Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Malpractice Lawyers

Attorneys For Children With Meconium Aspiration Injuries

Meconium Aspiration Syndrome When a baby breaths meconium (newborn’s first bowel movement) immediately before or during delivery into her lungs they may develop a complication known as meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS). When properly treated with suctioning and a course of antibiotics, most babies with MAS fully recover. However, when medical staff fail to identify newborns with MAS, the child risks serious complications that can lead to permanent injuries and disabilities.

Causes Of Meconium Aspiration

Most cases of MAS derive from the fact that the baby suffered some form of fetal distress during the delivery process. When babies are not getting an adequate supply of blood and oxygen, their bodies are thought to respond to the stress by expelling meconium. Knowing the complications that can ensue following fetus distress, doctors must carefully monitor the health of the baby. The most important method of monitoring fetal health is believed to be fetal monitoring in order to determine a complication at its onset.

Signs Of Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

Any obstetrician should know the dangers and signs of MAS. Children born that have meconium in the amniotic fluid are at a much higher risk, 100-fold, of developing respiratory diseases and other complications. When the meconium is released into the amniotic fluid, it is visible as a dark green color and should be the first sign that the child may have breathed in the substance.  In addition, the child often will have symptoms such as:

  • Labored breathing
  • Bluish skin color
  • Limpness

If the child is treated for MAS immediately, they most likely will not have any long term problems. However, when these signs are ignored due to negligence, the child is in danger of severe health problems.

Serious Complications Derived From Untreated MAS

When MAS occurs, most likely the child already had a difficult birth, causing distress. The attending doctor and nursing staff has a responsibility to be aware of any possible problems that may arise from the stress of birth, including MAS. When a newborn is not treated for this condition, the child will often times have difficulty breathing and become short on oxygen. The lungs can be greatly compromised as well. Due to these complications, the child may suffer:

  • Aspiration pneumonia
  • Collapsed lung
  • Brain damage
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension- inability to get adequate oxygen supply throughout the body

These complications, especially brain damage, can lead to permanent mental and physical disabilities. The true extent of the damage may not be noticeable at first, but as the child develops, cognitive and behavioral issues may become apparent. These can be life long disabilities that can cause physical, emotional and financial problems for both the child and their family.

Medical Malpractice Lawyers Prosecuting Meconium Aspiration Cases

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers work with some of the leading doctors who can evaluate fetal monitoring strip and other medical records to evaluate meconium aspiration syndrome cases. Our Illinois birth injury lawyers can then work up the case with goal of determining the full extent of your child’s injuries and then protecting your child’s future needs. For example, in many of our birth injury lawsuits, we retain the services of a life-care planner who can evaluate the needs of each child for their immediate and ling-term care needs. We then utilize the services of an economist who can extrapolate the economic costs of these care expenses.

While these cases do require a tremendous amount of work to get going, our intent is and always will be to provide for the best possible outcome for each case and protect the legal rights of each child. Contact us for a free consultation today.

Resources:

Related materials from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers:

  • Should parents be concerned if their child has been diagnosed with meconium aspiration syndrome?
  • New Research Suggests Correlation Between Low Apgar Scores And Cerebral Palsy
For More Information

For more information about , please contact Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers today by calling 888-424-5757. Talk to a lawyer now. Free consultation.

Client Reviews
  • Jonathan Rosenfeld was professionally objective, timely, and knowledgeable. Also, his advice was extremely effective regarding my case. In addition, Jonathan was understanding and patient pertaining to any of my questions or concerns. I was very happy with the end result and I highly recommend Jonathan Rosenfeld.
    ★★★★★
  • Extremely impressed with this law firm. They took control of a bad motorcycle crash that left my uncle seriously injured. Without any guarantee of a financial recovery, they went out and hired accident investigators and engineers to help prove how the accident happened. I am grateful that they worked on a contingency fee basis as there was no way we could have paid for these services on our own.
    ★★★★★
  • This lawyer really helped me get compensation for my motorcycle accident case. I know there is no way that I could have gotten anywhere near the amount that Mr. Rosenfeld was able to get to settle my case. Thank you.
    ★★★★★
  • Jonathan helped my family heal and get compensation after our child was suffered a life threatening injury at daycare. He was sympathetic and in constant contact with us letting us know all he knew every step of the way. We were so blessed to find Jonathan!
    ★★★★★
  • Jonathan did a great job helping my family navigate through a lengthy lawsuit involving my grandmother's death in a nursing home. Through every step of the case, Jonathan kept my family informed of the progression of the case. Although our case eventually settled at a mediation, I really was impressed at how well prepared Jonathan was to take the case to trial.
    ★★★★★
Contact Us for a Free Consultation (888) 424-5757
Chicago Office Map