Has your child suffered a hypoxia-related birth injury such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy? Call Rasansky Law Firm today at 1-877-405-4313 for a free consultation.
Hypoxia (oxygen deprivation) is a serious complication of childbirth which often causes lifelong injury to the child. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a condition which causes the newborn baby’s brain cells to die due to lack of oxygen supply, causing permanent brain damage. Hypoxic birth injuries (such as HIE or white matter injury) may also lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
Hypoxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy often occurs during childbirth due to various reasons, but the underlying cause is often the direct result of medical malpractice or negligence by the obstetrician (OB/GYN), nurse, midwife, doctor, or other medical professional. If your child has suffered brain damage as a result of a doctor’s negligence, why should your family suffer the financial burden?
Did your child suffer ischemic encephalopathy due to a doctor’s negligence? Please contact our experienced Dallas, Texas birth injury lawyers today by calling 1-877-405-4313 for your free, no-commitment consultation into birth injury cases.
Hypoxic birth injuries occurs during the delivery phase in several ways:
- The baby might be left in the birth canal for too long, cutting off his/her oxygen supply and breathing.
- Doctors and other medical professionals may fail to monitor the child’s vital signs, such as heartbeat and pulse, effectively missing an opportunity to rectify any emergency in a timely manner.
- The baby’s umbilical cord may be prolapsed or wrapped around his/her throat, cutting off the oxygen supply.
- The baby may be born via the breech method, which may lengthen its transit time through the birth canal.
- Compression or any kind of trauma to the baby’s trachea, cutting off breathing.
- Low blood pressure, which may interfere with oxygen flow from the baby’s heart to the brain.
Symptoms associated with hypoxia may not be apparent until a few months into the baby’s life, but they generally include:
- Poor coordination
- Developmental delay
- Poor judgment
- Hearing and vision problems
- Learning disabilities
- Poor reflexes and an inability to control various muscles
Is medical malpractice to blame?
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a medical professional to provide an individual with treatment that follows the accepted standards of practice, resulting in harm to the patient.
Medical malpractice plays a large role when it comes to neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Doctors are required to monitor both the baby’s, and mother’s vital signals at all times in order to mitigate any emergencies. For example, delaying a C-section when it was obvious it was going to be a challenging birth from the get-go may constitute malpractice. Misinterpreting or failing to monitor fetal distress signals such as the baby’s heart rate can also be grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. Failing to carry out extensive tests before the birth may also be considered malpractice, as doing so may have eliminated preventable complications.
Paying for medical treatment, therapy, and related expenses.
Raising a child with a hypoxia-related birth injury (such as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) can cost a small fortune. Your child may need multiple surgeries, occupational as well as physical therapy, continuing medication, psychosocial assistance, special equipment and so much more. All this costs money, and most families are not prepared for the financial burden of taking care of a child born with this kind of condition.
By contacting an experienced hypoxia birth injury lawyer in Dallas, you’ll give yourself the best chance at recovering money damages from those responsible for causing the injury. We will go over the hospital records with our experienced team of lawyers and medical advisers in order to determine if negligence indeed occurred, after which we will prepare a solid case and advocate on the behalf of you and your child. Your child deserves the best care, and our goal is to help your family fight for what is right, just and fair.
Speak With Our Dallas Birth Injury Lawyers For Free
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.