If your child suffered a brain injury during birth, call or visit us at The Tolson Firm, LLC to discuss the possibility that the injury could have been prevented through brain cooling. You may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit against a doctor whose negligence caused your baby to undergo irreparable damage and to face a lifetime of disability. An experienced Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer from our team will represent you throughout the process, from gathering the necessary evidence to support your claim to representing you in court if a pre-trial settlement is not possible. We have more than 17 years of experience, and Ms. Tolson has been named among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Georgia for four consecutive years. Let us help your family at this difficult time.
Brain cooling has been acknowledged as an effective treatment for babies born with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which occurs when the child is asphyxiated during birth due to shoulder dystocia or other labor & delivery problems. The brain cannot survive long without an abundant supply of oxygen, and will quickly sustain damage if the condition is not immediately treated. Doctors must diagnose HIE and begin treatment within 6 hours, to prevent permanent health complications such as mental retardation or cerebral palsy.
The theory behind brain cooling is simple. By decreasing the cranial temperature, doctors hope to slow down the rate of the chemical reactions which cause brain damage. It is done through use of either a water cooled cap or an insulated blanket filled with a cooled fluid, and treatment lasts for approximately 3 days. If you believe that your doctor failed to diagnose HIE or was negligent in initiating brain cooling treatment, you may be able to recover compensation for the effects of the injury.
Contact an Atlanta birth injury attorney if you believe that this technique should have been used to protect your baby's help and want to take legal action.