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Newborn Hypoxia & Asphyxia

Newborn hypoxia or asphyxia is caused by a partial or complete interruption of the flow of oxygenated blood to the baby’s brain. Newborn hypoxia often begins as fetal distress before or during delivery. This is one reason why the diligent monitoring of the fetal condition is so important.

In many cases of newborn hypoxia, signs of fetal distress were ignored. Nurses do not always appreciate or understand the significance of the readouts on an electronic fetal monitoring (EFHM) strip. If a nurse fails to recognize the signs of low blood flow and fetal hypoxia, or if a doctor fails to take prompt action to correct the situation, the results may include brain damage, cerebral palsy and even death.

Other conditions that may cause newborn hypoxia or asphyxia include:

  • Placental abruption
  • Uterine rupture
  • Nuchal cord (umbilical cord wrapped around the neck or another body part)
  • Preeclampsia (hypertension)
  • Epidural anesthesia improperly administered
  • Delayed delivery
  • Low amniotic fluid
  • Uterine hyperstimulation caused by misuse of Pitocin

The negligent diagnosis and treatment of any of these conditions may result in stillbirth or a child who suffers from a lasting disability, mental retardation, developmental delay, blindness or loss of hearing. Children who suffer the consequences of newborn hypoxia may require expensive long-term care.

Experienced, Trusted Lawyers Fighting For Your Child

At The Lancione Law Firm, we are champions for victims of negligent medical care and preventable medical error in Cleveland, Ohio. John Lancione comes from a legacy of three generations of birth injury attorneys. John has significant experience and a proven record of success in obtaining substantial verdicts and settlements for families who have been affected by a birth injury, such as cerebral palsy caused by newborn hypoxia.

Many times, parents are not fully informed as to what happened. Most parents don’t know to ask if the doctors performed an umbilical cord blood gas test or other diagnostic procedures to detect newborn hypoxia. If you need answers, your best interests may be served by consulting an experienced attorney who can investigate your case.

Contact John Lancione For Answers Today

We invite you to call our Rocky River or Cleveland offices at 440-331-6100 or contact us online at any time. The Lancione Law Firm is proud to serve clients in Columbus, Toledo, Rocky River, Springfield, Canton, Dayton, Hamilton, Parma, Cincinnati, Akron and Youngstown and throughout Ohio.

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