When a newborn develops sepsis, it is called neonatal sepsis, and it is a very critical condition where the baby develops an infection in their bloodstream. Sepsis can cause serious birth injuries, including:

  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Meningitis
  • Seizures
  • Septic shock

Group B streptococcus (GBS) and chorioamnionitis are two types of infections that the baby can develop before or during delivery, and they can cause sepsis, meningitis, cerebral palsy or seizures.   Babies can also develop sepsis if the mom’s water broke too early or if they were a preterm delivery.

How can Sepsis and Meningitis Cause Cerebral Palsy?

If a baby has sepsis and their infection has entered their central nervous system or has caused their brain to become inflamed, they may develop meningitis. Meningitis can cause a fluid build-up in the baby’s brain, a brain abscess, increased brain pressure, hydrocephalus, stroke or cerebral infarction. Any one of these conditions are extremely dangerous, so physicians should be sure to treat sepsis immediately to decrease the baby’s chance of developing meningitis.

If the baby has developed meningitis, they can suffer from brain damage and this brain damage can cause cerebral palsy, seizures, developmental delays or learning disabilities.

Free Consultation with a Chicago Birth Injury Attorney

RB Law has vast experience with handling birth injury cases for problems resulting from sepsis. If your baby has suffered a birth defect as a result of complications from sepsis, you need to contact a proficient birth injury attorney right away to help you get the compensation you deserve.

If you have questions regarding your birth injury case, contact us today for a free consultation at (312) 458-1000, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.