Serious Birth Injuries Can Result from Fetal Oxygen Deficiency

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San Jose birth injury lawyer fetal oxygen deprivationFetal oxygen deficiency is a leading cause of birth injuries to newborns during labor and delivery. When a child does not receive an adequate air supply, the potential risks include life-long disability and death.

During the birthing process, the obstetrician, nurses, and hospital staff have the responsibility to monitor both the mother and the child for signs of distress. Any failure to accurately identify common symptoms have potentially catastrophic results for the baby and family.

Common Causes of Oxygen Deprivation

The delivery process can be arduous and stressful for babies. A healthy birth depends on a variety of factors going right at the same time. Medical advancements enable skilled professionals to mitigate many risk factors, allowing them to identify and correct any potential dangers. Leading causes staff should watch for include:

  • Dysfunctional placenta
  • Infant trauma in utero
  • Umbilical cord compression
  • Infection
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Too much medication
  • Preeclampsia or eclampsia

Negative Effects of Oxygen Deficiency

When a newborn is deprived of oxygen for any length of time, the resulting long-term effects can impact the entire family. Some of the most common complications include:

  • Developmental delays - The brain quickly panics when it does not have enough oxygen, resulting in seizures and damage to the brain cells. Potential injuries include problems with gross motor skills, social abilities, fine motor skills, language, and cognitive capabilities.
  • Cerebral palsy - Children diagnosed with CP face developmental challenges with motor skills and social abilities. These patients also frequently require a lifetime of medicine, surgeries, and therapy to help them reach their full potential.
  • Wrongful death - When a medical team neglects to act promptly to the signs, the baby’s organs may begin to fail, resulting in stillbirth or death shortly after delivery.

Contact a California Birth Injury Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered a severe injury during labor and delivery, it is vital to retain the assistance of a San Jose medical malpractice attorney immediately. Birth injury cases can become very complicated, and you will want an experienced and proven lawyer to advocate for you to receive the compensation you deserve. Hospitals and insurance companies receive specialized training in defending against medical malpractice claims. We will help you determine if there was more that your doctor could have done to prevent your losses, and we will work to hold the responsible parties accountable. Call us today at 408-289-1417 to schedule your complimentary initial consultation.


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