Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Fort Lauderdale Birth Injury Lawyers Fighting for Children with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Supporting clients in getting the compensation they deserve
Birth injury is a tragic occurrence, which is rare, but when it happens it is devastating. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is one of the most serious forms of birth injury which can cause significant, lasting harm or death to a newborn. It is beyond heartbreaking for parents to learn that their child has suffered an injury at birth that will likely end their child’s life before it has begun, and that the injury could have been prevented.
At the Yeboah Law Group, our compassionate Fort Lauderdale birth injury attorneys are here to represent your interests when you are dealing with a birth injury that was caused by a preventable medical error. We feel your pain and we fight to hold those responsible for your child’s injury accountable.
What is HIE?
Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain injury that is a serious birth complication which prevents blood flow to the infant’s brain. A study published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, reports that 40-60% of infants affected by HIE will die by two years of age, or have serious disabilities.
What causes Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?
While the exact cause of each incidence of HIE is not always identified, it can be caused by the following:
- Cord prolapse
- Uterine rupture
- Abruptio placenta
- Placenta previa
- Maternal hypotension
- Breech presentation
- Shoulder dystocia
(National Institutes of Health NIH)
Symptoms of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
Some of the symptoms of HIE include the following:
- Reduced heart rate
- Blue or pale skin
- Meconium-stained amniotic fluid
- Hypotonia (weak muscle tone)
- Difficulty with sucking and swallowing
- Low APGAR scores
Long-term complications from HIE
The children who survive this devastating injury, depending on the severity of the hypo-ischemic event, may face various challenges throughout their lives including:
- Cerebral palsy
- Brain damage
- Seizure disorders
- Vision loss, crossed eyes
- Respiratory problems
- Musculoskeletal problems
Was my child’s Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy the result of medical malpractice?
In order to answer this question, it is vital that you work with an experienced Fort Lauderdale birth injury lawyer who will work with medical experts to investigate your case and scrutinize the actions of the doctors and other medical professionals who were present during your labor and delivery. Once we have reviewed the evidence and determined that your case is worth pursuing, we will fight for your right to fair compensation for your child’s injuries and your mental anguish over this needless tragedy.
Compassionate Fort Lauderdale birth injury attorneys will fight for your right to compensation
The thought that your newborn’s birth injury was the result of negligence on the part of the medical professionals who were supposed to care for them can be frustrating. You may not know where to turn when you are looking for justice for your child. At the Yeboah Law Group, we are here to take on the legal challenge of pursuing justice in the form of fair compensation when your child has suffered needlessly because of the doctor’s medical mistake. We invite you to call 954-764-2338 or complete our contact form for a no-cost consultation today.
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