Birth asphyxia is one of the most serious forms of birth injury, often
resulting in permanent injury or the loss of the child. At Habbas &
Associates, we believe that negligent medical professionals should be
held accountable for the avoidable injuries that they cause. If your child
suffered an asphyxiation injury during labor and delivery, our San Jose
birth injury attorneys are here to help. We have more than 200 combined years of legal experience,
so contact our office today for a
free consultation regarding your case.
Birth Asphyxia Causes and Side Effects
Asphyxia refers to oxygen deprivation, which can occur during birth for
a variety of reasons. Medically, birth asphyxia refers to oxygen deprivation
during or immediately following birth. Oxygen deprivation disallows cells
to function properly, which can lead to lasting and severe damage.
If doctors fail to diagnose birth asphyxia, the child could sustain lasting
Causes of asphyxiation at birth include:
- Inadequate oxygen supply in the mother's bloodstream
- Early separation of the uterus and placenta at birth
- Prolonged labor and delivery or difficult delivery
- Severe infection (affecting the mother or infant)
- Infant anemia (not enough oxygen in the baby's blood)
What are the lasting effects of birth asphyxia?
Infants who suffer mild oxygen deprivation at birth may recover fully,
but serious cases can lead to lifelong medical concerns and complications.
Premature infants may develop cerebral palsy as a result of birth asphyxia.
Other medical concerns associated with birth asphyxia include:
- Brain Damage
- Heart Damage
- Lung Damage
- Kidney Damage
Free, No-Obligation Case Evaluations
If your child suffered oxygen deprivation during labor and delivery, our
San Jose birth injury attorney are here to help you collect the financial
compensation that you need and deserve. Initial consultations are always free, so
contact our office today to schedule your first appointment with a member of our