Birth asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery, can result in serious and lasting injuries for infants. If your child suffered oxygen deprivation and developed brain damage as a result of a physician’s negligence, you may be entitled to file a civil lawsuit against your health care provider. At Spohrer Dodd Trial Attorneys, we know it can be overwhelming to navigate this process on your own.
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During pregnancy, a fetus receives oxygen-rich blood through the mother’s umbilical cord – and this oxygenated blood serves the dual purpose of keeping the fetus alive and allowing for proper brain development. Once the child is ready to be born, however, this source of oxygen may be cut off if there is trauma during the labor and delivery process. It is also possible for asphyxia to occur after the child has been born.
Birth asphyxia can happen at any point during childbirth, and while it may not always be preventable, doctors have a clear responsibility to monitor a developing child’s oxygen levels and take great care throughout the delivery process. When a doctor’s negligence leads to birth asphyxia, the child may suffer serious brain damage and even develop a motor or seizure disorder.
While the level of infant brain damage depends on multiple factors, some of the most common complications from birth asphyxia include:
Whether caused by umbilical cord blockage, the stress of a prolonged labor or improper use of delivery tools, birth asphyxia is often the result of preventable mistakes and physician negligence. Additionally, doctors who do not act quickly to correct birth asphyxia can exacerbate any existing damage, increasing the risk of a life-altering injury or disability for the child.
Some of the most common causes of birth asphyxia:
When birth asphyxia is mild or moderate, it’s possible for the baby to have a full recovery. However, the longer the baby goes without oxygen, the greater the level of cell death across the brain and other organs – which means a greater risk of life-threatening conditions. This is why it is so critical for physicians to track fetal vital signs throughout pregnancy and keep a close eye on them during labor.
Symptoms of birth asphyxia can include:
Proving a birth injury claim may be difficult, but if your physician violated the “standard of care” at any point during pregnancy or childbirth, it’s possible that their negligence could be the reason for your child’s birth asphyxia and related injuries. It’s important to discuss your concerns with a birth injury attorney who has experience in this difficult area of the law, as pursuing a medical malpractice claim takes significant time, resources and energy.
Our Jacksonville birth injury lawyers are here to expose malpractice and help you recover financial compensation for your child’s lifelong care. Because of our expertise in this field, we are often the most referred attorneys for complex obstetrical malpractice claims. We have the resources and experience to provide competent, aggressive legal representation.