My baby was injured from umbilical cord compression, do I have a case?
The umbilical cord is the supply line, which delivers nutrients, blood and oxygen to a fetus and removes the fetus’ waste products. When the umbilical cord prolapses, or enters the birth canal before the fetus, the baby can compress or crush the cord, which cuts off the baby’s supply of blood and oxygen. Often times, a cord prolapse occurs as a result of a breech position, premature rupture of the membranes or preterm delivery. Umbilical cord prolapse is extremely dangerous, and necessitates immediate medical intervention. An emergency C-section may need to be performed. Umbilical cord prolapse may be detected by fetal monitoring strips, which would show heart rate abnormalities, or a pelvic exam.
A nuchal cord is a cord that is wrapped around a baby’s neck. Sometimes, a nuchal cord causes no problems for a baby, but sometimes, cord compression can result and cut off the baby’s blood and oxygen flow. A nuchal cord warrants careful monitoring by medical staff to insure a healthy baby.
Any time there is compression of the umbilical cord, there is a risk of injury to the baby. The baby can suffer brain damage, cerebral palsy, or even death. The spectrum of the injury varies with the degree of oxygen deprivation to the baby. Skilled physicians and hospital staff are necessary to avoid injury. The position of the umbilical cord can often be seen on an ultrasound, which can help physicians determine risk and a proper birth strategy.
If you suspect that your doctor mismanaged your pregnancy or delivery, call our birth injury lawyers today for a free consultation. We can help. We have a team of experienced and dedicated injury lawyers ready to fight for you and your baby. Often times, our birth injury clients have increasing medical bills, and are suffering from emotional distress and even job loss as a result of their child’s injury. Not only is your baby suffering, but you may be too. Let us help you and your family. Our aggressive and experienced birth injury attorneys will seek to get you and your family the compensation you deserve. We never take a fee unless we obtain a recovery for you. Call the Philly Legal Eagles at Rizio, Hamilton & Kane for a free consultation. You have everything to gain, and nothing to lose.
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