Injuries that occur during the birthing process can result in the occurrence of seizures and possibly epilepsy. Seizures differ from epilepsy in that a seizure is a single occurrence whereas epilepsy is two or more unprovoked seizures. Seizures, caused by disruptions in neuron interactions within the brain, may cause muscle twitches and/or spasms, alterations in behavior, sensation, or consciousness. There are two classifications of seizures, generalized and partial.
Generalized seizures occur in all parts of the brain at the same time and are unprovoked. These seizures could be absence seizures, myoclonic seizures, clonic seizures, tonic seizures, tonic-clonic seizures, or atonic seizures. Partial seizures occur in one part of the brain and target a specific area of the body. These seizures could be simple partial seizures, complex partial seizures, or partial seizures that secondarily generalize.
Symptoms of seizures in a child might include temporary confusion, a staring spell, uncontrollable shaking or jerking movements, loss of consciousness or awareness, and/or psychic symptoms. Prenatal injuries could result in symptoms of seizures because babies are unusually sensitive during gestational development. Damage to the brain could be due to undiagnosed infection in the mother, poor nutrition, oxygen deficiencies, nerve damage, or high fevers.
According to a publication on the National Center for Biotechnology Information, neonatal seizures are those that occur during the first few days of life. Although these episodes might seem insignificant in length, they could indicate a more serious malfunction that requires emergency diagnosis. The book states that approximately 3 babies of 1,000 live births will experience neonatal seizures. The article states that diagnosing a neonatal seizure is imperative and requires urgent care and treatment of the underlying cause of the seizure.
If you feel that your child was misdiagnosed or the staff did not act quickly enough to diagnose, please seek legal counsel. Attorney Johnnie Bond is experienced in these matters and wants to assist you and your family in gaining the compensation you deserve after the heartache of a misdiagnosis or inadequate care.
Infant Seizure Attorney in Washington, DC
Johnnie Bond Law is conveniently located in Washington, DC, and assists families in the surrounding area. Johnnie Bond is an aggressive and experienced attorney that will fight for your rights. His legal team will utilize their resources and collaborate with their medical analysts to insure the best approach for your case. The use of medical analysts is important in determining the underlying cause of the seizures, the cues that the medical staff may have overlooked in diagnosing the cause, and the inadequacies of the treatment or care provided. The use of expert testimony may be a necessity in proving certain medical determinations that should have transpired but were lacking.
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