Reliable Fetal Acidosis Attorneys in Baltimore Maryland
Fetal acidosis is a condition in which an excessive amount of acid builds up in a baby’s blood while in utero, usually due to oxygen deprivation during birth.
Fetal acidosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that can result in serious injuries or death. If your child suffers from fetal acidosis as a result of medical negligence or incompetence, the Baltimore birth injury law firm of Schochor, Federico, and Staton can help. Our attorneys have recovered millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for clients whose children suffered crippling injuries or died as a result of fetal acidosis. Contact us to learn more.
What is Fetal Acidosis?
Fetal acidosis is defined as a baby’s blood pH falling below 7.35. When cells are deprived of oxygen, they release acid into the bloodstream, causing the pH to fall. Common causes of fetal acidosis include:
- Umbilical cord damage: compression or twisting of the umbilical cord during labor can keep oxygen and other nutrients from reaching the baby, causing a build-up of blood acid. Similarly, if the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby’s neck during delivery, it can suppress the flow of oxygen to the baby.
- Placental insufficiency: the placenta, which transfers oxygen and nutrients from mother to fetus, may stop functioning properly due to many reasons, including age or infection.
- Obstructed delivery: various types of birth obstructions, such as macrosomia, shoulder dystocia, and cephalopelvic disproportion can result in the baby’s oxygen supply being cut off, resulting in fetal acidosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Fetal Acidosis
Symptoms of fetal acidosis include a compromised oxygen supply, little or no movement in the womb, oral motor difficulties post-birth, fatigue, death, and other signs. Fetal acidosis has been linked to developmental disorders and other health complications, including seizures, cerebral palsy, paralysis, and developmental delays, among others.
Treating Fetal Acidosis
Fetal acidosis requires immediate treatment in order to stem the damage it can cause. The most common treatment of fetal acidosis is giving additional oxygen to the mother in order to raise the pH levels of the baby. IV fluids are also an effective treatment, as well as changing maternal positioning to avoid umbilical cord compression.
Additionally, doctors who are treating children with fetal acidosis will typically order the baby to be delivered as soon as possible, because the longer the baby remains in the womb, the greater the potential damage from high blood acid levels. Acidosis-induced brain damage can lead to permanent neurologic injury depending on the level of severity.
How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Fetal Acidosis
There are numerous ways that medical professionals can cause fetal acidosis damage through negligence. These include:
- Failure to conduct necessary tests
- Using malfunctioning fetal monitoring equipment
- Failure to treat conditions that could damage the baby’s oxygen supply
- Failing to properly calculate the baby’s size, leading to birth difficulties
- Failure to provide oxygen to a distressed mother or baby
- Failure to properly deliver a baby, including delaying a Caesarian section
If you are raising a child who has suffered complications from fetal acidosis caused by medical negligence, we can help you receive fair compensation. Our attorneys have obtained numerous multi-million dollar birth injury verdicts and settlements.
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