus in a prompt manner, your child may be eligible for compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
Your lawsuit will allow you to collect the compensation your child needs to live a healthy life. You can secure funds for past and future medical expenses, necessary disability accommodations to your home and vehicle, transportation for medical appointments, live-in caregivers, therapies, and more. The attorneys at Fowler Pickert Eisenmenger Norfleet will work with you to determine your child’s needs, and will advocate for his or her recovery during each stage of your claim.
Speak with a Kansas City Birth Injury Attorney
If a negligent medical professional failed to diagnose your child’s hydrocephalus, you may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. The attorneys at Fowler Picker Eisenmenger Norfleet understand how difficult it is to experience a birth injury, which is why we will fight for your child’s right to justice from consultation to settlement.
We offer free consultations with our Kansas City birth injury attorneys. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and learn more about your legal options.