Brain Awareness Week is March 14-20, 2016!
The human brain is a complex system. While medical research is making great strides in understanding the biochemistry and biology underlying brain function, there is still a long way to go. Because of the delicate nature of the brain and its role in cognition and human health, the birth injury attorneys at Reiter & Walsh, PC would like would like to focus their recognition of Brain Awareness Week on the specific issues surrounding fetal and neonatal brain development. Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by the DANA Foundation, seeks to make the public aware of the progress and benefits of brain research. We have a vested interest in brain research, as nearly all of the cases that our birth injury attorneys handle are rooted in fetal and neonatal brain injury in some way.
The General Importance of Scientific Brain Research
As the fetal brain develops, it is especially vulnerable to disturbances resulting from medical negligence. Insufficient monitoring, bacterial infections, maternal health issues and lack of planning on the part of healthcare providers for high-risk pregnancies can all negatively impact the health outcomes of newborns and infants. Given the delicacy of newborns and the potential risks to which a mother and child may be exposed over the course of development, it is important to have research-based guidelines in place for optimal care of these populations.
Brain Research’s Role in Treating, Preventing and Understanding Birth Injury
Understanding the mechanisms by which birth injury can impact normal brain development is a paramount step in understanding how birth injury rates can be reduced. This research provides critical information for best practice guidelines for obstetricians, gynecologists and maternal-fetal medicine practitioners. Currently, most treatments for brain injury focus on alleviating or rehabilitating patients’ side effects and residual impairments. We hope that new treatments will become available as research advances, providing the opportunity to assist those who have been impacted by birth injury in its various forms. Indeed, there is only one treatment available to date that focuses on non-palliative care. Hypothermia treatment – if administered within a short time frame after birth – can ameliorate and repair some of the brain damage that occurs with birth trauma by slowing down the body’s cellular metabolism and allowing recovery to occur over a long period of time.
Reiter & Walsh’s Role in Helping Those Affected by Birth Injury and Neonatal Brain Injury:
Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers’ award-winning attorneys hope to also assist those who have been the subjects of medical malpractice. Our firm, which focuses on birth injury, has had experience handling a wide variety of cases, including:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Maternal infections
- Neonatal birth injuries (due to such causes as jaundice and neonatal hypoglycemia)
- Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR)
- Umbilical cord issues
- Traumatic birth injuries
Our firm is singular in that it employs in-house medical staff to supply us with cutting-edge medical knowledge. Our firm keeps up to date with the latest in birth injury research, allowing us to serve the birth injury community in a unique way. If you feel that you have been the subject of birth-, pregnancy-, or delivery-related medical malpractice, please contact us for a free case evaluation.