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Perinatal Hypoxia Injuries

Answers from a West Virginia Medical Malpractice Attorney

Hypoxia occurs when the baby does not receive sufficient oxygen during delivery, which can lead to brain injury, disability, and in some cases, long-term dependency. Because of the complications related to the lack of critical oxygen before, during, and after birth, this can kill off brain cells and lead to a host of complications and conditions, including the development of cerebral palsy, cognitive disorders, and hypoxic encephalopathy.

If your child suffered from hypoxia, you may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of treatment and recovery. Call Berthold Law Firm, PLLC! (304) 605-2040.

Risk Factors of Hypoxia

In most cases, babies who suffer from a milder form of hypoxia can overcome their condition and go on to lead happy, fulfilling lives. On the other hand, babies who suffer from severe hypoxia, may suffer from debilitating, lifelong medical conditions. By not addressing hypoxia immediately, there is also a higher risk that the baby could develop a permanent disability.

These are some of the causes of hypoxia:

  • Umbilical cord injuries
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Placental abruption
  • Infection
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Oxygen deprivation
  • Brain blood vessel abnormality

Birth injuries such as hypoxia need immediate treatment. In cases of hypoxia, the reasonable method of addressing the issue would be to perform hypothermic treatment, to stabilize the baby’s condition. When a doctor or medical staff fails to respond appropriately and prevent the condition from worsening, this may be a form of malpractice. You may have a claim to pursue, so be sure to speak with a West Virginia medical malpractice lawyer to discuss your legal options.

We Fight to Recover Rightful Compensation

If your child suffered a birth injury, hypoxia, at birth, it may be a long journey ahead. Berthold Law Firm, PLLC can help ease some of those burdens and help you find the compensation you deserve. Our West Virginia personal injury attorneys have over 20 years of combined experience in both the law and health care matters.

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