The types of intraventricular haemorrhage (IVH)
Every type of IVH involves bleeding in to the ventricles of the brain. The type of IVH is classified by the extent of the bleed, with small bleeds that usually self-resolve without problems being Grade I, and the most severe and large bleeds being Grade IV. The higher the grade of bleed, the more likely that the sufferer will be left with a permanent brain injury.
When does IVH occur?
Usually they occur in premature or very low birth weight babies who have very fragile blood vessels in the brain that are susceptible to bleeding. The birth process itself can cause IVH, but often trauma at delivery can lead to larger bleeds with more long-lasting effects.
There is also very good research that proves antenatal steroids given to a mother at least 24-48 hours before birth of her premature baby can significantly reduce the risk of IVH.
IVH can also occur in conjunction with a hypoxic ischaemic brain injury where the brain is deprived of blood supply.
Why make a claim
A serious IVH can lead to long-term neurological disabilities such as cerebral palsy. If it was possible for the IVH to have been reduced in severity, or avoided altogether, with a better standard of medical care, then a claim for compensation can be made. Contact our specialist team of lawyers for free advice about your brain injury claim.