Hypoxia occurs when the body is deprived of sufficient oxygen. Babies are at risk of hypoxia during labor and delivery from a number of factors, including umbilical cord compression and placental abruption. Tragically, the consequences of hypoxia may be permanent.
Minor hypoxia may result in temporary complications, but these typically resolve on their own over time. More severe cases of hypoxia may result in permanent damage to the brain. Cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia, and similar disorders may all be a result of hypoxia. So too might fetal acidosis, a potentially fatal condition linked to oxygen deprivation.
Babies who suffer hypoxia during labor and delivery do not deserve the consequences they are forced to live with. Families with children who have developed neurological disorders due to medical negligence do not deserve the consequences they are forced to live with. Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance can help. Call our Atlanta office today at 404-760-7400 to schedule a complimentary case review and learn how.
Causes of Hypoxia
Hypoxia is caused by a lack of oxygen. This can happen when a fetus is not properly monitored during labor and delivery. It may also occur when medical conditions, such as infections, are not dealt with prior to delivery.
Placental abruption is a leading cause of hypoxia. Occurring in less than 1% of births, placental abruption may be linked to smoking during pregnancy. It may also be related to preeclampsia, intrauterine infection, chronic high blood pressure and other issues that should be dealt with before delivery.
Umbilical cord compression is another leading cause of hypoxia. Changing the position of the mother or manually readjusting the cord may be required in these cases to prevent oxygen deprivation.
In addition to placental abruption and umbilical cord compression, common causes of hypoxia include:
- Umbilical cord injuries
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Cardiovascular collapse
- Shoulder dystocia
In many cases, hypoxia is avoidable, making the damage it does entirely unnecessary. If your baby was deprived of oxygen during labor or delivery, call our firm today to schedule your free birth injury case review and let us help you determine the best course of action.
How Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance can Help
Our team of birth injury lawyers has the experience and resources necessary to successfully litigate these complex cases. We work with skilled medical professionals to review records, exhaustively pouring over every detail of your labor and delivery to find any and all instances of medical negligence. We are committed to helping families struggling with birth injury get justice. We will stand by your side and fight tirelessly for that end.
Attorney Lourie further enhances our birth injury team through his previous work building defenses against birth injury claims. Having this experience allows us to better understand the arguments, tactics, and data used by birth injury defense lawyers – and gives us the powerful ability to deconstruct those arguments with great precision.
The birth injury attorneys at Watkins, Lourie, Roll & Chance are here to help your family get justice. Call us at 404-760-7400 to schedule your consultation and learn more. We maintain two offices in Atlanta. We serve families living in all areas of Georgia.