Chicago Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (Baby Brain Damage) Birth Injury Lawyers
During pregnancy and the birthing process, the umbilical cord and placenta supply the developing child with nutrients and oxygen that are essential to healthy development. When the supply of oxygen is reduced or shut off entirely, it can cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. This is a brain injury caused in part by lack of oxygen.
The interruption in the supply of oxygen rich blood to the child's brain can have serious implications on the baby though it developmental years and into adulthood. In some of these birth asphyxia cases, a child may develop cerebral palsy or other neurological complications which will almost uniformly require extensive medical care. A child can also suffer from brain damage due to the perinatal asphyxia. If this has happened, there may have been medical malpractice.
Chicago Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Perinatal Encephalopathy Cases
If your infant's injury is the result of medical malpractice, you can file a legal claim. When a doctor has committed medical negligence, you can file a medical malpractice lawsuit. At Rosenfeld Injury Attorneys, LLC, We will obtain the necessary medical records and work with medical experts to help you file your complaint. Give one of our birth injury lawyers a phone call today or fill out a contact form to set up your free consultation.
How the Extent of Injury to Baby's Brain Is Determined
The extent of oxygen deprivation to the child commonly determines the extent of the injury. Even short-term diminished blood flow to a fetus can have dire consequences as permanent brain damage can occur within a matter of minutes.
The terms hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and Anoxic Encephalopathy are used to describe the extent of the oxygen deprivation to the developing baby. Anoxic Encephalopathy commonly refers to a reduction in the oxygen level to the developing fetus, while Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy usually refers to a situation where the baby is oxygen supply severely diminished. Cases of HIE are one of the single largest causes of neonatal death worldwide.
A number of potential problems may contribute to the perinatal encephalopathy including: obstructed or twisted umbilical cord, ruptured uterus, trauma or separation of the placenta. The most important tool in identifying situations where prenatal encephalopathy may be present is the fetal monitor.
Once situations such as an elevated fetal heart rate are identified, staff should take immediate action to avoid serious injury. Usually, the child will need to immediately be moved to the neonatal intensive care unit to avoid long-term injury to the infant's brain. Nonetheless, the child may still suffer seizures after the neonatal period.
Physicians should observe the mother for health conditions that could increase the risk of perinatal encephalopathy. They can take a variety of tests, including checking the amniotic fluid for risk factors. Failure to properly monitor the mother and child medically can be grounds for a lawsuit against the medical team.
Medical Malpractice Attorneys for Oxygen Deprivation During Childbirth
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC is dedicated to seeking full compensation for infants who have suffered perinatal encephalopathy and other types of birth injuries during the labor and delivery process in Chicago and every county throughout Illinois. Our birth injury lawyers can both evaluate your case to determine if negligent care was present and file a medical malpractice lawsuit to ensure your child's future medical needs are met.
Medical professionals and hospitals alike recognize the significance of a birth injury lawsuit from both a professional and economic perspective, consequently even the most apparent cases of negligence may be vigorously defended. When selecting a law firm to represent your child in this cases, it is important that the firm you select has the experience and resources to see the matter through to its conclusion.
Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC can help you as the plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit against the largest medical centers and hospital staff when it comes to litigating birth injury cases due to medical errors. If we accept your case, you can be assured that we will earn your trust and invest all necessary resources to see your case through to the best possible outcome. We are only paid if you obtain a settlement or a jury verdict. There is no money out of your pocket. Contact us today.