New Jersey Hydrocephalus Attorneys
Advocating for Victims of Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries throughout New Jersey
The brain is designed to produce and rely on cerebrospinal fluid, which acts as an essential cushion for brain structures. However, the body also requires a state of homeostasis, or relatively stable equilibrium, in order to function properly. As a result, a variation in the amount of a specific substance, such as cerebrospinal fluid, can spell catastrophic consequences for the brain itself and the interdependent bodily functions that it controls. Hydrocephalus, often referred to as “water on the brain,” is a condition characterized by the accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain. When the ventricles, which are responsible for the production of cerebrospinal fluid, become overwhelmed with excessive amounts of cerebrospinal fluid, this can result in increasing intracranial pressure and associated complications including convulsions, brain herniation, brain damage, and even death. Hydrocephalus often occurs in infants as a result of head trauma, a congenital disorder, or infection. When an infant suffers from hypdrocephalus, it is critical to diagnose and treat the condition immediately. Timely and effective treatment for hydrocephalus can mean the difference between few, if any, serious complications and severe physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities. If a physician fails to diagnose and/or treat hydrocephalus, he or she may be held liable through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
At Fronzuto Law Group, our highly experienced medical and pediatric malpractice attorneys represent children and families across the U.S. who have been harmed by the negligence of medical professionals. Our extensive knowledge and resources inform the most sophisticated strategies by which we have achieved millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients suffering from a vast array of medical conditions. For example, in a recent case, we recovered nearly $4 million on behalf of an 18-month-old child who sustained an anoxic brain injury after a physician failed to diagnose and treat newborn respiratory distress syndrome. It is our philosophy to provide the utmost support, guidance, and attention to each and every client, serving a “counselors” in every sense of the word. To discuss your available legal options with a member of our highly specialized team, contact our offices anytime at 973-435-4551, reach us toll free at 888-409-0816, or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation.
Hydrocephalus: The Basics
According to estimates from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), hydrocephalus occurs in approximately 1 to 2 of every 1,000 newborns. The condition may be congenital, caused by genetic abnormalities such as Chiari Malformations; acquired as a result of infections such as meningitis; or inflicted through some form of head trauma during child birth.
For example, delivery errors that result in excessive pressure on the head or spine, or those that result in hypoxic brain injuries (those due to lack of oxygen), may cause hydrocephalus. If hydrocephalus is not immediately identified and treated, the resulting complications can be devastating and permanent, including seizures, developmental delays, cerebral palsy, and difficulties with memory and other essential functions of the cerebral cortex.
Symptoms of Hydrocephalus
Infants typically exhibit the most alarming and obvious symptom of hydrocephalus: a rapidly expanding and abnormally large head size. However, hydrocephalus may also manifest in other symptoms such as:
- Protruding fontanel (the soft spot on the surface of the skull)
- Eyes that are fixed downward (often referred to as “sun setting”)
- Fusiness and irritability
- Difficulty eating
- Lack of strength and muscle tone
Hydrocephalus Diagnosis and Treatment
Hydrocephalus is typically diagnosed through a combination of physical exams and imaging tests. Doctors will perform physical exams to measure the size of the infant’s skull, the presence of a bulging fontanel, the appearance of the eyes, and response of reflexes. Additional imaging tests including ultrasounds, CT scans, and MRI’s may be used to confirm the diagnosis. Once your child is diagnosed with hydrocephalus, prompt treatment is essential to ensuring the best outcome.
Hydrocephalus is often treated with a surgical procedure that involves the insertion of a shunt system to drain and divert the excessive cerebrospinal fluid from the ventricles and surrounding areas. Decreasing intracranial pressure is the first and most important priority for hydrocephalus sufferers in order to prevent further, if any, brain damage. Failure to appropriately identify and treat hydrocephalus can result in severe complications and in the most tragic of cases, death.
Contact our NJ Hydrocephalus Birth Injury Lawyers for a Free Case Evaluation
If your child suffered harm as a result of medical malpractice involving hydrocephalus or another condition, contact Fronzuto Law Group to schedule a free initial consultation about your potential claim: 973-435-4551 (toll free at 888-409-0816). We review cases across the United States.
- Hydrocephalus Fact Sheet, from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
- Mayo Clinic: Hydrocephalus