Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Florida Birth Injury Lawyers
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation to a fetus or newborn’s brain. As one of the most common types of brain damages caused by newborns suffering oxygen loss or intrapartum asphyxia, HIE has the potential to result in significant developmental, physical, and cognitive impairment, which become more apparent as a child ages and develops, and which can create a lifetime of medical needs and specialized care.
Because HIE can have such a devastating effect on children and their families, they demand thorough investigation to determine whether they could and should have been prevented by treating medical professionals present during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. If it is discovered that oxygen deprivation and HIE resulted from substandard care and negligence on the part of doctors, nurses, or other health care providers, victims and families may have the right to seek to hold them liable for damages through a birth injury lawsuit.
At Freidin Brown, P.A., our Florida medical malpractice lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of families who have suffered as the result of preventable birth injuries, including those resulting in brain damage and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. With over 100 years of collective trial experience, the expertise of two Board Certified Civil Trial Law Experts, and extensive resources and professional connections, our firm has the tools required of these challenging cases – as well as the determination to fight for the justice and compensation our clients deserve.
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Understanding HIE & Birth Injury Lawsuits
HIE is a serious condition that and can result in various physical and mental disabilities that vary depending on the severity and length of oxygen deprivation, as well as medical management followed by the oxygen-depriving event. These disabilities commonly include:
- Developmental delays
- Learning disabilities
- Cerebral Palsy
Because HIE is caused by oxygen deprivation, it can result from various acts of negligence during pregnancy, labor, and delivery of a newborn. This can result from, among other things:
- Failing to identify potential complications or the size of a fetus
- Errors in monitoring fetal heart rate and signs of fetal distress
- Delayed delivery, including those caused by delayed C-sections
- Umbilical cord injuries, including a nuchal cord
- Improper use of anesthesia or labor-inducing drugs, including Pitocin
- Trauma to the baby’s brain during delivery, including trauma caused by forceps or vacuums
- Errors or failures to treat oxygen deprived newborns after delivery
When assessing whether HIE was the result of substandard medical care, victims should work closely with lawyers and medical experts who can investigate the underlying cause of oxygen deprivation. If it is discovered that oxygen deprivation resulted from a doctor, nurse, or other health care professional failing to provide acceptable care – or care that any reasonably careful medical professional would provide under the same or similar circumstances – victims may have the ability to pursue legal action through birth injury lawsuits. Substandard care may also take the form of attending health care providers who failed to adequately treat oxygen deprived newborns after delivery, such as by administering head cooling therapy.
Fighting for Justice & Fair Compensation
Birth injury lawsuits are among the most scientifically advanced and difficult medical malpractice claims, and they can be filled with challenges created by complex laws and technical medical information. This is why it is so important to find a firm that is experienced in birth injury cases and has proven itself in scores of birth injury cases. By leveraging our experience in these cases, working with elite medical experts, and aggressively preparing cases with an eye for detail, our legal team positions families to secure the justice and compensation they deserve. Because HIE can result in lifelong limitations, successful outcomes are not only important to holding negligent parties accountable, but also to securing the compensation families need to cover past medical expenses, as well as the costs of future medical needs as their child develops. Compensation is also critical to covering the non-economic damages families suffer, including their emotional injuries.
If you have questions regarding Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, brain damage, or other birth injuries that may have resulted from negligent medical care, our legal team at Freidin Brown, P.A. is available to personally review your case during a free and confidential consultation. Our lawyers can look further into whether you may have a valid claim, and discuss your rights and what we can do to guide you through the legal journey ahead. Place your trust in a proven birth injury team. Contact us today.