The birth of a baby is an exciting event for almost all Pennsylvanian parents. However, this joy can turn to anger when the baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery. This is called hypoxia, and while some cases are mild and resolve themselves quickly, others are more serious in nature and can lead to birth injuries and permanent disability. If this happens, you most certainly want to understand your legal rights and learn more about the types of available recourse.
Besides a lack of oxygen, hypoxia can be caused by numerous factors, including umbilical cord injuries, infection, heart disease, shoulder dystocia, and abnormalities in the placenta and blood vessels in the brain. Doctors and nurses should be monitoring the baby’s oxygen flow during labor and delivery. However, if they were negligent in their medical care, and the negligence led to your baby’s birth injuries, then you may have a possible medical malpractice case.
It is crucial that the baby be resuscitated as quickly as possible. If quick action is taken, the baby can live a perfectly normal life. However, if the brain goes too long without receiving adequate oxygen, it can lead to swelling, cerebral palsy, cognitive disorders and other forms of permanent brain injury. Because there is no cure, the focus is on lifelong treatment, which is very costly.
A medical malpractice lawyer can review your case and determine the next steps. If the injury is severe enough, a lawsuit can help parents of an injured baby seek the compensation they need to pay for medical expenses and other emotional and financial costs involved with caring for a child with a brain injury.
Source: FindLaw, “Birth Injury: Hypoxia,” accessed Feb. 21, 2015