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Birth asphyxia, also known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, is estimated to occur in 2 to 9 in every 1,000 births. This type of injury can inflict terrible pain on a baby and can be expensive to treat and care for.
If the negligence or incompetence of a physician or medical professional has injured your baby, they should be held accountable for their actions. Receiving compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, disability, and emotional stress are all damages you are entitled restitution for.
When a baby's brain is deprived of oxygen, this is brain asphyxia. It can happen in a number of ways and is often related to complications with the umbilical cord. When a baby is deprived of oxygen, the situation either leads to anoxia or hypoxia. Anoxia is when there is zero oxygen going to the brain and hypoxia is when there is only a small amount of oxygen going to the brain.
A large percentage of infants that experience birth asphyxia go on to live with significant brain damage, resulting in long-term disabilities. Many of these cases are fatal.
There are a number of factors that contribute to birth asphyxia. A vast majority of them are due to complications and medical mistakes. Some of the causes of birth asphyxia include:
If a physician fails to detect, monitor, or treat a complication, he or she should be held accountable if an injury occurs.
This type of injury can be very severe. Even if a baby is deprived of oxygen for a few seconds, the results can be permanent and serious. Birth asphyxia can lead to birth injuries such a cerebral palsy. The extent of the injury and severity depend much on the length of time oxygen was deprived, the condition of the baby before the deprivation, and the way the situation is handled by a medical team once it is realized the baby has been deprived.
It can be stated that the longer a baby goes without oxygen or with limited oxygen, the more permanent and severe the birth injury will be.
When a doctor or medical professional fails to respond correctly, diagnose a condition, or pay attention leading up to and throughout a birth, debilitating birth injuries to your baby can arise.
At Willens Law Offices, we are experienced birth injury attorneys. We can help you understand your rights. Contact us at (312) 957-4166 or fill out our online contact form to schedule your FREE consultation.
The plaintiff went to a Chicago hospital for delivery of twins via cesarean section. In the delivery room, a suspicious rash was recognized on one of the twins and later, fecal and urine cultures confirmed the presence of candida. She was started on prophylactic anti-fungal medicine and is healthy. The other twin was clear of any rash and though she was at risk for fungal infection, she was not treated in a timely manner. Later, a head ultrasound and MRI confirmed the diagnosis and damage to her brain. A lawsuit was filed on the plaintiff’s behalf. The case was vigorously defended by lawyers for the physician and the hospital that he worked for over 3 years. Eventually, a mediation took place at which time the defendants offered $3,000,000 to settle, which the plaintiff rejected. It was not until trial that the case settled for $10,000,000.
Birth injury cases are among the most complicated medical malpractice cases to litigate. With years of experience in birth trauma litigation our legal team has the skills, the resources and experience necessary to address and win a wide variety of birth injury cases. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury victims.
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Our firm was established to focus on the unique needs of our clients. We work with top medical, life-planning, and forensics experts to determine the causes and extent of injuries, prognoses of victims, and areas of medical negligence. Our passion for helping birth injury victims allows our attorneys to deliver unrivaled legal services for your family.
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