Caring Representation from Baltimore Birth Injury Lawyers
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is an extremely serious medical condition that causes brain damage when an infant's brain does not receive adequate oxygen and blood. If not caught and treated immediately, the lack of oxygen can cause serious harm, or even death, to a newborn. In fact, HIE is the primary cause of infant fatality and severe impairment.
If your physician failed to address HIE as an emergency resulting in harm to your baby, speak with one of our attorneys from Murphy, Falcon & Murphy for legal advice. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and therapy for your baby's condition. Call 410.983.6266 for a free consultation.
Symptoms of HYPOXIC-ISCHEMIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
Patients may have mild to severe symptoms of HIE. Generally, these symptoms are diagnosed with a CT scan, MRI, echocardiography, and an ultrasound.
- Poor heart rate
- Weak muscle tone
- Difficulty breathing
- Blue or pale skin tone
- Highly acidic blood
- Meconium-stained amniotic fluid
Your physician should respond to any of these symptoms by taking immediate action.
Causes of HYPOXIC-ISCHEMIC ENCEPHALOPATHY
The causes of HIE are complicated, and may occur at any point before, during, or after an infant's birth.
During pregnancy, common problems may include:
- Maternal diabetes
- Insufficient blood circulation to the placenta
- Cardiac problems
- Congenital infection
- Excessive drug and alcohol usage
- Lung malformations
During delivery, common problems may include:
- Abnormal bleeding from the placenta
- Low blood pressure
- Umbilical cord strangulation
- A prolonged second stage of labor
- A problematic fetal position
- Rupture of the uterus
After delivery, common problems may include:
- Cardiac disease
- Sepsis, meningitis, or other infections
- Premature birth
- Low blood pressure
- Brain and skull trauma
- Brain malformations
Treatment depends greatly on the causes and severity of the infant's injury. Mechanical ventilation systems, oxygen treatments, brain hypoxia reversal, and other treatments are available to help stabilize a newborn and reverse or prevent damage.
Don't Hesitate-Call Our Baltimore Birth Injury Attorneys Today.
Our lawyers have recovered millions for clients whose children experienced hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, including a $7 million settlement for a family whose son's severe birth injuries were caused by the hospital's failure to detect early signs of fetal distress. Our attorneys can assess your situation with care and aggressively defend your rights if you or your child have been injured by medical negligence.
Call our Baltimore firm at 410.983.6266.