Umbilical Cord Compression & Medical Malpractice
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Umbilical cord compression is a type of birth injury that may occur during the delivery of a newborn baby. When the infant is being delivered, the umbilical cord may become stretched or compressed. What is the result? The baby receives less blood, oxygen, and nutrients. This lack of blood and nutrients can decrease the baby’s heartbeat, putting the child in danger.
If your child suffered injuries due to umbilical cord compression or other issues related to medical negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Bostwick & Peterson, LLP is trusted by families across California and the U.S. and can review your case free of charge.
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Umbilical Cord Complications & Medical Negligence
If the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby’s neck and mother’s pelvic bone, many complications can arise. This may include issues related to:
- Delayed delivery
- Injuries caused by forceps or vacuum extractors
- Delayed C-section
- Oxygen deprivation and brain damage
- Cerebral palsy or HIE
Stretching and compression are identified in two ways: a fetal Doppler (a heartbeat monitor for unborn infants) and an ultrasound.
If the doctor diagnoses umbilical cord compression during delivery, action must be taken immediately to reduce injury risks. Doctors must also be aware of umbilical cord prolapse where the cord enters the birth canal before the baby, making umbilical cord compression probable.
Minor cases of umbilical cord compression are treated by administering extra oxygen to the infant’s mother, which creates extra blood flow through the umbilical cord to the child.
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Although umbilical cord compression is not uncommon, occurring in 10% of deliveries, it can lead to serious injury, permanent brain damage, or death. Provers who treat mothers and help with labor and delivery have obligations to identify potential complications like cord compression and provide care that meets accepted standards.
At Bostwick & Peterson, we understand the serious nature of compression related birth injuries, and the importance of identifying them during the delivery. A Los Angeles lawyer from our firm can help you fight for compensation you need for your child’s future medical needs and other related damages.
If you or your baby have suffered because of an umbilical cord compression injury and believe that it could have been prevented by your doctor, contact us for a FREE consultation: (213) 519-5636.
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