Kingston Umbilical Cord Accident and Birth Injury Attorneys
The umbilical cord is a literal lifeline between a mother and her baby while in utero. If anything should happen to damage the umbilical cord or restrict its flow between mother and child, the growing baby could suffer grave consequences. Obstetricians and nurses must carefully monitor the state of the umbilical cord during pregnancy and labor. When this careful attention doesn’t occur, these medical professionals can become liable for resulting injuries suffered by the mother or infant. An umbilical cord accidents such as umbilical cord prolapse can cause brain damage, heart problems, physical injuries, or stillbirth among fetuses.
Experienced legal help after an umbilical cord accident in New York
The Hudson Valley birth injury lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP have helped countless accident victims recover what they were owed for their injuries, and we can help you and your family get the money you deserve after an umbilical cord accident. Learn more about umbilical cord accidents below, and contact our Kingston offices today for a no-cost consultation.
Potential injuries caused by umbilical cord accidents
The umbilical cord carries oxygen and nutrients between a mother and fetus. It isn’t uncommon for an umbilical cord to wrap around the fetus during pregnancy, but wrapping or bends and kinks in the cord can become dangerous in some cases. Injuries can be caused by:
- Knots, twisting, or compression to the umbilical cord: Should the umbilical cord become compressed, or if the baby’s movement in the uterus results in major twisting or tight knots in the cord, the fetus may become cut off from critical nutrients being delivered through the umbilical cord.
- Nuchal cord: While babies are sometimes born with their umbilical cord wrapped around their neck, in certain rare cases, this can cut off the baby’s airway. Doctors must investigate whether a baby should be delivered by caesarian section when they have a nuchal cord.
- Prolapse: If the umbilical cord descends into the vaginal canal ahead of the baby during childbirth, this is known as prolapse. When this happens, babies may compress the cord during delivery. A prolapsed umbilical cord may necessitate that the doctor deliver the baby by caesarian section or attempt to reposition the baby so that it is not compressing the cord.
Compassionate and Dedicated Legal Help for Birth Injury Malpractice
If you or your child has been the victim of an umbilical cord accident in New York, contact the seasoned, professional, and compassionate Hudson Valley birth injury medical malpractice lawyers at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP for a free evaluation of your case, in Marlboro at 845-236-4411, or in Kingston at 845-331-4100.