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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Did Your Doctor Provide the Necessary Monitoring and Care?

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a devastating and life-threatening birth injury that affects between 3 and 20 out of every 1,000 children born at full term in the United States according to the University of Florida Health’s Florida Neonatal Neurologic Network[1]. The Network’s research shows that the risk dramatically increases during preterm births – according to their data, approximately 600 out of every 1,000 children born early suffer from HIE. Your doctor should be able to identify and take action to address the warning signs through proper monitoring and care in order to protect your child from developing any permanent brain damage.

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We trust our doctors to take care of us any time we enter a hospital, and expect a certain level of care when their job involves bringing a brand new life into the world. Pregnancy is a process involves nine long months of stress and difficulty that concludes with hours of labor and pain, but should always result in a growing family and beautiful child. When our doctors fail to provide the necessary level of attention and care, the lives of both the mother and child can be put at risk. At MayesTelles PLLC, our Phoenix birth injury lawyers have dedicated their careers to representing injured victims and their families in order to provide them with the legal assistance they need. Contact us today to tell us about your situation and begin planning your next step.

What Can Cause HIE?

HIE affects infants whose brains don’t receive the necessary amount of oxygen during the pregnancy, labor and/or delivery process. This usually occurs because of a dangerous lack of blood flow, which can occur for a variety of reasons:

Risks and Causes During the Pregnancy

  • Malformed lungs
  • Preeclampsia
  • Cardiac disease
  • Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
  • Severe fetal anemia
  • Congenital infections that affect the fetus
  • Drug and / or alcohol abuse
  • Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta

Risks and Causes During Labor and Delivery

  • Prolonged labor
  • Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
  • Umbilical cord injuries
  • Fetal distress
  • Placental abruption
  • Ruptured uterus
  • Abnormal fetal position

Risks and Causes After Birth

  • Head trauma
  • Congenital brain malformations
  • Infections like sepsis and meningitis
  • Severe pulmonary or cardiac disease
  • Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
  • Premature birth

With proper monitoring and care, your doctor should be able to identify any of these warning signs that signal potential complications and put your child’s health at risk. If they fail to do so, your child could suffer from any number of debilitating and potentially life-threatening conditions, including:

  • Motor skill-developmental delays
  • Neuro-developmental delays
  • Cognitive issues
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Head trauma

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Hire the Legal Representation You Need

If your child suffered from a serious birth injury due to the negligent or wrongful actions of your doctor, contact the Phoenix birth injury attorneys at MayesTelles today. We pride ourselves in providing the knowledgeable, passionate care our clients deserve during their time of need, and are dedicated to securing you the compensation you require to cover any medical bills or other damages you may have incurred. Call us at (602) 428-7104 to speak with one of our experienced Phoenix attorneys, or fill out our online form so start out with a free case consultation today.

[1] http://hopefn3.org/parent-info-2/parent-info/

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