If your child stopped breathing or experienced a loss of oxygen during childbirth, they likely sustained a severe birth injury due to this event. It is the responsibility of a doctor to ensure that a child is safely delivered. Unfortunately, some doctors may fail to follow the proper procedures when it comes to delivering an infant. If your child stopped breathing at childbirth due to medical malpractice, consult with an experienced Baltimore birth injury lawyer today. At Bennett & Heyman, we understand how an injury to a newborn could affect a family, and we are here for you. Our firm is dedicated to providing you with the legal representation that you deserve to seek compensation for your child’s injuries. Bennett & Heyman is here to explain what to do if your child stopped breathing during childbirth.
What Can Cause a Baby to Stop Breathing during Childbirth?
When giving birth to a child, a mother expects that she will receive adequate medical care from her doctor. If a doctor fails to provide a mother and child with proper medical care, it can lead to severe childbirth injuries in Maryland. For example, if a doctor makes a serious mistake when delivering a child, the child could stop breathing during childbirth.
There are a number of reasons that can explain why a child stopped breathing during childbirth. Many cases of lack of oxygen to a newborn occur because of umbilical cord complications. The following is a list of conditions that can lead to a lack of oxygen for a newborn.
In medical terms, anoxia refers to the lack of oxygen provided to organs in the body. For example, if a child stops breathing during birth, the brain, muscles, and various other organs could be affected. It can be especially dangerous if a child loses oxygen to the brain for an extended period of time, as this could lead to permanent damage and other health conditions.
Hypoxia is a condition identified by low levels of oxygen. While hypoxia can occur in multiple areas of the body, it often affects a certain body part. For example, if hypoxia affects a child’s arm, the arm may appear weakened or even shriveled.
There is a high risk of having an infant suffer from hypoxia if a mother gives birth early. If a child is born before 37 weeks, the lungs of the child may not be fully developed, which can put them at risk of losing oxygen during the birthing process.
As mentioned, complications with the umbilical cord often cause a child to be deprived of oxygen. For example, if a child’s umbilical cord became wrapped around their neck during birth, this is a serious hazard that can significantly cut off oxygen to the brain and cause hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Additionally, if a child’s umbilical cord was pinched or prolapsed, these are other medical issues that can severely harm the child.
There are other circumstances that can lead to a child suffering from a lack of oxygen. To learn more about filing a lawsuit against a negligent doctor that caused your child’s injuries, continue reading and speak with an experienced Maryland medical malpractice lawyer as soon as possible.
Liability for a Childbirth Injury in Maryland
If your child was injured during the childbirth process, you are likely considering filing a medical malpractice lawsuit against the doctor responsible for their injuries. Our firm is here to help you learn who is responsible for the child’s injuries and to seek compensation from those parties.
It is important to know that there could be multiple parties responsible when a baby suffers a birth injury. As you might expect, the doctor that caused the child’s injuries could be held liable. For example, if a doctor did not have a plan to perform an emergency cesarean section to avoid anoxia or hypoxia, this could be used as evidence in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
The hospital that employs the doctor could also be held liable for the doctor’s negligent actions. This is possible under the doctrine of respondeat superior. This doctrine allows a victim of an accident to hold an employer vicariously liable for the actions of an employee. Specifically, an employer could be held liable for the actions of an employee that were performed in furtherance of the employer’s goals.
Note, however, that some hospitals may try to avoid liability for medical malpractice by hiring a doctor as an independent contractor. This means that the hospital would not have complete control over the actions a doctor takes when treating a patient. Hospitals typically do not employ nurses and other similar staff as independent contractors.
Our firm understands the fear of learning your child was injured at birth, and we are here for you. We can help you weigh your legal options to seek compensation for your injuries.
Work with Our Committed Maryland Childbirth Injury Lawyers Today
If your child developed a serious injury due to a loss of oxygen during childbirth, consult with an experienced Baltimore infant brain injury lawyer. The legal team at Bennett & Heyman possesses a broad range of experience litigating complex legal claims, and we are ready to work with you. You do not have to fight your medical malpractice claim alone. Contact Bennett & Heyman at (410) 429-7856 to schedule a free legal consultation. You can also contact the firm online.