Seattle Oxygen Deprivation Birth Injury Attorneys
Infant Brain Damage Due to Oxygen Deprivation
Oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, can seriously injure a child during the labor and delivery process. Lack of oxygen during childbirth can have long term effects for an infant and their extended family. There are two main types of oxygen deprivation birth injuries:
- Hypoxia, which is reduced oxygen to the brain and can result in lifelong disabilities and developmental delays, and
- Anoxia, which is severe oxygen deprivation (no oxygen, at all, reaching the brain) which can cause lifelong disabilities and even be fatal.
Doctors, midwives, and other medical staff are trained to spot fetal distress and other birthing problems and take appropriate actions on behalf of the infant and the mother, such as ordering an emergency cesarean section. Failure to take the appropriate actions is considered medical malpractice. If your child has suffered an oxygen deprivation birth injury due to medical malpractice, you owe it to your family to seek compensation from the liable party or parties.
But medical malpractice claims can be complicated because you'll be dealing with medical malpractice attorneys attempting to diminish their client's liability. For this reason, it is vital to have the guidance of an experienced obstetrical malpractice attorney in Seattle. The law firm of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has been successfully representing Washington area families for 40 years and will put their experience to work on your case. Call our offices today, at (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation.
Common Causes of Oxygen Deprivation at Birth
Oxygen deprivation during birth can be caused by a number of conditions, all of which a competent medical team should recognize and be able to remedy. These conditions include the following:
- Umbilical cord problems: such as a prolapsed umbilical cord that cuts off oxygen flow to the fetus or chokes the fetus during delivery
- Excessive hemorrhaging (bleeding) while pregnant or during delivery
- Abnormal presentation: when the fetus does not enter the birth canal head first during labor
- Prolonged or distressed delivery when the baby is too large to fit through the birth canal
- Delivery involving shoulder dystocia: where one or both shoulders impede delivery
- Maternal shock, a complication of heavy bleeding and fetal distress leading to placenta abruption (when the placenta tears away from inner wall of the uterus before delivery)
- Failure to advise the family about a c-section, for a prompt and safe delivery
- Cord blood gas analysis can show neonatal brain damage
- An emergency neonatal resuscitation is necessary in some cases
- Neonatal resuscitation guidelines (NRP Guidelines) require specific procedures to stop the oxygen deprivation after delivery, and subsequent brain damage can occur if not followed
What Kind of Compensation Can Be Expected for My Child's Oxygen Deprivation Birth Injury?
If your child has suffered oxygen deprivation at birth, they may end up suffering a number of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, brain damage, and other maladies that will affect your family's future. In such a case, you'll want compensation for your immediate expenses and future expenses as well. This should include the following:
- Current medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Costs of physical therapy
- Costs of household and vehicle modifications to accommodate your child's handicap
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of special schooling if needed
- Costs of in home care
- Costs of institutionalization
- Lost wages of family members that have to quit work or work less to provide care for the child
While we truly hope you never need our services, rest assured that we will be there for you and your family if needed. Just call (888) 228-3860 for a free consultation with the Seattle birth injury lawyers at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.
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