Hypoglycemia and Newborn Medical Malpractice in Ohio
If complications from hypoglycemia in a newborn arise as a result of medical negligence, parents may be able to file a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.
Can Medical Malpractice Cause Newborn Hypoglycemia?
Hypoglycemia itself usually cannot be prevented, but it is critical that it be diagnosed and addressed in a timely manner. A doctor may be held liable for negligence if he or she fails to diagnose or recognize obvious symptoms.
A doctor can also be held accountable if the condition wasn’t treated properly. Since the brain depends on blood sugar (glucose), levels need to be increased until they return to normal. This can be done via extra feedings or a sugar solution administered through an IV. If conventional treatments don’t work, medication may be given. In severe cases, part of the pancreas may be removed in order to reduce insulin production.
Treatment could continue for hours, days, or longer. Ceasing treatment too soon could cause the levels to drop again, which may constitute medical malpractice if the newborn suffers brain injury or other serious complications.
Are There Hypoglycemia Attorneys in Cleveland?
If you suspect that a doctor’s negligence led your baby to suffer complications of hypoglycemia, birth injury lawyer Chris Mellino welcomes you to contact our Cleveland office for a free consultation. You can also download or request Chris’ free guide to filing a medical malpractice claim in Ohio.