Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle medical malpractice lawsuits involving umbilical cord prolapse complications. The primary lifeline for an unborn child is the umbilical cord, but this can also be a dangerous aspect of healthy pregnancy. A newborn who becomes entangled in an umbilical cord can suffer serious injuries that last a lifetime, including severe brain damage.
Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord slips into the vagina after the water breaks (or membrane ruptures). As the baby moves down the cervix during delivery, it puts pressure on the umbilical cord, cutting off the oxygen supply. This umbilical cord complication is a medical emergency.
Doctors and hospitals and many labor and delivery nurses are trained to detect an umbilical cord prolapse. This condition is often detectable by feeling something in the vagina after the water breaks and can be confirmed by performing a proper cervical exam. Once the complication is detected, the physician must take immediate action to reduce the pressure. Doctors will often perform an emergency C-section to deliver the baby quickly and reduce the risk of hypoxic brain damage or stillbirth resulting from the lack of oxygen.
When a medical mistake occurs and a baby suffers permanent injuries due to an umbilical cord prolapse complication, the parents of the child can often pursue a medical malpractice lawsuit. These lawsuits seek compensation for the injuries to the child and also for the significant expenses it will take to care for the child over his or her lifetime. Damages often include medical expenses, special education expenses, and even necessary housing costs. An experienced medical malpractice attorney will pursue all of these claims in a birth injury lawsuit.
Contact a Michigan Umbilical Cord Prolapse Complication Lawyer
If a doctor or hospital fails to recognize or ignores the signs and symptoms of an umbilical cord prolapse complication and your baby suffered an injury as a result, you should contact our Michigan birth injury lawyers immediately. We will obtain all of your medical records and have them reviewed by our medical experts. If our medical team determines that you received improper medical care, we will file a Michigan medical malpractice lawsuit seeking all damages allowed under Michigan law. We will represent you and your child under our No Fee Promise, which means we charge no legal fees or costs unless we win you a settlement. Call now at (800) 606-1717!