Oxygen Deprivation Lawyer

Oxygen Deprivation

Oxygen deprivation, also known as asphyxia, is a significant risk for babies. The periods before, during, and after delivery, known as the perinatal period, require diligent medical care to protect the brain health of infants and prevent oxygen deprivation.

With proper testing, doctors can often detect and treat a decrease in oxygen intake that would otherwise leave infants with perinatal asphyxia, which can result in a lifetime of neurological, behavioral, and other serious conditions. When infants suffer injury because of negligent care, our mission is to help families obtain the financial compensation they need to provide the best care for their children.

The indicators of oxygen deprivation can appear at any point during the perinatal period, so doctors have to remain vigilant for early symptoms such as abnormal fetal heart rate. During delivery, doctors must monitor umbilical cord position. Immediately after delivery, doctors and other caregivers must monitor skin color, muscle tone, and breathing. At the first sign of distress, a doctor must take immediate action.

Oxygen Deprivation Causes

In some cases, an early delivery or caesarean section may prevent a lifetime of medical issues. After delivery, the use of breathing equipment or medication can provide positive results for infants who have suffered oxygen deprivation. Failure through negligence to properly diagnose and treat oxygen deprivation can be medical malpractice.

Events that lead to birth asphyxia can include:

  • Umbilical cord problems, like a prolapsed cord which can choke the child during delivery.
  • Excessive hemorrhaging, or bleeding, during pregnancy or delivery.
  • Abnormal presentation during labor when the baby does not enter the birth canal head first.
  • Prolonged or traumatic delivery known as cephalopelvic disproportion where the baby’s head is too big to fit through the birth canal.
  • Shoulder dystocia during delivery.
  • Maternal shock where complications of heavy bleeding and fetal distress lead to placenta abruption.
  • Excessive medication of the mother.
  • Trauma to the baby in utero.
  • Preeclampsia and eclampsia.
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Oxygen Deprivation May Be Medical Malpractice.

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The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen, so even relatively short-term oxygen deprivation can cause serious injuries. The National Institutes of Health cites a number of potentially severe conditions depending on the extent of damage, including:

  • Cognitive and behavioral impairment
  • Motor retardation
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  • Quadriplegia or hemiplegia
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Autism
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Seizures

According to the Centers for Disease Control, financially, the lifetime costs are estimated to be close to $1 million for individuals with cerebral palsy or other intellectual disabilities. Other conditions like epilepsy and autism also may require significant financial resources to maintain a functioning quality of life. If your child suffered injuries due to oxygen deprivation from negligent medical care you need an attorney.

Call our office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.

Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim! Let us help you get your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!