Fetal Stroke Attorneys in Baltimore and Washington DC
A fetal stroke is a stroke that occurs while a baby is in utero. Fetal strokes, also known as perinatal strokes, are shockingly common among newborns in the United States. Recent studies show that fetal strokes occur once out of every 2,800 live births in the U.S.
If your child has suffered from a fetal stroke, you deserve all the help you can get. The Baltimore birth injury law firm of Schochor, Federico, and Staton has helped countless clients recover multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts for birth injury victims, including fetal stroke victims. Because fetal strokes can lead to cerebral palsy, epileptic seizures, speech disabilities, and numerous other types of disabilities, if your child is the victim of one, you need all the assistance that you can get.
About Fetal Strokes
Fetal strokes typically result from an event that deprives a baby’s brain of oxygen, usually a blood clot (an ischemic stroke) or a hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke). Another notable cause of fetal strokes is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a condition in which babies are unable to receive enough oxygen to their brains. It is extremely common for babies diagnosed with HIE to also suffer from fetal strokes.
Depending on the severity of the stroke and a baby’s overall health, the symptoms of a fetal stroke can be evident immediately or may not manifest until later in infancy. Studies show that 78 percent of fetal strokes result in either death or severe damage to brain development within three months to six years of the baby’s life.