Understanding Intrauterine Hypoxia (IH) As It Relates To Medical Malpractice

Intrauterine hypoxia (IH) occurs when a fetus is deprived of oxygen. Birth asphyxia describes the baby being deprived of oxygen just before, during or right after delivery. The attorneys at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices know that medical errors that cause IH can result in permanent disabilities.

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Was Your Child Deprived Of Oxygen In The Womb?

There are many reasons a fetus or baby may be deprived of oxygen. These include:

  • Prolonged labor
  • Maternal sedation
  • Difficult breech deliveries
  • Problems with the umbilical cord
  • Fetal malnutrition

The oxygen supply of both the mother and child are usually closely monitored during labor and delivery. Obstetricians need to make a decision if they determine that a fetus, baby or mother:

  • Has a depressed or irregular heartbeat
  • Needs extra oxygen
  • Shows symptoms that a rapid delivery needs to be performed

A lack of oxygen is the most common cause of birth injury leading to infant brain injuries. It can be prevented with more frequent use of cesarean section deliveries if the fetus is in distress. On the other hand, exposing the infant to labor tends to prevent respiratory problems right after birth.

It is the responsibility of the obstetrician to make the right medical choice for each infant at each stage of the birth process. The wrong decision made by a physician or health care worker could be medical malpractice.

The Monetary And Emotional Toll Of Hypoxia-Related Brain Injuries

IH can cause problems that may be tragic or long-term. Some of these include:

  • Fetal death: IH may cause death before, during or right after delivery.
  • Sudden infant death syndrome: IH can be a cause of sudden infant death syndrome, also known as SIDS.
  • Nervous system damage: IH could also cause central nervous system damage, resulting in long-term developmental issues.
  • Neurological disorders: IH has also been implicated as a cause of disorders like ADHD, epilepsy and even eating disorders.
  • Cardiac birth defects: IH may also be a cause of cardiac or circulatory system birth defects.

Hypoxia is the root cause of some of the most costly types of birth injuries.

If your baby suffered from hypoxia, or asphyxia occurred as a result of inadequate monitoring and poor medical decisions, your family may be entitled to compensation for both medical costs and long-term care. The Illinois and Wisconsin hypoxia and asphyxia attorneys at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices can review your medical records and uncover the truth.

Tell Us About Your Birth Injury Concerns

Did your infant suffer or die because of birth hypoxia or asphyxia? Our Chicago and Milwaukee hypoxia lawyers at Jeffrey M. Goldberg Law Offices offer a free initial consultation and case review. Call us at 888-396-3914 or contact us online. Appointments are available at our Chicago or Milwaukee law offices, or we can meet you off-site. Our clients never pay any fee unless we win.