Birth Asphyxia

When a baby doesn't get enough oxygen during the birth process, this is called asphyxia. Severe birth asphyxia can lead to brain damage, causing disorders such as cerebral palsy or developmental disorders that could require costly and lifelong medical intervention. If the asphyxia happens as a result of medical negligence, parents may file a lawsuit to recover compensation for medical and other related costs. Without adequate compensation for these kinds of injuries, medical bills can quickly spiral out of control and be devastating to a family, at the same time that they're dealing with the aftermath of unexpected birth injuries. If you suspect that medical negligence in Ohio may have harmed your baby in this way, contact a personal injury lawyer to discuss your case.

What Causes Asphyxia?

There can be many reasons that asphyxia happens, including:

  • Long, difficult labor
  • Premature placental separation
  • Umbilical cord wrapped around the baby's neck
  • Infection in the mother or baby
  • High or low maternal blood pressure

While a medical professional may not be able to prevent asphyxia, a failure to notice, monitor or treat asphyxia promptly can have devastating and long-lasting consequences for the baby and family alike.

You entered the hospital ready to give birth to a healthy baby. Now you face an uncertain future, not to mention towering ongoing medical bills. Could this have been prevented? And how will you pay the care your family needs? At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, one of our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can help you see your way forward.

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