Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and Texas Birth Injuries
During pregnancy, labor and delivery, babies need a steady supply of oxygen to help their brains and bodies develop. When this oxygen supply is reduced or cut off, they can suffer serious health problems. They can suffer a birth injury called hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a type of brain injury.
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy has different causes. These include reduced blood flow, fetal stroke, complications with the umbilical cord and stress during labor or delivery. Health problems with the mother can also lead to HIE, such as high blood pressure, low blood pressure, blocked blood flow and placental abruption.
Sadly, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is often the result of medical negligence. Doctors fail to properly monitor a baby's heart rate during labor and delivery. Or they fail to take quick action when something goes wrong to try to prevent brain damage or minimize it. These actions include head cooling or whole-body cooling if the baby is in distress.
When doctors fail to meet standards of care, babies can suffer brain damage. This can lead to problems such as developmental delays, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other health issues. Sometimes, it can take months or even years before there are signs that something is wrong.
Many children in Texas who suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are left with a permanent disability. They have physical or developmental difficulties. Some require surgery, hospitalization, special tutors, assistive devices, medication and home modifications. Many require lifelong care and treatment.
Families struggle with the emotional and financial impact of a child's brain injury. It can be heartbreaking to learn that your child suffered a brain injury due to medical negligence. And the cost of providing care and treatment can become overwhelming. Many families aren't sure what to do next.
Getting the help your child needs
If medical negligence led to your child's birth injury, you may be able to recover financial compensation. This includes compensation for all medical expenses related to your child's birth injury, both now and in the future. This can help ensure that your child's needs will be met throughout his or her life.
Recovering compensation is complicated. Doctors and hospitals typically deny any responsibility for what happened. Insurance companies will back them up, because they don't want to pay you anything - and they know there's a lot of money at stake. They have a team of lawyers who will try to prevent you from getting justice.
That's why you need to talk to a Texas birth injury lawyer. An experienced attorney will know how to investigate to find out what really happened. This investigation includes gathering evidence, interviewing witnesses and consulting experts. An attorney can build a strong case that proves your child's injury was caused by medical negligence.
Many families in Texas don't know who to call when they need legal advice. That's why Help For Your Baby has created a free consultation service. We can help connect you with an experienced lawyer. There is no cost and no obligation. We just want you to have the information you need so you can decide what to do next.
If your child was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, it is important to get legal advice as soon as possible. An experienced Texas birth injury attorney can hold negligent medical professionals accountable and help you recover financial compensation. Learn more today.