When Resuscitation Efforts Go Awry
Errors related in improper intubation of a newborn can occur in the delivery room immediately after the baby is born, or they can occur during the first few days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
In essence, such errors make it impossible to properly resuscitate a newborn who is not breathing on his or her own. One such life-threatening mistake is inserting the endotracheal tube into the esophagus instead of into the trachea. Because the tube is reaching down to the stomach instead of to the lungs, the baby cannot receive sufficient oxygen.
At the Houston law firm of Hampton & King, our birth injury attorneys represent clients throughout Texas whose children have been harmed by medical negligence. Such errors may be due to a doctor's haste, poor training or other factors, but they are never acceptable.
Damage Resulting From Intubation Errors
We handle cases in which improper intubation of an infant results in:
- Neonatal encephalopathy, asphyxia or hypoxic ischemic brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Laceration or paralysis of vocal cords
- Tracheal stenosis
- Cardiovascular depression (hypotension and or bradycardia)
- Other serious injuries
- Infant death
For a free, no-obligation consultation about your potential medical malpractice or birth injury case, call the Houston office of Hampton & King at 713-574-8660. You can also reach us via email. Our lawyers only get paid if we recover money for you, so you owe us nothing unless we make a recovery for you.