Hydrocephalus is a medical condition caused by an accumulation of fluid in the ventricles of the brain. The layman’s term for the condition is water in the brain and the condition can cause serious medical symptoms, including convulsions, mental disability and death. There are several causes of hydrocephalus, including trauma to the head and meningitis.
Neonates can acquire hydrocephalus as a result of contracting meningitis (infection in the brain) while still in the womb. Misdiagnosis or negligent prenatal screening for infection is a common cause of babies born with hydrocephalus. The condition may also be caused by excessive pressure to the skull during delivery, usually as a result of obstetric measures to alleviate a difficult presentation such as shoulder dystocia or vertex presentation. Because of a neonate’s soft and flexible skull, there is little protection for the brain, as the head is forced into proper position. Medical professionals are specifically trained in the proper techniques and pressure to use to avoid injuries caused by pressure or manipulation. Hydrocephalus resulting from excessive pressure or trauma to the skull may constitute medical malpractice on the part of the attending physician.
If your baby was diagnosed with hydrocephalus as a result of a development condition in the womb, or as a result of negligent measures taken during delivery at a New Jersey hospital, talk to one of the New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP, with offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River. We have extensive experience aggressively representing families whose babies have suffered injuries and death because of negligence on the part of medical professionals. Our firm is among the most recognized, successful medical malpractice law firms in the region. Our New Jersey birth injury lawyers have helped our clients recover more than $550 million in birth injury settlements and jury verdicts. Call our office at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.