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Maryland Birth Asphyxia Lawyer

No parent wants to hear that their baby suffered a birth injury, particularly asphyxia. Asphyxia is not a minor issue. It refers to a lack of oxygen and can cause permanent damage.

Birth asphyxia occurs when your baby has been partially (hypoxia) or fully (anoxia) deprived of oxygen. It can happen during pregnancy when the umbilical cord is pinched or kinked. It can also happen during labor and delivery when the baby stops breathing for some reason.

Oxygen deprivation is very serious for an infant. That’s because all the cells in the human body require oxygen to function. The brain also needs oxygen to function. Even a short period without oxygen can cause brain damage, cell death, and other issues.

If your baby has suffered from birth asphyxia, there’s a lot at stake. Make sure you understand your legal rights. Seek legal help from the Maryland birth asphyxia lawyer at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman.

What Causes Birth Asphyxia?

There are many ways in which birth asphyxia can occur, including the following:

  • Blocked airway
  • A mother’s blood pressure that is too high or too low
  • Insufficient oxygen in the mother’s blood
  • Prolapsed or compressed umbilical cord
  • Separation of the placenta from the uterus


The symptoms of birth asphyxia include:

  • Low heart rate
  • Mother’s low blood pressure
  • Pressure on umbilical cord
  • Weak breathing or no breathing at all
  • Seizures
  • High acid level in the blood

What Can a Lawyer Do?

A birth asphyxia lawyer can help you if your baby has suffered from oxygen deprivation during or after birth. A lawyer can assess your case, collect evidence, build your case, and work to help you obtain compensation.

Your lawyer will assess whether or not your baby received proper treatment in a prompt manner. Any delays in treatment can cause damage to various organs, such as the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys. Asphyxia can also cause cerebral palsy, paralysis, brain damage, and death. Doctors must be able to recognize the symptoms of asphyxia and act quickly before the problem causes harm to the child.

While medical malpractice cases can be complex, you need to count on your lawyer to make the best decisions. A medical malpractice lawsuit is the best way to hold medical professionals accountable for medical negligence while allowing you to obtain financial compensation for the damages you and your baby suffered. This compensation can help pay for your child’s treatment, which may include medications, surgery, therapy, and any medical equipment. Compensation can also pay for pain and suffering, any other medical expenses, lost wages, and more.

Contact Us Today

Asphyxia is a serious issue for a baby. Being deprived of oxygen can result in a variety of medical issues, including brain damage.

Did your baby experience a lack of oxygen and suffer damages? If so, contact the experienced personal injury lawyers at Wais, Vogelstein, Forman, Koch & Norman right away. We’ll help you get a favorable outcome. To schedule a consultation with our office, call (410) 567-0800 today.

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