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Stroke, Brain Damage and Cerebral Palsy in Newborns

Four of five newborn infants who experience  a stroke around the time of birth will develop neurologic disorders such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy or language delay, according to a new study published today in the Annals of Neurology.

Proof of when the injury to the fetus took place is always of importance to personal injury lawyers who who handle birth injury cases.  It is extremely important to obtain copies of MRI Studies taken shortly after birth so as to be able to time when the brain damage to the new born occurred.  Fetal monitoring strips must also be obtained and reviewed to determine the status of the fetus. Frequent causes of cerebral palsy, epilepsy or other brain damage to the new born is a result of obstetrical malpractice in failing to timely deliver a fetus in fetal distress.  The longer the fetus receives reduced supplies of oxygen, the more chance for brain damage.

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