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What Should I Do If My Baby Suffered From Birth Asphyxia in Pennsylvania?

What Should I Do If My Baby Suffered From Birth Asphyxia?

Birth injuries happen every day. They affect millions of babies each year. Some birth injuries are caused by medical malpractice, negligence, or from accidents.

In any case, birth injuries can cause lifelong consequences. If you believe that your child was injured at birth, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you need an experienced attorney to represent you.

At Justice Guardians, we know how difficult it can be to have a child injured in a birth injury or to lose a child to a birth injury. Our birth injury lawyers take the time to thoroughly investigate your claim and answer your questions. We will work to recover fair compensation for you and your family.

Local birthing centers:

  • Inner Circle Midwifery
  • Philadelphia Midwife Collective
  • Einstein Ob/Gyn at Wayne Avenue
  • The Family Practice and Counseling Network (FPCN)

What is Birth Asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia is the fifth largest cause of infant mortality, according to NCBI. Birth asphyxia refers to an abnormal condition in newborn babies that occurs when oxygen levels in the baby's bloodstream fall below normal. This may happen due to several factors, such as low birth weight, premature delivery, maternal smoking, and lack of prenatal care.

Birth asphyxia occurs when oxygen levels in the baby's bloodstream drop below normal levels. This happens when the baby isn't breathing properly. It may happen due to several factors, such as prolonged labor, cord prolapse, placental abruption, maternal fever, premature rupture of membranes, fetal distress, or trauma.

Causes of birth asphyxia:

There are two main causes of birth asphyxia:

• Premature separation of the placenta from the uterine wall

Premature separation of the placental villi from the uterine wall leads to low blood flow. Villous detachment usually occurs between 24 hours and 72 hours after delivery.

• Low blood flow to the baby

Low blood flow to the baby may result from an abnormally short umbilical cord or a tight knot in the cord.

Symptoms of birth asphyxia include:

  • Blue coloration of the skin
  • Weakness
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Pale lips
  • Cold extremities
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Difficulty sucking
  • Breathing problems

What Should I Do if My Baby Suffers From Asphyxia in PA?

Asphyxia is a serious medical condition that occurs during childbirth when a baby's lungs do not receive enough oxygen. This can cause brain damage and permanent disability or even death. In fact, it is responsible for an estimated 900,000 deaths each year per the WHO. 

When an asphyxiated baby is born in Pennsylvania, the parents have a right to seek compensation. If you believe that your baby was harmed by the negligence of a PA medical professional, you should contact our PA birth injury lawyers right away.

At Justice Guardians, our team of PA birth injury attorneys has years of experience representing the interests of asphyxiated babies and their families. We know what it takes to win a birth injury lawsuit, and we will help you achieve the best possible outcome. Contact us today for a free case review and to learn how we can help you.

Who Is Liable for Birth Asphyxia Injuries?

While there is no single cause for a birth injury, many are caused by obstetricians or other medical negligence. Many doctors and hospitals are negligent in their care of newborn babies, and as a result, babies suffer brain damage and other birth injuries. When a doctor or hospital is negligent in caring for a newborn baby, they are liable for the injuries. If you suffered a birth injury or your baby did, contact our Philadelphia law firm for a free consultation with our birth injury attorneys.

If you were injured during your pregnancy or your child's birth, it is important to seek legal representation immediately. The longer you wait, the more likely you will lose your compensation rights.

Common Causes For Birth Injuries:

Medical Malpractice

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers are often held accountable for birth injuries. This occurs when they fail to provide adequate care during labor and delivery. For example, doctors may fail to diagnose a condition that leads to complications during childbirth. They may also prescribe medications that lead to birth injuries.

Hospital Negligence

Some hospitals are negligent for failing to provide safe conditions for mothers and newborns. Hospital staff may fail to monitor patients during labor and delivery properly. They may also fail to provide sufficient equipment to ensure safety.

Nurse Negligence

A nurse may fail to assess a mother's health status adequately. She may also fail to administer the necessary medication. These actions can lead to birth injuries. Nurses may also fail to provide proper supervision during labor and delivery. This can expose mothers and infants to unnecessary risks.

Accident Liability

An accident victim may sue another party for causing her injuries. This happens when one person negligently causes harm to another. For example, a driver may run a red light. He may hit a pedestrian. His insurance company may pay for his damages. But he may also face liability for the injuries suffered by the pedestrian.

What Type of Compensation Is Available?

In these situations, parents often find themselves struggling to pay medical bills and raise their child alone.

This is why compensation for birth injuries is so vital. Contact us today if you believe your child was injured due to negligence. We offer free consultations and case evaluations. We understand that birth injuries can cause lifelong damage. That's why we fight for justice for our clients. Our team has helped thousands of families recover damages after suffering a birth injury.

Here are some types of compensation available for birth injuries:

  • Medical Bills - Medical bills can add up quickly. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your medical expenses.
  • Lost Wages - Lost wages are another common form of compensation for birth injuries. This compensation covers lost earnings due to missed school days, doctor visits, and any other costs associated with raising an infant.
  • Pain & Suffering - Pain and suffering is one of the biggest components of birth injury settlements. This compensation covers pain and suffering experienced by the child and his/her family.
  • Future Care Costs - Future care costs include future medical treatments and therapies. These costs may be incurred over the course of the child's lifetime.
  • Childcare Expenses - Childcare expenses are another common form of compensating for birth injuries. This coverage pays for childcare services provided by nannies, babysitters, and other caregivers.
  • Legal Fees - Legal fees cover legal representation for the birth injury claim. This compensation helps offset the cost of hiring a lawyer to represent you in court.

Can You File a Medical Malpractice Claim for Birth Asphyxia?

At Justice Guardians, we handle birth injury cases all over the country and specialize in medical malpractice for injuries that occur during birth. Many children suffer from oxygen deprivation at birth, known as birth asphyxia. Brain damage occurs as a result of oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation is a type of medical malpractice, and it is possible to file a medical malpractice claim for birth asphyxia.

Our law firm has helped families throughout the United States receive compensation for medical malpractice and medical errors. We know how to fight insurance companies and hospitals for birth injuries, and we understand how to maximize the benefits available to our clients.

If you or your child suffered a birth injury due to medical malpractice, we can help you get financial compensation for your suffering. Call us for a free case evaluation today.

How Do I File a Claim for Birth Asphyxia-Related Injuries in PA?

In Pennsylvania, birth asphyxia claims can be filed. Here are three steps to follow to file an asphyxia claim in PA:

  • Step 1: File a Complaint with the Department of Public Welfare

First, contact the Department of Public Welfare to report your case. 

  • Step 2: Submit Medical Records

After you file a complaint, the Department of Public Welfare will request medical records from the hospital where your child was treated. Medical records include any reports made by doctors or nurses regarding your baby's condition after delivery. They may also include reports made by physicians who examined your baby after birth.

  • Step 3: Request a Hearing

After receiving medical records, the Department of Public welfare will schedule a hearing to determine whether your baby suffered from birth asphyxia. At the hearing, the Department of Public Health will present evidence that your baby suffered from birth injury. This evidence may include expert testimony from a physician, nurse, or other healthcare professional. If the court finds that your baby suffered from asphyxia, you may be entitled to financial compensation.

If you live in Pennsylvania, contact our law firm today to learn more about filing a birth asphyxia lawsuit. We offer free consultations and legal representation based on a contingency fee. 

Should You Hire a Birth Injury Attorney?

At Justice Guardians PA, we know that birth asphyxia can cause devastating effects to the infant and his or her family. If you suspect that your child was born with a birth injury and was subjected to medical malpractice, you should consult with a birth injury lawyer for a free case review.

A birth injury lawyer can help you understand your legal options and help you file a claim for birth injury compensation. Our team of birth injury lawyers in Pennsylvania understands the legal process and the financial consequences of filing a birth injury lawsuit.

Contact a PA Birth Injury Lawyer for Help With Your Birth Injury Claim

When you have a baby, you want to give them everything they need to live a happy and healthy life. Unfortunately, sometimes medical mistakes occur during pregnancy that can lead to birth injuries. Birth injuries are a real concern and can be devastating. It is important that you speak with a PA birth injury lawyer about your options and how to get the compensation you deserve. At Justice Guardians PA, we believe that every person has the right to a safe birth.

At Justice Guardians, we work hard to hold doctors accountable for their actions and to help families receive the full financial compensation they deserve. Contact us today to schedule a free case review.

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David Petrone
Date Published: October 12, 2022
David Petrone is a personal injury attorney at Justice Guardians.
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