Pittsburgh residents who are expecting a baby are very excited for the upcoming birth and new addition to their family. Most births go as expected, with the newborn joining their family at home in a few days. But occasionally a birth injury occurs that can cause an unexpected serious injury.
Neonatal hypoglycemia is a condition that affects newborns. These newborn babies have low blood sugar which usually shows up within a few hours of birth. Babies have an increased risk of hypoglycemia if they are fed more than six hours after birth, if they are born premature, if they are born too small or too large, or if their mother has type 1, type 2 or gestational diabetes. A simple blood test can check for hypoglycemia. If the doctor fails to screen for hypoglycemia and the baby’s blood sugar stays low for a period of time their brain can be affected. The long-term effects can include learning and vision problems, delayed motor skills and delayed speech.
Families who have been affected by a birth injury can feel angry and have many questions about what happened to cause the injury. A legal professional skilled in medical malpractice can help a family answer these questions and hold the medical professionals accountable. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, long-term care expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.
Families affected by a preventable birth injury such as hypoglycemia have legal rights to hold medical professionals accountable for their failure to monitor their newborn. An attorney can help these families recover compensation so that they are able to move on with their new life.
Source: pediatrix.com, “Babies born with low blood sugar,” accessed on June 23, 2015