Perinatal Asphyxia Lawyers
If you suspect your child was the victim of medical negligence due to birth asphyxia and suffered permanent injury, severe injury, or death, call Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. to find out more about your rights. We understand that the loss or injury of a child is devastating for the entire family. Our firm has represented injury victims since 1979 and would be honored to discuss your case. Call (713) 932-0777 for more information.
What is Perinatal Asphyxia?
Perinatal asphyxia is damage done to a newborn infant as a result of the deprivation of oxygen to the brain and/or other organs. While it can affect many major organs, brain damage and heart damage are the two most concerning. It occurs as a result of a disruption of blood flow to the fetus during the birthing process. Other names for this condition include Birth Asphyxia and Neonatal Asphyxia.
What Causes Neonatal Asphyxia?
Neonatal Asphyxia is simply the deprivation of oxygen to a newborn child. This may be a result of a failure to monitor the blood pressure of the mother allowing it to drop for long periods. It can also occur due to direct compression of the umbilical cord for sufficient time to cause damage either by the cord being wrapped around the baby, entangled with arms and legs of the baby, or direct pinching by forceps or other tools.
What Damage Does Birth Asphyxia Do?
Birth asphyxia can cause damage to major organs including the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys, and liver. Damage to the brain may include the development of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or intraventricular bleeding (bleeding in the brain).
If your child has suffered serious or permanent injuries from birth asphyxia, call us today for a free consultation with a childbirth injury attorney regarding your child’s case. Your child’s future is worth the time to obtain a free consultation. (713) 932-0777.