Becoming a parent is not just a milestone to cross, it is a moment to be filled with joy and hope. Even though the labor and delivery itself isn’t always easy, a competent obstetric hospital and delivery team can see both mother and baby make it through the process safe and sound.
Nonetheless, things can happen during the labor and delivery process that require attention. Medical staffers should be alert for signs of fetal distress or oxygen deprivation, which can indicate in-utero hypoxia or asphyxia and the need for urgent medical attention. In some circumstances, the baby can suffer a life-altering brain injury.
Turn to an Experienced Team with 40+ Years of Experience
All injuries to children are heartbreaking but it is especially devastating when the harm caused could have been prevented by competent medical care. If your baby or child suffered an injury that you suspect may have occurred during birth, it’s crucial to seek out an experienced attorney to perform an investigation into whether a birth injury lawsuit should be pursued.
At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn P.C., our birth injury lawyers in Rhode Island have vast experience in these types of cases and are tenacious in pursuing compensation on your behalf. In these complex cases, it’s important to hire a lawyer with the appropriate expertise. Our lawyers have extensive experience in these cases, and have secured multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements to help care for children who have been harmed by birth injuries.
Find out if you should pursue a birth injury lawsuit by calling (401) 200-4059 today. We provide free consultations, and you pay no fees unless we win your case.
What Is Birth Asphyxia?
Also called perinatal or neonatal asphyxia, birth asphyxia is the result of a lack of oxygenated blood flow to the brain, which can lead to permanent brain damage and serious conditions like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Babies who suffer birth asphyxia may be affected before, during, or just after being born. There are many reasons this could happen, and may or may not involve negligence on behalf of the medical team for failure to monitor the baby’s breathing properly. Birth injuries caused by hypoxia or asphyxia depend on several factors, including how long the baby was deprived of oxygen and how quickly intervention and/or treatment was instituted.
Common birth injuries associated with neonatal asphyxia include:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Fetal stroke
- Feeding, visual, or hearing impairments
Birth Asphyxia and Medical Negligence
Not every birth asphyxia case is the result of medical negligence, which is why you must choose a law firm willing to uncover the truth through a meticulous investigation that includes speaking with experts in fields such as obstetrics, neonatology, and neurology. Questions asked will include, did the doctor and/or medical team act reasonably, as another doctor would in the same situation? Were their signs the doctor failed to recognize, such as weak breaking, bluish-colored skin, or a low heart rate? These and other questions will help determine fault.
The various forms of negligence could include:
- Failure to identify and address any existing complications or risk factors, such as umbilical cord complications, shoulder dystocia, and others.
- A delayed C-section, when warranted by a prolonged labor and delivery.
- Failure to monitor vital signs of the baby during delivery causing delayed medical attention.
- Failure to treat related injuries properly, such as by performing brain cooling to protect brain cells and prevent further brain cell death.
- Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction.
Contact Our Birth Injury Attorneys About Your Case
At Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, our attorneys are committed to helping clients with their birth injury cases. We will review all evidence at hand by investigating the circumstances surrounding your labor, delivery, and postpartum events and let you know whether you have a claim that should be pursued.
If your child was harmed by the action or inaction of a medical professional, they should be held accountable. We can help you develop a comprehensive litigation strategy to hold those at fault accountable for your child’s birth asphyxia and any resulting injuries. Successful litigation can yield financial compensation covering not only medical expenses, but your and your child’s human losses.
Contact us for an evaluation of your situation and your child’s injury. (401) 200-4059 to arrange your free consultation.