Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Lawyer in New Jersey
HIE Birth Injury Lawsuits
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).
HIE is brain damage that occurs when a fetus’ brain fails to receive an adequate amount of oxygenated blood:
- Hypoxia means inadequate oxygen supply.
- Ischemia means insufficient blood flow.
- Encephalopathy means it affects the brain.
HIE is a type of acquired brain injury, which means it is not congenital or hereditary. Instead, it may result from the negligence of physicians, nurses, or other health care providers who fail to meet the standard of care when treating mothers during pregnancy or childbirth.
If your child was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and you have concerns that it may have been caused by medical negligence, call Levinson Axelrod, P.A. Our award-winning New Jersey HIE attorneys can evaluate your case and whether you may have the ability to bring legal action.
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How Do I Know if Negligence Caused My Child’s HIE?
The most effective way to determine if medical malpractice played a role in causing your child’s injuries is to have your case evaluated by an experienced attorney.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A. our birth injury team helps families evaluate whether a provider breached their legal duty when treating mothers and facilitating labor and delivery, and how that may have caused their injuries.
Although every case is unique, all health care providers have legal obligations to treat their patients in accordance with accepted standards of their profession. Proper evaluations, monitoring, and care can prevent HIE, but deviations from the standard of care can greatly increase risks of brain damage.
Medical negligence may cause HIE in various ways. Examples include:
- During Pregnancy. Medical negligence during pregnancy can contribute to issues that can result in HIE. This includes failing to diagnose complications or timely detect and treat issues such as maternal infection, placental abruption, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes, among others.
- During Labor & Delivery. Meeting the standard of care is essential for positive outcomes in labor and delivery. Examples of negligence that may lead to oxygen deprivation and HIE brain damage include failures to monitor fetal heart rate, failure to detect and timely respond to fetal distress, improper induction or use of labor-inducing drugs, failure to perform a C-section, and failure to respond to abnormal fetal or umbilical cord position.
- After the Delivery. Because oxygen deprivation can have devastating consequences, the standard of care may require that providers timely intervene to reduce risks of serious injury. This includes the use of therapeutic head cooling (hypothermia), which is an accepted treatment for babies born with HIE. Providers should also take steps to address other neonatal concerns, such as dangerously low blood pressure, mechanical head trauma, and infections.
Medical care has advanced to the point where early intervention can provide life-saving treatment. If providers fail to timely detect complications and intervene, however, they can greatly increase the risks of lasting cognitive issues, developmental delays, motor skill delays, seizures / epilepsy, and cerebral palsy. The most severe cases of HIE can result in wrongful death.
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If your doctor’s negligence or wrongdoing let to your child suffering the devastating effects of HIE, you have the right to file a lawsuit to seek the compensation you deserve.
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A. we leverage the insight of an attorney who has over 20 years of experience as a physician, Certified Civil trial Specialists, and medical experts to investigate birth injury cases and help families fight for justice. Since our founding, we have won over $1 billion for our clients, and more than $350 million in the past 5 years along.
To discuss a potential HIE lawsuit and how our New Jersey attorneys can help, contact us for a free consultation. We proudly serve families throughout the state.
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