APGAR Scores and Neonatal Injuries
Our Lawyers Explain Link
Between 1 and 10 minutes after a baby is born, medical professionals perform a quick test determine if the newborn child has any medical issues that need to be addressed immediately or long term.
This test is known as the Apgar test, which is named after the doctor who invented the test in 1952. Based on five different categories - Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration - the doctor performing the test gives the newborn baby an Apgar score. The healthier the baby, the higher the score.
If your child received a low APGAR score and has serious medical issues, that could be a sign of a neonatal injury. In addition, your family could be eligible to receive financial compensation if your child's health problems are due to mistakes made by medical professionals. That's why it's critical that you contact our law firm right away to learn more about your legal rights.
What Are APGAR Scores?
Medical professionals examine five different things when determining a newborn baby's APGAR score. Doctor's evaluate a baby's:
- Breathing effort
- Heart rate
- Muscle tone
- Skin color
In each case, the doctor who administers the test assigns a score of zero to two for each category. The higher the APGAR score, the better the baby's health. But just because a baby has a high APGAR score doesn't automatically mean the child is healthy. Medical professionals sometimes make mistakes and accidently give a higher APGAR score than is warranted. These mistakes can be costly since other medical professionals often decide whether to administer other tests or begin providing certain treatment based on a child's APGAR score.
Reasons For Low APGAR Scores
There are many reasons why newborn babies receive a low APGAR score. Common reasons why a baby would receive a low APGAR score from a birth injury include:
- Baby not breathing.
- Infant has no heart rate.
- Child's muscles are floppy and inactive.
- Baby does not respond to being pinched.
- Newborn's skin is very blue.
Experienced doctors know that certain responses to an APGAR test demand more testing to determine exactly what's wrong. But other doctors are more careless and don't take such warning signs seriously enough. That's why we want to talk to you.
Know Your Rights
When you have the Tyrone Law Firm, PC working on your case, your child's health issues will receive our full, focused attention. We don't work with a lot of families or handle a wide range of cases. We focus on birth injury lawsuits in Atlanta and throughout Georgia.
Our focused approach enables us to devote a tremendous amount of time and energy on such complex cases. That's why we have such a strong track record of success. In case after case, we consistently obtain sizable verdicts and settlements because we work tirelessly for justice.
Don't simply assume your family will be fairly compensated by the doctor or hospital that made a mistake or caused your child's injury. In most cases, you will need to take strong legal action against them to get the money your family rightfully deserves. That's why we want to meet with you. Find out how we can help. Contact us and schedule your free consultation today.