Nuchal Cord

A nuchal cord injury may occur when the umbilical cord wraps around the fetus's neck, which can reduce oxygen delivery and blood flow through the cord. While this does not always result in an injury to the fetus, severe cases can cause brain damage due to oxygen deprivation.

If a doctor or midwife mismanaged the birth of your child, you may be entitled to damages for resulting losses. The birth injury lawyers at DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Personal Injury Lawyers have helped hundreds of families in the Syracuse area recover compensation for birth injuries and wrongful death. We have the experience and resources to hold negligent medical providers liable for medical bills, special services, pain and suffering, and lost income.

Pressure on the Cord May Cause Oxygen Deprivation

Nuchal cords are extremely common during birth and in many cases do not cause injury. However, doctors must carefully monitor the condition of the fetus to ensure that it is receiving sufficient oxygen. The proper use of fetal monitors, sonograms and ultrasounds can show nuchal cords and alert physicians to any change in the heart rate of the fetus.

A failure to recognize and address nuchal cords and oxygen deprivation may be considered medical malpractice. Typically, when the fetus is in distress and at risk for fetal hypoxia, a doctor will perform a C-section to remove the fetus quickly. Failure to perform a C-section in a timely manner can cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy injury, cerebral palsy or other brain injury.

Brain damage from oxygen deficiency is often permanent and will require lifelong care from medical specialists. Our attorneys understand that caring for a child with brain damage will change the lives of everyone in your family. We work hard to recover compensation from negligent health care providers and hospitals so you can afford the medical treatment your child will need.

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