Hypoxia (Low Oxygen)

Birth DefectsFetal hypoxia (low (oxygen) means that the fetus’ brain is not receiving enough oxygen during the birth process. Fetal hypoxia is an emergency situation that can lead to brain damage, disability, or even death if proper action is not taken immediately.

Medical negligence and hypoxia

During labor and delivery, it is important for the medical team to closely monitor both mother and child for signs of hypoxia, such as a low fetal heart rate. If the doctors and nurses overseeing the birth fail to recognize the early warning signs or fail to take timely action to prevent injury to the baby, they may be liable for damages in a successful birth injury lawsuit.

Risk factors and symptoms of hypoxia

There are certain situations that contribute to the risk of hypoxia during birth.  When these risk factors are present, doctors and nurses are charged with notice and must be extremely vigilant in their observation of both mother and fetus. If any symptoms of fetal distress appear, they will be required to act quickly and competently. For example, the attending team may need to perform an immediate C-section or employ other specialized maneuvers in order to prevent injury to the baby.

Risk factors and indications of hypoxia include:

  • Maternal health problems such as diabetes, preeclampsia, or heart disease
  • Uterine scar  rupture
  • Fetal distress or changes in fetal heartrate

Left untreated, fetal hypoxia can have devastating consequences, including:

  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)
  • Mental retardation or cognitive impairment
  • Chronic lung or heart disease
  • Death

Fetal hypoxia lawsuit

If your baby suffered hypoxia and resulting birth injuries, you may be eligible to file a birth injury lawsuit.  Successful claims allow victims of medical malpractice some sense of justice.  Talk to a birth injury lawyer today and learn whether you may qualify for compensation.

The birth injury attorneys at Balkin & Eisbrouch have a comprehensive knowledge of fetal hypoxia birth injuries and the current standards of medical care expected of delivery room staff and facilities. Our large network of medical experts and investigators is built on over 40 years of trial experience in this area of litigation. We offer free legal consultation and charge no fees for our services unless we are able to win compensation on your behalf. Call us today and see if we can help.