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Lack of Oxygen / Brain Damage

While in utero, a fetus receives oxygen from its mother’s blood. Immediately upon birth, the baby breathes the oxygen into its lungs. Complications that interrupt oxygen flow at any stage of pregnancy and delivery may result in brain damage. Life-threatening fetal distress occurs if the baby does not get enough oxygen.

The legal team at Searcy Denney devotes their full knowledge, resources and attention exclusively to injury claims. Our lawyers have decades of experience pursuing complex medical malpractice claims involving injured babies.

We believe that your child should have every opportunity to recover functionality, independence, health and quality of life. To help make this possible, we pursue legal action against the doctors and hospital responsible for your newborn’s brain damage.

Signs and Risks of Oxygen Asphyxia During Pregnancy

Your doctor is responsible for monitoring your health and the health of your baby during pregnancy. This important medical duty includes recognizing and reacting to risk factors associated with maternal medical conditions, such as low blood pressure, anemia, iron deficiency or infection, that may restrict the flow of oxygen. Signs that a fetus is receiving insufficient oxygen include abnormal heart rate and increased blood acid levels.

Signs and Risks of Oxygen Asphyxia During Delivery

During delivery, doctors can detect fetal distress through the baby’s decreased movement, increased heart rate and meconium in the amniotic fluid.

Oxygen may be cut off during a long, difficult birth because of:

  • Poor maternal oxygen delivery because of low blood pressure or anemia
  • Pinched umbilical cord
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord that is delivered before the baby
  • Early separation of the placenta from the uterus
  • Premature baby with poorly formed airway or lungs
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS), if the infant defecates into the amniotic fluid and breathes it in

Once the child is born, doctors have a duty to act emergently if the baby shows signs of oxygen deprivation, such as pale skin color, weak breathing, low heart rate, poor reflexes, acidosis, seizures or meconium-stained amniotic fluid.

Oxygen Deprivation Results in Brain Damage

Brain cells begin to die after only a short period of oxygen deprivation. Therefore, doctors and hospital staff have a duty to act quickly to restore the oxygen. Children who stopped breathing for five or more minutes have a high risk of brain damage, which may result in physical disabilities, intellectual disabilities, developmental impairment, cerebral palsy or death.

Pursue Compensation for Your Child’s Brain Damage

Searcy Denney is ready to take your call to discuss your child’s brain damage claim in detail. Our Florida birth injury attorneys conduct a thorough case evaluation during a free initial consultation. We then handle your claim on contingency so you run no financial risks for fees or costs in pursuing your legal rights.

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