April is HIE Awareness Month, which recognizes newborns who suffer lack of oxygen to the brain during birth. This serious birth injury is, in fact, the most common brain injury suffered by newborns, and can result in lifelong implications. It’s important to know, however, that you may have legal recourse if your infant was affected. As your legal advocates, The Lancione Law firm regularly takes birth injury cases and garners high settlements or verdicts on behalf of injured children.
What Is HIE and What Causes It?
Also called neonatal brain asphyxia, even “blue baby syndrome,” hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a severe birth injury resulting in irreparable brain damage caused by an insufficient supply of oxygenated blood flow to the brain during delivery. HIE can be caused by high-risk pregnancies, a difficult or prolonged labor/delivery, or medical mistakes. Usually, HIE is preventable through careful fetal monitoring and timely intervention to reduce complications.
Unfortunately, many physicians miss their opportunity to prevent HIE or are so negligent in their care that they cause HIE. It can be caused by the following medical errors:
- Prolonged labor and delivery
- Delayed C-section
- Failure to monitor, identify, and/or respond to fetal distress
- Other forms of medical malpractice
Raising Awareness for HIE
Most people are completely unaware of HIE, not to mention its causes and consequences. One organization is seeking to change that: Hope for HIE. This group raises awareness of the devastating medical condition and provides education tools to help people learn more about it while providing support to parents whose infants were affected. Without the guidance of this group, many parents wouldn’t even know where to begin to care for their disabled child.
Did Your Baby Acquire HIE from Medical Malpractice? The Lancione Law Firm Can Help.
Our birth injury attorney at The Lancione Law Firm has recovered millions of dollars in compensation for clients whose babies acquired HIE through medical malpractice. Remember, you are not alone if your baby was born with HIE, and you can pursue justice if your family was faced with this devastating condition. The Lancione Law Firm’s birth injury attorney can file a lawsuit to help you recover compensation to help cover the costs of long-term or lifelong care of your child.
Discover your options for filing an HIE claim with The Lancione Law Firm. Call us at (440) 571-6862 or contact us online to arrange a free case review conducted by a knowledgeable lawyer.