Pittsburgh Birth Asphyxia Lawyers
Dedicated Medical Malpractice Attorneys Represent the Rights and Interests of Families Whose Children Have Been Injured by Birth Asphyxia in Pittsburgh, PA
If a baby is unable to receive sufficient oxygen during pregnancy and labor or immediately after delivery, the baby will suffer from a condition known as birth asphyxia. Birth asphyxia can lead to serious or permanent injuries including, most critically, brain damage and disability. Birth asphyxia can usually be avoided with adequate monitoring of the baby during delivery and with timely medical response to get the baby oxygen and stop permanent damage from occurring. Unfortunately, when medical providers act negligently and fail to timely identify when a baby is suffering from birth asphyxia or to act quickly to treat the asphyxia and stop permanent damage from occurring, those healthcare providers may be responsible for medical malpractice.
The consequences of birth asphyxia can be both catastrophic and permanent, including intellectual and physical disabilities or organ damage requiring significant medical and personal care for the rest of a baby’s life. The damage that a baby can be left with due to birth asphyxia can prevent him or her from being able to attend regular school or pursue many professional careers. As a result, a child who is the victim of birth asphyxia due to a medical provider’s negligence may end up being robbed of a full life.
If your child has been the victim of birth asphyxia that resulted from a healthcare provider’s negligence, you deserve to seek maximum financial compensation and justice for your child. Contact the Pittsburgh attorneys of Berger & Lagnese today for a free case review to discuss the details of your potential medical malpractice claim and to learn more about how our firm may be able to help you secure the outcome to your case that your child deserves.
Common Causes of Birth Asphyxia
Birth asphyxia can occur from any number of causes, including:
- Low oxygen levels in the mother’s blood
- Hypertension (high blood pressure) or hypotension (low blood pressure) suffered by the mother
- Premature placental abruption
- Compression or crushing of the umbilical cord
- Blockage of the baby’s airway
- Blockage of the birth canal
- Ruptured uterus
- Anesthesia errors during delivery or during surgery performed on a pregnant mother
- Prolonged labor
- Restriction of fetal blood vessels
Although many of these conditions do not themselves arise as a result of healthcare provider negligence, treating medical professionals must nonetheless be vigilant during pregnancy, delivery, and post-delivery to make sure they promptly recognize when any of these conditions do occur. Failing to timely recognize when a baby is suffering from birth asphyxia and to render proper treatment, such as performing an emergency C-section, may constitute medical malpractice on the part of treating professionals.
When Your Baby Has Suffered Birth Asphyxia, Berger & Lagnese Will Help You and Your Family Hold Negligent Healthcare Providers Accountable
If you’ve had a child who has suffered significant or permanent injuries or disabilities due to your medical providers’ failure to recognize and timely treat birth asphyxia, you and your family deserve to hold those providers accountable to provide you and your family with the compensation your child needs for his or her treatment and care and to help him or her live as productive a life as possible. At Berger & Lagnese, our experienced medical malpractice attorneys understand the complex nature of many birth injury cases. We know what it takes to thoroughly investigate cases involving birth asphyxia to determine whether your child’s injuries and harm were the result of a medical provider’s carelessness or negligent treatment decisions.
We are committed to ensuring that you and your family receive full and fair compensation from those responsible for the harm caused to your child. We know that medical providers and hospitals will aggressively defend against birth asphyxia claims and try to avoid liability. We won’t rest until we’ve gotten your child and your family the accountability and justice that you deserve. We are prepared to fight to get you and your family full compensation in settlement, or if necessary to advocate on your behalf in court and at trial.
Contact a Pittsburgh Medical Malpractice Lawyer from Berger & Lagnese Today to Discuss Your Birth Asphyxia Claim
If you’ve had a child who suffered birth asphyxia during delivery due to the negligence of the delivery team, you and your family may be entitled to financial compensation for your child’s injuries, which can help you provide the care and resources your child may need to cope with his or her birth asphyxia injuries. Schedule a free, no-obligation initial case review with a Pittsburgh birth injury attorney from Berger & Lagnese today to learn more about your legal rights and options and about how having our attorneys to help you pursue your claim can maximize your family’s financial recovery.
Frequently Asked Questions about Birth Asphyxia in Pittsburgh, PA
FAQ: Do I and my family have a claim for compensation if my medical team failed to take steps to prevent my baby from suffering brain damage after he or she suffered from birth asphyxia?
Potentially. Under some circumstances, it may be possible to use certain treatment methods, such as hypothermia treatment, to prevent a baby from suffering permanent brain damage due to birth asphyxia; however, such treatment must be started within a couple of hours of delivery. Our experienced attorneys can investigate your case to determine whether your medical providers should have diagnosed your baby’s brain injury due to birth asphyxia and whether they could have taken steps to prevent permanent damage or disability.
FAQ: What can I and my family be compensated for if my baby was injured by birth asphyxia?
If your baby has suffered treatable injuries or permanent disabilities due to birth asphyxia, you and your family may be entitled to compensation for damages such as the cost to treat your baby’s injuries caused by his or her brain asphyxia, the costs of long-term care and rehabilitation necessitated by permanent disabilities caused by brain asphyxia, and your child’s lost quality of life due to disabilities or disfigurement caused by brain asphyxia.