Brooklyn Meconium Aspiration Injury
Meconium is a newborn baby’s first feces. In other words, it is the baby’s poop. It is green, thick and sticky. Meconium is typically passed when the baby is still in the womb and within the first few days after birth. While the presence of meconium is natural, in some cases it can represent a complication that could result in the baby suffering a serious birth injury. Meconium aspiration syndrome is a potentially serious condition that develops when the baby inhales some of the meconium, resulting in the baby’s airways being blocked. As a result of meconium aspiration the baby may suffer respiratory problems which can be long-term. With proper treatment using suctioning and antibiotics, must babies fully recovery. However, when doctors and other members of the medical staff fail to properly diagnose meconium aspiration or fail to properly treat it, meconium aspiration can be dangerous. In fact, it can be just as dangerous as other birth injuries such as a brain injury, Erb’s palsy, cerebral palsy, bone fractures, or a spinal cord injury. If you feel that you need to speak to a New York Injury Lawyer because your baby suffered a serious meconium aspiration injury, then it is critical that you contact a Brooklyn Meconium Aspiration Injury Lawyer who will explain to you your legal rights to pursue compensation through a medical malpractice lawsuit.What are the Risk Factors for Meconium Aspiration?
While meconium aspiration could happen in any situation, meconium aspiration is generally associated with fetal stress. Thus, where risk factors for fetal stress are present, meconium aspiration is more likely to occur. These risk factors include:
- Post maturity
- Mother has diabetes
- Mother is a heavy smoker
- Mother has high blood pressure
- Mother has chronic respiratory disease
- Delivery is long or difficult
- Umbilical cord complications
- Poor growth of the baby while in the uterus
There are a number of signs of meconium aspiration that your doctor should notice and respond appropriately. Such signs include:
- Dark green streaks in the amniotic fluid
- Bluish or greenish skin color
- Low heart rate
- Low Apgar score
- Labored breathing
If meconium aspiration is diagnosed quickly and immediately treated, the baby is less likely to suffer long-term health problems. Your doctor and other medical professionals have the responsibility of understanding the signs of meconium aspiration and appropriately treating it. Otherwise, the baby’s lungs could be seriously damaged. Treatment for meconium aspiration includes:
- Oxygen therapy
- Steroid therapy
- Surfactant therapy
- Nitric oxide inhalation
Without the proper treatment, the baby could suffer aspiration pneumonia, collapsed lung, brain damage, or persistent pulmonary hypertension. Such conditions could result in permanent physical and mental disabilities and extensive medical bills. If your baby suffers severe meconium aspirations syndrome because the doctors and nurses caring for your baby failed to properly diagnose and treat your baby, New York law allows you to hold that doctor and other medical professionals legally and financially liable.
The negligent party may be required to compensate you for your baby’s medical bills related to the injuries suffered because of the medical mistake. If as a result of your baby’s injury you end up missing a work, your damages could include compensation for the income you lost. The court may also award damages based on the physical and mental anguish your baby suffers because of the injury.
Beware that New York law has a specific time limit for filing a claim for a personal injury. If you do not file your claim within the time period, you will be forever barred from collecting damages even if your case has merit. In addition, if the party responsible for your injury was a government entity then there are special procedures you must follow to file a claim.Brooklyn Meconium Aspiration Injury Lawyer
If you suspect that you or your baby was injured because your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare professional failed to appropriately respond to the risk factors for meconium aspiration or managed the condition in a negligent manner, do not hesitate to immediately contact an experienced birth injury attorney. The staff at Stephen Bilkis and Associates is experienced in successfully representing clients who have suffered injuries due to mistakes made by medical professionals, as well as those injured in car accidents, truck accidents, construction accidents, and other types of accidents. Contact us at 800.696.9529 to schedule a free, no obligation consultation regarding your case.