Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and Minnesota Birth Injuries
When the oxygen supply is cut off to the brain of a baby during birth, the child can sustain permanent brain damage. This type of birth injury is known as Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and can impact a child's intellectual and emotional development for life.
What many Minnesota families might not realize is many HIE injuries can be prevented. Sadly, many children sustain brain damage due to hypoxia before, during or shortly after birth due to mistakes made by medical professionals.
Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals need to be aware of the risks associated with HIE when caring for pregnant women before and during the delivery process, and when caring for babies during delivery and shortly after birth. When these professionals make mistakes, they need to be held accountable for their actions.
How HIE injuries occur
HIE injuries often occur due to medical malpractice (something medical professionals did wrong) or medical negligence (something medical professionals failed to do). Some of the most common ways HIE injuries occur due to negligence or malpractice include:
- Umbilical cord becomes wrapped around child's neck.
- Untreated maternal diabetes
- Untreated infection in infant
- Prolonged labor
- Abnormal fetal position
All these medical conditions can be prevented in most cases. Medical professionals undergo years of training so they spot the warning signs of HIE and act quickly to prevent such serious injuries. That's why it's important for medical professionals to be held accountable when they make such serious mistakes.
What Minnesota parents need to know
Mistakes made by medical professionals involving infants can cause permanent medical issues, especially in cases involving HIE. Unfortunately, many surgeons, doctors, nurses and other medical professionals rarely admit wrongdoing. That's because they know the financial implication of such mistakes can often add up to millions of dollars in medical bills and other HIE injury-related expenses.
It is so important for parents to talk to a birth injury lawyer in Minnesota who knows the law and understands how it applies to HIE injuries due to medical malpractice or medical negligence. If you have any questions or concerns about this issue, use our free consultation service to connect with an attorney who can guide you through the process in your area.