Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Attorneys
The lawyers at Houck | Reynolds, LLC know the extensive damage that hypoxic brain injuries generally and HIE specifically can cause to children and the lives of families, and we have the knowledge and experience to determine if negligence or malpractice played a role in the development of brain injuries during childbirth.
If your child was injured during labor and delivery, please contact our Atlanta office at 770-392-6080 and let us help you determine if medical negligence or malpractice played a role.
What Is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious condition for newborns that can occur when the infant’s brain does not receive enough oxygen. Within literally minutes of the infant’s brain being deprived of oxygen, the child’s brain cells begin to die, and hypoxic brain injury can begin to occur. The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen, the more significant the damage to the brain, and the more serious the neurological injuries to the child. HIE can cause long-term damage, including:
- Intellectual disability or dysfunction
- Delayed development
- Cerebral palsy
Preventing Hypoxic Brain Injuries
During labor and delivery, certain conditions can cause a lack of blood flow and oxygen to the baby’s brain. Physicians are aware of these conditions and through proper care, can often prevent the child from experiencing a deprivation of oxygen and thus prevent injury. Additionally, when in labor, a fetal monitor is used to monitor the baby’s well-being. The labor and delivery team need to constantly monitor the fetal strip so that they know immediately if the child is in jeopardy or is being deprived of oxygen. Failure to vigilantly check the monitoring strips can be the difference between a healthy baby, and a severely disabled child.
Treatment For Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Treatment of severe HIE has generally been limited to supportive care to try to make the child as comfortable as possible. The injuries are devastating to the child, their families, and our Georgia communities.
Contact Houck | Reynolds, LLC Today
Our team of attorneys and medical professionals are standing by to discuss your situation and begin fighting for you. Contact us today at 770-392-6080 to schedule your free initial case evaluation.