Kentucky Prolapsed Umbilical Cord: Causes of this Birth Injury

Library Articles | October 19, 2017

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Nothing is More Heart Wrenching Than Seeing The Consequences of a Prolapsed Umbilical Cord

It is heart wrenching when a child suffers a serious birth injury, especially if it was one that was preventable.  Children often become tiny victims of negligence and malpractice by nurses, doctors and hospitals.  Some of the most frightening birth injuries are associated with prolapsed umbilical cords.
The medical community defines a prolapsed umbilical cord as a condition in which the cord descends or falls ahead of the portion of the baby that is being delivered.  It is important to understand that the umbilical cord is essentially the baby’s lifeline in that it provides oxygenated blood and nutrients to the baby.  When there is an umbilical cord prolapse, the flow of blood and gas that is so vital to the baby’s survival is disrupted.

Causes of a Prolapsed Umbilical Cord

There are many factors that can lead to a prolapsed umbilical cord, including:

  • Premature birth
  • Delivery of multiple babies (twins, triplets, etc.)
  • Breech delivery
  • Unusually long umbilical cord
  • Artificial rupture of maternal membranes

While some of these risks may not be avoided, the doctor and medical staff should take appropriate action to lower the probability of an umbilical cord prolapse.  For example, in many of these cases, a Cesarean section can be ordered to reduce the risk of injury to the baby.

Dangers of a Prolapsed Umbilical Cord

Due to the vital purpose that the umbilical cord serves, when it is prolapsed, the outcome can be devastating. A prolapsed umbilical cord can lead to oxygen depravation, also known as hypoxia.  Oxygen depravation has been linked to permanent brain damage, cerebral palsy and even death.

What You Should Do

A prolapsed umbilical cord is considered a medical emergency and if the medical staff didn’t take the appropriate steps to prevent birth trauma, you could have a medical malpractice case.
If your child has suffered a serious birth injury due to medical negligence, you may be able to recover compensation.  While this compensation cannot undo the harm that has been done to your baby, it can help cover medical expenses and other damages.  To find out your legal options, contact an experienced Kentucky birth injury lawyer at the Law Office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297. You can also fill out our online contact form.

We represent clients in Northern Kentucky, including Covington, Boone County, Kenton County and Campbell County.  We also handle cases in Louisville, Jefferson County and in areas of Ohio, including Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Contact the Louisville Birth Injury Law Firm of HJV Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers for Help Today

For more information, don’t hesitate to contact HJV Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with a birth injury lawyer in Louisville today. We have two convenient locations in Louisville and Fort Mitchell, Kentucky.

We proudly serve Jefferson County, Kenton County, and its surrounding areas:

HJV Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers – Louisville, KY Office
600 W Main St Ste 200
Louisville, KY, 40202
(502) 540-5700

HJV Car Accident Personal Injury Lawyers – Fort Mitchell, KY Office
2380 Grandview Dr
Fort Mitchell, KY, 41017
(859) 578-4444

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