Medical Mistakes After Birth: How Missed Procedures Cause Brain Damage

Birth mistakes cause brain damage. Learn how.

Imagine the overwhelming joy of welcoming a newborn into the world. But what if that joy is overshadowed by the realization that your child isn’t developing typically? Missed procedures after birth can, in some cases, lead to lifelong brain damage. Here at National Claims, we understand the immense challenges this presents, and we’re here to help you navigate the legal landscape.

Understanding Brain Development in Newborns

A newborn’s brain is a marvel of rapid development. In the first few years of life, the brain forms trillions of connections, shaping everything from motor skills to cognition. During this crucial period, certain medical procedures might be necessary to identify or address potential issues.

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Missed Procedures and Potential Consequences

Several procedures are crucial for newborn health. Here’s a closer look at some missed procedures and their potential consequences on a developing brain:

Failure to diagnose and treat infections:

Untreated infections like meningitis can cause inflammation in the brain, leading to brain damage and developmental delays.

Missed hypoxia (oxygen deprivation):

The brain is highly sensitive to oxygen deprivation. If hypoxia during birth goes unnoticed, it can lead to cell death and long-term cognitive impairments.

Untreated jaundice:

Severe jaundice, if left untreated, can cause bilirubin, a waste product, to build up in the brain, leading to permanent neurological damage.

These are just a few examples, and the specific effects of missed procedures can vary depending on the severity and the timeliness of intervention.

Recognizing the Signs of Brain Damage in Children

Early detection is key in managing brain damage. Here are some signs to watch for in your child:

  • Developmental delays in reaching milestones like rolling over, sitting, or speaking
  • Seizures or abnormal muscle tone
  • Vision or hearing problems
  • Learning difficulties or behavioral issues

If you have any concerns about your child’s development, don’t hesitate to speak to your pediatrician. Early diagnosis and intervention can significantly improve your child’s quality of life.

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The Legal Implications of Missed Procedures

If you believe your child’s brain damage resulted from missed medical procedures during or shortly after birth, you may have grounds for a medical negligence claim. This means you could seek compensation for the additional costs associated with caring for your child, such as therapy, specialized equipment, and lost income due to caregiving responsibilities.

Making a Medical Negligence Claim with National Claims

If you suspect missed procedures after your child’s birth led to lifelong brain damage, National Claims can help you navigate the complexities of a medical negligence claim. We specialize in cases where medical errors or omissions have caused lasting injury and understand the challenges families face when caring for a child with complex needs.

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We start with a free consultation to discuss the specifics of your case. Our compassionate team will listen to your story, carefully assess the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth, and offer initial advice on the potential viability of your claim.

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At National Claims, financial barriers shouldn’t prevent you from fighting for justice. We operate on a “No Win, No Fee” basis, meaning you won’t pay any upfront legal fees. If your claim is successful, our fees are deducted from the compensation you receive. This allows you to pursue your case without additional financial strain.

*Customers pay up to 25% (incl. VAT) of the amount recovered towards solicitor costs and if you cancel outside your cooling off period, you may be charged a fee.


Discovering that your child has sustained brain damage due to missed procedures after birth is undoubtedly a heartbreaking and overwhelming experience. Remember, you are not alone. Early intervention and ongoing support can make a significant difference in your child’s development and quality of life.

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