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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Baltimore Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Attorney

Giving a Voice to Wrongfully Injured Children

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a severe birth injury caused by an infant’s brain receiving too little oxygen and blood during the birthing process. It is also possible for HIE to occur before or shortly after birth, but this is less common.

When hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occurs, it is often the direct result of a medical provider’s negligence. If your child was born with HIE, call our firm. Our Baltimore hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy attorneys are proud to stand up for children who have suffered due to someone else’s mistakes.

Our goal is to secure a fair compensation amount on your behalf that brings you financial stability, a sense of justice, and closure.

Get in touch with a hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawyer serving Baltimore, (410) 698-1717 for a free case evaluation.

What Are the Symptoms of HIE?

According to the Birth Injury Help Center, HIE is a serious condition with life-altering symptoms and complications that can even result in death. Babies who suffer from HIE show a wide variety of symptoms, which may include the following:

  • Acidosis (the buildup of acid in the body)
  • Low Apgar scores (newborn health scores) for five minutes or more
  • Depressed or absent reflexes
  • Yellowed skin and nails (due to stained meconium)
  • Irregular breathing that may be depressed, slow, or absent
  • Irregular, “floppy” muscle tone
  • Low heart rate or no detectable heart rate
  • Pale or bluish skin tone
  • Seizures

Long-Term Consequences of HIE

Oxygen or blood loss to the brain is traumatic, even if it lasts only a few seconds. In a newborn child, the consequences can be especially severe compared to those in an adult.

The long-term consequences of HIE include but are not limited to:

  • Developmental problems
  • Lack of motor skills
  • Epilepsy

When we seek compensation on behalf of you and your child, we consider how HIE will affect your lives now and far into the future. Depending on the extent of your child’s dysfunction and other factors, we may seek a settlement or a jury verdict. We’ll do whatever it takes to bring you justice.

How do Doctors Cause HIE?

Most cases of HIE are completely preventable with proper medical care and attention. It is up to a medical provider to carefully assess a baby’s health and that of the pregnant mother before, during, and after birth to reduce the chances of a brain injury like HIE. A medical provider must also act with the utmost care during the delivery process to avoid depriving the child’s brain of oxygen.

HIE can be caused by:

  • Delayed or prolonged labor
  • A needlessly delayed C-section
  • Umbilical cord strangulation
  • A baby’s unusual positioning in the birthing canal

Determining Liability

Many cases of HIE in children are entirely preventable. However, it can be difficult to prove a case was preventable and only happened due to a doctor’s negligence.

An HIE lawyer from our firm can review medical records and interview experts to determine whether your child’s case of HIE was preventable. If your lawyer discovers your child’s case was preventable and caused by a doctor’s negligence, the doctor may be found liable for your child’s damages.

What Damages Could I Collect for My Child?

Since birth, your child may be experiencing serious symptoms and complications, such as seizures or epilepsy. Your child deserves recompense for their injury and suffering, and you deserve compensation for your financial damages, so you should consider filing a legal claim for all of these damages and others.

If you decide to pursue legal action, you may be able to claim and collect the following damages:

  • Medical bills, including bills you’ll have to pay in the future
  • Bills for any assistive equipment your child may need
  • Bills for any therapies your child may require, like physical therapy or occupational therapy in the future
  • Lost wages due to having to look after your child
  • Pain and suffering and mental anguish

Contact Brown & Barron online today to schedule a free case review with a with a hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawyer serving Baltimore.

Can I Sue for My Child’s Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?

Instead of filing a claim for your child’s HIE, you could file a lawsuit. Depending on the circumstances, one option may be better than the other. One of our firm’s lawyers can help you decide whether to file a medical malpractice claim or lawsuit.

If you and your lawyer choose to file the lawsuit, your lawyer will have to meet the filing deadline for medical malpractice lawsuits. To help you meet the deadline, you should consider hiring your lawyer soon.

Call Upon More Than 137 Years of Collective Legal Experience

Our team of Baltimore HIE attorneys has been protecting our clients’ rights for decades. To handle your child’s sensitive HIE injury case, you should have a team as experienced and attentive as ours at Brown & Barron on your side. For a free consultation and case review with a member of our team, call our firm today.

Why You Should Hire One of Our Attorneys

Our firm’s attorneys represent children and their parents in delicate legal matters, like birth injury cases. We’re proud to represent those in Baltimore and surrounding communities.

Children can’t stand up for themselves, and their parents can struggle to stand up against large, intimidating entities, like hospitals and insurance companies, so we’ve dedicated our professional lives to representing these children and parents. Our clients receive comprehensive legal service and our complete attention. You can expect us to serve you the same way if you become our next client.

When we can’t settle a client’s case with an insurer, we don’t hesitate to take a case to court. 

Our attorneys are very successful negotiators and litigators, having achieved multi-million-dollar settlements and verdicts.

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