Anoxic Brain Injuries

Adding a new little one to your family is hands down one of life’s most beautiful passages. The wonderment of delivering a baby into the world is difficult to overestimate.

If instead of bringing your happy and healthy new bundle of joy safely home, you’re left with the pain of caring for a child who’s seriously injured at birth, you are no doubt heartsick. When a child is born with a significant but avoidable injury, it’s an unimaginable tragedy that requires a dedicated birth injury attorney.

The Injury

Brain injuries often result from a lack of oxygen, and that’s what causes anoxic brain injuries. (A total deprivation of oxygen results in anoxia, and an inadequate oxygen supply results in hypoxia.) Brain cells begin to die when deprived of oxygen for four or more minutes, with often extreme results.

While some anoxic injuries are simply unavoidable accidents of natural birth, others are caused by negligent medical care—and an experienced birth injury attorney may help you determine if the anoxic injury your child suffered resulted from negligence.

If negligence on the part of the doctor, medical staff, or medical facility caused your newborn to suffer such an injury, that medical professional or facility may face responsibility for the damages you and your child suffered:

  • Necessary medical treatments and care, including long-term care
  • The tremendous pain and suffering attendant to such birth injuries
  • Your child’s resulting disability and the associated long-term expenses, including costs related to raising a special needs child.

If a doctor’s negligence has left your newborn with an anoxic brain injury, you know how terrifying that feels, and you need experienced legal counsel. Birth injuries are among the most painful of personal injury claims, and although you’re doubtlessly overwhelmed and at a loss for where to turn, help is available. While no amount of money can ever turn back the hands of time and render your little one injury free, just compensation can provide you with the tools necessary to help put your child on the path toward physical and emotional recovery. At The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., attorney Michael A. Abelson has the experience, commitment, and compassion to fight for a just resolution to your claim.

A Closer Look

To function properly, our brains require a continual flow of oxygen. Disruption of that flow of oxygen, as with an anoxic brain injury, starves the brain of the oxygen it needs, and this prevents it from performing essential biochemical processes. The results of an anoxic brain injury’s temporary but complete loss of oxygen can lead to serious cognitive, physical, and psychological impairments. While some recovery is sometimes possible, the degree of this recovery depends on the affected area of the brain.

Brain injuries are among the most unpredictable injuries, and it’s impossible to know at the outset exactly how it will affect your newborn. Many sufferers, however, require ongoing costly and complicated treatments and rehabilitative care for permanent disabilities.

Symptoms of Anoxic Brain Injuries

Loss of consciousness—or even a coma—may initially mark anoxic injuries. A period of wakeful consciousness may follow in which your newborn is awake but unresponsive to external stimuli. Even after recovering from this extremely frightening state, your child may experience:

  • Short-term memory loss
  • Diminished executive functioning, including the ability to reason, make decisions, implement judgment, and synthesize information
  • Diminished capacity for language
  • Visual disturbances
  • Lack of coordination
  • Jerky, trembling, or otherwise abnormal movements
  • Weakness of the arms and legs

The symptoms associated with anoxic brain injuries are both extensive and serious. If your child suffered an anoxic brain injury during delivery and you believe medical negligence may have caused it, consult an experienced birth injury attorney today.

Medical Negligence

Doctors, nursing staff members, and healthcare facilities all owe their patients a duty of care. Failure to provide patients with this necessary standard of care can amount to medical negligence. The easiest way to understand the concept of medical negligence is to consider the level of care that reasonable medical professionals would normally provide under like circumstances.

If the medical professionals involved in your child’s birth fail to provide care that reaches this level, and if your child suffers an anoxic injury as a result, it could constitute medical negligence. During the birthing process—in other words—your medical team should follow those medical protocols that their reasonably prudent counterparts would normally follow in a comparable birthing situation.

Shared Responsibility

Every birth injury is difficult, and anoxic brain injuries are exceedingly serious—and often permanent. If the negligence of a medical professional caused your child’s anoxic brain injury, that negligence may factor into legal accountability. You may, however, find the healthcare facility itself shares responsibility (due to corporate negligence). Even medical supply and pharmaceutical companies may play a role in medical negligence. Suffice it to say that these cases can grow exceedingly complicated and necessitate the counsel of an experienced and dedicated birth injury attorney.

If Your Newborn Suffered an Anoxic Brain Injury during Delivery, Consult an Experienced Washington, D.C., Birth Injury Lawyer Today.

If your child suffered an anoxic brain injury during delivery, contact an experienced birth injury attorney as soon as possible.

Attorney Michael A. Abelson at The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C., is committed to helping parents like you fight for the justice their innocent little ones deserve. He has the experience, skill, determination, and—most of all—compassion to aggressively advocate for your rights and your rightful compensation. He’s dedicated to helping his clients, so please contact or call him at (202) 331-0600 today.


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