Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and Alabama Birth Injuries
During labor and delivery, it is very important for a baby to get a steady and uninterrupted supply of oxygen. A lack of oxygen, even for a very brief amount of time, can cause a type of brain damage known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This results in birth injuries that have lifelong effects for a child.
A baby's oxygen supply comes from the umbilical cord during labor and delivery. There are a number of complications that can occur which would result in an interruption of oxygen. These include:
- A damaged umbilical cord
- An umbilical cord that becomes tangled or wrapped around the baby's neck
- A ruptured uterus
- A baby with underdeveloped heart and lungs
- Hypertension and preeclampsia in the mother
- Prolonged labor
Doctors are aware of the risk of HIE during labor and delivery, and they have a responsibility to take steps to prevent from happening. This includes carefully monitoring the baby's heart rate during labor and delivery. It includes taking action - such as speeding up labor or performing a c-section - to reduce the risk to the baby. And if brain damage has occurred, it includes medical interventions like head cooling or whole-body cooling to help minimize the effects of any brain damage.
Failing to follow standards of care can result in brain damage to the baby. This causes birth injuries that have serious and often permanent effects, such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy and developmental delays. This leaves many Alabama families left to deal with the physical, emotional and financial effects of these birth injuries.
Fighting for your child's rights
The treatment and care of children with birth injuries can last throughout the child's life. Children may require surgery, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech and language therapy. They may need special devices to help them walk, as well as home modification to accommodate their disabilities.
The cost of this treatment and care can become overwhelming for families very quickly. Many families find it incredibly difficult to cover the costs while also maintaining a home and keeping up with the usual bills. But if the negligence of a medical professional caused the hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy that led to your child's birth injury, you shouldn't have to pay.
Typically, negligent medical professionals and hospitals don't admit to engaging in any kind of medical malpractice. They'll insist that they are not responsible, and that every pregnancy carries some risk. Insurance companies will back them up, because there's a lot of money at stake. And their high-powered lawyers will fight you every step of the way.
That's why you need an experienced Alabama birth injury attorney who knows how to deal with these types of cases. One who is well-versed in birth injuries related to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and knows how to investigate to find evidence of negligence. An experienced attorney can build a strong case and fight to help you recover financial compensation on your child's behalf.
If you think that your child's birth injury may be related to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy that was caused by medical negligence, it's important to talk to a birth injury attorney as soon as possible. Schedule a free consultation with an Alabama attorney in the Help For Your Baby network who can review the details of your case, answer your questions and explain your options.