Our birth injury attorneys handle cases involving fetal birth asphyxia. Fetal asphyxia is a medical condition that occurs when a newborn does not receive adequate oxygen supply before, during or just after birth. The condition has serious effect on the mental and physical development of your newborn This condition can result in permanent brain damage to your child.
There are cases when fetal asphyxia occurred due to the caregiver’s negligence causing a birth injury. In other cases, the hospital or doctor failed to take proper medical steps to prevent this condition from occurring or to minimize the harm of birth asphyxia. If you believe you or a loved one had to suffer a birth injury, you should contact one of our Michigan birth injury lawyers.
Causes of Fetal Asphyxia
Some causes of reduced oxygen supply before or during birth are:
- Inadequate oxygen in blood of the mother
- Low blood pressure of mother
- early separation of placenta from uterus
- umbilical cord compression
Factors that reduce oxygen in blood after birth are:
- Low blood pressure
- Heart/lung disease
- Respiratory problems
- Severe anemia
Organs such as brain, heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, lungs and kidneys can be among those affected by this condition.
Signs & Symptoms of Fetal Asphyxia
Doctors and nurses are highly trained to recognize the common symptoms of fetal asphyxia. These include both symptoms before birth and at the time of delivery. Symptoms before delivery include abnormal heart rate and increased acidity level in the fetus’ blood. At birth symptoms of birth asphyxia include low heart rate, pale skin color, weak muscle tone and breathing, and a weak cry.
Treatment For Fetal Asphyxia
If fetal asphyxia is timely diagnosed or anticipated by the doctor, there is treatment than can reduce or minimize the harm to the newborn. This can include a c-section, emergency delivery, assisted ventilation to help the newborn breath, and giving a large amount of oxygen to the mother before delivery. The failure to provide proper treatment can result in permanent brain damage to the child.
Birth Injury Lawsuits for Fetal Asphyxia
The failure to timely diagnose and treat a newborn with fetal asphyxia can give rise to a birth injury lawsuit for medical malpractice. To prove this type of case, it must be established that the child had fetal asphyxia, it was not timely diagnosed or treated, and if it was properly treated then the newborn would not have suffered any serious injury or harm.
Contact your Michigan Fetal Asphyxia Birth Injury Lawyers
Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can prove these elements of the case for your child. The settlements in these cases are typically very significant because the negligent medical providers must compensate both the child and the family for the lifetime of damages and for the necessary funds to provide the best care and education for the child. To learn more about how a fetal birth asphyxia lawsuit can help your child and your family, call our Michigan birth injury law team now at (800) 606-1717.