The process of giving birth is generally a safe one in the developed world, and doctors are now equipped to deal with almost every possible situation. Pregnant women are monitored throughout their pregnancy, and, in doing this, any risks should be brought to light so that doctors can be fully prepared.
Unfortunately, sometimes complications arise during labor that lead to birth injuries. This can happen for a number of different reasons, and the types of birth injuries are very broad. Birth injuries can be traumatic enough to be permanent in the lifetime of the newborn baby.
Infant Hypoxic Ischemic EncephalopathyInfant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a serious birth injury that can be the result of a child not receiving enough oxygen and blood, often during delivery. When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a prolonged period of time, and when, at the same time, the vital organs are deprived of blood, the body can suffer severely.
Symptoms of a newborn baby suffering from infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy could be a low heart rate, weak breathing or a blueish skin tone. A baby can be diagnosed with the condition by having an MRI scan or a CT scan conducted.
The long-term consequences infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy can depend on the severity of the situation. However, the babies will likely suffer brain damage to some extent. There are treatments available that can help to reverse the brain damage. However, it can potentially affect the child's motor skills, brain development and could lead to epilepsy.
Can I hold my medical provider liable for my child's Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?
Although there are many factors that can increase the likelihood of injury due to hypoxia and ischemia, doctors should be prepared to deal with the situation and foresee these risks. If you believe that a situation was mismanaged during delivery that led to this birth injury, you may be able to file a medical malpractice claim.
If your child or has suffered a birth injury that you believe could have been prevented by a competent doctor, it is important to take action and hold the responsible parties accountable.