Pittsburgh Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Lawyer
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Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)—also known as birth asphyxia—is a birth injury that is caused by a lack of oxygen in the baby’s brain during or near the time of birth. Although there are certain procedures doctors and nurses must follow to detect and prevent oxygen deprivation, failure to remain vigilant can lead to a baby suffering catastrophic and permanent injuries that require continuous medical attention for the rest of their lives.
If your child has suffered from HIE due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. can help you and your family obtain the compensation and justice you all deserve. With nearly four decades of legal experience, our Pittsburgh HIE attorneys can investigate your case, gather supporting evidence, and work with experts in the medical field to maximize your entitled award.
Causes of HIE
Timely delivery can prevent most of the health complications that result in an HIE diagnosis; however, several issues can lead to a more urgent delivery, typically by emergency C-section.
The following are the common causes of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy:
- Maternal health issues – Doctors must take extra precautions when dealing with high-risk pregnancies. Common examples of high-risk pregnancy conditions include when a mother has diabetes, has high blood pressure, is obese, is giving birth to multiple babies, and is over the age of 35 years old.
- Umbilical cord issues – The umbilical cord is the only source of oxygen for the unborn baby, which is why problems with the umbilical cord can lead to HIE. Common examples include cord compression, the cord is tied in a knot, the cord is around the baby’s neck, the cord is short, or the cord is infected.
- Placental issues – Complications with the placental can deprive a baby of oxygen, resulting in HIE. Common examples include the placenta prematurely separates from the uterus lining, the placenta doesn’t separate from the uterus, the placenta blocks the baby’s passage out of the womb, the placenta cannot supply nutrient-rich and oxygenated blood to the baby.
- Postpartum issues – Babies can also suffer HIE in the postpartum period, especially premature babies. Comm examples of postpartum HIE include traumatic brain injury, cardiac or pulmonary disease, and infections.
HIE is typically preventable with quality prenatal care, proper monitoring of the labor progress, and preparation whenever there is any indication of fetal distress. If the quality of prenatal care is poor, healthcare providers fail to monitor the mother and child, or medical professionals fail to immediately act upon sings of distress, all of these are examples of medical malpractice.
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Not only does HIE affect a baby’s quality of life, the condition will also affect the entire family. Your child will require lifelong medical care and costly treatment. Our Pittsburgh HIE lawyers are committed to helping you obtain the financial means to provide your child with the best quality of life possible.
For more information, contact us at (844) 383-0565 to discuss your case.