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Birth Hypoxia

What Is Birth Hypoxia?

Birth hypoxia, also known as intrauterine hypoxia or birth asphyxia, occurs when there is an inadequate supply of oxygen to a fetus immediately prior to, during or just after delivery.

It may be due to a variety of reasons – umbilical cord prolapse, cord occlusion, prolonged labor, breech delivery in full-term infants; placental abruption, and maternal sedation in premature infants. Oxygen deprivation is the most common cause of prenatal brain injury. It can cause cellular damage within the central nervous system. This results in an increased mortality rate, including an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Oxygen deprivation in the fetus and neonate has been implicated as either a primary or as a contributing risk factor in numerous neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders such as epilepsy, ADHD, eating disorders and cerebral palsy.

It is critical for an obstetrician to immediately recognize an infant’s lack of oxygen during and immediately after delivery, and to take proper medical steps to prevent its consequences. When this does not happen, medical malpractice may have occurred.

Depending on the severity of the injury, your child may require medical care, physical therapy, speech therapy, adaptive equipment, and special assistance at school. To ensure you have the financial resources you need to provide your child with the treatment he or she needs, you should speak with a knowledgeable New York birth injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin. If you are able to successfully prove that medical malpractice contributed to the birth injury, you stand to recover compensation for medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and decreased quality of life.

How We Can Help

If your child has suffered a birth hypoxia injury, and you think a doctor, nurse, or hospital may be to blame, you should consult an experienced New York birth hypoxia lawyer at the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin. Providing your child with the medical treatment, physical therapy, adaptive equipment, and any other care he or she may need can be expensive. To ensure you have the financial resources you will need to care for your child’s medical care and treatment, contact a New York medical malpractice attorney at the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin. We will consult credible experts, review the medical records, and conduct an investigation to determine what happened during the delivery process. If it is discovered that a doctor or nurse made a mistake that caused your child to suffer a birth hypoxia injury, you will have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit for damages.

Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

The Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin has over 30 years of experience handling medical malpractice lawsuits and has recovered over $100 million for its clients

If your child has been a victim of medical malpractice that resulted in a birth hypoxia injury, you deserve to be compensated. Contact the Law Offices of Sam Rosmarin today at (914) 686-4000 to discuss your case with an experienced and dedicated New York medical malpractice attorney.


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