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). Regardless, 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. Such errors may be due to a doctor's haste or other negligence—but are never acceptable. At Hampton & King, we represent clients whose children have been harmed by medical malpractice.
Damage Resulting From Intubation Errors
We handle cases in which improper intubation of an infant results in:
- Neonatal encephalopathy
- Asphyxia brain damage
- Hypoxic ischemic brain damage
- Cerebral palsy
- Quadriplegia or paraplegia
- Laceration or paralysis of vocal cords
- Tracheal stenosis
- Cardiovascular depression
- Other serious injuries
- Infant death
For a free, no-obligation consultation about your potential medical malpractice or birth injury case, call the legal team at Hampton & King at (713) 489-0993. You can also reach us by filling out our online form. Our Houston medical malpractice lawyers only accept cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we recover our legal fee and case costs if we win compensation on your behalf.