Childbirth is a natural process, but it is not always without complications. If the delivery team does not react quickly and properly, these complications can result in a serious injury to the mother or her baby.
Through no fault of the doctor, the umbilical cord could become entangled around the baby’s neck. If the doctor does not react correctly, the baby could suffer serious injury due to lack of oxygen, or cerebral hypoxia. A baby can swallow amniotic fluid blocking his/her airway resulting in lack of oxygen.
If the baby does not receive immediate assistance, cerebral hypoxia may result in brain injuries or death. Children with brain injuries caused by oxygen deprivation at birth may require medical care for the rest of their lives. The cost to care for a child with such needs can be crippling. Parents should not be forced to pay for mistakes made in the delivery room.
Children with injuries caused by brain damage at birth should not suffer because a medical professional failed to treat cerebral hypoxia. Compensation may be available to children who suffered birth injuries caused by delivery complications. Contact the Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyers at Anapol Weiss to find out if you are eligible for compensation of medical expenses related to a birth injury.