Brain Damage Caused by Lack of Oxygen
Obviously, the brain requires oxygen to operate properly and maintain proper balance and health. When the brain is denied adequate oxygen, its cells deteriorate and die, resulting in brain damage, paralysis, or in the most severe cases, wrongful death. If your child has suffered from hypoxia — lack of blood flow to the brain — during child birth, it might be the result of medical malpractice or negligence on the part of your doctor.
We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for this tragic error. At McKeen & Associates, P.C., we have been standing by Michigan's birth injury victims and their families for more than 25 years. In that time, our Detroit hypoxia attorneys have learned how to handle this type of tragic case with compassion. You, the client, are the centerpiece of all everything we do.
Michigan Lack of Oxygen Lawyer
There is a steep learning curve with birth injury cases, especially case involving complex injuries like hypoxia and anoxia. You should not have to be represented by a legal team that is still on the up slope of that curve. What we offer our clients is the benefit of working with experienced attorneys and a track record of successful verdicts and settlements. Detroit News called our lead attorney Brian McKeen "Michigan's most winning medical malpractice lawyer."
Injuries Caused by Hypoxia
Hypoxia, a lack of oxygen to the brain or other part of the body, is closely linked with ischemia, reduced blood flow to the brain. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is the general category for brain injuries caused by lack of blood flow or oxygen to a child's brain during labor and delivery. If the umbilical cord is compressed for too long during contractions, for example, the child will not get the necessary blood or oxygen to the brain, resulting in serious injuries:
In most cases, these injuries are completely avoidable. Improper fetal monitoring is one of the most common causes of hypoxic injuries. Every competent doctor should know how to watch the fetal monitoring strip which provides the first warning signs that the child is not getting adequate blood or oxygen during labor and delivery. A doctor must be prepared to perform a cesarean delivery or other emergency procedure when these warning signs appear. Failure to do so is negligence, and you deserve to be compensated for this tragedy.
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