Has your child has suffered an HIE birth injury? Call our Dallas HIE Birth Injury Attorneys at 1-877-405-4313 for a FREE case evaluation.
What is Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)? HIE is a condition which causes a newborn baby’s brain cells to die due to a lack of oxygen (hypoxia). This type of birth injury causes permanent brain damage.
Hypoxia at birth is a serious complication, which often causes lifelong injury to the child. HIE injuries may also lead to the development of cerebral palsy.
HIE in infants can occur during childbirth due to various reasons, however the underlying cause is often the direct result of medical negligence by the obstetrician, nurse, midwife, doctor, or other medical professional. If your child has suffered brain damage as a result of a healthcare professional’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation to offset the cost of lifetime care?
If you suspect your child suffered an HIE birth injury due to medical negligence, don’t wait to contact our experienced Dallas HIE Birth Injury lawyers by calling 1-877-405-4313. Rasansky Law Firm’s birth injury attorneys have over 65 years of combined experience and always offer a FREE birth injury case evaluation.
Fetal HIE birth injuries can occur from hypoxia during delivery from a variety of causes:
- The baby might be left in the birth canal for too long, cutting off his/her breathing thus their oxygen supply.
- Doctors and other medical professionals may fail to monitor the baby’s vital signs, such as heartbeat, effectively missing an opportunity to prevent a potential emergency in a timely manner.
- The baby’s umbilical cord may be prolapsed or wrapped around his/her throat, cutting off oxygen supply.
- The baby may be born breech, which may lengthen its transit time through the birth canal.
- Compression or any kind of trauma to the baby’s trachea, which cuts off oxygen supply.
- Low blood pressure, which may interfere with oxygen flow from the baby’s heart to his/her brain.
HIE symptoms may not become apparent until a few months into the baby’s life. HIE symptoms generally include:
- Poor coordination
- Developmental delay
- Poor judgment
- Hearing and vision problems
- Learning disabilities
- Poor reflexes and inability to control various muscles (also indicative of cerebral palsy)
Is medical malpractice to blame?
Medical malpractice is defined as the failure of a medical professional to provide an individual with treatment that follows the accepted standards of practice, resulting in harm to the patient.
Medical malpractice is a common cause of HIE in infants. Doctors are required to monitor both the baby’s, and mother’s vital signals at all times during labor and delivery in order to mitigate any emergencies. For example, delaying a C-section when it was obvious the birth would be challenging and potentially dangerous may constitute malpractice. Misinterpreting or failing to monitor fetal distress signals such as the baby’s heart rate, and failing to carry out appropriate tests before the birth in order to mitigate preventable complications can all constitute medial malpractice.
The cost of treatment, therapy, and related expenses required after a HIE birth injury can be astronomical.
Raising a child with HIE can cost a fortune. Your child may require multiple surgeries, occupational and physical therapy, continuing medication, psycho-social assistance, special equipment, and more. Unfortunately, most families are not prepared for the high degree of financial burden that comes along with caring for a child born with this kind of life long birth injury.
Contacting an experienced HIE birth injury lawyer, will give you the best chance at recovering monetary damages from those responsible for causing the injury. At Rasansky Law Firm, our knowledgeable & experienced attorneys and medical advisers thoroughly review your’s and your child’s hospital records in order to determine if negligence did indeed occur. If negligence appears to be present, we will prepare a solid case and advocate on the behalf of you and your child. Your child deserves the best care, and our goal is to help your family fight for what is right, just and fair.
Speak With Our Dallas Birth Injury Lawyers For Free
The attorneys at Rasansky Law Firm are happy to speak to you about your potential case free of charge. If we can help with your claim, we’ll do so for no out-of-pocket cost to you. Call us 24/7 at (214) 651-6100, or toll-free at 1-877-405-4313.