Hypoxia or Asphyxia: Known Cause of Cerebral Palsy

by | Oct 14, 2015 | Birth Injury, Firm News, Medical Malpractice |


hypoxia or asphyxia is caused by a partial or complete interruption of the flow
of oxygenated blood to the baby’s brain. It often presents itself
as fetal distress prior to or during delivery and is one of the many reasons
why diligent monitoring of the fetal condition is so important.

In many cases of newborn hypoxia, signs of fetal distress were ignored
prior to or during delivery which results in medical negligence. Nurses
do not always appreciate or understand the significance of the readouts
on an electronic fetal monitoring (EFHM) strip. If a nurse fails to recognize
the signs of low blood flow and fetal hypoxia, or if a doctor fails to
take prompt action to correct the situation, the results may include brain
damage, cerebral palsy and even death. Other conditions that may cause
newborn hypoxia or asphyxia include:

  • Uterine rupture
  • Placental abruption
  • Preeclampsia (hypertension)
  • Nuchal cord (umbilical cord wrapped around the neck or other body part)
  • Epidural anesthesia improperly administered
  • Low amniotic fluid
  • Delayed delivery
  • Uterine hyperstimulation caused by misuse of Pitocin

The negligent diagnosis and treatment of any of these conditions may result
in stillbirth or a child who suffers lasting disability, mental retardation,
developmental delay, blindness or loss of hearing. Children who suffer
the consequences of newborn hypoxia may require expensive long-term care
for the rest of their lives which is why contacting an experienced birth
injury attorney is a must when dealing with these kinds of cases.

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At The Lancione Law Firm, we are champions for victims of negligent medical
care and preventable medical error in Ohio. We have over three generations
of attorneys who have substantial experience and a proven track record
of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for families
who have been affected by a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy caused
by newborn hypoxia.

Many times, parents are not fully informed as to what happened to cause
their child’s birth injury and don’t know to ask if the doctors
performed a cord blood gas test or other diagnostic procedures to detect
newborn hypoxia in time. If you need answers, your best interests may
be served by consulting an experienced birth injury attorney who can investigate
your case, ask the questions that need to be asked, and assist you in
getting the settlement your child needs.

Contact Lancione & Lancione For Answers Today

If you, your child or another loved one suffered serious injury caused
by newborn hypoxia, you should seek the advice of an experienced medical
malpractice and birth injury lawyer immediately. We invite you to call
our Rocky River office at 440-571-6862 or
contact us online at any time. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Cincinnati,
Columbus, Toledo, Akron and other communities throughout Ohio.



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