During pregnancy and delivery, umbilical cords can wrap around a child’s neck. Unfortunately, this can be a serious and sometimes life-threatening condition. If doctors fail to promptly identify and properly treat nuchal cords, both the mother and child can be at risk.
For years, our compassionate attorneys have represented injured mothers and their infants after doctors made critical errors while identifying, monitoring and treating nuchal cords. If your doctor was negligent, we can help you to hold them accountable for their mistake and obtain fair compensation for your injury and losses.
When Are A Doctor’s Actions Considered Medical Malpractice?
Physicians must adhere to a certain standard of care. However, when physicians breach their duty of care and their patients sustain injuries and damages as a result, patients can file medical malpractice lawsuits.
Medical errors involving nuchal cords can occur when doctors and their staff:
- Do not monitor and manage the child’s heart rate during labor and delivery
- Fail to perform emergency C-sections when necessary
- Neglect to identify risk factors and fetal distress based on obstetrical ultrasound and sonogram results
- Do not take appropriate measures to dislodge the cord
Untreated Nuchal Cords Can Have Catastrophic Results
When the umbilical cord is compressed, prolapsed or knotted, grave birth injuries can occur. If your doctor does not identify and treat nuchal cords appropriately, the child may suffer:
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
- Brain Damage
- Cognitive and physical delays
- Cerebral Palsy
Do Not Miss The Statute Of Limitations
It is critical to file a lawsuit within Kentucky’s statute of limitations for medical malpractice. You have one year from the date you knew or should have reasonably knew that the birth injury was a result of a medical error.
Likewise, may also file within one year of the date which you stopped being treated from the negligent doctor. If the mother has passed away, a lawsuit may be filed within one year of a personal representative being appointed to the estate.
Contact A Lawyer Who Is Experienced In Nuchal Cords
You are not alone. Together we will file suit against the negligent physician and seek the compensation you are entitled to receive. Schedule a complimentary consultation at our Louisville office today by calling 800-675-4691 or filling out ouronline appointment request form.