Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Did Your Infant Suffer This Type of Brain Damage?
Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) affects approximately 2 out of every 1,000 children in the United States born at full term, and countless more in preterm births according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). HIE affects infants whose brains do not receive the necessary amount of oxygen due to limited blood flow during pregnancy or the labor and delivery process. If caught early, your doctor may be able to prevent any long-term damage. However, without proper monitoring this condition can go unnoticed and cause permanent, irreparable damage to your child.
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At Power, Rogers & Smith, L.L.P., our Chicago birth injury lawyers are dedicated to providing our clients with the legal assistance they need when someone’s negligence or wrongdoing results in the injury of a child. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys about your situation and learn whether your child’s injury was the result of medical negligence.
What Causes HIE?
There are numerous causes of HIE during pregnancy that should not go unnoticed with proper monitoring and attention.
HIE Causes During Pregnancy
- Severe fetal anemia
- Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
- Alcohol and / or drug abuse
- Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
- Congenital infections affecting the fetus
- Cardiac disease
- Malformed lungs
HIE Causes During Labor and Delivery
- Placental abruption
- Prolonged labor
- Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
- Umbilical cord injuries
- Ruptured uterus
- Fetal distress
- Abnormal fetal position
HIE Causes After Delivery
- Severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
- Head trauma
- Congenital brain malformations
- Infections like meningitis and sepsis
- Premature birth
- Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
In most cases when symptoms of HIE are timely identified, physicians can provide the necessary intervention to ensure that your child remains healthy. Failure to timely identify symptoms of HIE can cause a child to suffer a variety of issues including cerebral palsy, neuro-development delays, epilepsy, cognitive issue, developmental delays, and motor skill-development delays. Depending on the severity of the brain damage sustained, a child may even be at risk of death.
Contact Power, Rogers & Smith Today to Speak with an Attorney
You have the right to file a lawsuit if a medical professional’s negligence or wrongdoing resulted in your child suffering a birth injury. Not only can your child’s life be permanently affected, you may need to deal with significant medical bills creating a severe financial strain on your family. Contact the Chicago birth injury attorneys at Power, Rogers & Smith today to begin fighting to secure the compensation you need and deserve. Either give us a call at (312) 313-0202 to speak with a lawyer today, or fill out our online form to begin your free case evaluation.