Having a baby is a truly amazing experience. And hopefully, when the baby is delivered, he or she will come into the world healthy. Most of the time, there is no problem with the delivery. Unfortunately, sometimes there are complications that cause an infant to suffer a birth injury.
One of the most potentially devastating conditions that a baby could suffer from is called Hypoxia. Hypoxia occurs when a baby's brain is deprived of an adequate supply of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation could occur during, before or after the birth. This lack of oxygen could cause brain damage and could lead to the baby having cognitive deficiencies or developing cerebral palsy.
There are a number of reasons a baby may not get enough oxygen to his or her brain, including the following:
- Abnormalities of the blood vessels in the brain.
- Injury to the umbilical cord.
- Placental abrasion, which occurs when the placenta's lining becomes separated from the mother's uterus.
- Shoulder dystocia, which occurs during labor when the baby's shoulder becomes impeded by the mother's pelvic bone.
- Cardiovascular collapse.
Fortunately, if a baby is born with only mild hypoxia, he or she will likely not suffer long term damage. However, more severe hypoxia could leave a baby with a lifelong disability. For this reason, if there are signs that a baby is not getting enough oxygen during the delivery, the doctor and staff must react properly and promptly correct the situation.
If you suspect that your baby has suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a doctor or other health care professional, you may wish to explore the possibility of filing a medical malpractice lawsuit. A baby who has suffered a severe birth injury may require lifelong special care, which can be extremely costly. As such, you may need compensation to help defray the costs of medical expenses.
A birth injury attorney could examine your baby's medical records, including those pertaining to the birth. From information gleaned from the investigation, the attorney could offer you advice on the prospects of filing a lawsuit.