Numerous severe complications can result from a single medical error, especially when the victim is a newborn. Each of these complications, itself, can lead to other medical problems, creating a horrible domino effect that can drastically impact someone's well-being.
One of these complications is when a newborn is deprived of oxygen, whether during delivery or in the womb. When this happens, it is often the result of a medical error or instance of medical malpractice and frequently leads to serious complications that are costly to fix or treat.
Medical Errors Can Lead to Oxygen Deprivation in Newborns
One of the worst things that can happen to a child in the course of delivery is being deprived of oxygen. Unfortunately, there are a whole host of medical errors that can happen during labor that deprives the child of oxygen.
Some of them happen even before labor begins. If the child is positioned strangely in the womb and this is not noticed and corrected, the umbilical cord can cut off or diminish the oxygen supply to the child's brain. Additionally, medication taken by the child's mother can lead to complications in the uterus.
Other complications can occur during delivery. Traumatic deliveries can prevent the child from breathing during the process, leading to oxygen deprivation that can last entire minutes.
Lack of Oxygen Can Lead to Other Medical Conditions
If a newborn is deprived of oxygen for a considerable period of time at any point during their utero development or during delivery, it can manifest in medical problems not just in the moment, but years afterwards, as well. Some of these medical conditions caused by a lack of oxygen include the following.
Costs of Treating Medical Conditions Caused by Oxygen Deprivation
The medical conditions that are caused by a newborn's lack of oxygen are not easy to fix and often require thousands of dollars. These costs appear in a variety of ways, including the following.
- Surgical expenses
- Visits to doctors and specialists
- Physical therapy
- Behavioral therapy
- Special education expenses
- In-home care specialists
- Medical equipment
- Home modifications
Many of these costs are not covered by insurance companies, though the well-being that they provide are considerable both to the young victim and their family.
Birth Injury Attorneys Can Help
This is where the birth injury attorneys at the law office of Gilman & Bedigian can help. By fighting for the rights and interests of both you and your hurt child inside and outside of the courtroom, we can ensure you both get the care you need and deserve. There is no reason why your child should have to fight uphill for their entire life when they were not the one responsible for their injuries. Getting the compensation you need and deserve is what our attorneys do.
Contact us online for the legal help you need to get the compensation that will make a difference in your child's life.