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Anoxic Brain Injury

Washington, D.C. Birth Injury Attorney

Finding out your baby has suffered a brain injury is one of the most devastating things a new parent can hear. All those months of planning and anticipation fall by the wayside. Suddenly, the only thing you’re worried about is whether your baby will survive and, if he or she survives, what kind of life you can expect for your child.

Brain injuries that occur during childbirth are usually the result of mismanagement of labor, a failure to perform an emergency C-section, or other doctors’ mistakes. In some cases, a brain injury is so serious, it renders a child permanently disabled. In the most tragic cases, a newborn baby lives just a few days or weeks after birth. It’s an outcome no parent should ever experience.

At LawMD, we have spent our entire careers helping grieving parents get answers. These are incredibly emotional cases that require the skill and support of a compassionate legal team. Our anoxic brain injuries lawyers are recognized by past clients, judges, and peers as a leader in birth injury litigation. If you are reeling from the shock of learning your baby has suffered an anoxic brain injury, we can help.

Contact a Washington, D.C. birth injury lawyer for a free consultation: (888) 695-2963. Our firm serves clients across the U.S.

Anoxia & Hypoxia during Childbirth

Anoxia and related conditions can happen for a variety of reasons. Generally speaking, anoxia refers to anything that causes an interruption in the flow of oxygen to the unborn baby. Because an unborn baby receives its oxygen through the umbilical cord, many anoxic injuries occur due to damage or trauma to the cord. In some cases, babies can also sustain anoxic injuries when the mother’s oxygen supply is reduced or stopped completely.

Hypoxia refers to low oxygen flow, and it can be just as damaging as anoxia. Hypoxia can also occur when a baby is born severely preterm, as the baby’s lungs are the last thing to develop before birth.

A baby can also suffer anoxia and hypoxia after delivery, especially in cases where the baby has an existing medical condition that requires constant monitoring. When doctors, nurses, and other medical staff fail to notice signs of distress or low oxygen saturation in newborns, a devastating brain injury can occur in mere minutes.

When Negligence Leads to Infant Brain Injuries

Anoxia and hypoxia are sometimes unavoidable accidents, however, they can also be caused by a doctor’s mistake. In some cases, the baby’s umbilical cord gets compressed during a breech delivery or a vaginal delivery that should have been a cesarean section. In other cases, the cord prolapses, which means it exits the birth canal before the baby, causing the flow of oxygen to be cut off.

Doctors who confront these cases must move swiftly to deliver the baby via emergency C-section. The faster they can get the baby out, the less likelihood of anoxia or hypoxia. Generally, obstetricians refer to this fast decision-making process as “decision to incision,” and they aim for a safe delivery within 30 minutes of discovering a life-threatening problem.

LawMD Can Help

Childbirth is supposed to be the start of a beautiful beginning. For families who have been devastated by a brain injury diagnosis or who have lost a child due to a doctor’s negligence during labor or delivery, no amount of money can replace what they have lost. However, financial compensation can help parents give their child the resources and support needed to help them realize their full potential.

LawMD is committed to helping families get full and fair compensation in birth injury cases. Call us today to speak to a Washington, D.C. brain injury lawyer about your case. You can also reach us through email or our online contact form.

Call (888) 695-2963 today and get a free case review.

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