Giving birth is a beautiful moment that ends with your baby in your arms. Sometimes, this moment can be clouded by an unexpected situation that you, as a parent, would never think of. Although an unplanned situation can occur, most of the time, childbirth takes place successfully.
During childbirth, if your child suffered from birth asphyxia or another injury related to childbirth, you could hold the midwife, physician, or OB-GYN that delivered your baby responsible for their injury. Our Annapolis birth asphyxia attorney can handle your case.
What Is Birth Asphyxia?
Asphyxia is a condition that occurs when there is a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. Also known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), birth asphyxia is a type of birth injury that happens when a child’s brain does not get enough oxygen before, during, or after birth.
If your baby suffered from asphyxia during delivery, the medical team that assisted your childbirth could be responsible for your baby’s damages. At Brown & Barron, we can help you during this difficult time for you and your newborn.
Get in touch with a birth asphyxia lawyer serving Annapolis, 410-547-0202 for a free case evaluation.
Causes of Birth Asphyxia
Birth asphyxia can happen due to several reasons, some of which are:
- A problem with the placenta
- A long delivery
- Little oxygen in the mother’s blood before or during childbirth
- Problems with the umbilical cord
- Low or high pressure in the mother
- An infection in the mother or the baby
- Issues with the baby’s airway
- Fetal anemia
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Heart disease
- Trauma to the baby’s brain or skull
- And more
If your baby suffered from birth asphyxia and you are not sure if it was due to a negligent act of another person, at Brown & Barron, we can help you analyze the situation and gather the necessary information to proceed with a case of medical malpractice by birth asphyxia, and make those responsible pay for their wrongful actions. You can call us 24/7!
Effects of Birth Asphyxia
When birth asphyxia is severe or prolonged, the injuries could alter the baby’s life. They could face physical, mental, and emotional disabilities and medical treatment or attendant care for a lifetime.
A baby who did not receive oxygen for a long time will have more severe damage than a child who did not receive oxygen for less time. The following are common effects of birth asphyxia:
- Cerebral palsy
- Blindness or visual impairment
- Seizure disorders
- Speech and thinking disabilities
- Motor and behavioral development issues
Having a baby that suffered from birth asphyxia can be devastating. If you and your baby are in this position having a birth asphyxia lawyer on your side will relieve some weight from your shoulders. We will analyze your case and choose the best way to proceed, putting your needs first.
What You Can Seek From a Birth Asphyxia Case?
The compensation we can recover from your child’s injuries depends on every situation. Although it is difficult to establish the amount of money you can receive before having a consultation, some of the compensation we can get for you are:
- Pain and suffering: You can receive money for the physical discomfort and emotional distress that you and your baby suffered for the birth asphyxia.
- Punitive damages: You can receive an additional sum of money to punish the defendant, make an example, and deter the defendant and others from committing similar acts.
- Loss of income: If you lost your job and income ability due to taking care of your child, you could receive compensation.
- Medical bills: You can receive compensation for the medical bills of your child, the treatment they receive, prescriptions, and other hospital bills related.
An attorney in Annapolis will help you get through this challenging time and get the monetary compensation you deserve for your baby’s injuries.
Deadline to File a Lawsuit in Maryland
The Statue of Limitation of Maryland (code Proc. §5-109) establishes that a person has up to five years from the day the injury happened or three years from discovering the injury to file a lawsuit for medical malpractice, whichever is sooner.
Three and five years might seem like a lot of time, but legal processes usually take a lot of time, and in that period, you will have to deal with your child’s medical bills. For those reasons, it is always best to contact a lawyer as soon as possible, so that they can begin to investigate your possible claim.
How Negligence Can Factor Into a Birth Asphyxia Case
Once you have talked to us, the first step in your case is to establish if your child’s birth injury happened due to negligence. Our team will help you review what happened, and we’ll determine if you have a case of negligence.
Some of the negligent actions that lead to birth asphyxia are:
- Failure to identify complications or risk factors.
- Failure to monitor fetal vitals, identify signs of fetal distress and respond appropriately.
- Failure to perform a C-section or delayed C-sections.
- Improper use of labor-inducing drugs.
- Improper use of forceps and vacuum extractors.
- Failure to properly treat birth asphyxia.
An Attorney in Annapolis From Brown & Barron Can Help you
It is your right to receive proper medical care, especially during childbirth. If a doctor or hospital fails to do so, it is your right to fight for compensation. Your baby could spend months, years, or a lifetime of care which might leave you with expensive medical bills that could break the bank.
Don’t underestimate the legal system and what justice can do for you. At the legal offices of Brown & Barron, we take every case seriously, and we always fight for our clients.
Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a birth asphyxia lawyer serving Annapolis.