Fetal Hypoxia - Perinatal Asphyxia - Oxygen Deprivation

Perinatal asphyxia is a lack of oxygen to the fetus that can cause brain injury or fetal hypoxia. Brain damage to an infant can cause serious developmental disabilities such as learning disability, speech problems, cognitive disability, motor skill problems and emotional difficulties. Children with these injuries will need a lifetime of special care.

If your child suffered an injury due to fetal hypoxia or perinatal asphyxia, you may have a medical malpractice claim. Speak with one of the birth injury lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers. We will review your case and determine whether medical negligence caused your child's injury. You can rely on our experience and compassion as we work to recover the damages you will need for specialized medical care for your child.

Failure To Detect And Address Oxygen Deprivation

Fetal hypoxia/perinatal asphyxia is the result of oxygen deprivation. Oxygen gets to the fetus through the placenta and umbilical cord. If birth trauma disrupts the flow of oxygen to the fetus, brain injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or cerebral palsy can occur.

Reasons for a lack of oxygen to the fetus include:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Umbilical cord compression or twisting
  • Placenta rupture and other VBAC injuries
  • Contractions too frequent and/or strong from overuse of Pitocin
  • High or low blood pressure of the mother
  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia

When a doctor, nurse or midwife fails to detect the possibility of oxygen deprivation to the fetus and an injury occurs, it may be considered medical malpractice. Medical professionals should use fetal monitoring during the birth. Nonreassuring fetal strips and evidence of bradycardia (decreased heart rate) can show that the fetus is not being oxygenated sufficiently. Failure to note and properly address this issue may mean the doctor, nurse or midwife is liable for your child's injuries.

In addition, medical providers may fail to resuscitate a newborn or fail to appropriately monitor a newborn with pulmonary problems.

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