Any type of Kentucky birth injury can cause physical disabilities or mental issues for innocent children and emotional pain and suffering for the family involved. When a baby is deprived of oxygen during labor and delivery, a serious birth injury can occur. One way this can happen is from a prolapsed umbilical cord.
The umbilical cord carries oxygen, nutrients, and blood to the baby in the womb. It is essentially the baby’s lifeline before birth. When the umbilical cord is compressed or pinched, it can cut off oxygen and everything else a baby needs to survive. Umbilical cords can also become wrapped around the baby’s neck or body during delivery, which can also limit the amount of oxygen a baby receives.
Doctors should notice if the unborn baby has an abnormal heart rate by carefully monitoring the baby. If abnormal, it could be a sign of umbilical cord complications. With an abnormal heart rate, doctors should quickly do the following:
- Promptly give the expectant mother extra oxygen
- Turn the mother onto her left side
- Deliver the child through an emergency c-section
If the doctor fails to realize there is a compressed or prolapsed umbilical cord, a baby can suffer brain injuries due to the lack of oxygen, other birth injuries, or even death. If your baby suffered a birth injury in Kentucky that could have been prevented, it is important to talk with knowledgeable medical malpractice attorneys to ensure that you receive compensation that you and your family are due. Compensation may cover medical expenses and other short- and long-term costs associated with the birth injury, such as lost wages for parents and even pain and suffering.
Call the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297 to pursue your Northern Kentucky birth injury lawsuit. Get started with a free case consultation today.