A new article published in Pediatric Neurology Briefs examines impact of seizures in infants with cerebral palsy caused by obstetrical medical malpractice. Specifically, WashU investigators studied ECG monitoring of new borns diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a global brain injury to children that occurs when their brain is deprived of oxygenated blood while in the womb. This can happen as a result of obstetrical medical malpractice—the failure to monitor the mom and child during labor and delivery for signs and symptoms of oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation can be caused by many factors during labor and delivery, including: the force and number of contractions, infections, and placental abruptions. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can manifest in the form of cerebral palsy. A child with this brain injury may also have seizures.

This article examines how ECG monitoring can detect seizures that may not be visible to the naked eye. Much seizure activity in children with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are not detectable without special monitoring. The study also discusses how children who receive a brain injury due to obstetrical medical malpractice have poor developmental outcomes. These children will often be unable to keep up developmentally in school as well. This developmental delay is often increased by seizures that the children are suffering.

Sadly, birth injuries occur every day in U.S. hospitals. There are a number of ways in which a birth injury can occur, including failure to diagnose a condition, failure to respond to an emergency situation in a timely manner or misuse of medical equipment.

Our firm has handled many cases of obstetrical malpractice. We have been able to achieve significant results in these cases. For example, we were able to achieve a $6.5 million settlement for the family of a child born with cerebral palsy. We have also tried brith injury cases to verdict. Check out our case verdicts page for more of our results.