Unfortunately, a birth injury can happen in a normal, healthy pregnancy.
When a birth injury occurs, trying to understand the reasons for the injury and doubled with grief, many parents find themselves confused. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), a brain injury caused during delivery, is one such complication, which can leave parents scared and confused.
Brain Injury and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)
HIE is caused when the brain’s supply of oxygen is cut off due to complications during delivery, leading to a number of further complications and a number of symptoms. The brain injury is permanent and irreversible and can lead to mental, cognitive, and physical problems – cognitive delay, neurodevelopmental delay, seizures, epilepsy, learning disorders, slow and difficult physical development issues.
When the brain is deprived of oxygen for a period of time, brain tissue is destroyed. The effects of this asphyxia cannot be immediately determined. Certain cognitive delays and motor impairments may present as the child develops. The full effects of HIE may not be determined until the child reaches the age of three or four. The focus shifts on finding ways to help the child overcome the effects of these complications. A number of therapies help retrain the brain to find way around the problems caused by these complications.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) and Cerebral Palsy
The complications and disorders that are caused by HIE include cerebral palsy. Medical negligence, delaying a necessary C-section, the inability of the doctor to monitor and understand the complications, or the inability to recognize the symptoms of HIE are preventable.
What Are Your Legal Rights?
If your child suffers from complications due to HIE, it is important to have the right knowledge with regards to your child’s condition and the legalities surrounding it. As a family living with HIE, there are resources and support groups available to you.
The costs of lifetime treatments can take a heavy toll on a family. You may be eligible for compensation if your child’s condition resulted from medical negligence. Talk with a Chicago cerebral palsy attorney to review your case. Call Willens Law Offices at (312) 957-4166.