It is vitally important for fetuses to have a steady supply of oxygen. When this supply is limited or cut off, they can suffer birth injuries that leave them permanently disabled. For more than 45 years, the birth injury attorneys at Goldberg & Schulkin Law Offices have been helping families hold negligent medical professionals accountable.
Poor oxygen flow to the fetus during or following labor and delivery is called birth asphyxia. There are different reasons the oxygen flow may be interrupted, including:
Medical professionals have a responsibility to carefully monitor the health of both mother and fetus during pregnancy and birth and to take quick action if something is wrong. Failure to meet this responsibility is negligence and can result in serious health consequences for newborns.
Symptoms of birth asphyxia include bluish skin, breathing difficulties, low or abnormal heart rate, weak reflexes, and high levels of acid in the blood. Treatment may involve giving the mother oxygen before delivery, emergency delivery, or Caesarean section, assisted ventilation for the baby, or medications.
Birth asphyxia can have serious long-term effects for children. These include developmental delays, learning disorders, poor motor skills, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy. Children may require lifelong medical care, as well as therapy, tutoring, and other special needs. The expenses can become overwhelming for families.
If the negligence of a doctor or other medical professional caused your child’s asphyxia, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Medical professionals rarely admit to any fault, however, and hospitals and insurance companies will stand by them because they know there is a lot of money at stake.
Our legal team knows how to gather evidence so we can learn what really happened. We review all medical records and other important documentation. We identify and interview witnesses. We often consult medical experts who can help us understand if the medical professional involved acted appropriately.
Our attorneys build strong cases that prove medical negligence was responsible for your child’s asphyxia. When insurance companies see that we are well-prepared to fight for your rights, they become much more willing to negotiate a settlement, but we are not interested in a quick settlement that helps them save money.
Any resolution of your case must be one that works for your situation. We determine the needs that your child and your family will have as a result of a birth injury – both now and in the future. Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and will fight for the best possible outcome. Our track record includes getting many sizable settlements and verdicts for clients.
Insurance companies will fight hard to prevent you from recovering the compensation you need and deserve, and they have high-priced lawyers looking out for their best interests. Our attorneys have the experience and the knowledge needed to take them on, and we are committed to getting results.
Learn more about how we can help during a free consultation with one of our birth injury attorneys. Contact us to schedule a time that is convenient for you. We’ll review your options and answer any questions that you have.