Generally speaking, anoxia and hypoxia are two relatively common hazards of childbirth. Anoxia is the complete absence of oxygen to vital organs (including the brain) despite adequate blood flow, whereas hypoxia is the decrease of oxygen to vital organs (including the brain) despite adequate blood flow. There are many ways in which anoxia and hypoxia can occur during labor and delivery. Sadly, in many instances, nurses and doctors fail to properly address anoxia and/or hypoxia. When this occurs, the consequences can be devastating—and the medical professional/facility at fault can be held legally responsible.
At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, we fight for the rights of injured infants and their families. Our New Hampshire anoxia/hypoxia birth injury lawyers have handled countless cases involving medical malpractice and negligence. We understand the complexities of this area of law and are prepared to aggressively advocate for you and your child’s future.
Did medical negligence cause your child to suffer preventable harm due to anoxia or hypoxia? Contact our firm online or by calling (603) 323-4622 to find out how we can help. We offer free initial consultations for all new and potential clients.
Is Brain Damage Caused by Anoxia/Hypoxia Treatable?
Advances in medicine have brought about new treatments for anoxia and hypoxia. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to stop or decrease the damage caused by anoxia/hypoxia. The child is placed in an oxygen chamber and exposed to high amounts of oxygen to limit or reverse damage. However, this treatment must be prescribed quickly and is generally only effective when an infant suffered less than five minutes of oxygen deprivation. After five minutes with little or no oxygen, brain damage is generally irreversible.
Testing and diagnosis should occur immediately after delivery if your child stopped breathing at any point. This is crucial for treatment and recovery. It is also important to note that even if your child does not seem to exhibit any signs of injury after experiencing anoxia and/or hypoxia, you should still closely monitor your child and his or her development to ensure that symptoms of brain damage do not appear later.
How Anoxia & Hypoxia Relate to Medical Malpractice
Inexperience, lack of proper training, or general negligence can all result in anoxia/hypoxia birth injuries.
Some of the most common ways in which medical malpractice leads to or worsens anoxia and hypoxia injuries include:
- Prolonged labor/failure to perform an emergency C-section
- Failure to properly address signs of fetal distress
- Failure to address umbilical cord issues, including prolapsed umbilical cord
- Failure to administer treatment for anoxia/hypoxia in timely manner
If your child suffered brain damage or died after not breathing during delivery, you may be able to pursue legal action. The first step in building a case is determining liability by proving that one or more parties acted negligently and that this negligence directly or indirectly led to your child’s injuries or death. From there, our New Hampshire anoxia/hypoxia lawyers can help you work to hold the responsible parties accountable for your damages.
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Every situation is different. It’s important that you consult with an attorney about your particular circumstances. At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, we offer compassionate, personalized legal counsel to all of our clients. Our team of attorneys is highly awarded for their legal services and our firm has successfully settled and tried more medical malpractice cases than any other law firm in the state. When you turn to us for help with your birth injury case, we will take the time to listen to your story and devise a plan of legal action tailored to your goals.
Reach out to us at (603) 323-4622 to speak with a birth injury lawyer in New Hampshire today.