Detroit, Michigan Birth Injury Attorneys Win Infant Brain Damage Case for Child with Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities & Developmental Delays
The award-winning birth injury attorneys from Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers recently secured a $3.75 million settlement for a child who suffered infant brain damage during birth. The child’s mother missed prenatal appointments throughout her pregnancy and, later in her pregnancy, reported that she hadn’t been feeling the baby move as much. Testing on the day of her delivery at the prenatal clinic revealed that the baby’s movements had become limited, but medical professionals decided that the baby’s health was otherwise normal. The mother was sent to the hospital to induce labor.
The doctor used a drug known as Cytotec to induce labor, but neither the mother or the baby responded well to its effects. The mother’s contractions became too fast and strong (a condition called uterine hyperstimulation). As the mother’s contractions rapidly progressed, the baby suffered from fetal oxygen deprivation. Oxygen deprivation to the fetus’ brain ultimately caused a form of brain damage known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
Throughout the case, Detroit, Michigan birth injury attorney Jesse Reiter explained that the baby’s brain damage could have been prevented if the medical professionals had performed an emergency C-section operation earlier in the day. However, medical professionals failed to recognize the need for a Cesarean delivery and instead let several hours pass until the baby was delivered vaginally using forceps. To no avail, the hospital argued that most of the injury occurred before the induction of labor.
Understanding the Medical Terms: HIE, Hyperstimulation, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities & Developmental Delays
In this section, we’ll explain some of the medical terms used the case. More detailed information can be found in the links embedded within this page.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
- In the aforementioned case, the child developed cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities & developmental delays from a brain injury known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). HIE is a type of neonatal brain injury that results from a shortage of oxygen and blood flow to the brain around the time of delivery. While a fetus can go for short periods of time without oxygen, prolonged periods of fetal oxygen deprivation is a medical emergency that can cause permanent brain damage, intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), cerebral palsy, periventricular leukomalacia (PVL), movement and motor disorders, epilepsy and seizure disorders, fetal death, and more. Other terms used for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) include neonatal encephalopathy (NE), intrapartum asphyxia, and birth asphyxia.
- Cytotec, Uterine Hyperstimulation, and Strong Contractions
- Cytotec (misoprostol) is a drug used to induce labor in pregnant women. Cytotec ripens the cervix and causes contractions. However, Cytotec can have serious side effects (including hyperstimulation and over-strong contractions), so medical professionals are obligated to use it only in very specific circumstances. When contractions occur too rapidly, the baby experiences oxygen deprivation and can suffer from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and other permanent injuries and disabilities.
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Cerebral palsy (CP) is the term given to a grouping of permanent, non-progressive motor control problems. Cerebral palsy results from damage to the motor control centers of a person’s growing brain. A person can develop cerebral palsy during delivery, infancy, or early childhood. Because CP results from permanent brain damage, there is no cure. However, many treatments, lifestyle adjustments, and medical procedures help to alleviate some of the challenges and conditions associated with cerebral palsy.
- Intellectual Disabilities
- Intellectual disabilities are characterized by a deficit in cognitive ability. People with intellectual disabilities may have lower IQs, communication and language problems, learning disabilities, limited social skills, and other limitations. Many times, individuals with intellectual disabilities will need help performing tasks such as self-care, commuting, learning, and problem-solving.
- Developmental Delays
- Children are diagnosed with developmental delays when they reach certain developmental milestones later than other children their age. For instance, a child with developmental delays may have limited abilities when it comes to communication, cognition, or mobility. Developmental delays are often the result of damage to the brain of a child, fetus, or infant.
Michigan Medical Malpractice Attorneys Providing Legal Help for HIE, Cerebral Palsy, Intellectual Disabilities & Developmental Delays
If your loved one was diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), infant brain damage, cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, or developmental disabilities from an instance of medical malpractice, we can help. Our Detroit, Michigan birth injury attorneys have been securing the settlements necessary to help children afford therapy, treatment, and lifestyle adjustments for their injuries and disabilities since our senior partner began legal practice in 1987. The birth injury lawyers from Reiter & Walsh, PC are available 24/7, and can provide you with a free legal consultation. You may reach us by phone toll-free at 888-419-2229, via the Live Chat button on the side of this page or online here.