The New York birth injury attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP represent the families of infants injured due to oxygen deficiency. 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 hypoxic-anoxic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy and brain damage. In some cases, a lack of oxygen can cause the infant to be stillborn.
However, these devastating effects can be avoided if the issue causing the oxygen deficiency is spotted early enough. 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. However, if a doctor’s negligence leads to a failure to properly detect oxygen deficiency and the infant suffers harm as a result, then this may be grounds for a birth injury lawsuit. Our birth injury attorneys have decades of experience litigating birth negligence claims. Our firm can help build a winning case and recover compensation.
What Are The 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 Deficiency?
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 by filing a birth injury lawsuit. In order to have a valid claim, 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. If the doctor fails to identify that the child is stuck, and the child suffers a debilitating birth injury as a result, then the doctor may be liable for any resulting damages.
At Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP, our New York birth injury attorneys have been representing the parents of injured infants for over 60 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 exceed $1 million.*
How Do I Schedule A Consultation With Your New York Birth Injury Attorneys?
If your child has suffered a birth injury due to oxygen deficiency, you may be entitled to compensation. For a free consultation with our New York birth injury attorneys, call our Manhattan office at 212.406.1700, our Bronx office at 718.892.0400 or contact us online. We will review your case and discuss your legal options with you. The attorneys at Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool And The Law Office Of William A. Gallina, LLP take all cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning our services are free of charge unless there is a monetary recovery. Our law firm is proud to serve the New York City area, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island, as well as the surrounding counties and New Jersey. We offer legal services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Chinese.