Brain Damage

Every year, millions of babies in the United States sustain a brain injury at birth. These injuries can range from minor to severe and are devastating for families.

If your baby sustained a brain injury at birth, there is help. At Alvin F. de Levie & Associates, we have been advocating for injured babies in State College and throughout Pennsylvania for over 30 years. Attorney Alvin F. de Levie is 100 percent devoted to your case and your child's future. Together, our legal team will help your family get the financial resources you need to ensure your child has all of the physical, mental and educational help he or she needs.

Common Causes Of Brain Injuries At Birth

Even with modern medical advancements, birth injuries remain all too common in the U.S. Oftentimes these injuries involve the brain. Common causes of brain injuries include:

Oxygen deprivation

  • Twisted, knotted or prolapsed umbilical cords can cut of a baby's air supply. If an umbilical cord is cut too soon, a baby may also be deprived of oxygen.
  • Babies can become trapped in the birth canal. If doctors fail to act quickly, oxygen deprivation can occur.
  • Placenta scan break down and become separated, resulting in a reduced oxygen supply to the infant.
  • Infants are often born with mucus in their airways. Doctors must swiftly clear airways to avoid oxygen loss.

    Physical trauma

    • Doctors may fail to order timely c-sections, use birthing tools incorrectly or perform births too quickly — all of which can result in brain trauma to the infant.

    Maternal infections

    • Undiagnosed or improperly treated maternal diseases can also cause brain damage to infants. Infections can range from minor, such as vaginal yeast infections, to severe such as rubella and pre-eclampsia.


    • Many babies are born with jaundice. If treated quickly, it is harmless. However, when left untreated bilirubin levels increase in the baby's brain causing injury.

    Most of these risks can be minimized and injuries prevented by a diligent and attentive health care provider. Unfortunately, every day health care providers fail in their duties and babies are left with permanent brain injuries as a result.

    Contact Our Firm

    Caring for a child with a brain injury can be highly emotional, stressful and expensive. Contact an experienced birth injury lawyer for help getting the compensation your child needs and deserves. Call us today at 844-777-2529 to schedule a free initial consultation. From our offices in Philadelphia, State College, Clearfield, Bellefonte and Lock Haven, we represent families throughout Pennsylvania.