• Fetal Hypoxia Major Cause of Birth Injuries
  • January 8, 2013 | Author: Jeffrey H. Rasansky
  • Law Firm: Rasansky Law Firm - Dallas Office
  • Many birth injuries are caused by a condition called fetal hypoxia. This condition is particularly associated with cerebral palsy. The condition occurs when an infant is deprived of oxygen and unfortunately, this condition can occur at many different times. For example, fetal hypoxia can occur in the womb, during birth, or even shortly thereafter.

    How it Happens

    There are times when fetal hypoxia occurs for reasons that could not have been prevented, no matter what a physician tried to do about it. Sometimes, a child in the womb will end up suffering this condition for various reasons that a physician could not have predicted or prevented, no matter what action was taken.

    There are situations, however, when a physician could have done something about the child being at risk of suffering from fetal hypoxia and when they did not. In these cases, it may turn out that medical negligence is actually the proximate cause of the child suffering fetal hypoxia and any injuries that may have resulted from it. These injuries can be devastating.


    The injuries that can result from fetal hypoxia include brain injuries. Cerebral palsy, as was mentioned before, does sometimes happen as a direct result of fetal hypoxia. In those cases, the child's brain is starved of oxygen, leading to a brain injury and that brain injury is what ends up causing the symptoms of cerebral palsy in the infant.

    Unfortunately, cerebral palsy and some of the other conditions that result from fetal hypoxia are not curable. Brain injuries, of course, cannot be cured by any current medicine, which means that the child will end up suffering with whatever cerebral palsy symptoms they have shortly after being born. These symptoms can become worse over time; the brain injury itself will not get worse on its own.

    Some of the parents whose children suffer cerebral palsy from fill hypoxia or another cause end up hiring a birth injury lawyer so that they can seek compensation. These cases are essentially medical malpractice cases, alleging that the physician responsible for the care of the child was negligent in their duties and that, because of that negligence, the child ended up suffering injuries.

    If your child has suffered fetal hypoxia and they suffered serious injuries because of it, you may want to consider contacting an attorney yourself. There are limitations on how long you have to act, so contacting an attorney right away is advisable.