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APGAR Score  

The APGAR score is a method used by doctors and nurses to assess the status of a newborn baby.  The APGAR score is comprised of five components: heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability and color, each of which can be given a score of 0, 1, or 2. APGAR scores are assessed at one and five minutes after birth. Low APGAR scores may indicate recent hypoxic-ischemic insult to the baby.  The 1 minute APGAR score may be used to identify a baby who requires special medical attention or resuscitation.  The 5-minute APGAR score, including the change in the score between 1 and 5 minutes, is a measure of the effectiveness of resuscitation efforts.

When a child has suffered an injury related to prenatal care, labor or delivery, it is understandable for the parents to have questions about the injury, their legal rights and the legal rights of the child.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights.  Consultations are free – there is no obligation to call and talk with one of our attorneys.  Contact Us if we can help you.

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