Birth Asphyxia Attorneys in New Mexico

Representing Injured Victims and Their Families

Welcoming a new child into the world is one of the greatest moments of joy parents will ever experience. Unfortunately, if your baby sustains an injury during the delivery process as a result of a negligent medical professional’s actions, this joyous occasion can quickly take a turn for the worse. Birth injuries are incredibly serious and, even those that appear to be minor can have lasting effects on your child’s life. Birth asphyxia is among some of the most severe injuries your newborn baby can suffer and is often the result of negligence. If your baby suffered from birth asphyxia during the delivery process, you need to seek the legal assistance of a skilled birth injury attorney to hold the responsible parties accountable for their actions.

At Tom Rhodes Law Firm, our birth injury attorneys in New Mexico are dedicated to representing injured children and their families to ensure they secure the compensation they need and deserve.

Call us today at (505) 544-4088 to schedule your free initial consultation and learn more about how we can help you and your child.

What is Birth Asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia occurs when a child’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Oftentimes, it is entirely preventable and the result of the umbilical cord being pinched due to the doctor’s ignorance of its location. Oxygen deprivation in an infant can lead to anoxia or hypoxia. Anoxia occurs when there is absolutely no oxygen in the brain or muscles, whereas hypoxia occurs when there is a small amount of oxygen remaining in those areas.

To confirm that your baby suffered from birth asphyxia, tests will have to be performed, including a CT scan, an MRI, and an Electroencephalogram (EEG). The SPECT test, which is a more specific form of a CT scan, will check the brain for blood flow and metabolism.

Symptoms of Birth Asphyxia

If your baby has not been tested yet, or the tests performed did not indicate birth asphyxia, there are some symptoms you should be aware of. Some of the symptoms most commonly associated with birth asphyxia include:

  • Very weak breathing
  • Skin that is bluish, gray, or paler than usual
  • Low heart rate
  • Weak reflexes
  • Excessive acid in the blood
  • Seizures
  • Poor muscle tone

Make sure to get your baby tested as soon as possible to confirm a diagnosis and to begin any necessary treatment.

Caring for a Child with Birth Asphyxia

Seeking a diagnosis is one of the first things you should do if you suspect your baby is suffering from birth asphyxia. Treatment can help minimize the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation. How your baby is treated will be based on several factors, such as the severity of the condition, the baby’s overall health and tolerance for specific medications, and expectations for the course of the condition. For babies who are experiencing serious heart or lung failure, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine might be necessary to deliver oxygen to the baby’s body and brain, offering temporary support.

Call an Experienced New Mexico Birth Injury Attorney Today

If your baby was injured during the delivery process, you need a skilled birth injury attorney on your side to ensure you are able to recover the compensation you will need to care for your child’s condition now and in the future. At Tom Rhodes Law Firm, our knowledgeable New Mexico birth injury attorneys will fight on your behalf and provide the legal guidance you deserve.

Get started on your case today and call our office at (505) 544-4088 to schedule a free initial consultation.

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