Birth Injury Lawsuit
Birth injuries from medical malpractice affect patients of all ages. Lack of oxygen to the brain may lead to brain damage during childbirth. Brain injuries to a newborn could be hard to diagnose. Furthermore, the patient will rarely fully recover, no matter how much treatment they receive. Brain injuries will alter the life of the victim with life ling of medical treatments and care.
If you or your family has been affected by medical malpractice, contact an attorney right away. Time is very limited to start an investigation on the delivery process and everything that followed the labor. CALL US ANYTIME (877)776-9558 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.
Birth Injuries Facts
There are two main types of injuries during the birth/delivery process. Injuries from trauma and injuries from a lack of oxygen to the brain. Lack of oxygen to the brain is known as hypoxia or asphyxia. Depending on the area of the brain affected and the degree and duration of oxygen deprivation, these injuries can cause a life-long disability.
Several conditions can cause more significant hypoxia or asphyxia at birth. These can lead to more significant brain injuries. These include:
- Compression of the umbilical cord during labor and delivery
- Separation of the placenta before delivery of the baby
- Prolapse of the umbilical cord during delivery
- Rupture of the uterus
These conditions can present an obstetrical emergency, which can require that the baby be delivered quickly, usually by an emergency cesarean section. Most hospitals can perform a cesarean section with 30 minutes of the obstetrician’s decision for such surgery. These obstetrical emergencies often require a delivery within 15-20 minutes or less to prevent any significant brain injury in the baby.
The incidence of each of these obstetrical emergencies is considered rare at less than 5% of deliveries. Still, if such a problem does occur, the impact is profound. Furthermore, the effects on the baby and the family can be devastating for the rest of their lives.
If your baby suffers from brain injury, it could be the result of medical malpractice or negligence. Contact an attorney today to have your case evaluated. CALL US ANYTIME (877)776-9558 or fill out a consultation form here to start the process.