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. 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
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.