Our Michigan birth injury lawyers handle cases involving umbilical cord clamping. Clamping the umbilical cord of a newborn too early after birth can lead to some life threatening results. It can deprive the newborn of oxygen supply and lead to brain damage and other permanent conditions.
Research has suggested that cutting the cord very quickly upon delivery can reduce the baby’s oxygen supply which can cause damage to the brain. It can also deprive the newborn of nutrient rich blood in the minutes before they start the breathing function. It is also believed that this can lead to brain hemorrhaging, mental impairment including autism and iron deficiencies in the newborn..
In many healthcare facilities, umbilical cords are clamped instantly after birth because medical science has believed for the last 20 years that this reduces the risk of mother’s bleeding to death.
However, many health experts now believe that the risk posed to the baby by doing this practice outweighs the harm to the mother. They believe at least 3 minutes or more should elapse before the umbilical cord is cut.
Contact a Michigan Umbilical Cord Clamping Malpractice Lawyer
If an infant suffers injuries due to improper umbilical cord clamping, it can give rise to a medical malpractice lawsuit. Children who suffer brain damage and other injuries due to this negligence often require special social, academic and vocational services over their lifetime. These often require services that amount to a significant expense over a child’s lifetime and are sought as damages in a medical malpractice lawsuit.
It is essential to contact our office as soon as possible so that we can obtain your child’s complete medical chart to determine whether there was negligence involved in the treatment. Call (800) 606-1717 today to speak with one of our top rated Michigan birth injury attorneys about your umbilical cord clamping case. There are strict time delays for filing medical malpractice lawsuits in Michigan so it is essential to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible to see if your child has valid case.