A Brain Injury During Birth Can Result In Lifelong Disabilities

The normal heart rate of a baby in utero is around 140 to 150 beats per minute. This is in contrast to adults' heart rates of about 80 to 90 beats per minute. When an unborn baby's heart rate declines rapidly during labor, this is often a sign that he or she is experiencing or may experience oxygen deprivation.

Fetal monitoring during labor is a well-accepted practice among doctors who deliver babies. Labor can go on for a number of hours, during which time nurses and technicians are often keeping tabs on progress of both mother and baby. Mechanical devices often assist with the fetal monitoring process. Health care providers responsible for observing and responding appropriately should notify the doctor of signs that a baby is in distress.

This protocol works to keep a baby safe in a great many cases. Sometimes, however, fetal monitoring equipment does not function right. Sometimes it works, but humans tending to it overlook obvious signs of distress. Sometimes, nurses, aides and technicians realize something is wrong but fail to tell the doctor in time. In other cases, a doctor is aware of the problem but does not act in a timely manner. Sometimes, the baby's distress does not occur until he or she is trapped in the birth canal.

When delays happen for any of these reasons and the baby does not get enough oxygen, cerebral palsy is a common outcome. Cerebral palsy may have purely physical manifestations or may include mental retardation leading to developmental delays. However severe the cerebral palsy is, prompt evaluation can help doctors advise parents of recommended therapies.

Parents, meanwhile, rightfully want to know exactly what happened and why. They are wise to consult with a birth injury attorney as soon as they receive news of a cerebral palsy diagnosis. At The McDonough Law Office in Woodstown, Salem County, New Jersey, parents have access to both medical and legal timely advice. Attorney Martin T. McDonough has an M.D. in addition to being an accomplished plaintiff's lawyer. He has a strong reputation based in part on his ability to evaluate cases promptly.

Contact Us To Request A Free Consultation After Your Baby Has Suffered A Brain Injury During Birth

As you grapple with the news of your baby's birth-related brain injury, attorneys at our firm can provide valuable guidance without delay. Learn how we can help you bring an injury claim or lawsuit after a cerebral palsy diagnosis. Call 856-624-3644 or send an email to schedule a discussion with one of our attorneys at no charge.