Countless newborns every year will suffer from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This condition is also commonly referred to as perinatal asphyxia, birth asphyxia and neonatal encephalopathy and can be fatal. However, if medical professionals act promptly and appropriately, HIE can be prevented and controlled.
Unfortunately, doctors and medical staff can make critical errors that allow HIE to progress, sometimes causing irreparable damage. At Wilt & Klausing, PLLC, we serve as the go-to firm for parents in Kentucky whose children experienced HIE as a result of medical malpractice. Our attorneys defended doctors and hospitals for 15 years and we will give you fighting chance to receive the compensation you are entitled.
What Causes Birth Asphyxia?
Newborns can asphyxiate when their brain and organs are deprived of oxygen. Oxygen deprivation is most prevalent in premature babies. Babies can suffer from HIE before, during and after birth due to a variety of reasons, including:
- Prolonged labor
- Umbilical cord compression and other complications
- Errors involving anesthesia
- Uterine rupture
- Trauma during delivery
- Placental abruption
Depending on how the condition is controlled, babies with HIE can suffer mild to severe symptoms throughout their lifetime. When organs and the brain become deprived of oxygen, children can suffer from cognitive and physical delays and epilepsy. In addition, neonatal encephalopathy can cause cerebral palsy, a debilitating and permanent condition. Newborns who are deprived of oxygen may also have a shorter lifespan.
Your Doctor May Have Been Able To Prevent HIE
You may be able to file a medical malpractice lawsuit against your physician if they did not adhere to an adequate standard of care. They may have failed to identify HIE in a timely manner or prescribe the appropriate treatment. Key steps physicians can take to diagnose and control HIE include:
- Ordering tests to identify HIE, such as MRIs, EKGs, EEGs and CT scans
- Providing proper prenatal care
- Monitoring the baby’s heart rate before, during and after birth
- Observing the child’s physical characteristics
We can help you to take action against physicians who failed to follow proper protocols and allowed the condition to worsen.
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