Meningitis, Group B Strep & Other Infections
Pregnant women and young children are especially vulnerable to being harmed by infections. The immature immune systems of young children make it difficult for them to adequately fight off a newborn infection. Infections in pregnancy have the potential to not only injure the mother, but also may cause serious, permanent harm to their babies as well.
For example, a Group B strep bacterial infection in a pregnant woman may cause little to no symptoms in the mother. But if left untreated, the infection could pass the infection on to her newborn baby and may manifest in the newborn as meningitis. Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that protects and covers the spinal cord and brain. Meningitis in newborns can be fatal. Other serious infections that can be devastating to a newborn baby include sepsis, pneumonia and encephalitis.
Pregnant women must be tested prenatally and treated for any possible risk of transmitting an infection to their unborn child. This may include screening, or testing, for infections in pregnant women and newborns before any noticeable symptoms arise. When infections are found, the health care team may be required to order and administer antibiotics, before and even during the labor process.
Contact A Newborn Infection Lawyer In California
If you believe that you or your loved one has been injured because a health care provider did not properly test or treat an infection in a pregnant woman or child, call and speak with one of the medical malpractice lawyers at Mulligan, Banham & Findley. Our team of California personal injury lawyers is highly experienced in advising potential clients on medical negligence and newborn infection cases. We have extensive experience in handling the legal claims of families whose loved ones have been injured as a result of the negligent care and treatment of a pregnant woman and/or newborn with an infection. There is no cost to call and have your case evaluated by our team of personal injury attorneys and medical malpractice professionals.
Please note that the information on this page is based on past cases and research in public sources performed by a law firm. It is NOT intended to be medical advice. If you have a medical issue or emergency, call your health care provider or 911 immediately.