Birth asphyxia, also known as perinatal asphyxia or neonatal, is a medical ailment attributed by deprivation of oxygen in a newborn infant that lasts long enough during the delivery process and causes brain injuries.
It is one of the most common conditions that occur during birth. It often causes brain injuries in the form of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This injury usually occurs during or near the delivery time.
How Does Birth Asphyxia Occur?
In the womb, the baby will receive oxygen in the form of oxygen-rich blood that is delivered to the baby from the mother through the blood vessels in the uterus and the placenta. This blood then goes through the umbilical cord into the body of the baby.
Therefore, anything that affects the mother’s ability to receive oxygen affects the vessels in the womb and the umbilical cord. As a result, there is a decrease in the amount of oxygen reaching the baby.
Some of the conditions that can affect the baby’s ability to receive oxygen include:
- Prolapsed cord
- Placental obstruction
- Cord wrapped around the baby’s neck
- Low Birth Weight Linked to Cerebral Palsy
- Low blood pressure from the mother that limits the uterus-placental circulation
- Placenta previa
- Failure to deliver quickly a baby who is in distress
- Anesthesia mistakes
- Premature rupture of the membranes
- Arrested or prolonged labor
- Intracranial hemorrhages
- Post maturity syndrome
Hiring a Birth Injury Lawyer
If your child suffered birth asphyxia, you are likely to get compensation if you can prove that medical negligence is the cause of your little one’s suffering.
To choose a good lawyer, you should:
1. Visit the law firm for a free consultation
This will give you an idea of who you will be working with. Interacting with the lawyers will tell you how professional the law firm is, and whether they take good care of their clients.
2. Ask about their expertise
While a general lawyer can handle this case, it’s always advisable to go with a specialist. They have more insight into birth injury cases and will know when you are about to be duped out of your compensation.
3. Ask questions
The right law firm will take time to answer you and explain your case as they see it in detail. They will be patient and answer all your questions and be knowledgeable about what they are talking about.
4. They have a plan
The right firm will have an idea of action they usually take when handling their birth injury related cases. The lawyer should explain this to you in detail and tell you the investigations that need to be carried out to strengthen your case.
Reputation is everything. Search online, ask your inner circle, or ask your lawyer about the firm you have in mind. Always go with reputable, transparent firms.
Most conditions resulting from perinatal asphyxia are lifelong and may have grave consequences on the overall health of the child once they grow up. Your birth attorney will help get you compensation for the injuries that will take care of expenses today and in the future. You can even get compensation for lost wages if you work with a good firm.