The birth of your baby should have been a joyous occasion. If you experienced a difficult labor or delivery, however, you’re likely dealing with a growing number of concerns and fears. If you’ve learned that your baby suffered from hypoxia, or oxygen deprivation, you’re probably wondering what this means for your baby. It’s important that your family has an advocate who understands the laws related to medical errors.
Don’t wait to contact a Washington, D.C. hypoxia attorney. At LawMD, many of our attorneys are also licensed medical professionals. We have decades of legal and medical insights that we are ready to utilize in pursuing the justice and fair compensation you and your child deserve.
Contact us online via our request form or call our office at (888) 695-2963 today. We offer free initial consultations and serve clients throughout the United States.
What Is Hypoxia?
Simply put, hypoxia is a medical term for oxygen deprivation. Hypoxia occurs when your baby’s oxygen supply is limited or cut off altogether, and it can affect your baby’s brain or organs.
When babies are in the womb, they receive oxygen through the blood, which is transferred through the umbilical cord. One of the common ways in which hypoxia occurs involves the crushing of the umbilical cord. Another common cause of hypoxia is when the mother’s blood pressure unexpectedly drops.
How Can Hypoxia Be Prevented?
Unfortunately, hypoxia can happen at any point during gestation. Blood pressure in the mother can rise and fall at any point. However, during labor and delivery, there are certain standards used to monitor the baby’s well-being, such as fetal heart rate monitoring. These new standards can alert medical professionals to hypoxia. When the monitoring doctor/nurse notices signs of fetal distress, action can be taken to help prevent permanent damage.
If your baby suffered permanent injuries from hypoxia, contact a Washington, D.C. birth injury lawyer who can help you determine if medical malpractice played a role in your child’s injuries.
Serious Problems Caused By Hypoxia
Hypoxia can cause severe, lifelong, and sometimes fatal problems for babies. Certain causes of hypoxia, such as placental abruption, endanger both the mother and the child.
Additionally, hypoxia can cause:
- Cerebral palsy
- Permanent brain damage
- Developmental delays
- Organ damage
Getting Legal Help
Significant injuries caused by hypoxia can cause your child to need a lifetime of therapy, medical care, prescription medications, and treatment. It’s a hard road to travel. Fortunately, you don’t have to do it alone. Although hypoxia can occur at any point of gestation, it often happens during labor and delivery as a result of medical negligence. When this is the case, parents have the right to take legal action against the negligent party/parties.
LawMD stands ready to advocate for your family. Many of our birth injury attorneys are also medical doctors, providing them with a rich understanding of both the legal and medical aspects of your situation. We use our extensive medical malpractice experience to help those in need.
LawMD doesn’t charge any up-front costs or fees for families living with the aftermath of hypoxia. You do not have to face this new set of challenges alone; you can get the advocacy and compensation that your family needs to meet the future needs of your baby.
If you have questions about your specific situation, call us at (888) 695-2963. We can help you get answers.