Perinatal asphyxia, also known as birth asphyxia, is a condition that is caused by deprivation of oxygen to an infant during birth. The oxygen deprivation can cause permanent brain damage as well as other physical problems which can have lifelong consequences for the child. Perinatal asphyxia is often caused by medical malpractice, and at the San Jose law firm of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, L.L.P., we are experienced in handling birth injury lawsuits. Our attorneys understand how serious birth injuries can be and the substantial financial burden long-term medical care can become. We fight to protect the legal rights of infants harmed by medical negligence.Perinatal Asphyxia Birth Injuries
There are many complications that can happen during the birth process. Medical professionals are extensively trained to detect these complications and intervene to prevent permanent injury and fatalities. When a sign of trouble is overlooked or proper protocols are not followed, the results can be disastrous. Perinatal asphyxia is one of the most serious consequences of medical negligence during birth. Some causes of perinatal asphyxia include:
- Prolonged and difficult labor;
- Problems with the umbilical cord such as twisting or compression;
- Oxygen deprivation in the mother;
- High or low blood pressure in the mother;
- Problems with the placenta such as placental rupture; and
- Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia.
Mothers are monitored closely for fetal distress during labor so that the doctor, midwife, or nurse can properly address any issues that may arise. If distress is undetected and treated, it may be a case of medical malpractice. Our attorneys are experienced in dealing with cases involving perinatal asphyxia. In consultation with experienced medical experts, we closely examine the circumstances of a birth injury to determine if medical negligence was present and how to best pursue maximum compensation. We are dedicated to helping our clients obtain the resources necessary to provide high-quality medical care for their injured children.
If your child suffers from perinatal asphyxia that you believe was caused by a medical mistake, contact us at (408) 289-1417 to schedule a free consultation. We will meet with you, answer your questions and discuss your legal options. Our firm is located in San Jose, California, and we work with clients throughout Santa Clara County, Monterey County, and the surrounding areas.