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Our HIE Lawyers in Chicago have recovered millions for injured infants

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy occurs when a baby's brain does not receive enough blood and oxygen. Often, it appears shortly before or after delivery, during the perinatal period. Children with encephalopathy may suffer significant impairments or even die. You should consult with a Chicago encephalopathy attorney if you believe your child's condition was caused by medical malpractice.

Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) affects approximately 2 out of every 1,000 children in the United States born at full term, and countless more in preterm births according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)[1]. HIE affects infants whose brains do not receive the necessary amount of oxygen due to limited blood flow during pregnancy or the labor and delivery process. If caught early, your doctor may be able to prevent any long-term damage. However, without proper monitoring, this condition can go unnoticed and cause permanent, irreparable injury to your child.

Speak with one of our Chicago HIE attorneys by calling us at 312-313-0202.

At Power Rogers, we are dedicated to providing our clients with the legal assistance they need when someone’s negligence or wrongdoing results in the injury of a child. Contact us today to speak with one of our attorneys about your situation and learn whether your child’s injury was the result of medical negligence.

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What Causes HIE?

There are numerous conditions that can occur during pregnancy, labor, and even after delivery that can lead to HIE that should not go unnoticed with proper monitoring and attention.

HIE Causes During Pregnancy

  • Severe fetal anemia
  • Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
  • Alcohol and/or drug abuse
  • Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Congenital infections affecting the fetus
  • Cardiac disease
  • Malformed lungs

HIE Causes During Labor and Delivery

  • Placental abruption
  • Prolonged labor
  • Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
  • Umbilical cord injuries
  • Ruptured uterus
  • Fetal distress
  • Abnormal fetal position

HIE Causes After Delivery

  • Severe cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Head trauma
  • Congenital brain malformations
  • Infections like meningitis and sepsis
  • Premature birth
  • Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure

In most cases when symptoms of HIE are timely identified, physicians can provide the necessary intervention to ensure that your child remains healthy. Failure to timely identify symptoms of HIE can cause a child to suffer a variety of issues including cerebral palsy, neuro-development delays, epilepsy, cognitive issues, developmental delays, and motor skill-development delays. Depending on the severity of the brain damage sustained, a child may even be at risk of death.

For more information, read our blog on Understanding Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE).

Contact Power Rogers Today to Speak with a Chicago HIE Attorney

You have the right to file a lawsuit if a medical professional’s negligence or wrongdoing resulted in your child suffering a birth injury. Not only can your child’s life be permanently affected, but you may also need to deal with significant medical bills creating a severe financial strain on your family. Contact the Chicago HIE attorneys at Power Rogers today to begin fighting to secure the compensation you need and deserve.

Give us a call at (312) 313-0202 to speak with a lawyer today, or fill out our online form to begin your free case evaluation.

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Common Birth Injury Questions

  • What is a birth injury?

    A: The term “birth injury” refers to trauma suffered by a mother or her child during labor and delivery. Sadly, “birth injury” typically refers to an injury sustained by the child and can include physical injuries such as broken bones or injuries caused by misdiagnosis of oxygen deprivation, etc.

  • Who is Responsible for a Child’s Birth Defects?

    A: Liability for any personal injury can be complicated, and birth injuries are no exception. If you suspect that your child’s injury or medical complications are the result of a negligent doctor or hospital, speak with an attorney immediately.

  • Was My Child’s Injury Preventable?

    A: Any injury caused by the carelessness or neglect of a medical professional is preventable. When a doctor fails to diagnose maternal or fetal distress, for example, the resulting birth injury is almost always preventable.