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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
  • Seizures

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!

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