Umbilical Cord Strangulation
Birth Injury Lawyer Serving Houston, TX
The umbilical cord acts as a lifeline for a baby in the womb, connecting the unborn baby to the mother's placenta. Growing to about 22 to 24 inches in length, it provides the baby with oxygen and nutrients so he or she can survive in utero. But what happens when there is a problem with the umbilical cord? One such issue is umbilical cord strangulation, when the cord wraps around the baby's neck. When this occurs during labor or delivery, it can make for a difficult childbirth and may present a risk of oxygen deprivation, brain damage and even loss of life.
If the umbilical cord was wrapped around your child's neck during delivery and he or she suffered injury as a result, it is important to consider whether medical malpractice may have been involved. If your doctor provided inferior care in recognizing the signs of umbilical cord strangulation or improperly handled the situation when it presented, you may have grounds for legal action. Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm may be able to help. A
Houston birth injury lawyer at our firm can provide insight regarding this type of injury and how it may be linked to substandard medical care, advising you of your options to seek justice.
Medical Malpractice and Umbilical Cord Strangulation
Medical professionals, including doctors and nurses, have an obligation to provide a standard level of care to patients. This includes properly diagnosing medical conditions during pregnancy and recommending the appropriate treatment, providing reasonable care during labor and delivery and administering postnatal care as needed. With modern advancements in medical technology and equipment, ultrasounds can now reveal much more than they could years or decades ago. Your doctor should be able to properly recognize the signs of umbilical cord strangulation and then administer suitable treatment to prevent injury.
Umbilical cord strangulation is a rare complication, occurring in a very small percentage of pregnancies. The best way to avoid lasting injury is an early diagnosis and immediate treatment. Though the treatment method will vary depending on the unique situation, ordering a C-section may pose the fastest and most effective solution. Once the incision is made, the doctor can unwrap or cut the umbilical cord and deliver the baby. But what happens if a doctor or nurse fails to notice the signs of fetal distress? In these cases, a baby may suffer undue harm because of a medical professional's negligence.
Serious injury may result if the labor and delivery team does not properly monitor mother and baby. A fetal heartbeat monitor will show if the baby is in trouble, and the team has the obligation to notice any problems and then take immediate action to address them. Upon noticing the signs of umbilical cord strangulation, the doctor needs to think and act quickly to inform the parents of what is happening, recommend treatment and administer said treatment.
Choose an Experienced Houston Birth Injury Attorney
Like all birth injury cases, those involving umbilical cord strangulation are technical in nature and thus highly complex. You need a law firm that has experience in this field as well as the resources to properly investigate the circumstances surrounding your child's birth. At Sloan, Bagley, Hatcher & Perry Law Firm, we have more than 114 years of combined legal experience to apply to our clients' cases. We also work with skilled professionals in medicine to act as expert witnesses and give clear, compelling testimony regarding the harm our clients have experienced and how it was linked to malpractice.
Find out more about our firm and how a Houston birth injury attorney can help you by calling our offices. Your initial consultation is free - call today!