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Hydrocephalus

Water on the Brain

Houston Hydrocephalus Lawyers

What Is Hydrocephalus?

Hydrocephalus is a type of birth injury, usually diagnosed immediately, that affects physical and cognitive development. The condition is caused by an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, putting harmful pressure on brain tissue. If that fluid build-up is the result of brain trauma, bleeding, or infection, it may be that medical malpractice played a part in your infant’s injuries.

Since our founding, we have dedicated our practice to the representation of those injured due to another’s negligence. Our care, dedication, and experience have enabled us to obtain billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements. If your child is suffering from hydrocephalus and you believe medical malpractice may be involved, our experienced Houston birth injury attorneys can help you understand your legal options.

Contact us today for trusted legal guidance in your birth injury case.

Signs & Symptoms of Hydrocephalus

Symptoms of hydrocephalus can range from mild to severe. In some cases, babies with hydrocephalus don’t experience many negative effects because the elasticity of their skull enables the skull to expand and the cerebrospinal fluid to flow normally. Other babies are not so fortunate.

Symptoms include the following:

  • Larger than normal head
  • Vomiting
  • Rapid increase in head growth
  • Bulging soft spot
  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Eyes that tend to flex downward
  • Seizures
  • High pitched cry

Hydrocephalus must be diagnosed by either an ultrasound, CT scan, MRI scan, or another neurological exam.

Treatment for Hydrocephalus

Hydrocephalus is generally treated with the surgical insertion of a shunt, catheter, or valve to redirect the extra fluid from the brain to other parts of the body. Shunts work well, but can also lead to infections, obstructions, mechanical failure, and the need for further surgeries. Additionally, if the shunt drains too much fluid, blood vessels may tear, while an under-draining shunt can cause a re-emergence of hydrocephalus symptoms.

In addition to surgical treatments, many babies with hydrocephalus work with occupational therapists, pediatric psychologists, and educational experts to help progress through daily life. With timely, appropriate treatment, your baby can have a positive outcome. Without proper or timely care, your baby could suffer paralysis or even death.

Billions of Dollars Recovered on Behalf of Our Clients

If you think your baby's hydrocephalus diagnosis was the result of your doctor's failure to treat an infection or mishandling of birthing complications, our team at Arnold & Itkin can discuss your case in a confidential consultation today. Our Houston hydrocephalus attorneys understand the difficulties you face and will work tirelessly on your child's behalf to secure they are cared for now and in the future.

Our firm is here to help. Let our Houston hydrocephalus lawyers review your claim in a free case evaluation.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $171 Million One of the Largest Confidential Settlements in History Arnold & Itkin worked over the course of several years to represent clients in a case that many other law firms turned down. In the end, we were able to obtain a record-setting confidential settlement of $171 million.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
  • $92.7 Million Record Settlement for Burn Injury Victim Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a substantial settlement for a man who suffered severe burns in an accident at his job. The settlement set a new record statewide for workers with similar injuries.
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