Intra-abdominal injury is one of the most serious types of birth injury affecting newborn babies. Caused by unusual physical pressure, intra-abdominal injury is almost always designated as an emergency condition and is often fatal. If your child is suffering from severe organ damage and you feel that a medical professional may be at fault, you should consult with an experienced birth injury legal team.
About Intra-abdominal Injury
Types of intra-abdominal birth injury include hemorrhaging (bleeding) and hematoma (blood collection) of internal organs, which can cause permanent damage to the liver, spleen, pancreas, intestines, kidneys, and bowel. Intra-abdominal injury victims face increased risk for blood loss, infection, and other life-threatening events.
A child may be at an increased risk for intra-abdominal injury due to factors like prematurity, abnormal birth weight, or asphyxia (oxygen deficiency).
Symptoms of internal injury include anemia, distended abdomen, pale or bluish skin color, rib or pelvic fractures, skin lacerations or bruising, and shock.
Mistakes in the Delivery Room
For infants who experience trauma to internal organs, early diagnosis and quick treatment are key in preventing permanent damage or fatal injury. If your doctor failed to identify a child’s elevated risk for intra-abdominal injury, they may be considered medically negligent and therefore financially responsible for the injury.
If a doctor is discovered to have caused the intra-abdominal injury, or did not respond to an injury in due time, he or she may also be considered medically negligent. In many cases, lack of proper action, such as failure to administer blood transfusions, was to blame for the intra-abdominal injuries.
Consulting an Intra-abdominal Injury Attorney
If your child suffered harm due to a serious intra-abdominal injury, talking to a skilled birth injury lawyer can help you get all the facts on medical negligence and move forward with your claim. An experienced attorney will investigate your case and help you get the maximum compensation for the serious injuries that threatened your child’s life.