Chicago Intracranial Hemorrhages Attorney
Anyone in Chicago who recently gave birth and learned that their newborn has suffered a brain bleed should seek advice from an experienced Chicago intracranial hemorrhages attorney as soon as possible. Intracranial hemorrhages can vary greatly in terms of severity, and it will depend where the brain bleed occurs and how long the baby experiences bleeding without treatment. When an intracranial hemorrhage occurs during childbirth, the injury may have resulted from your doctor’s negligence. In such situations, it may be possible to file a birth injury lawsuit to hold the doctor accountable and to obtain necessary compensation to cover your newborn’s medical expenses.
Understanding Chicago Intracranial Hemorrhages
The term intracranial hemorrhage described a brain bleed, according to the Cleveland Clinic. When a newborn suffers a brain bleed, or an intracranial hemorrhage, the injury can involve “bleeding between the brain tissue and skull or within the brain tissue itself.” In some cases, bleeding in or around the brain can resolve on its own and cause no life-long problems for the baby, but in other situations, as the Cleveland Clinic emphasizes, a brain bleed “can cause brain damage and be life-threatening.”
If your newborn has any signs of a brain bleed, it is critical to seek medical attention and to follow-up with an experienced Chicago birth injury lawyer who can discuss medical negligence and the causes of intracranial hemorrhages during and after childbirth.
Common Types of Intracranial Hemorrhage Birth Injuries in Chicago, Illinois
The Cleveland Clinic explains that there are multiple types of brain bleeds or intracranial hemorrhages, and it is important to understand the distinctions among them. The following are the most commonly diagnosed types of brain bleeds or intracranial hemorrhages:
- Epidural bleed, which is a type of intracranial hemorrhage that “happens between the skull bone and the outermost membrane layer, the dura mater”;
- Subdural bleed, a kind of intracranial hemorrhage that “happens between the dura mater and the arachnoid membrane”;
- Subarachnoid bleed, or a type of intracranial hemorrhage in which a “bleed happens between the arachnoid membrane and the pia mater”;
- Intracerebral hemorrhage, which happens when there is brain bleeding “in the lobes, pons, and cerebellum of the brain”; and
- Intraventricular hemorrhage, which is a kind of brain bleed where there is bleeding in the ventricles of the brain.
Brain Bleeds and Intraventricular Hemorrhages in Chicago
According to MedlinePlus, intraventricular hemorrhages (also known briefly as IVH) are among the most common types of intracranial hemorrhages that occur during childbirth. These types of brain bleeds are particularly common among premature babies, and they frequently occur in conjunction with other medical issues like unstable blood pressure or respiratory distress syndrome. Intraventricular hemorrhages are placed into categories called grades, which are designed to indicate the severity of the bleeding:
- Grade 1 or Grade 2 intraventricular hemorrhages have less bleeding, and most babies recover without long-term disabilities; and
- Grade 3 or Grade 4 intraventricular hemorrhages have more bleeding, with Grade 3 IVHs involving bleeding that presses on the baby’s brain tissue and Grade 4 IVHs where the bleeding involves the baby’s brain tissue (and are the most serious).
Contact Our Chicago Intracranial Hemorrhages Attorneys
If your baby suffered a brain bleed, our Chicago intracranial hemorrhage lawyers can help. Contact Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman, LLC today.