During your pregnancy and delivery journey, your infant faces many risks that may affect his or her life for years to come. Although medical advancements to identify, prevent and treat neonatal threats have made great strides in the last few decades, there is still plenty of room for your child to experience unnecessary harm.
Whenever an infant does not receive proper oxygen to the brain, whether in the womb, during the birth process, or after delivery, they may suffer from hypoxia. Medical care providers can usually identify hypoxia quickly and prevent it from causing permanent damage at any stage of pregnancy or birth, but some cases do still slip through.
If hypoxia does cause serious damage to your infant, you should always consult with an experienced attorney to examine your experience and identify any possible instances of medical malpractice.
Why malpractice leads to severe hypoxia
Many things can lead to hypoxia, so it is important to understand that malpractice does not account for all instances of it. However, your medical care provider should always be on the lookout for the symptoms of hypoxia and be ready to treat it no matter how it arises.
Hypoxia can arise from a number of different causes, ranging from issues with your infant's umbilical cord or placental insufficiency to congenital heart disease or complications in the delivery.
However, whatever the initial cause of hypoxia, your medical care provider has a duty to treat the problem as quickly and competently as possible. The longer that your child suffers insufficient oxygen flow to his or her brain, the greater the likelihood that the injury may result in permanent damage.
In some cases, your infant may suffer permanent brain damage that necessitates assistant care for the rest of his or her life. Clearly, the stakes are quite high.
This is why it is so important for you medical care provider to administer timely, efficient treatment when the symptoms first arise. Although hypoxia is dangerous, proper medical care given quickly can usually keep it from inflicting long-term damage.
If your medical care provider did not treat your infant's hypoxia quickly enough, or failed to recognize the symptoms in an appropriate timeframe, then you may have a strong medical malpractice claim.
Prepare your claim carefully
Even if you believe that the evidence against your medical care provider is strong, it is always wise to consult with an experienced attorney when preparing your medical malpractice claim.
With proper guidance from an experienced attorney, you can rest assured that your rights and the rights of your child remain secure while you explore all of your options for fair compensation.