Infant or prenatal cerebral hypoxia is a birth injury caused by decreased oxygen flow to the brain. Even a small reduction in oxygen for only a few minutes can result in serious and permanent injury, including impaired motor coordination, memory loss, seizure, cerebral palsy, coma and even brain death. The risk of cerebral hypoxia is greatest during childbirth and is often the direct result of a doctor’s negligence. Such negligence can have debilitating life-long effects on both the parents and the child.
If a loved one in your family was injured during birth, you may be facing a lifetime of uncertainty and costly medical bills.
Prenatal care and delivery require professional and competent medical care. Delicate care must be taken throughout the process to prevent the onset of cerebral hypoxia. Potential forms of medical negligence that lead to cerebral hypoxia include:
- Failure to use or keep track of the fetal heart monitor
- Delayed cesarean section (C-section) or C-section complications
- Improper treatment of umbilical cord complications
- Improper diagnosis or failure to treat the mother’s high blood pressure (preeclampsia)
- Failure to recognize oxygen supply interference
- Failure to recognize newborn distress
- Doctor or nurse inexperience or inattentiveness
Often the effects of cerebral hypoxia are not fully recognized until the infant ages. Memory loss, inattentiveness, problems with motor skills and impaired judgment are signs that oxygen deprivation might have occurred during childbirth. In many cases, these injuries were preventable with proper medical care.
While litigation can never cure your newborn or young child’s illness, as much as we wish it could, we hope it is at least somewhat comforting to know that financial damages are available for your child’s care. Receiving confirmation of cerebral palsy or cerebral hypoxia can result in tremendous anxiety, stress and anger. Hire one of our experienced lawyer dedicated to serving you and your family. They can protect your rights and seek to redress this injustice.