When infants experience a shortage of oxygen at birth, brain damage can result. It is critical for obstetrical caregivers to meet certain standards of care in order to avoid exposing infants to a lack of oxygen. This type of birth injury can occur when labor and delivery are unnecessarily prolonged; when a caesarean section is not performed in a timely manner; when the blood pressure of the mother or the fetus is severely reduced, as well as when obstetrical caregivers fail to respond properly to other issues.
When a medical care provider makes a mistake that results in such a birth injury in Ohio, the parents of the child may decide to pursue a medical malpractice claim. This is often necessary in order to secure compensation for the baby's ongoing medical care and other services that will allow for the best possible quality of life for the child.