Did your baby suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) at birth? If so, you could have grounds for a medical malpractice lawsuit.
A hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy birth injury lawyer from Newsome | Melton can hold your doctor accountable and help you collect compensation for your child’s brain injury from birth and related damages. You might be able to recover money to pay for costs such as your child’s medical bills, child care expenses, and even tutoring and school tuition.
The team at Newsome | Melton knows how to build a compelling case and recover damages, and we want to put our knowledge and resources to work for you. Our team offers a free initial case evaluation, and we work on contingency, meaning we get paid when you do. Get a free case evaluation by calling 888-526-8947.
Overview of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy – also called perinatal asphyxia – is a medical emergency that requires immediate intervention. It happens when the baby does not get enough blood flow or oxygen to the brain during childbirth. Because the brain requires both to function and develop properly at that critical stage of life, HIE can have lifelong consequences.
In addition to reduced oxygen supply to the brain, HIE can starve other vital organs of much-needed blood flow. Taken together, these two effects can have grave consequences on the baby’s life; it’s critical for a doctor to recognize the condition and immediately intervene with proper treatment.
The Symptoms of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
For a doctor to treat HIE, he or she must understand the symptoms and be able to identify them in a timely fashion. The condition has a number of symptoms, some of which include:
- Low heart rate
- Poor muscle tone
- Shallow breathing
- Pallid or bluish skin complexion
- Stained meconium
As we collect evidence and build our medical malpractice case, we may be able to show that your doctor missed one or more symptoms that should have indicated to him or her that your child was suffering from HIE.
The Effects of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can lead to a number of consequences, some of them severe and lifelong. If a doctor recognizes the condition and administers treatment quickly, the child may avoid permanent damage. On the other hand, a child who does not receive speedy and effective treatment could suffer the following effects:
- Cognitive impairment
- Developmental delays
- Lack of neurodevelopment
- Impaired fine motor skills
Treating Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
The speed and efficiency with which a doctor administers treatment may determine the prognosis for a child with HIE. Doctors have several treatment options, but not all of them are the best for any given situation. The specific circumstances determine how a doctor should approach treating HIE.
Treatment may consist of whole body cooling. In some cases, doctors may use a cooling cap to lower body temperature. Other treatments may be necessary as well, depending on the circumstances.
Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Newsome | Melton Can Help You Recover Compensation for Your Child’s Birth Injury
At Newsome | Melton, our job is to protect our clients’ rights and help them recover the money they deserve. If your child suffered a birth injury, you deserve to be paid for the financial losses you have incurred because of your child’s injury.
Your medical malpractice lawyer will investigate to determine the full scope of damages you have incurred. We can pursue compensation from the responsible party for the full amount. Your settlement or award may include compensation for:
We seek compensation for both current and anticipated future medical costs. If your child requires a lifetime of medical care, the responsible party should compensate you and your child for this lifelong care.
Lost Time at Work
We will go after the responsible party to pay for the income you have lost as a result of missing work to care for your child.
Childcare and Tutoring
If your child requires special care, supervision, tutoring, or schooling because of his or her injury, we can pursue compensation for the cost of these services.
Pain and Suffering
Your child deserves compensation for physical and emotional distress associated with the injury. We fight aggressively for pain and suffering damages.
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