Asphyxia or asphyxiation is caused by oxygen deprivation and can cause unconsciousness, brain damage, or even lead to a loss of life. During labor and delivery, infants are at risk of asphyxia if they do not receive sufficient oxygen through the placenta or umbilical cord. This can occur as a result of prolonged labor, a delayed C-section, or mismanagement of a complication like shoulder dystocia.
When birth asphyxiation results from medical malpractice or negligence, the family may be able to take legal action against the at-fault doctor, nurse, or medical facility. Davis Levin Livingston is here to properly present such cases, to right these wrongs, and to help injured children get the care they deserve. The Hawaii birth injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston have fought for the injured in Hawaii for over 40 years and are standing by to help you.
For a free review of your case, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston wants to listen and help.
Why Does Birth Asphyxiation Occur?
Asphyxiation may occur during or after childbirth if there is an early separation of the placenta, if mother or baby experience a severe infection, if labor is prolonged and difficult, or if too much Pitocin is administered. It is up to the attending nurses and doctors to identify signs of fetal distress, which may indicate that the baby is not getting enough oxygen or that other problems may be present. If the nurses and doctors suspect that a baby is stuffing from asphyxia, they must respond quickly and properly.
Examples of malpractice that may lead to birth asphyxia may include:
- Failure to monitor a baby during or after delivery
- Failure to respond to fetal distress during labor or delivery
- Failure to recommend a C-section when there are complications during labor
- Delayed C-section
- Mismanagement of shoulder dystocia
- Failure to diagnose macrosomia (a large infant)
Birth asphyxiation can lead to the following conditions and injuries:
- Brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delays
- Organ damage
Helping Families in Hawaii
If your doctor or nurse failed to provide proper care and your child suffered from asphyxia as a result, a Hawaii birth injury lawyer at our firm can offer guidance and assistance. Davis Levin Livingston can investigate your case to determine whether you have a valid malpractice claim and can take the necessary steps to pursue compensation for your child’s complete care.
Call (808) 400-7517 to learn more. The attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston are committed to helping you and your child.