Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Attorneys in Chicago
Compassionate & Experienced Legal Representation When You Need it Most
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious and life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. HIE most commonly occurs as a birth injury and can be associated with obstetrical negligence. HIE often results in neurological impairments, brain injuries, and damage to other areas of the body, such as the heart, lungs, or kidneys.
Unfortunately, a significant number of infants who develop HIE do not survive childbirth. Those newborns who do survive often have low APGAR scores and many suffer significant neurological damage. HIE can result in mental impairments, cerebral palsy, seizures, epilepsy, speech problems, developmental delays, lack of muscle control, and learning disabilities. Newborns with HIE may require lifelong medical care.
Cogan & Power, P.C. has considerable experience helping the victims of HIE and other birth injuries pursue medical malpractice claims. Call our HIE lawyers in Chicago at (312) 477-2500 today to begin.
Focused Medical Malpractice Advice
The birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power, P.C. represent the victims of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice and obstetrical negligence. We utilize a collaborative, team approach to our legal representation so that we are able to draw on the wide breadth and depth of legal and medical backgrounds of our attorneys, including a former surgical nurse who brings her extensive legal knowledge and compassionate bedside manner to every case.
Because of our vast and diverse experience, we are able to bring an additional layer of knowledge to medical malpractice cases, particularly those involving birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and obstetrical negligence. Our firm also maintains a comprehensive network of experts and technicians, with whom we consult to support your claim.
Risk Factors Associated with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Certain conditions can cause a lack of oxygen to a baby’s brain, thereby increasing the likelihood that the newborn will suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
Some of the known risk factors for oxygen deprivation include:
- Compressed or prolapsed umbilical cord
- Placental abruption
- Abdominal trauma
- Excessive uterine pressure
- Uterine hyperstimulation
- High blood pressure
- Maternal seizures
The obstetrician, treating doctor, nurse, or midwife should be aware of the risk factors that can lead to a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain so that they can take the appropriate action during labor and delivery to prevent HIE from occurring. The failure to do so could amount to medical malpractice.
Trusted Birth Injury Attorneys
We have represented hundreds of clients involved in birth injury cases. Our firm is well aware of the red flags that indicate potential medical malpractice. If you are concerned that medical malpractice or obstetrical negligence may have played a role in your child’s HIE or brain injury, do not hesitate to contact our team.
Our considerable experience handling birth injury cases allows us to provide our clients with efficient and effective legal counsel. Moreover, our attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to helping the victims of medical malpractice recover for their losses and injuries, and we are committed to making the medical field safer for patients.
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