Arizona personal injury: The effects of hypoxia on babies

For parents in Arizona and elsewhere, pregnancy is something that can be exciting and terrifying all at the same time. While it can bring joy and hope for the future, feelings of concern and worry about the health of one's baby are often present. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that can go wrong during a pregnancy, and a baby may experience significant personal injury as a result.

Hypoxia, or the lack of sufficient oxygen, is one such issue. When a baby fails to receive adequate amounts of oxygen, he or she may suffer brain damage. This can lead to a life of disability or even death.

Hypoxia can occur at anytime during pregnancy, the labor and delivery process or post-birth. There are a number of things that can result in a baby suffering inadequate oxygen levels, such as infection, umbilical cord injuries or prolapse, shoulder dystocia, blood flow disorders and heart problems. The failure to diagnose and treat any of these or numerous other potential issues in a timely manner can have devastating results.

Generally speaking, hypoxia is treatable and permanent damage is avoidable. Again, this requires swift action by medical providers. Parents who believe their children have suffered disabilities or death as a result of medical errors may be entitled to compensation. Personal injury and medical malpractice claims may be filed in an Arizona civil court against the medical staff and the facility of treatment believed responsible for any damages sustained. Cases such as these may require litigation, however, some can be resolved through out of court settlements.

Source: FindLaw, "Birth Injury: Hypoxia", Accessed on Sept. 18, 2015

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