Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle cases involving sepsis infections in newborns. Sepsis is a bacterial infection in the blood. It is especially dangerous and life-threatening to newborns who simply are unable to fight off this condition. It can cause speech impairments, blindness and vision impairments, and even mental retardation.
Septic shock may occur when the body is fighting a severe infection. Because newborns simply do not have strong enough immune systems to fight off many infections, harmful bacteria can continue to spread through their bodies and cause permanent and serious injuries. If the body is unable to fight off the infection, bacteria continue to spread, entering the blood and tissues.
Infants that develop a sepsis infection may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Difficulty feeding
- Change in behavior
- Unusual rash
Group B streptococcus (strep) is the most common cause of infection and meningitis among infants and can also cause pneumonia in newborns. It can be transferred to the newborn by the mother during delivery or can be the result of an environment that is not sterile, like a hospital delivery room or intensive care unit.
It is essential that hospitals and doctors take all necessary measures to prevent a child from being sickened by a group B infection. This requires them to make the hospital as sterile as possible and to prescribe antibiotics to pregnant mothers during labor to prevent the infection from being passed onto their child. Once a child is struck with a group B infection, it is essential that the hospital diagnose the condition and commence treatment immediately. The failure to do these things may give rise to a sepsis birth injury lawsuit.
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