Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
Did Your Infant Suffer From a Birth Injury?
Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a terrible birth injury that affects approximately 2 out of every 1,000 full term births. It’s caused by a combination of not enough oxygen reaching the brain or other organs combined with reduced blood flow to various vital organs. HIE is one of the leading causes of cerebral palsy and infant fatalities in the United States, and can result in permanent neurodevelopmental impairments and brain damage.
The Dallas HIE attorneys at Aldous / Walker are prepared to fight for you like you’re a member of our own family. We know just how difficult and stressful this can be for everyone involved, and will work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the compensation and justice you deserve.
Causes of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
HIE can be caused by a variety of complications during pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and once the infant is born.
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse
- Cardiac disease
- Congenital infections affecting the fetus
- Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
- Malformed lungs
- Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
- Severe fetal anemia
- Abnormal fetal position
- Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
- Injuries from the umbilical cord
- Prolonged labor
- Fetal distress
- Ruptured uterus
- Placental abruption
- Congenital brain malformations
- Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
- Head trauma
- Infections like meningitis and sepsis
- Premature birth
- Severe pulmonary or cardiac disease
Doctors have a variety of treatment options available to them when they detect HIE depending on the extent of the damage already done to the infant’s brain. All treatment is intended to provide support for the organs already affected by the lack of oxygen and blood flow, but if the doctor failed to diagnose the issue in time there’s only so much they can do.
Hire A Birth Injury Lawyer Today
It’s your doctor’s responsibility to properly monitor your infant during and after your pregnancy and the labor and delivery process to make sure that no unexpected complications arise. Your child could suffer from life-altering birth injuries that may even lead to death if they fail to do so. Contact the Dallas HIE attorneys at Aldous / Walker today by calling us at (214) 307-6307, or by filling out our online form to tell us all about your case.