California Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyers
Our firm of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy lawyers has the extensive knowledge and expertise required to successfully handle matters involving complex hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy injuries.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, also known as HIE is a serious injury caused by a lack of oxygen or a reduction of blood flow supplied to the baby’s organs. It is a dangerous medical condition that necessitates immediate medical intervention and treatment. HIE injuries can range from mild to severe and can result in brain damage, cerebral palsy or even death of the fetus or infant. When a lack of oxygen occurs to a baby’s brain, it often can often result in developmental disabilities or cognitive delays. Functional motor impairments may also result. All of these things can become more readily as a baby continues to grow and develop.
HOW DOES HYPOXIC ISCHEMIC INJURY OCCUR?
HIE injuries can occur through medical negligence during a mother’s pregnancy, labor and/or delivery. Healthcare providers that fail to recognize and/or timely intervene to indications of fetal hypoxia such as low maternal blood pressure, lack of fetal movement and/or other signs of fetal compensation may be held liable if their negligent care and treatment is determined to have been a cause in the baby’s resulting HIE injuries.
SYMPTOMS OF HIE
Some indications that a hypoxic brain injury has occurred include resuscitation at birth, low APGAR scores, lethargy, seizures, irregular heart rate, abnormal blood pressure, poor muscle tone, labored or difficult breathing, problems with feeding, blue or pale skin color, and excess acid in the baby’s blood.
Immediate treatment as soon as signs are seen is recommended. Often, babies with HIE are given a cooling treatment or hypothermia immediately after birth. The cooling therapy reduces the severity of a brain injury by lowering the body temperature to provide a longer period of time for its cells to recover.
WHAT CAN I DO?
- Make sure doctors and facilities you choose to participate in your baby’s birth process are qualified to monitor the pregnancy, labor and delivery.
- Give specific information to the caregivers upon arrival, especially if your doctor is not available at that time.
- Make sure you or those you bring with you can communicate well and get your medical information and concerns known.
- Learn about the fetal monitoring process that takes place during delivery.
- Learn the signs of distress, and point them out to doctor and nurses if you believe they are occurring.
- If you feel you are being neglected or ignored, speak up, make your voice heard, have a relative go and bring a doctor or nurse into the room and make your issues known.
If you believe that your child has sustained an HIE injury caused by the negligent management of your pregnancy or child’s delivery, you should call an HIE experienced lawyer at our firm to discuss your legal rights. There is no cost to call and have your case evaluated by our team of legal and medical professionals.
Please not that the information on this page is based on past cases and research in public sources performed by a law firm. It is not intended to serve as medical advice. If you suspect your baby is in physical distress from an HIE injury, you should call your child’s doctor or 911 immediately.