Kansas City Birth Asphyxia Lawyers

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Understanding Birth Asphyxia: Causes, Outcomes, and Legal Help in Kansas City

Tragically, the results of birth asphyxiation can often be brain damage or even death. If this has happened to you, or your doctor failed to diagnose it, you may need to call one of our seasoned, medically-trained, Kansas City birth asphyxia attorneys at Cullan & Cullan.

Was your child hurt as a result of perinatal asphyxia? The doctor may be liable for damages, especially if you were subjected to poor medical assistance. Contact one of our doctor-lawyers online for a free consultation and case review.


Common causes of birth asphyxia include:

  • Poor relaxation of the uterus, which can prevent oxygen circulation during birth
  • Premature births
  • Low levels of amniotic fluid
  • Undue birth stress, including failure to deliver a baby quickly and effectively
  • Preeclampsia
  • Rupture of the mother’s membranes
  • Umbilical strangulation often caused by a doctors failure to remove the umbilical cord in time

baby in the hospital after birthIn some rare instances, birth asphyxia may be an unforeseeable tragedy. However, the vast majority of doctors consider this condition to be easily corrected, provided that the nurses and obstetricians are attentive to you and your baby throughout the early stages of birthing.

Many of the most common causes listed above can be prevented simply by performing a quick and effective delivery.

Understanding the Potential Outcomes of Birth Asphyxia

The severity of birth asphyxia outcomes depends on the duration and extent of oxygen deprivation.

Immediate emergency symptoms of birth asphyxia can include:

Long-term outcomes of birth asphyxia may include:

  • Mild to moderate disability
  • Lowered IQ
  • Cerebral palsy and other spasticity issues
  • Decreased motor skills
  • Blindness
  • Epilepsy

Advocating for Your Child's Birth Asphyxia Injury: Legal Support in Kansas City

newborn in the NICUAt Cullan & Cullan, our Kansas City birth asphyxia attorneys are also trained as doctors, giving us the unique ability to review your legal case with the eyes of a medical professional.

If your child has been admitted to the NICU or given treatments that you don’t understand, it’s possible that birth asphyxia caused injuries that the hospital is reluctant to admit, or that medical malpractice occurred during delivery. We’ve reviewed thousands of cases like this, and we can help you fight for the maximum compensation that you need to provide life-long care for your baby.

Our birth injury team is on your side. Contact Cullan & Cullan today at (816) 253-8606 for a free consultation with one of our compassionate doctor-lawyers.

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    Cullan & Cullan has set a state record in Nebraska with a $26.1 million medical malpractice jury award.

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    Cullan & Cullan, won a record-setting $25.4 million jury verdict for an infant injured by medical malpractice during labor and delivery.

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    Negligence by nurses and hospital staff in failing to assess the position of the baby, improper use of Pitocin, and failing to obtain an assessment by physician, resulting in severe oxygen deprivation and brain injury to the baby.



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