Pennsylvania Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Attorneys
What can I do if my baby was deprived of oxygen at birth in Pennsylvania?
While all expectant parents hope for a safe birth and a healthy newborn, complications may arise. In some cases, infants experience serious birth injuries due to negligent actions by medical professionals. One such injury is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is a form of neonatal brain damage caused by insufficient flow of oxygenated blood (i.e. birth asphyxia).
There are a variety of complications and medical errors that can lead to birth asphyxia and HIE. If a member of the medical staff behaved negligently and this caused permanent brain damage from oxygen deprivation, parents can pursue a lawsuit in order to obtain justice and secure the funds necessary for their child’s lifelong care. Throughout this page, our HIE attorneys will discuss everything you need to know about hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and birth injury cases. Although our office is based in Michigan, we also work with clients in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and throughout the state of Pennsylvania.
An overview of HIE: Causes, treatment, and finding help in Pennsylvania
Because labor and delivery can be a very complex process, there are many possible acts of medical malpractice that could lead to an HIE diagnosis.
The following are just a few indications that malpractice may have occurred:
- Labor and delivery was exceptionally difficult
- Labor was prolonged or arrested
- A C-section was needed, but was delayed
- Medical staff used vacuum extractors or forceps to deliver the baby (these tools can be helpful under very specific circumstances, but can cause serious injury when used improperly)
- Medical staff dismissed the parents’ concerns and/or did not obtain the mother’s informed consent before pursuing a certain course of action/intervention
What HIE treatment or therapy is available?
There is currently only one treatment available that can minimize or prevent permanent brain damage from HIE. This treatment is called therapeutic hypothermia (also known as brain cooling or cooling therapy). Therapeutic hypothermia must be performed very shortly after birth/the oxygen-depriving event. Exact guidelines vary based on the baby’s individual circumstances, but often this must be done within six to twelve hours of birth. The sooner it is administered, the more effective it is. Therapeutic hypothermia is the standard of care for HIE – if a baby has HIE and they don’t receive brain cooling, the medical practitioners have committed medical malpractice by missing a crucial opportunity to help the baby’s brain heal.
In addition to therapeutic hypothermia, there are a variety of other treatments and therapies that may help mitigate symptoms associated with HIE. For example, babies with HIE may require breathing support, seizure medications, or IV fluids. Additionally, it is absolutely critical that the baby receives early intervention care, which can include various therapies (occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy among them), and early education programs. The earlier HIE is diagnosed, the earlier intensive care can begin. The earlier intensive care begins, the better outcomes can be.
ABC Law Centers: Pennsylvania HIE Attorneys
If you are concerned about your child’s development and suspect that their disabilities may be due to a medical error, please reach out to the Pennsylvania birth injury attorneys at ABC Law Centers. Our firm focuses only on birth injury, and our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience, providing them with the knowledge needed to successfully litigate these complex cases. We are also one of the few birth injury firms to employ in-house medical staff who help our attorneys pinpoint specific acts of malpractice. The firm has consistently recognized inBest Law Firms in America, according to U.S. News and World Report, and our attorneys have been listed in SuperLawyers Magazine and Best Lawyers for numerous years. Our attorneys serve as active members and leaders in groups including the Birth Trauma Litigation Group (BTLG), the Pennsylvania Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and more.
We help secure parents’ peace of mind knowing their children will be well-cared for throughout their lives. Call us for a free, no-obligation consultation. We will always keep your information completely confidential.
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