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Experienced Representation for Hydrocephalus Birth Injuries

Infant brain injuries such as hydrocephalus are dangerous and potentially deadly. Hydrocephalus refers to a build-up of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. While hydrocephalus can occur in adults, it is most common in infants who suffered trauma during the labor and delivery process.

For over 60 years the attorneys at The Beasley Firm have helped families who have suffered birth injuries obtain compensation. We have secured over $2 billion on behalf of clients nationwide. If your child was diagnosed with hydrocephalus or another brain injury, contact our office at (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation.

What Is Hydrocephalus?

According to the Mayo Clinic, hydrocephalus occurs when there is a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the ventricles of the brain. It typically occurs when there is a blockage of the fluid causing it to flood the ventricle cavities. The cerebrospinal fluid then causes the ventricles to swell and put pressure on the brain. Untreated, the condition can cause brain damage in an infant.

While hydrocephalus can occur at any time, even into adulthood, in infants it is often caused by birth trauma. If your child is diagnosed with hydrocephalus, it is important to consult with an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your legal rights and determine whether you have a valid claim against a negligent healthcare provider.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus can present in a number of ways. Most commonly it is associated with an abnormally large or a rapid increase in the size of an infantโ€™s head.

Signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus:

  • Enlarged head
  • Bulging fontanel (soft spot)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Seizures
  • Limited muscle tone and strength
  • Difficulty feeding

It is essential to discuss any concerns about your babyโ€™s development with your pediatrician. Hydrocephalus should be treated immediately. Complications related to the condition can cause disabilities in nearly every aspect of your childโ€™s life.

What Causes Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus can be caused by several factors. In infancy, the condition can result from excessive force during labor and delivery. Assistive delivery techniques such as delivery with the use of forceps or vacuum-assisted devices can cause significant trauma and result in damage to the skull and brain.

Hydrocephalus can also be caused by a difficult, prolonged labor or other infant head trauma. In some cases, the condition is the result of something that occurred prior to the birthing process. It may be caused by an infection, bleeding in the brain, or a fetal stroke.

Contacting a Birth Injury Attorney

If your child is diagnosed with hydrocephalus or another birth injury, you might be entitled to compensation. Birth trauma can affect a childโ€™s development and lead to life-threatening complications.

Consulting with an attorney can help you understand your legal options and determine whether you should pursue a claim for compensation against a negligent healthcare provider.

Contact The Beasley Firm today at (215) 866-2424 for a free consultation. There are no fees unless we win. Call now to discuss your case directly with a member of our award-winning legal team.

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