Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

 

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) generally refers to brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. This can result in permanent and lifelong injury.

Birth-related hypoxia should be investigated by an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. This includes a complete review of the medical records and brain imaging, and consultation with appropriate medical experts.

 

 

Medical Malpractice Resulting in Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

 

There are many ways for a hypoxic brain injury to occur. Our job is to consider whether the injury was avoidable and caused by negligence. For example, if there were signs that an injured infant was not receiving adequate oxygen during labor, and the healthcare team did not take steps to consider an earlier delivery, this may be medical malpractice.

Every case is unique, and it is important to carefully review the specific facts and medical situation. When Neinstein is contacted about a birth-related injury, each case is reviewed by an experienced lawyer who understands the law, the medicine, and the need for the right expert.

 

 

More Information About
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

 

It is difficult and overwhelming to learn about brain injuries, especially in relation to your child or loved one. Below are a list of terms that you may hear from medical professionals if there is concern about HIE:

 

Asphyxia
A lack of oxygen.

Hypoxia
A severe lack of oxygen.

Apgar Score
Refers to "Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity, and Respiration," which is used to test the baby's health usually at 1 minute, 5 minutes, and 10 minutes of life. A low Apgar Score can indicate an injury.

Cord Gases
The blood in the umbilical cord can provide information about a fetus prior to delivery. The gases from the umbilical cord blood are measured for pH (acidity) levels. A low pH can indicate that the fetus was not receiving adequate oxygen prior to birth.

Basal Ganglia
The inner-part of the brain that controls motor movements, cognition, and some learning functions. This part of the brain is often damaged due to HIE.

Cerebral Palsy
CP refers to movement disorders caused by brain injury.

If you have had any discussion related to any of these issues, call us for a free consultation.

 

We Choose the Right Experts

Medical malpractice lawsuits can be complex. This is why we have a dedicated team of lawyers who are focused exclusively on advocating on behalf of victims of medical negligence. We aim to help you understand and navigate the medical and legal realities of birth-related injuries.

 

Neinstein is The Right Choice

At Neinstein, our team is connected by our enduring commitment to our clients and their families. Through our specific experience, we understand the challenges you may face and offer our steadfast support. We encourage our clients to call us with any questions and concerns they may have, and we provide access to crucial healthcare as well as resources to protect dependent family.

A case is as unique as the individual, and we recognize that the legal process can at times be a long and difficult emotional journey. We are here to help you on the road ahead.

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At Neinstein, our team is connected by our enduring commitment to our clients and their families. Through our specific experience, we understand the challenges you may face and offer our steadfast support. We encourage our clients to call us with any questions and concerns they may have, and we provide access to crucial healthcare as well as resources to protect dependent family.

A case is as unique as the individual, and we recognize that the legal process can at times be a long and difficult emotional journey. We are here to help you on the road ahead.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

It can be difficult to determine whether or not medical negligence has occurred in any given situation. Often, the patient or their family only know that an unexpected outcome has occurred, but they may not know how or why it happened. We can help. We understand the medicine and we know the law. We can review the situation in detail with you and provide you with the guidance necessary to figure out whether there is a basis for a claim in medical negligence.

If you or a loved one has experienced an adverse outcome following medical treatment, contact us at 1.866.212.8068 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

 

We understand that people who are dealing with a serious injury or adverse outcome can be under a great deal of financial pressure, especially if their condition is affecting their ability to work or requires significant care costs. We are willing to act for seriously injured persons or their families on a contingency basis, which means we will be paid on a percentage of recovery basis when your case is settled or once a verdict is obtained at trial. The percentage rate will vary based on the situation, but you will not pay our legal fees during the litigation. We are only paid if we are successful. We will go through all of this information with you in detail before we start working on your case.

 

There is no set timeframe and complex cases can take years to properly prepare for trial. We believe that an early and thorough investigation of all potential claims is the best way of ensuring that your case can be pursued as quickly and efficiently as possible. We will always do our best to move your case forward as quickly as possible.

 

Neinstein has over 50 years of experience in personal injury law. Due to the complicated nature of medical malpractice, we believe that it is important that you retain a lawyer who has the necessary medical and legal knowledge in this complex area and has significant experience with difficult cases.

The firm was started by Gary Neinstein and since then, its excellence has been continued by sons Jeff and Greg Neinstein. The head of the Medical Malpractice Group, Duncan Embury has more than 25 years of experience specializing in medical negligence, and has won numerous trials and appeals for his injured clients. Duncan Embury, and the rest of the medical malpractice team, is known for applying their in-depth knowledge of medicine and the law to help their clients achieve the best possible results.

We would be pleased to discuss your potential case and all of your concerns and questions during a free, no-obligation consultation.