Hypoxia Injuries In Newborns Must Be Taken Seriously
Hypoxia is a devastating injury for a newborn. In the most severe cases, the child suffers permanent brain damage and will need lifelong assistance.
If your child suffered a brain injury due to the negligence of a medical provider, you may be entitled to compensation to help you and your child face the challenges ahead. The attorneys of Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli and Pratt P.A. are here to help you explore your legal options. We are located in Miami, Florida, but we handle severe birth trauma cases nationwide. Call 305-744-5888 to discuss your case with an experienced and compassionate lawyer.
What Causes Hypoxia?
Hypoxia is caused by oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery. Oxygen deprivation may be caused by the failure of the doctor to respond promptly to signs of fetal distress, delayed delivery or delayed Caesarian section. It can also be caused by pre-term birth when the child’s lungs are not fully developed.
Our lawyers work with leading medical experts who can review the circumstances of your child’s birth to determine if the doctor and hospital staff did everything they should have done to prevent hypoxia and/or treat it promptly.
What Are The Symptoms Of Hypoxia?
Symptoms of mild or moderate brain injury in newborns caused by hypoxia (also known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy) may include:
- Behavioral issues such as poor feeding, irritability or excessive crying
- Sleepiness or lethargy
- Poor grasping and sucking reflexes
- Periods of apnea
Symptoms of severe hypoxia may include stupor or coma. Breathing may be irregular, and the infant may not respond to physical stimulus.
A number of tests can confirm whether a brain injury has occurred, including a head CT scan, MRI or electroencephalogram.
Can Hypoxia Be Treated?
Mild or moderate hypoxia can be successfully treated by therapies such as immersion in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber. Without treatment, however, brain damage may be permanent.