Medical Malpractice – Hypoxia – Lack of Oxygen at Birth

Oxygen Deprivation at Birth/Perinatal Encephalopathy

During pregnancy, the umbilical cord and placenta supply the developing child with nutrients and oxygen that are essential to healthy development.  The umbilical cord and the placenta also supply oxygen to the baby during the birthing process.

Disrupting the Vital Supply of Nutrients to Baby

When the supply of oxygen is reduced or shut off entirely, valuable oxygen and nutrient rich blood is diverted from the brain to the heart and lungs.  The interruption in the supply of oxygen rich blood to the child’s brain can have very serious effects and implications on the baby though it developmental years and into adulthood.  In some of these oxygen deprivation cases, a child may develop cerebral palsy or other neurological complications.  These complications almost always uniformly require extensive medical care.

The Longer the Oxygen Deprivation, the More Damage

The amount of time the child experiences oxygen deprivation, the more profound and extensive are the injuries to the brain.  Even short-term diminished blood flow to a fetus or baby can have dire consequences as permanent damage to the brain can occur within only a matter of minutes.

Hypoxic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and anoxic encephalopathy describe the extent of the oxygen deprivation to a developing baby.   Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy usually refers to a situation where the baby is oxygen supply severely diminished.  Anoxic encephalopathy commonly refers to a reduction in the oxygen level to the developing fetus.

A number of potential problems may contribute to perinatal encephalopathy including an obstructed or twisted umbilical cord, a ruptured uterus or trauma or separation of the placenta.  The most important tool in identifying situations where prenatal encephalopathy may be present is the fetal monitor or fetal heart monitor.  Once an elevated fetal heart rate or abnormal or erratic fetal heart rate is identified, doctors and staff must take immediate action to avoid problems.

Claims/Lawsuits for Children Who Have Suffered Irreversible Oxygen Deprivation During the Birthing Process

Attorneys with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane are dedicated to seeking full monetary compensation for children who have suffered perinatal encephalopathy and other types of birth injuries during labor and delivery in south Texas and every county throughout Texas.  Our personal injury cerebral palsy lawyers can both evaluate your case to determine if negligent care was present and litigate the case to ensure your child’s future medical needs are met as well as them receiving compensation for their damages such as loss of the enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering 

Physicians, hospitals and their insurers recognize the significance of a birth injury lawsuit from both a professional and economic perspective, so even the most seemingly obvious case of medical malpractice will be vigorously defended.  When selecting a law firm to represent you and your child in these types of traumatic cases, it is important that the firm you select has the experience and resources to ensure a just result.

For your convenience, we offer home, hospital, office and nursing home visits.  Our team of professionals at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane will provide you with the experience, strategy and commitment that protect your rights and claims.

Lawyers with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane are prepared to go toe-to-toe with the largest medical centers and their physicians when it comes to litigating birth injury cases.  If we accept your case, you can be assured that we will invest all necessary resources to see your case through to the best possible outcome.

If you or a loved one has a child who has suffered from any kind of injury caused by a lack of oxygen at birth, you owe it to yourself and your family to hire an attorney who specializes only in representing injured victims.  Contact an attorney at The Law Offices of Adrian Crane by calling or contacting us through the case evaluation form located on this website.

At our personal injury firm, you speak directly with an attorney, not just secretaries and paralegals.  A Spanish-speaking attorney and staff members are available for your assistance. Se habla Español.

Attorneys associated with The Law Offices of Adrian Crane handle cases across the state of Texas.  Our principal office in North Texas is in Dallas however we are happy to welcome cases from anywhere in Texas, regardless of where you live or where the accident took place.

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