Resuscitation Errors and Birth Injuries
Infants are at risk of a serious injury due to oxygen deprivation.
Birth injuries due to resuscitation errors can have severe or life-threatening consequences. Brain injuries in particular are especially common due to lack of oxygen to the brain. Doctors need to act fast if an infant is not breathing for any reason. That’s why any mistakes that occur during this critical time are so dangerous.
When doctors, anthologists or other healthcare professionals fail to follow standard medical procedures and a resuscitation error occurs, families can often take legal action against them on the grounds of medical negligence and seek damages, a legal term for financial compensation.
However, it’s important to understand that such legal cases can often be very complicated and contentious. Medical professionals often deny doing anything wrong. Don’t be surprised if they hire legal counsel and do everything they can to deny your birth injury claim. That’s why you need The Lancione Law Firm on your side, standing up for your rights.
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Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione has a well-earned national reputation for his skillful handling of birth injury cases nationwide. He has received numerous awards and accolades for his work on birth injury claims. That’s why other law firms routinely refer birth injury cases to him. They trust him to get the job done right.
You’ll notice the difference the first time you meet with attorney Lancione. He will take the time to find out more about your resuscitation error. He will personally listen to you, then explain your available legal options. And if you ever have a question about your case, you can reach him directly anytime on his personal cellphone number.
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What are common resuscitation errors?
If a fetus stops breathing at any time during pregnancy or the child’s delivery, doctors need to act fast to restore normal breathing in the baby, especially if the infant is unconscious. Unfortunately, some medical professionals waste precious time and do not resuscitate the baby right away. Common resuscitation errors include:
- Delay in resuscitation of the infant.
- Not intubating the baby. Intubation is a medical procedure that involves inserting a breathing tube into the baby’s nose or mouth and attaching the tube to a ventilator to facilitate normal breathing.
- Not administering surfactant therapy. Surfactant is a naturally occurring substance in the lungs. Some babies have trouble breathing due to a surfactant deficiency.
There are many reasons why medical professionals fail to perform such medical procedures. Sometimes, it’s because they’re unaware that the fetus or infant has stopped breathing. Other times, doctors can’t agree on what to do next and waste time debating what to do. Whatever the reason, they should be held accountable if their actions resulted in your child’s injury.
What are common risk factors?
Experienced doctors are familiar with the risk factors often associated with infants not breathing. This is why medical professionals need to know what to look for and to be prepared to respond immediately. Such risk factors can cover a wide range and often involve the mother, including:
- Women with a history of high blood pressure and hypertension.
- Women with diabetes, including women with gestational diabetes, which develops during a woman’s pregnancy.
- Pregnant women over 35 years old.
- Women who previously had a miscarriage or stillbirth.
These are just some of the risk factors that may contribute to an infant not breathing. There are many other reasons why such medical complications occur during a woman’s pregnancy or the child’s delivery. And in each case, doctors need to be prepared and act quickly.
Your family deserves justice. Contact our Ohio law firm. We can help.
There’s often a lot at stake in such birth injury cases. This is why it’s important to talk to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione can provide you with the knowledge and the expertise to guide you through any legal challenges you might encounter. He understands how the legal system works. He’s familiar with the rules and regulations governing birth injury claims. That’s why he has such a strong track record of success.
Discover what The Lancione Law Firm can do for you. Contact us and schedule a free consultation today. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to speak with Cleveland birth injury attorney John A. Lancione