Microcephaly occurs for a variety of reasons, and is often considered to be the result of congenital birth defects. While genetic anomalies may account for a large percentage of cases, others may be accurately ascribed to medical malpractice. If you believe that this is true of your child's microcephaly, you can contact The Tolson Firm, LLC for a consultation with an Atlanta medical malpractice lawyer who may be able to help you take legal action to recover a settlement. The costs of living with this condition, both financially and emotionally, can take a considerable toll on your family, but we will fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve.
Alcohol consumption during pregnancy is a commonly cited cause of microcephaly, as well as diabetes, rubella and chickenpox. Another factor which is recognized for producing this condition is radiation, such as if you were given X-rays during your pregnancy. It may additionally be a chemical birth defect resulting from toxic exposure during gestation. Perhaps the most important question to answer when determining if medical negligence is the cause of microcephaly is whether your child suffered any type of brain injury.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which occurs when the baby is deprived of the necessary oxygen supply, can cause permanent and irreversible brain damage. Elevated levels of bilirubin which are left untreated can result in kernicterus, which is also capable of damaging brain cells. If your child received any type of birth injury affecting the brain, it may be possible to demonstrate a causal link between the injury and the present condition. With over 30 years of combined legal experience and a track record including dozens of multi-million dollar settlements, we know how to effectively prepare a case for our clients. Your child's microcephaly may cause mental retardation, motor function difficulties and reduced life expectancy, and there is at this time no cure. We will work tirelessly to recover the compensation which will enable you to afford the necessary treatments to make life as comfortable and fulfilling for your child as possible.
Contact an Atlanta birth injury attorney today to receive an initial consultation and to discuss your legal options.