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Umbilical Cord Prolapse and Birth Injuries

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The umbilical cord literally serves as a lifeline between a mother and fetus. This tube-like cord connects the mother to her baby in the womb, transporting nutrients and oxygen from the mother to the baby.

If the umbilical cord is damaged in any way, the baby’s health and well-being can instantly be at risk. This is why umbilical cord prolapse injuries are so serious. If not properly diagnosed or treated in a timely manner, a serious or potentially fatal birth injury can occur.

Experienced medical professionals know how to diagnose and treat umbilical cord prolapse injuries. Unfortunately, not all healthcare professionals take this fetal risk factor seriously or identify this problem in time. When that happens, medical negligence may have occurred.

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Not sure what to do next? Turn to The Lancione Law Firm for legal guidance and support you need and deserve. Cleveland birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione has decades of experience handling birth injury claims in Ohio and nationwide. Attorney Lancione has a national reputation for his expertise in birth injury law. That’s why many lawyers throughout the country regularly refer such cases to our law firm.

You’ll understand why soon after you meet with John. He takes the time to find out exactly what happened. During your initial free consultation, he will listen carefully as you describe your child’s injury in your own words. He’ll then explain the different available legal options. That way, you can make informed decisions based on the facts. And if you ever have a question about your case, you can contact attorney Lancione directly on his personal cellphone at any time.

Our personalized, hands-on approach consistently produces results. Since our law firm was founded, we have recovered more than $350 million and counting for our clients, including one of Ohio’s largest malpractice verdicts. We also realize your case is about more than just money. We understand you simply want to be heard and for your child’s injury to be taken seriously. That’s our job and we would be honored to work with you.

What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

Umbilical cord prolapse is a medical term used to describe a type of injury to the umbilical cord that often occurs shortly before or during a baby’s birth. Specifically, the umbilical cord drops (prolapses) into the cervix ahead of the baby.

Depending on the position of the baby, the location of the umbilical cord and other factors, an umbilical cord prolapse can be a potentially life-threatening situation. This is especially true if the umbilical cord becomes compressed between the baby and cervix, cutting off the oxygen and food supply to the infant.

If not diagnosed and treated immediately, an umbilical cord prolapse can result in a permanent brain injury to the infant, organ failure or even stillbirth of the baby in certain circumstances. Experienced doctors know how to diagnose and treat such medical issues to prevent such serious birth injuries. A pelvic exam is the most common way doctors discover an umbilical cord prolapse.

What are common causes?

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes and risk factors include:

  • A low-birth-weight baby.
  • Abnormal fetal position, particularly a breech presentation.
  • When a pregnant woman’s water breaks before 37 weeks into her pregnancy, a medical event called a premature rupture of membranes.
  • Multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Preterm labor, meaning a woman goes into labor at least 3 weeks ahead of schedule.

Whatever the circumstances of your umbilical cord prolapse, it’s important to understand why this situation occurred and whether medical negligence played a role in your birth injury. The best way to do this is to meet with the legal team at The Lancione Law Firm.

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When you have Ohio birth injury lawyer John A. Lancione and the rest of his legal team on your side, you can ask the important questions that deserve honest answers, such as:

  • Why did your birth injury happen?
  • What steps did doctors take to prevent or treat your injury?
  • Did they act in a negligent manner?

We know how to find the answers to these questions in cases involving an umbilical cord prolapse. We know how to analyze medical records and frequently consult with medical experts for an even more in-depth analysis.

Discover what our Ohio law firm can do for you. Contact us and schedule an appointment at our Rocky River, Ohio law firm today. You can reach us online or call (440) 331-6100 or (877) 515-4369 to speak with Cleveland medical malpractice attorney John A. Lancione.

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