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Causes of cerebral hypoxia

If you believe that your child suffered a serious birth injury during the birthing process because of medical negligence in New Mexico, then the law offices of Salazar, Sullivan and Jasionowski might be able to help you. Birth injuries like cerebral hypoxia could seriously affect a loved one's quality of life, and the medical expenses for long-term care may be significant. Our lawyers could carefully investigate your claims to determine if a doctor breached his or her duty of care to a patient, thus resulting in the injury.

During the birthing process, monitoring the fetus is crucial. Equally important is having doctors and nurses remain completely aware of the reports that a fetal monitor provides. Action must immediately be taken by the physician if the heart rate of the fetus decelerates. However, if a doctor fails to decide on a course of action, it could cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a condition that causes brain cells to die due to a lack of oxygen. As a result, cognitive or motor skills that those particular cells control are lost, causing paralysis and seizures.

Cerebral hypoxia could affect adults and older children as well. For instance, irreparable brain damage could occur if not enough oxygen reaches the brain. If immediate and proper medical care is not taken, sepsis, significant blood loss during a surgical procedure or a heart that stops beating could cause poor oxygen flow.

If you or a loved one has suffered a serious injury that caused permanent disability due to a negligent doctor or hospital staff, then you may have grounds to file a medical malpractice lawsuit. Our page on birth injury can provide you with more information regarding delivery room errors.

Source: Law Offices of Salazar, Sullivan & Jasionowski, "Albuquerque Cerebral Hypoxia Lawyer", September 25, 2014

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