Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a medical condition whereby an inadequate oxygen supply causes damage to the cells of the brain and spinal cord. When a child suffers hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), it is possible that a physician’s medical malpractice is to blame. This condition occurs most frequently during or just before birth. Approximately two to four of every 1,000 births involve HIE. When hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy does develop, the condition is life threatening and has the high potential to cause serious and permanent brain damage.
Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Statistics
Fifteen to twenty percent of all infants exhibiting hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy will die during the newborn period. Of the infants who survive, at least 25 percent will exhibit permanent neurological problems. HIE is a frequent cause of mental retardation, epilepsy, learning disability, and cerebral palsy.
The exact causes of birth injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are often unknown. There is significant medicolegal debate with regards to the exact causes of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and whether or not it can be detected and prevented before it does damage to a newborn. Some studies have revealed that umbilical cord complications, maternal uterine rupture, maternal hypotension, abruption placentae, and other complications may cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.
While this debate continues, the medical community has developed procedures to prevent Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and lawsuits has been settled due the the insurance companies accepting some level of responsibility of medical negligence. If your child has been diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, you should contact the Clore Law Group by calling 843-722-8070.
Diagnosis of Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
There are many reasons that birth injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy occur. HIE can be extremely difficult to diagnose during childbirth due to the many birth injuries that present with similar symptoms. While hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is not always preventable, medical negligence can by a primary factor that leads to the development of this fatal and debilitating birth injury.
When a physician fails to take action to prevent or adequately treat a medical complication that leads to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, they can be held liable for all related damages. If you would like to learn more about hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, please contact the Clore Law Group to speak with a compassionate, yet aggressive, attorney who can evaluate your case.