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Oxygen Deprivation

 

The period before, during and just after birth (known as the perinatal period) requires diligent medical care to protect the brain health of infants. 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 problems. 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 observe 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. 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 after oxygen deprivation. But, failure to diagnose and properly treat may be medical malpractice.

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 outcomes depending on the extent of damage, including:

  • Cognitive and behavioral impairment
  • Motor retardation
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  • Quadriplegia or hemiplegia
  • Hearing or vision impairment
  • Quadriplegia or hemiplegia

 

If your child has been impacted by oxygen deprivation, call Clay now! Our medical malpractice attorneys can provide an initial consultation FREE of charge, regardless of whether you retain our services.

DON'T DELAY! YOU MAY HAVE A VALID CLAIM AND BE ENTITLED TO COMPENSATION FOR YOUR INJURIES, BUT A LAWSUIT MUST BE FILED BEFORE THE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS EXPIRES.