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Lack of oxygen during childbirth may cause brain injuries

On Behalf of | Jan 7, 2020 | Medical Malpractice

For couples in Washington, starting a family is an exciting time. Selecting the best doctor and hospital for your specific circumstances is crucial, especially if there are complications during birth. At Reinig, Barber & Henry, we often represent families suffering due to the effects of severe birth injuries.

The American Pregnancy Association reports that several precursor conditions can indicate fetal distress may present during labor, such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, anemia and intrauterine growth retardation. Fetal distress may also occur during labor if medical professionals fail to track position, development and growth throughout the pregnancy.

Complications during the birthing process may result in ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy and seizures. Occupational therapy, medication, specialized educational programs and home modifications may be necessary for situations where the resulting condition is severe.

Delivery room staff check vital signs during labor and contractions using electronic fetal heart rate tracking. This gives the medical personnel time to take steps if hypoxia develops, preventing asphyxia. Failure to note the hypoxia can result in lack of oxygen to the brain, causing long-term disabilities and developmental delays. Circumstances that may lead to oxygen deprivation include placenta problems, prolapsed umbilical cord, preeclampsia and eclampsia. If the mother receives too much medication, it could also cause issues with oxygen levels.

Brain injuries that occur due to inadequate oxygen can have catastrophic effects. Hospitals and medical professionals that fail to monitor the baby’s condition or incorrectly interpret symptoms may be liable for any injuries. If you believe your child suffers from a preventable brain injury that occurred during labor or near birth, you may have the basis for a lawsuit. Visit our webpage for more information on this topic.