Baltimore Hypoxic Brain Injury Lawyers
Committed to Fighting for Your Family After a Hypoxic Event
Having a new baby should be a joyous moment for your family, not one marred by grief and pain. Unfortunately, some medical errors can lead to lasting birth injuries, especially when those errors lead to a hypoxic event – meaning that the baby has not received adequate oxygen to the brain.
If your family has been forced to face the consequences of a preventable hypoxic injury, our Baltimore attorneys are ready to provide the compassionate and skilled legal representation that you deserve. At Brown & Barron, LLC, we believe in holding medical providers accountable when they have been negligent with their patients’ care, and with that focus on social responsibility, we will fight for the fair compensation you need for your family.
For more information about how we can assist you, contact our team at (410) 698-1717 or submit our online form today. We offer free consultations.
Types of Hypoxic Injuries
Human beings at all stages of life need oxygen to stay alive. Because infants are most vulnerable during the childbirth process, doctors and OB-GYNs must take special care to preserve the baby’s oxygen supply before, during, and after birth. It’s also important for attending medical professionals to carefully monitor the baby’s vital signs. When the body’s tissues are deprived of oxygen for even a few minutes, the baby may suffer a hypoxic event, leading to serious brain damage, disabilities, and complications down the line.
Some of the most common problems caused by hypoxia during birth:
- Cerebral palsy (CP) and motor disorders
- Cognitive deficiencies and mental disorders
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Behavioral disorders
Not all instances of hypoxia will result in life-altering disabilities and disorders. The extent of the brain damage will depend on several factors, including the duration of the hypoxic event – and the speed with which doctors recognize and remedy it. This means that severe hypoxia is largely preventable if your doctor exercises the appropriate level of medical care and attention during birth, as well as in the 48 hours after birth.
What Causes Hypoxia in Infants?
Typical causes of hypoxia during birth include:
- Shoulder dystocia
- Poor placement of the infant’s body in the birth canal
- Umbilical cord strangulation
- Delayed and/or prolonged labor process
- Placental abruption
- Maternal infection and sepsis
- Delayed C-section
Hypoxia is also more common when the mother has certain pre-existing conditions or illnesses, so doctors and OB-GYNs must take this medical history into consideration going into labor. If the pregnancy is classified as “high risk,” your medical team should be on high alert for signs of hypoxia in the infant.
More Than 75 Years of Legal Experience
At Brown & Barron, LLC, our Baltimore team combines over 75 years of legal experience in medical malpractice law, including birth injury cases and other related areas. Determined to restore lives after serious instances of negligence, our tireless team will fight on behalf of you and your family. Although nothing can truly compensate for your losses, seeking financial restitution can help you provide for your child – and seek adequate lifelong care for any disabilities caused by a doctor’s carelessness.
Do you need to speak with a Maryland lawyer? Contact us today at (410) 698-1717 for a free consultation.
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