Umbilical Cord Problems

The umbilical cord contains two arteries supplying blood, oxygen and nutrients to the fetus and one vein carrying carbon dioxide and other waste products back to the mother. If this vital exchange is cut off or diminished, the baby can suffer birth defects, permanent injury or death.

At the law firm of Maples, Nix & Diesselhorst in Oklahoma City, we have a dedicated legal team to represent families affected by birth defects and other injuries. If your child suffered an injury due to an umbilical cord problem that a doctor failed to address, call 800-539-0652 to discuss your case with a lawyer.

Types Of Umbilical Cord Problems

Prompt diagnosis and treatment of umbilical cord problems is key to preventing serious injury or death of the baby. Some of the most common problems with the umbilical cord include:

  • Prolapse: Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord drops through a mother's cervix before the baby's head during delivery. If physicians don't treat the prolapse promptly, the baby may be deprived of oxygen.
  • Nuchal cord: A nuchal cord occurs when the umbilical cord becomes wrapped around the baby's neck before delivery. If not promptly solved, the baby may suffer severe birth injuries due to restricted blood flow or oxygen.
  • Knots: Infant movements in amniotic fluid can cause umbilical cord knots. While the knots are usually loose, they can tighten during delivery, causing restricted blood flow. Without prompt treatment, the baby may suffer injuries from decreased blood flow or oxygen deprivation.
  • Strictures: Compressions (or strictures) in the umbilical cord can cause birth defects such as cleft lip, septal defects and trisomy, or result in death.
  • Cysts: Cysts are abnormal growths on the umbilical cord that can result in impaired blood flow. If not detected early in pregnancy, the cysts can lead to birth defects.

If your baby suffered an injury due to a doctor's failure to address an umbilical cord problem, our lawyers will seek to recover the financial resources you will need to provide the best possible future for your child.

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