Recent studies have shown that babies born with an infection called cytomegalovirus (CMV) have a high chance of losing their sense of hearing as they grow older. According to an article posted on Fox, a Belgian study confirms that the virus is responsible for approximately 10% to 20% of hearing loss among children.
The same article states that infants who have contracted the virus often have yellow eyes and skin that have unusually colored rashes and purple spots, low birth weight, an enlarged spleen or liver that does not function properly, and susceptibility to seizures and other illnesses due to a weak immune system. Meanwhile, Mayo Clinic also states that babies are at risk of contracting CMV in the womb during the first half of pregnancy.
Unfortunately, seeing as there is no available cure for CMV at the moment, behavioral and educational interventions as well as conducting routine checkups for those who have sustained CMV are the best ways to deal with the virus. Expecting mothers would do well to inform their attending physicians if they have contracted the virus at any stage during pregnancy. Likewise, parents in the Empire State should ensure that their children are thoroughly screened for symptoms of CMV as well as other illnesses.
In the event that attending physicians fail to carry out a proper screening or misdiagnose the symptoms of CMV, parents whose newborn children fall ill as a result can seek the legal counsel of a seasoned New York birth injury attorney—like someone from the Law Offices of Joseph Lichtenstein, for instance. Such an attorney would be well-versed in dealing with cases involving birth-related injuries. An attorney with solid background in this area can also offer sound advice regarding what legal action parents can take—such as medical malpractice claims, for instance.
An experienced birth injury attorney in New York would also advise clients to consult the appropriate medical professionals for a second opinion regarding their children’s condition. This way, a medical malpractice claim would hold substantial evidence at a court hearing.
No child deserves to suffer a lifelong condition as the result of someone else’s negligence. Parents can resort to legal action to seek just compensation for the suffering of their children.
(Source: Virus present at birth causes more than 10 percent of hearing-loss cases in kids, www.myfoxaustin.com, October 27, 2014)