Hypothermia therapy, or head cooling, is a medical approach used to mitigate
the effects of oxygen deprivation, or asphyxia, during birth. When a baby
suffers from oxygen deprivation, there are substantial risks for
brain damage. Hypothermia therapy works by slowing the spread of damage between brain
cells, delaying or preventing death of brain cells, and minimizing the
degeneration of brain cells associated with apoptosis.
While hypothermia therapy can prevent serious injuries, adverse long-term
outcomes, and even save the life of a newborn, it is still the responsibility
of medical professional to properly monitor an unborn baby, recognize
when medical intervention is necessary, and properly perform head cooling
in a timely manner. When they fail to do so, victims have the opportunity
to hold them accountable by pursuing birth injury lawsuits.
legal team at Beam Legal Team has cultivated a reputation for handling some of nation’s
most challenging birth injury cases, including those involving hypothermia
therapy of the head or the entire body. In many of these cases, medical
professionals failed to uphold their duty of providing an acceptable standard
of care by failing to use hypothermia therapy. If head or body cooling
was not performed on your baby despite signs of oxygen deprivation and
possible brain damage, you might have a case for compensation.
Hypothermia therapy is a critical and well known component of the standard
of care for treating birth asphyxia. If doctors or nurses are negligent
during delivery and birth, your child may not receive head cooling when
they should have. Commonly, failures to perform hypothermia therapy result from:
- Failures to monitor an unborn baby for signs of distress, including asphyxia
and heart abnormalities
- Failures to take appropriate action during difficult deliveries
- Failing to recognize preeclampsia in mothers
- Failures to recognize umbilical cord problems
- Failures to perform C-sections or delayed C-sections
- Failures to recognize or treat hypoxic ischemia
- Delays in performing therapeutic head cooling
Because hypothermia therapy is a standard approach in deliveries that require
additional medical intervention, it is ultimately the responsibility of
physicians and nurses to properly identify signs of a difficult birth
and a baby who has experienced asphyxia in order for it to be performed.
For example, our firm obtained a $6.5 million settlement in a case where
a child suffered permanent brain damage due to several failures of medical
staff, including failures to perform hypothermia therapy despite the fact
that the baby was suffering from hypoxic ischemia and seizures.
If you have questions regarding a potential birth injury case in which
hypothermia therapy was not performed on your baby, do not hesitate to
contact Beam Legal Team to discuss your case personally with our caring, compassionate, and capable
legal team. We proudly serve families throughout the country.