Posted on December 21, 2012 in Personal Injury
A recent study published in the on-line version of the journal Pediatrics concluded that in utero oxygen deprivation may be associated with the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in life. Further, the study also found a link between those children exposed to preeclampsia had a 34% greater risk of developing ADHD. Children who suffered birth asphyxia (where a fetus is deprived of sufficient oxygen) were 26% more likely to develop ADHD than those who suffered no birth trauma.
"Any finding that deals with brain development is very important," said the lead author of the study, noting that the results could help clinicians to better identify at-risk newborns who could benefit from surveillance and early diagnosis "when treatment is more effective." He further noted "Our findings showed that certain acute as well as chronic conditions are associated with this increased risk of ADHD later in life."
If you believe your child suffered a birth trauma it is important to seek the guidance of a skilledCalifornia birth injury lawyer right away. Although most obstetricians, pediatricians, doctors, nurses and other hospital staff perform admirably, in some instances a health care professional may be negligent in the care they provide. When inadequate, careless or reckless actions of a health care worker leads to a birth injury or trauma, it may be possible to file a medical malpractice action.
In certain situations, it may be possible to obtain compensation to help relieve the financial strain and the costs of treatment, and to ensure that your newborn child receives the best quality care and attention. A trusted California birth injury lawyer can work with you to fully answer your questions and discuss how to seek compensation through civil court for the short and long-term repercussions of the birth injury.
Here, in addition to the findings linking asphyxia and ADHD, the study found associations with ADHD development for preterm birth, breech or transverse deliveries, deliveries that had cord complications, and placenta abruption before 34 weeks.
Although previous studies have found that hypoxic injury during fetal development leads to significant structural and functional brain injuries, this study suggests that other adverse effects such as ADHD may result from of hypoxia and ischemia on prenatal brain development.
For more information about this study, or if you believe your newborn suffered a birth injury as the result of medical malpractice, contact the experienced San Francisco birth injury lawyers at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP for an immediate consultation.