Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, is a condition characterized by brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen and blood to the brain. This type of birth injury can cause developmental delays, seizures, cerebral palsy, and other conditions caused by brain damage.
Did your child suffer from HIE after birth? Has your child been diagnosed with any type of brain injury? A Hawaii birth injury lawyer at Davis Levin Livingston can talk to you about the circumstances surrounding your child’s birth and whether malpractice may be to blame. If substandard medical care led to your child’s condition, you may be entitled to financial compensation from the at-fault obstetrician, nurse, medical facility, or other party. They can pursue the money you need for your child’s complete and ongoing care.
Causes & Symptoms of HIE
HIE is caused by a lack of oxygen and blood to the brain, but how does this occur in the first place? HIE may be linked to such forms of obstetrical malpractice as:
- Delayed C-section
- Improper management of shoulder dystocia
- Failure to identify or respond to fetal distress
- Failure to recommend a C-section in a high-risk pregnancy or delivery
- Failure to address prolonged labor with a vacuum or forceps-assisted delivery
- Failure to diagnose or treat preeclampsia
- Failure to diagnose or treat maternal diabetes
Symptoms of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may include:
- Low heart-rate
- Poor muscle tone
- Weak breathing
- Bluish or pale color to the skin
- Severe fussiness
- Feeding difficulties
Call Davis Levin Livingston for a Free Birth Injury Consultation
It can be difficult to know whether your child’s condition was caused by obstetrical malpractice. The Hawaii birth injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston have over 160 years of legal experience, and they have a nurse and Medical Director on staff to assist with the medical aspect of these claims. They know how to identify substandard care and how to fight for the fair compensation that a child with HIE deserves..
To learn more, call (808) 400-7517. Davis Levin Livingston serves Honolulu, and all of Hawaii.