Understanding New York Oxygen Deprivation Birth Injuries

There is a critical time between when a fetus is dependent on the umbilical cord for life and when an infant needs to breathe oxygen on his or her own. When that transition is delayed a baby may suffer serious medical complications from lack of oxygen.

How Oxygen Deprivation May Occur During Childbirth

As a parent, it is important to know that many hypoxia birth injuries could have been avoided with proper medical care. Medical malpractice can result in oxygen deprivation in several different situations such as:
  • The Umbilical Cord is Compressed or Twisted and oxygen cannot reach the baby.
  • The Umbilical Cord is Around the Baby's Neck and strangles the baby.
  • The Baby Spends Too Much Time in the Birth Canal and is not able to get the necessary oxygen.
  • Meconium Aspiration occurs and meconium gets into the lungs, interfering with the baby's oxygen levels.

Potential Oxygen Deprivation Birth Injuries

A lack of oxygen can result in significant, lifelong brain damage. The extent of your child's injuries and the impact on your child's life depends on how long the child was deprived of oxygen and the part of the brain that was affected. Cerebral palsy and other medical conditions are potential complications. Additionally, many children suffer from ongoing issues with speech and language, cognitive abilities, gross motor skills, and seizures.

Contact a New York Birth Injury Lawyer if Your Child Has Been Hurt

If your child has been hurt because of a lack of oxygen during labor or delivery in New York or New Jersey then we encourage you to contact a New York hypoxia birth injury attorney for more information about your child's rights and potential recovery. Our experienced New York City injury lawyers can be reached at 1-800-PAGAN-911 or via our online contact form for more information.

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