April 05, 2020

When Should Parents Sue for Birth Asphyxia?

No parents or expecting parents expect complications during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. But complications are far more common than you might think, and birth asphyxia is one of the most devastating. 

Suing for birth asphyxia isn’t always possible, but when your medical team made a fatal error that injured or killed your newborn, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Read on to learn more about birth asphyxia and how negligence by medical professionals can cause it. 

What Is Birth Asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia refers to an unborn or newborn baby suffering from oxygen loss. This condition can be fatal or result in serious injury, usually to the brain, when not diagnosed or treated. 

Damage can also occur in the heart, liver, lungs, or kidneys, but brain damage is the most concerning. Infants who survive birth asphyxia have been known to suffer from cerebral palsy, development and neurodevelopmental delays, as well as seizures, epilepsy, and cognitive delays

If your baby has suffered from birth asphyxia and you have reason to believe that medical negligence may be the cause of their injury or death, you might have a birth injury lawsuit on your hands. 

Negligence in Asphyxiation at Birth

When a healthcare provider fails to notice the symptoms of birth asphyxia or fails to provide the necessary treatment to prevent serious injury or death, a medical malpractice lawsuit may be appropriate. Signs of birth asphyxia include acidosis, a drop in maternal blood pressure, weak breathing, skin discoloration, low muscle tone, and poor Apgar scores

Reach Out to a Kentucky Birth Injury Lawyer

If your baby suffered from birth asphyxia and was seriously injured or died due to the damage, you may be able to bring the liable party to justice. Get help pursuing a lawsuit with the assistance of a qualified Kentucky birth injury lawyer at Wilt and Thompson, PLLC, at your earliest convenience. 

We can be reached via the quick contact form below or by phone at 502-253-9110 to schedule a free claim review.