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Group B Strep and Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries

Strep, Prenatal Infection & Medical Negligence

Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a common cause of infection in newborns. According to statistics, roughly 10,000 infants in the U.S. are born with GBS. For many of these newborns, Group B Strep can cause permanent injuries and disabilities in children, including permanent brain damage and subsequent loss of hearing or vision, learning disabilities, and cerebral palsy. In some cases, the infection is fatal.

If your child has suffered injuries as a result of Group B Strep that you believe could have been prevented by a medical professional, a Washington DC birth injury lawyer from the Law Offices of Dr. Michael M. Wilson, M.D., J.D. & Associates is prepared to review your case and inform you of your rights.

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GBS may occur in newborns as a result of mothers who carry GBS and transfer the bacteria during delivery. Roughly 30% of women in the U.S. are carriers of GBS. In most cases, GBS will manifest in newborns during the first week of life, and often within hours after birth. GBS may also develop weeks of month after birth.

Medical experts and researchers have estimated that up to 80% of cases of GBS in newborns can be prevented through the use of antibiotics given to the mother at the onset of labor. Medical professionals should administer antibiotics if certain risk factors are detected, including the detection of GBS in the mother, a previous child with GBS, fever during labor, and other signs.

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Health care providers are required to uphold an acceptable standard of care when treating pregnant women during delivery. Failing to identity risks associated with GBS and properly administer antibiotics can result in preventable injuries that can affect newborns and families for years to come.

If you would like more information about GBS, your rights, and how our firm can be of assistance, request a FREE initial consultation.

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