Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, can be broken down and described as:
- Hypoxic, characterized by a lack of oxygen.
- Ischemic, restricting blood flow.
- Encephalopathy, affecting the brain.
A lack of blood flow to or a lack of oxygen in the blood can cause HIE, and is often the result of medical negligence. Due to the far-reaching consequences of HIE, it is important to consider whether your child’s condition was caused by malpractice, and if so, whether you can pursue financial compensation for their medical treatment and ongoing care.
A Kansas City birth injury lawyer at Cullan & Cullan can offer experienced and compassionate insight if your child suffered any type of birth-related brain injury. As medical doctors and lawyers, we understand just how serious HIE can be and how much it may impact your child’s life – and your life. Our goal is to improve your child’s quality of life and stability to the fullest extent possible.
To find out how we can help you, give us a call at (816) 253-8606. Your consultation is free and private.
HIE Causes & Risk Factors
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may have many causes, including:
- Uterine rupture
- Placental abruption
- Umbilical cord compression
- Low maternal blood pressure
- Placental blood clots
- Shoulder dystocia
- Umbilical cord prolapse
- Prolonged or difficult childbirth
- Delayed C-section
It will be important to determine whether negligence contributed to the occurrence of HIE in your child. If your doctor or a nurse failed to identify fetal distress during delivery for example, or delayed in recommending or performing a C-section, and your child suffered from oxygen deprivation as a result, this is grounds for a valid claim against the at-fault party.
Do not delay in seeking counsel, and do not try to go it alone. Work with our Kansas City birth injury attorneys and you will receive the level of support and legal counsel you and your child deserve. We are passionate about protecting children who have suffered harm due to the negligence of medical professionals and facilities.
Contact our team today at (816) 253-8606 for more information and guidance.