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Due to the negligence of a medical professional, your baby develops a condition such as encephalitis due to an untreated infection, a San Diego encephalitis attorney could help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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San Diego Encephalitis Attorney

When you think about meeting your newborn baby for the first time after giving birth, you probably imagine a very happy moment, where you bond with the infant you have been nurturing for the past nine months. The vast majority of births are, indeed, joyful occasions but, all too often, a birth injury means that neither parents nor baby have the chance to fulfil the dreams they once had for their family. Of course, a birth injury, such as encephalitis, does not mean that you love your child any less, but it can make life more challenging for your whole family. The financial impact alone can be crippling, as you suddenly face ever-mounting medical expenses you had not expected. Rather than simply accepting that this is how your life is to be – admirable as that may be – you could pursue monetary damages. An expert San Diego encephalitis attorney should be your first port of call when such an unexpected consequence affects your baby.

Encephalitis in Newborn Babies – What You Should Know

Infections such as herpes simplex virus (HSV) and Group B Strep are often passed from mother to baby in utero but, when treated correctly, they are not harmful to the infant. However, when the negligence of a medical professional means that your baby develops a condition such as encephalitis due to an untreated infection, a San Diego attorney could help you recover the compensation you deserve.

Encephalitis is a serious condition, which presents in babies who have had genital herpes passed from their mother during delivery. The risk of this occurring is higher when the mother contracts HSV during the later stages of pregnancy, but other risk factors include:

  • Delivery before 38 weeks gestation
  • Use of invasive equipment, such as forceps and vacuum extractors
  • A mother younger than 21 years of age

The symptoms of these infections will normal become evident when the baby is between four and eleven days old, with common symptoms of encephalitis listed below:

  • Rapidly developing fever
  • Headache
  • Seizures and/or tremors
  • Lethargy
  • Irritability
  • Poor feeding
  • Unstable body temperature
  • Bulging fontanelle
  • Focal neurological signs
  • Impaired consciousness
  • Stiffness
  • Inconsolable crying, which may worsen when the baby is handled

As some of these symptoms could easily be attributed to normal newborn baby behavior, it is imperative that your physician and any other medical professionals in contact with your baby are vigilant and observing your infant for signs of encephalitis, particularly when it is known that some risk factors were present.

Diagnoses of the condition in a baby can be obtained through:

  • Positive cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) viral cultures
  • Positive immunoglobulin G against herpes simplex virus from neonatal blood
  • Positive polymerase chain reactions (PCR) for herpes simplex virus from CSF

Affected by Encephalitis? Speak to an Expert San Diego Attorney Today

If your baby contracted encephalitis, which was not diagnosed or treated appropriately due to the negligence of medical professionals, you could be entitled to sue for monetary damages. As lawsuits involving medical malpractice and negligence can be incredibly complex, you should always hire a San Diego attorney with specific encephalitis experience to handle your case.

To schedule your free initial consultation with an esteemed Simpson Law Group attorney, call us today on 619-293-5035.

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