Hypoxia or Asphyxia: Known Cause of Cerebral Palsy
Newborn 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.
Experienced, Trusted Lawyers Fighting For Your Child
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 offices at (440) 220-4439 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.