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Birth Injuries Caused by Medical Mistakes at or Near the Time of Birth

One of the greatest moments in your life is experiencing the birth of your child. As a parent, you prepare for months in advance of your child’s birth in close partnership with medical staff to ensure your baby is healthy.

Prenatal vitamins, regular prenatal doctor visits, and the delivery of the baby all happen under the supervision of trained physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals.

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Who Can Be Legally Responsible or Liable for a Preventable Texas Birth Injury?

Legal responsibility and liability for birth injuries in Texas depends on the details of what happened during the labor and delivery. The first step in investigating a potential birth injury case involves finding out what went wrong during the labor and delivery and identifying the medical personnel who were involved in the medical mistakes.

Any type of medical provider who makes a medical error which causes a birth injury can be legally responsible and liable. This includes doctors, midwives, nurses and other types of medical personnel who were involved in the labor and delivery.

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Survival Rate for Newborns with Birth Asphyxia Improved by Head Cooling Treatment

In recent years, a new method for treating newborns that have suffered from asphyxia, or a lack of oxygen, during birth has been gaining credibility in the medical community. The method is known as hypothermia treatment, or head cooling therapy, and, according to research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the treatment can effectively reduce the risk of death or disability.

The head cooling treatment involves slowly reducing a baby’s internal body temperature from about 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit to roughly 91 degrees with a blanket that contains cooled circulating water or a specially designed pad. Gradually cooling the infant’s body causes the metabolic, cerebral, and muscular functions to slow down, delaying immediate and future damage, and allowing at least partial recovery of the cells.

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Medical Negligence and the Risks of Cerebral Palsy

While there are always risks associated with childbirth, most women are able to safely bring their child into the world with the help of experienced medical professionals; however, a select few become the victim of medical malpractice. In the event that a nurse or doctor does not act quickly enough or appropriately for the circumstances that arise during birth, a baby can suffer injury or even death. When a baby sustains brain injuries during birth, such as physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the child may suffer a condition known as cerebral palsy.

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