Find Support in Our Columbus Birth Injury Attorneys
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is often considered one of the most
dangerous forms of birth injuries that can occur due to
medical staff negligence. Some reports even cite it as the leading cause of death in young infants. Our
Columbus birth injury lawyers at Rourke and Blumenthal can help you seek compensation for your newborn’s
suffering and your own emotional trauma if the HIE that afflicted your
child could have been prevented.
The people of Ohio trust us with their sensitive
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Do you have questions about your rights as a parent whose child suffered
from HIE? We would be glad to help you in a
free case evaluation!
Causes and Consequences of Infant HIE
A newborn, or even a child still in the womb, may be afflicted by hypoxic-ischemic
encephalopathy if the oxygen supplied to their brain and other vital organs
is minimized. In some situations, effective prenatal care can catch signs
of HIE and start working towards correcting it. In other circumstances,
HIE stems from complications experienced during childbirth, which are
most often preventable if the doctors and nurses present fulfill their
duties to the required standards.
Your child may have suffered HIE or is currently suffering from it, and
you might not know it. Hospital staff may have
failed to diagnose the condition, or otherwise neglected to tell you what was happening.
If you notice your newborn showing any of the following symptoms, you
should not hesitate to contact your pediatrician right away:
- Weak pulse
- Difficulty breathing
- Irregular eating habits
- Poor muscle or motor control
- Blue or abnormally white skin
- Inability to ingest food
HIE that goes undetected or untreated can cause permanent debilitations,
often caused by
brain damage. It is absolutely critical for your child to get the medical attention
necessary as soon as possible if you suspect they are suffering from this
dangerous birth injury.
You Should Not Have to Shoulder the Cost of HIE
Fortunately, HIE can be treated if it is detected in time. The treatments
– which can include breathing apparatuses and cooling procedures
– may be quite extensive, lasting months or more as the child develops.
If HIE caused permanent brain damage, repercussions could include lifelong
medical care or attention. All of this adds up to unnecessary stress and
costs to you, consequences that our medical malpractice attorneys in Columbus
do not believe you should have to deal with alone. The hospital staff
that assisted in your child’s birth should provide fair compensation
for what their negligence has done.
When you are ready to fail a claim, call 614.321.3212 to
get in contact with our helpful staff.