The human brain needs oxygen to survive. After several minutes without oxygen, brain cells can die. If oxygen is not quickly restored, the victim can also die.
During a difficult childbirth, your child might be deprived of oxygen. Even if your baby survives, he or she could suffer an anoxic or hypoxic brain injury, which can lead to complications down the road. To consider your legal options, contact a Toledo birth injury attorney.
Sometimes, labor and delivery are arduous on both the mother and the baby. Many different things can go wrong, any one of which can lead to oxygen deprivation. Fortunately, many doctors will spot a problem and take the necessary steps to restore the oxygen flow to your baby. In other cases, unfortunately, a doctor makes a medical error, such as:
Every situation is different, and only an experienced medical malpractice attorney in Toledo can review the circumstances and identify if you have a valid legal claim.
Because of oxygen deprivation, many children experience developmental delays or other problems. For example, your child might experience:
Families do have treatment options. For example, your child can take medication to manage emotional problems. Physical and occupational therapy can help your child learn everyday tasks and increase mobility. The amount of improvement varies, but many children will need lifetime help managing the symptoms of their brain injury.
Sometimes birth injuries are unavoidable. However, when a doctor makes a mistake during delivery, then you might be entitled to financial compensation. At Lafferty, Gallagher & Scott, our medical malpractice attorneys in Toledo understand how to build a case against a doctor for errors made in the delivery room. To set up a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please reach out to us today.
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