Baltimore Birth Asphyxia Lawyers
Was Your Child Harmed by Medical Negligence? Call (410) 698-1717 Today.
Birth asphyxia, also referred to as perinatal or neonatal asphyxia, is when the infant suffers oxygen deprivation either before, during, or right after birth. Sadly, this lack of oxygen can cause severe injury to the infant or, in the worst cases, even death.
If your child suffered birth asphyxia due to the actions of a negligent medical professional, it is possible to seek justice through a civil claim. Brown & Barron, LLC’s Baltimore attorney team can guide you through the legal process, helping you build, substantiate, and argue your case. While no firm can guarantee that you will win, our reputation for success serves as solid evidence of our extensive experience in and passion for this area of the law.
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Understanding Birth Asphyxia
Is Birth Asphyxia Always Caused by Negligence?
Some instances of birth asphyxia are not preventable and are, therefore, not anyone’s fault. However, when a health care professional causes the infant to suffer oxygen deprivation or does not remedy a natural instance of it in a timely manner, they are legally responsible for any harm that results. It is simply unacceptable when they fail in this regard and cause injury to the child; after all, they are trained to identify any issues that could lead to birth asphyxia and should have the expertise to either prevent it from occurring or treat it immediately.
There are numerous causes of birth asphyxia that medical professionals should be able to handle, including:
- Uterine rupture
- Placental abruption
- Prolonged labor
- Infection during labor
- Preeclampsia or eclampsia
- Umbilical cord prolapse or compression
The difficulty with these claims is that negligent health care professionals are often reluctant to admit fault and may even attempt to cover it up. This misleads parents and causes them to falsely believe that their child’s preventable birth injury could not have been prevented. If you have reason to suspect that negligence was committed or a cover-up was executed, a birth asphyxia attorney can assist you in uncovering the truth by investigating the incident.
Birth Asphyxia Can Cause Further Injury
Not only is birth asphyxia severely traumatic for an infant to experience, but it can also lead to further injury. In the short term, it can result in respiratory distress, blood clots, kidney problems, high blood pressure, and acidosis (a buildup of acid in the blood). Several long-term injuries rooted in mild and moderate birth asphyxia include the development of autism, attention deficits, hyperactivity, and adulthood mental illnesses, among others. Severe asphyxia can lead to intellectual disabilities, vision issues, hearing problems, cerebral palsy (CP), and epilepsy.
Put More Than 75 Years of Collective Experience in Your Corner
Brown & Barron, LLC has investigated and litigated countless birth asphyxia claims in the name of justice and patient safety. We genuinely care about our Baltimore community and are passionate about protecting the rights of families wronged by careless general practitioners (GPs), midwives, obstetricians, doulas, or any other health care professionals.
Call our Baltimore birth asphyxia lawyers at (410) 698-1717 today.
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