Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
St. Louis Malpractice Lawyers Defending Injured Children
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) refers to damage to the central nervous
system, including the brain and spinal cord, due of a lack of oxygen.
If the brain were to be deprived of oxygen for as little as five minutes,
brain cells will begin to die. Because of the sensitivity of this condition,
fatality is a strong possibility. In some instances, hypoxic ischemic
encephalopathy occurs during
childbirth which can result in fatalities or permanent neurological damage.
When you give birth to a baby, you are expecting for this to be some of
the happiest times in your life. Medical professionals entrusted with
the care of the birth of your child are expected to take all possible
steps to ensure safety. When their actions result in irreparable harm,
you may be entitled to recover compensation on the basis of
medical malpractice. The injury lawyers at Millikan Wright, LLC can help you during these times.
Why Should I Contact an Attorney?
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy during or just after childbirth is extremely
rare, occurring only 2 to 4 times in every 1000 births. However, HIE can
have severe effects. 15-20% of all infants with HIE will die. 25% of the
surviving infants will suffer from permanent neurological damage.
Some other long-term damage from HIE can include:
- Cerebral palsy
- Mental retardation
- Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
- Vision impairment or blindness
- Hearing impairment or deafness
- Microcephaly (baby's head appears smaller than that of a normal infant
of similar age and gender)
- Chronic lung disease
In order to diagnose hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, tests need to be
performed to determine the severity of the brain damage caused by the
lack of oxygen to the brain. There are numerous ways that an infant can
be affected. The sooner this damage is diagnosed, the sooner the proper
steps can be taken to reduce the effect on the infant’s life.
Working With Millikan Wright, LLC
Our firm strongly believes that no one deserves to be injured, and especially
not infants. Doctors have a higher standard of care to hold themselves
to since their actions can have severe consequences, and when you baby
is harmed at birth, you have the right to hold these doctors accountable.
A birth injury such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can mean a lifetime
of medical expenses, rehabilitation, emotional damages, and more. You
should not be accountable for these injuries.
When you work with our St. Louis medical malpractice lawyers, you get over
50 years of dedication and experience on your side. We work directly with
you to ensure that your specific needs are met and develop a plan to make
this happen. Find out more in a free consultation with our legal team!