The most serious types of injury to a child in the birth process result from the deprivation of oxygen, and is often the result of medical negligence and misdiagnosis.
A partial reduction in normal oxygenated blood to the brain can lead to what is known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) while Anoxic Encephalopathy can occur as a result of a total obstruction of blood flow.
The longer oxygenated blood is restricted from the brain, the more severe the injury.
Causes during labor and delivery can include umbilical cord occlusion, rupture of the placenta or uterus, abnormal fetal position, or very low blood pressure in the mother. Causes after delivery can include serious infections, trauma to the brain or skull, or very low blood pressure in the baby.
HIE occurs in about 3 to 20 per 1,000 births in the United States, making it the most common type of infant brain damage. According to the World Health Organization, HIE also is the fifth leading cause of death worldwide in children under the age of 5.
Ross Feller Casey has a team of dedicated doctors right on staff. This uniquely qualifies the firm to handle all birth injury related cases, including Hypoxic and Anoxic Encephalopathy lawsuits.
The firm handles cases on a contingency basis, so there will never be a cost to you unless there is a financial recovery in your case.
Are you wondering: How do I find an HIE lawyer in Philadelphia?
If a loved one has suffered Hypoxic and Anoxic Encephalopathy, or another Birth Injury, one of our HIE attorneys can assist you in determining if you have a case. Ross Feller Casey offers a free case evaluation.
You may still be able to investigate a potential claim even if the injury occurred some time ago, but your time may be running out.