It is possible for an infant to develop an infection during the delivery process. Chorioamnionitis (infection of the placenta) and Group B streptococcal septicemia (GBS) are two types of infections that a mother can pass along to a newborn if a prenatal diagnosis is delayed.
Early diagnosis and treatment of GBS and Chorioamnionitis can decrease a child’s risk of suffering serious birth injuries. Failure to diagnose and treat these infections could lead to permanent of physical and metal disabilities.
Close attention and antibiotics can lower a woman’s chance of passing GBS along to her infant. When a doctor fails to treat, diagnose and prevent GBS birth injuries, the baby may develop meningitis, hearing loss or developmental problems. In some cases, the effects of GBS can be fatal.
Antibiotics can also be used to treat Chorioamnionitis if the infection is diagnosed in time. A Chorioamnionitis misdiagnosis can cause learning disabilities and physical impairments such as abnormal movements and muscle tightness or weakness or a condition known as cerebral palsy.
Mothers trust in the deliveryroom staff to conduct the proper tests to ensure their child is born in the best of health. When that trust is betrayed, the negligent party should be held accountable. Parents in the region of Southeastern Pennsylvania should contact a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer to discuss eligibility to file a birth injury lawsuit.
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