Baltimore Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Attorneys
Giving a Voice to Wrongfully Injured Children
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a severe type of 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.
No matter when HIE occurs, the truth is it is often the direct result of a medical provider’s negligence. If your child was born with HIE, call (410) 698-1717 and let Brown & Barron know about it. Our HIE lawyers in Baltimore are proud to be able to stand up for injured infants who have suffered due to someone else’s mistakes. It is our goal to secure for you a maximized compensation amount that brings you financial stability again, as well as a deserved sense of justice and closure.
Contact our law firm now to learn more about our birth injury legal representation.
What are the Symptoms of HIE?
HIE is a serious condition that can result in catastrophic injury or death. Babies who’ve suffered from HIE show a wide variety of symptoms, which may include the following:
- Acidosis (the buildup of acid in the body)
- Low Apgar scores for five minutes or more
- Depressed or absent reflexes
- Greenish discoloration of the amniotic fluid (stained meconium)
- Irregular breathing that may be depressed, slow, or absent
- Irregular, “floppy” muscle tone
- Low heart rate / sometimes no detectable heart rate
- Pale or bluish skin tone
Longterm Consequences of HIE
Oxygen or blood loss to the brain is traumatic, even if it only lasts for a few seconds. In a newly born child, the consequences can be even more dramatic than compared to an adult.
HIE can be temporary or last a lifetime include but are not limited to:
- Developmental problems
- Lack of motor skills
When we seek compensation on behalf of you and your child, we take into account how HIE will affect you both now far into the future. Depending on the extent of the injuries, it might mean we seek six- or seven-figure settlements or jury verdicts. Whatever it takes to bring you justice is what we want to do.
How Do Doctors Cause HIE?
Most causes of HIE are completely preventable with the appropriate level of medical care and attention. It is up to your medical providers to carefully assess your baby’s health and that of the pregnant mother before, during, and after birth to reduce the chances of a brain injury like HIE. They must also always act with utmost care during the delivery process, or else they could cause oxygen deprivation to the child’s brain.
HIE can be caused by:
- Delayed or prolonged labor
- Needlessly delayed C-section
- Umbilical cord strangulation
- Unusual positioning in birthing canal
Call Upon More Than 75 Years of Collective Legal Experience
Our team of Baltimore HIE attorneys have been protecting the rights of our clients for decades. When you have a case as sensitive as your child’s HIE injury case, you will want a team as experienced and attentive as ours to handle it. There is no opposition out there that can cause us to back down – not when your wellbeing and that of your infant are on the line.
Get the legal help you deserve for your HIE claim. Call (410) 698-1717 now.
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