Oxygen is the crucial element that must be able to nourish a child’s organs and cells in order to sustain life. If a doctor or nurse makes a mistake during labor and delivery that compromises oxygen delivery to the baby, life-threatening birth injuries can result.
If you believe your child’s brain damage or other birth injuries were caused by preventable asphyxia, you should talk to an experienced birth injury lawyer.
Facts About Asphyxia
Asphyxia is a complication during labor and delivery where the baby is deprived of necessary oxygen, causing dysfunction in the major organs of the body. This oxygen deprivation may occur anywhere along the labor and delivery process, and can result from health problems in the mother or physical trauma to the child during birth. Failure to restore proper oxygen flow can have catastrophic consequences, including neurological problems.
In many asphyxia birth injury cases, medical staff members fail to recognize or respond to signs a child may be suffering from asphyxia, such as:
- Heart rate abnormalities
- Breathing irregularities
- Halted breathing
- Lack of movement
- Low blood pressure in the mother
- Umbilical cord problems
- Placenta problems
- Pale or bluish skin
Filing a Claim for Asphyxia-related Injuries
If your family is struggling because of a birth injury and you suspect it may have been preventable, you’re going to need a strong legal team.