Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Did Your Child Suffer From This Birth Injury?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), around 2 out of every 1,000 children born at full term in the United States are affected by Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This type of birth injury affects children and fetuses whose brains fail to receive an adequate amount of oxygen for an extended period of time, either during the delivery or pregnancy. It’s a potentially preventable condition if caught through proper monitoring, but if it remains unnoticed by your doctor it can cause permanent and potentially life-threatening brain damage to your child.
If your child suffered from HIE, contact the New Jersey birth injury attorneys at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. today. For almost 80 years, our firm has dedicated itself to representing injured victims and their families in order to secure them the maximum compensation available under the law and will continue to do so for each client that walks through our doors. We have successfully recovered more than $1 billion in verdicts and settlements for our clients over the years, and you can trust us to handle your case with the care and passion you deserve during this trying time.
How Could This Happen?
Through proper monitoring and care, your doctor should be able to identify warning signs well in advance. If they fail to do so, your child could suffer from HIE for any number of reasons, including:
Causes of HIE While Pregnant
- Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
- Cardiac disease
- Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
- Congenital infections affecting the fetus
- Malformed lungs
- Severe fetal anemia
Causes of HIE While Giving Birth
- Ruptured uterus
- Prolonged labor
- Placental abruption
- Fetal distress
- Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
- Abnormal fetal position
- Umbilical cord injuries
Causes of HIE After the Delivery
- Premature birth
- Head trauma
- Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
- Congenital brain malformations
- Severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Infections like meningitis and sepsis
Medical care has advanced to the point where, if the symptoms are identified in their early stages, doctors can intervene and provide life-saving treatment to your child or fetus. If HIE continues undiagnosed and untreated, your child could end up suffering from countless issues, including cognitive issues, delays in neurological development, delays in motor skill development, epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. In the most severe cases of HIE, your child could even be at risk of dying.
Give us a call at (732) 440-3089 to speak with a New Jersey birth injury lawyer today.
Hire A Birth Injury Lawyer Today
If your doctor’s negligence or wrongdoing let to your child suffering from the devastating effects of HIE, you reserve the right to file a lawsuit in order to secure the compensation you deserve. You shouldn’t be expected to carry both the emotional and financial burden of this birth injury, and the New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Levinson Axelrod, P.A. are ready to help hold negligent health care providers responsible and recover damages for you. Our firm has protected injured victims and their families for more than three-quarters of a century, and we will continue to do so as long as people need our help. Give us a call at (732) 440-3089 to speak with a member of our legal team, or fill out our online form to get started with a free case evaluation.