Our Illinois birth injury attorneys are very interested in the new technique of therapeutic hypothermia as a method to try to help newborns that suffer from a birth injury due to a lack of oxygen. Unfortunately, as many as one out of every one thousand babies born suffer from some level of oxygen deprivation at birth. While often times this problem is very short lived and the doctor can restore oxygen to the baby immediately, other times due to either the doctor’s negligence or a complication that arises, the baby is without oxygen for a longer period of time and may suffer from serious developmental injuries as a result of being without oxygen.
A newer treatment for birth-related brain injuries has been developed, in which the baby is cooled to levels that induce hypothermia for a period of time, in which the baby has as high as a 50% chance of recovering from the lack of oxygen injury over babies that were not given the cooling treatment. When babies suffer a lack of oxygen for too long and no treatment works, they may have permanent develop cerebral palsy and a permanent brain injury. Because these results can be so devastating to the baby and the family, it is great to find new treatments that may help to eliminate this problem. While the hypothermia treatment does not work in all cases where the baby suffers from a lack of oxygen birth injury the treatment has been shown to work in a number of cases and has helped many babies recover fully and not suffer permanent developmental issues.
While this process seems to work well for treating newborn babies that have suffered from a lack of oxygen, the cooling process is not an easy one, as it takes time and certain facilities to carry it out properly. According to The Los Angeles Times, only very advanced level of neonatal centers are able to do this type of procedure at this time. The long term affects of a birth related brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen could be very severe on the baby and the baby’s family. When the birth injury is the result of the negligence on the part of the doctor or other hospital staff, such as if warning signs were ignored or improper procedures were used in delivering the baby, the family may file a birth injury lawsuit against the person responsible to help them in some way recover for what that person has forced the baby and family to suffer through.
If you or a loved one gave birth to a baby who suffered a permanent birth injury as a result of the way in which the delivery was handled, please do not hesitate to contact our personal injury law firm today to discuss what options you may have available to you and your family and to discuss what next steps should be taken. Our attorneys have helped clients all over Illinois recover damages for the medical bills, as well as for the pain and suffering, that the clients have been forced to deal with as a result of someone else’s negligence.