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Fetal Sepsis

Cleveland Attorneys for Neonatal Sepsis

About Fetal Sepsis Injuries

Fetal sepsis (also called neonatal sepsis) is a preventable blood infection. It occurs when bacteria or viruses enter the baby’s bloodstream. A baby’s developing immune system is often powerless to fight the sepsis—this problem is exacerbated when the baby is premature.

Without treatment, these infections can directly penetrate the brain or it can cause major organ damage to kidneys and lungs. When untreated, the mortality rate is about 50%.

If your child was injured or killed as a result of fetal sepsis, The Becker Law Firm can help. Contact our Ohio fetal sepsis lawyers at (440) 252-4399 for a free consultation.

Risk Factors for Fetal Sepsis

  • Maternal Group B streptococcus infection
  • Infection (like chorioamnionitis)
  • Unavoidable preterm delivery
  • Rupture of membranes more than 24 hours earlier

Preventing and Treating Fetal Sepsis

Fetal sepsis can be prevented by treating a mother who has Group B Streptococcus with antibiotics. Other infections should be managed, and the baby should typically be delivered shortly after rupture of membranes.

When prevention efforts are inadequate, the baby may have symptoms including respiratory problems, temperature fluctuations, diarrhea, seizures, sucking problems, vomiting, jaundice, and bradycardia (low heart rate). Careful doctors will perform diagnostic tests, including blood tests, to verify sepsis. If the baby is quickly treated with antibiotics, he will have a better chance of avoiding serious injury. Intravenous fluids and ventilators are often helpful. With inadequate treatment, however, the baby is at risk of cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other injuries.

If your baby was injured during labor and delivery or soon after birth, contact our Ohio birth injury lawyers at (440) 252-4399. We have practiced in many states across the United States, and we can help you find answers to your questions.

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    Becker Law Firm attorneys Michael Becker and David Skall obtained a jury verdict for $13.5 million in Akron, Ohio. The case involved a now 16- year-old boy who suffered a brain injury at the time of birth (specifically a watershed injury). The doctor held liable for causing the boy’s injury is Laura Fortner, M.D., previously of Atrium OB/GYN, Inc.

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