In childbirth complications can occur during pregnancy or delivery which can lead to a lack of oxygen to fetal circulation compromising the newborn brain. In some instances several serious problems may arise during delivery leading to catastrophic events. One of these is severe hypoxia or a reduction in the amount of oxygen being delivered to the brain. When this occurs, the fetus is being deprived of precious oxygen required to sustain brain function. During the delivery process there are various recognizable conditions which can result in oxygen deprivation. From umbilical cord entanglements such as a “tight nuchal” cord which wraps around the baby’s neck, prolapsed cord, pinched cord due to extended labor and / or placental abruption when the placenta tears away from the mother’s womb, these serious events can cause serious brain injury to the newborn or subsequent death.
It is the job of healthcare professionals to provide adequate maternal and fetal monitoring throughout the course of pre-labor, labor and the birthing process to avoid these types of catastrophic brain injuries from occurring.
In adults, prolonged oxygen deprivation can result from numerous medical conditions which may go unrecognized by healthcare providers such as hypoxia to the brain from inaccurate delivery of anesthesia during surgery or various other types of medication error. It may also be the result of a serious traumatic brain event such as an automobile accident or the results of a product design defect in scuba diving oxygen regulator which leads to a serious hypoxic event.
Oxygen deprivation in adults can lead to long-term brain injuries that may affect cognitive abilities, behavioral disorders, confusion, possible seizures and death. Hypoxia is very serious. In infants and children oxygen deprivation may lead to cerebral palsy, which can impact the child and family members for the rest of their lives.
No matter the case, if treatment for oxygen deprivation is not provided as soon as possible, the injured individual’s brain may be severely and permanently damaged. It is heartbreaking when the injury is caused by someone else’s negligence could have been preventable.
When someone sustains any serious injury, it can be difficult to endure. But when an individual suffers a brain injury, it can be an overwhelming and life-altering experience not only for the injured person but for his or her loved ones as well. Catastrophic injuries from lack of oxygen can lead to long-term emotional stress, physical limitations and financial ruin. In fact, many clients with these types of injuries amass millions of dollars in medical bills.
If someone you love was harmed because of oxygen deprivation as a result of negligence, you may be able to take legal action. Our Florida brain injury attorneys at Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather & Littky-Rubin are ready to help. Our team guides the families of individuals who have been harmed by negligence or recklessness through the complex process of filing an injury claim. We take the time to get to know you in order to prepare your case and aggressively fight to obtain optional results for you.
Because a brain injury can impact a person’s entire life, there may be special equipment and treatment necessary. The compensation you may secure in a lawsuit can help to cover these expenses as well as lost income if you are no longer able to perform the same duties as before, medical costs for ongoing treatment and therapy, lost income earning opportunities, as well as pain and suffering in the past & future. We aim to right the wrongs done to you and provide you with the peace of mind knowing that you and your family can obtain justice. Call us today to discuss your potential claim with skilled lawyers who know how to handle brain injury cases. Your initial consultation is free.