HIE or, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, is a neonatal birth injury caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to the brain. It can occur at or near birth and, if the baby survives, often results in devastating neurological impairments. There are a number of complications and medical mistakes that can result in HIE.
The majority of cases occur due to a failure to diagnose, or a misdiagnosis. However, it is preventable in the vast majority of cases, as long as the doctor responds quickly and competently. If you believe your baby suffered from HIE due to medical negligence, it is important that you contact the appropriate, qualified, legal professionals right away.
During pregnancy, a baby is at a higher risk for HIE if the pregnancy is considered ‘high-risk.’ In a high-risk pregnancy, the mother requires close monitoring to ensure proper medical intervention should she need it. If a doctor fails to diagnose a pregnancy as high-risk, both mother and baby could suffer. Some of the conditions that classify a pregnancy as high-risk are:
There are many complications that may arise during labor or delivery, and it is imperative that medical professionals act promptly to prevent HIE in these instances. The following are some of the most common complications that lead to HIE during labor and delivery.
Sometimes complications do not arise until after birth. Without timely treatment, the impact of such complications can be deadly. However, with proper medical care, most of these are avoidable. Below are some of the ways HIE may develop after birth due to improper monitoring and care.
An HIE diagnosis is often overwhelming, both emotionally and financially. The attorneys at Ross Feller Casey have an unmatched record of legal success representing families affected by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. As such, you can trust that our experienced team has the extensive knowledge, and resources, to ensure your case gets the attention it deserves. If your baby was diagnosed with HIE, and you think it may be the result of a medical mistake, contact our law offices today for your free consultation. It is time to get the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
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