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How do I know if my child suffered oxygen deprivation?

By Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo Plotkin & Hellman LLP

Oxygen deprivation during childbirth can cause catastrophic injuries and even the death of an infant. Although many complications can lead to oxygen deprivation at any stage of pregnancy, the most common cause of oxygen deprivation related injuries during childbirth is negligence of the health care providers and their staff.

Proper monitoring and prompt treatment are necessary during the labor process. If immediate and comprehensive medical care is not provided to a mother during delivery, the delay may lead to serious injury of the mother, infant or both. While it is initially left to the staff to identify an injury after these difficult deliveries, parents may wish to consult with a professional if any of the common, later-appearing symptoms of injury are present.

The first few days after the delivery may be significant in identifying an oxygen deprivation related injury. Infants that have endured oxygen deprivation may suffer from seizures within the first few days of delivery. They may also suffer from apnea, have a difficult time nursing or drinking from a bottle, and may be more difficult to wake from sleep. Parents that observe any of these conditions after returning home may wish to consult a medical professional about the possibility of an oxygen deprivation injury.

If a child is found to have suffered from oxygen deprivation, it may be beneficial to speak to an attorney. Although early signs may have helped to identify the injury, the true struggle may come later when the child fails to reach milestones. In many cases, a child that has suffered from oxygen deprivation will also have issues with speech, coordination and learning. Working with a medical malpractice attorney can help families receive the compensation they need to properly handle these challenges and give their child the best chance at a long and happy life.

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Edward A. Ruffo, Partner

Mr. Ruffo currently litigates cases at the state and federal levels in New York and New Jersey and has obtained numerous multi-million dollar medical damage awards for his clients. He has been annually ranked as a Top 10 and Top 100 Trial Lawyer by numerous professional societies including The National Trial Lawyers Association.

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