You May Be Entitled to Compensation for Birth Injuries
Oxygen deprivation during pregnancy or the birthing process can put infants
at risk of serious injury if not addressed immediately. A lack of oxygen
can cause the infant to suffer a number of ailments after birth, including
Cerebral Palsy, and
brain damage. In some cases, a lack of oxygen can cause the infant to be stillborn.
Despite these devastating effects, they can be avoided if the issue causing
the oxygen deficiency is spotted early enough by the doctor and delivery
team. Doctors and their delivery team may be able to detect the lack of
oxygen before delivery by using a birth monitor. After detection, the
delivering doctor may be able to prevent any adverse effects to the infant
by performing a Caesarian Section delivery.
Causes of Oxygen Deficiency
While uncommon, an infant suffering from a lack of oxygen in the womb can
be caused by a number of factors. The following are the most common causes
of oxygen deficiency:
- Too much time in the birth canal
- Umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck
- Compressed umbilical cord
- Twisted umbilical cord
- Meconium aspiration
What Are Your Options if Your Infant Has Suffered An Injury Due to Oxygen
While a birth injury caused by a lack of oxygen can have serious long-term
physical effects on the infant, it can also cause their parents considerable
financial strain. A birth injury, such as Cerebral Palsy, can cause parents
to face costly medical bills throughout their child's life. Furthermore,
a birth injury can seriously alter the infant's long-term earning
potential. As a result, parents of infants who have suffered a serious
injury due to lack of oxygen may be able to receive compensation for any
damages incurred through a medical malpractice lawsuit. In order to have
a valid medical malpractice lawsuit, the parents must be able to prove
that the delivering doctor and medical team acted negligently.
Doctors are required to take the same steps when treating a patient as
another competent doctor in the same field would. When a doctor fails
to adhere to the accepted standard of care of their field, they may have
acted negligently. For instance, when an infant becomes stuck in the birth
canal, the doctor must act quickly and order a C-Section. When the doctor
fails to identify that the child is stuck, and they suffer a debilitating
birth injury, the doctor may be liable for any resulting damages.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool, our medical malpractice lawyers
have been representing the parents of injured infants for over 50 years.
We understand the financial and emotional pain that is inflicted on parents
when their infant suffers a birth injury. As a result, we are committed
to helping ease the financial burden placed on families whose infant has
suffered an injury related to oxygen deficiency. Parents of injured victims
can rest easy knowing that our firm has a history of favorable verdicts
and settlements; many of which exceeding $1 million.
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to oxygen deficiency, you
may have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit. To see if you have
grounds for a lawsuit, call
212-406-1700 or contact us
online. All consultations are free of charge.