Understanding Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Michigan Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawsuitsOur birth injury lawyer lawyers represent children diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This is a serious condition that can be permanent and irreversible damage to a baby.  Many times, the condition could have been prevented with proper medical care.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) in newborns is a condition that can lead to a number of problems. In the womb, the fetus gets oxygen, blood, and nutrients from mom via blood vessels in the umbilical cord. The fetal heart is designed so that the oxygen from the mom bypasses the lungs, going from the right side to the left side and out to the rest of the body.

Because the fetus is not breathing and eating on its own, it is absolutely dependent on a constant supply of oxygen, blood, and nutrients from mom via the umbilical cord. Anything that disrupts that (uterine rupture, knot in the umbilical cord, and pressure on the umbilical cord) can result in cutting off the oxygen and blood supply. When that is cut off, the brain and other organs can be damaged. Hypoxic means “low oxygen”, ischemic is “low blood supply”, and encephalopathy is “disease of the brain”. Any area of the brain can be damaged in HIE, which is why cerebral palsy can look so different among children.

The brain is critical for intellectual and developmental and growth. It also controls involuntary functions like breathing, thirst, and heart rate so we do not have to think about them. As the newborn grows, their brain allows them to take in and process more information, and react to their environment. Any damage that occurs due to HIE is going to cause problems related to the function of that area of the brain.

It is critical to monitor fetal oxygen levels and heart rate before and during birth, so signs of distress can be detected and managed.  When properly diagnosed, treatment can be initiated to prevent harm or minimize the potential harm.  The failure to do so can lead to a birth injury lawsuit.

Michigan Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawsuits

The failure to timely diagnose and treat a newborn with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can give rise to a birth injury lawsuit for medical malpractice.  To prove this type of case, it must be established that the child had hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, it was not timely diagnosed or treated, and if it was properly treated then the newborn would not have suffered any serious injury or harm.

Contact Michigan Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyers

Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys can prove these elements of the case for your child. The settlements in these cases are typically very significant because the negligent medical providers must compensate both the child and the family for the lifetime of damages and for the necessary funds to provide the best care and education for the child.

To learn more about how a hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawsuit can help your child and your family, call our Michigan birth injury law team now at (800) 606-1717.  We charge no legal fees whatsoever until you receive a settlement.  We also pay all expenses and costs for the case. If, for any reason, your case is unsuccessful, you will not owe us anything. There is absolutely nothing to lose, so call us today!

Warning: There are strict time deadlines for birth injury lawsuits so call us today!

Lawrence J. Buckfire
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