Our birth injury lawyer lawyers represent babies diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). This is a serious condition that can be permanent and irreversible damage to a baby. Many times, the condition could have been prevented with proper medical care.
What is Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS) occurs when a newborn breathes in a mixture of meconium—the baby’s first bowel movement—and amniotic fluid into his or her lungs during labor and/or delivery. The bowel prevents the infant from getting oxygen immediately after birth. This can be a life-threatening injury and can also lead to permanent brain damage and disability.
Meconium in the amniotic fluid has been detected in up to 25% of all births after 34 weeks’ gestation, and approximately 10% of infants born through meconium-stained amniotic fluid developed. It affects between two to five percent of all births every year, though most cases are not fatal. MAS problems can range from oxygen loss to pneumonia to airway blockage, potentially leading to brain injury and other harm.
What are the Signs of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?
Common signs of meconium aspiration syndrome include bluish skin color, breathing problems or total absence of breathing, dark green or brownish staining of the amniotic fluid, and limpness in the infant at birth. Other signs may include meconium staining on the vocal cords which can be detected by a medical instrument called a laryngoscope.
The condition can be confirmed by a physician listening to the lungs and hearing coarse and crackly breathing along with a chest x-ray that shows patchy or streaky areas on the lungs. Blood tests taken after the baby’s delivery can determine whether there has been a lack of oxygen from MAS. Low APGAR scores can also be an indication of MAS.
What are the Causes of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?
Meconium aspiration syndrome can be the result of fetal distress. The main causes of fetal distress include the baby being overdue, decreased oxygen, gestational diabetes, aging of the placenta, and a difficult labor. When there is fetal distress during labor and the mother is past her due date, the newborn’s chances of developing MAS are greater.
During this fetal distress, the meconium located in the baby’s intestines can pass through to the amniotic fluid because of the intestines contracting. When the baby is overdue, distress is more likely due to issues with the umbilical cord or the placenta because the baby’s brain likely does not have enough oxygen or blood. Doctor’s should be aware of these possibilities and take proper actions in advance to prevent the condition from occurring during labor and delivery.
Can Medical Negligence Cause Meconium Aspiration Syndrome?
When a physician sees the signs of meconium aspiration syndrome, the doctor must work towards increasing the oxygen and/or blood supply to the baby’s brain. This can be done through airway clearance, an oxygen facemask, or a ventilator. Different treatments, such as antibiotics, staying in the NICU, and more, are all potential ways that a medical professional is trained to treat or prevent MAS.
Unfortunately, doctors, nurses, and hospitals can be negligent and careless by failing to identify the condition and timely treat it. If your baby suffers harm from this negligence, it can give rise to a birth injury medical malpractice lawsuit. Our attorneys will get all of the medical records and review them with nationally recognized medical experts to determine if you have a case.
How Do I File a Meconium Aspiration Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Your first step is to contact our experienced birth injury law firm. We will get all of the pre-natal records, hospital records, and post-birth records and carefully review them. We will then consult with the top national physician experts to determine if medical negligence permanent harm to the baby and how this condition will affect the child throughout his or her lifetime. We will then give you an honest opinion on whether you have a case or not.
If we determine that you can file a lawsuit, we will send out the required Notice of Intent to File Lawsuit to all doctors and hospitals that might responsible for the harm suffered by the child. This must be sent out more than six months before a lawsuit can be filed in the circuit court.
Michigan medical malpractice law also requires that every lawsuit have an Affidavit of Merit attached to the Complaint filed with the court. The Affidavit of Merit is a notarized legal document signed by a physician serving as an expert witness. It contains the medical reasons for the expert's opinion that medical malpractice or negligence by a doctor or hospital caused injury, harm, or death to a patient.
Our lawyers work with the medical experts to obtain the Affidavit for you. In cases involving more than one negligent doctor or hospital, it may be necessary for us to get multiple Affidavits from physicians with different specialties. Once all of the Affidavits are received, a lawsuit can be filed in the circuit court for the county where the medical treatment occurred.
How Much are Settlement Amounts for Birth Injury Lawsuits?
The amount of a birth trauma lawsuit settlement depends on the strength of the evidence in proving the that medical negligence caused the birth injury. There is no set guideline or formula to determine the amount of a settlement. It is the experience of a skilled attorney that can determine the fair settlement based upon the factors needed to prove and win a case.
When medical negligence can be proven in a meconium aspiration syndrome case, the amount of the settlement is often substantial. Settlements in these lawsuits includes compensation for the lifetime disability of the child, special education needs, specialized housing and vehicle needs, medical equipment, medical expenses, and the overall costs of caring for a child with special needs.
Our Michigan Birth Injury & Cerebral Palsy Settlements
• $7,530,000: Settlement for a child who suffered permanent blindness in Detroit
• $3,000,000: Settlement for child who suffered severe injury from a vacuum extractor.
• $1,950,000: Settlement for a child who suffered fetal asphyxia, resulting in cerebral palsy.
• $1,900,000: Settlement for a child who suffered birth trauma during delivery.
• $975,000: Settlement against medical providers who were negligent, resulting in cerebral palsy.
Who are the Best Michigan MAS Lawyers?
Our legal team includes the most successful birth injury attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
• U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
• "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
• Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
• Honored as "Super Lawyers"
• Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
• Member of Million Dollar Advocates Forum
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What are the Lawyer Fees for Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Cases?
Our experienced Michigan cerebral palsy attorneys will represent you under our No Fee Promise. This is our guarantee that it will cost no money whatsoever to get the case started and you never have to a penny until there is a settlement. We will get all of the medical records and pay to have them reviewed by some ot the nation's top physicians. If the case is unsuccessful for any reason, you owe us nothing. We promise you in writing:
• No money to hire us or to get started
• We pay all case costs and expenses
• There are no legal fees whatsoever unless you receive a settlement
• You can call us anytime for free, forever.
Start Your Michigan Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Lawsuit Today
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