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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)[1]. 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 injury to your child.

Speak with one of our Chicago birth injury attorneys by calling us at (312) 313-0202.

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
  • Preeclampsia
  • 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 issues, 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.

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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.

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    Since 1993 when we first opened the doors of our law practice, Power Rogers & Smith has handled some of the largest personal injury cases for plaintiffs in the state of Illinois – and won. With our experience, we aren’t afraid to stand up to large corporations and insurance companies in court.

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    Power Rogers & Smith has won more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for its clients – that’s $800 million more than our closest competitor since 2000. These results include many record-setting and regulation-changing outcomes as well, including a $100 million settlement for victims of a trucking accident – Illinois’ largest injury award to a single family.

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    Victims of tragic and life-altering accidents are suffering – physically, emotionally, and financially. We take the financial burden off victims by working on a contingent fee. This means that you do not pay unless/until we secure a financial recovery for you. You focus on healing. We’ll take care of the rest.

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Common Birth Injury Questions

  • What is a birth injury?

    A: The term “birth injury” refers to trauma suffered by a mother or her child during labor and delivery. Sadly, “birth injury” typically refers to an injury sustained by the child and can include physical injuries such as broken bones or injuries caused by misdiagnosis of oxygen deprivation, etc.

  • Who is Responsible for a Child’s Birth Defects?

    A: Liability for any personal injury can be complicated, and birth injuries are no exception. If you suspect that your child’s injury or medical complications are the result of a negligent doctor or hospital, speak with an attorney immediately.

  • Was My Child’s Injury Preventable?

    A: Any injury caused by the carelessness or neglect of a medical professional is preventable. When a doctor fails to diagnose maternal or fetal distress, for example, the resulting birth injury is almost always preventable.