The birth of a child is an exciting time. However, it can also be a nerve-racking time. Unfortunately, things can go wrong during the childbirth process, including birth injury as the result of a doctor’s negligence.
Hypoxia, which occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen before, during, or after delivery, can be an extremely serious condition. Hypoxia can lead to a brain injury and when not treated properly, can progress to a permanent and life-altering disorder, such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, cerebral palsy, or cognitive deficiencies. There are several risk factors for hypoxia, including:
Brain blood vessel abnormality
Congenital heart disease
Umbilical cord injuries
When hypoxia occurs, an infant’s oxygen flow must be stabilized immediately. Additional treatments may include hypo- or hyperthermia management and fluid management, and adequate ventilation must be provided. Cooling therapy has also become a helpful treatment in recent years.
When hypoxia progresses to a permanent brain injury, there can be an enormous impact on the child and the family. The child might require constant nursing care, medical care, medication, therapy, and more.
If your child has suffered hypoxia or any other birth injury and you believe that a medical error is to blame, contact a New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP at 732-777-0100 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our offices are centrally located in in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey and we represent clients throughout the state.