Tampa Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Attorneys

Did Your Child Suffer a Birth Injury?

At least 2 out of every 1,000 infants born in full term births suffer from Infant Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) in the United States according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH)[1]. This birth injury is the result of your child’s brain not receiving enough oxygen or blood flow either before, during, or after the pregnancy. If your doctor fails to detect this lack of oxygen or blood flow and act accordingly, your child could suffer from any number of birth injuries including cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage, and even death.

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The birth of a child is supposed to be a joyous occasion, but sometimes someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing can change it into a tragic event. At Robert Sparks Attorneys, our Tampa birth injury lawyers know how devastating a birth injury like HIE can be to you and your loved ones, and are prepared to fight for your rights like you’re a member of our own family. Reach out to us today and tell us more about your case so we can begin preparing a plan of action that will best suit your needs and help you secure the compensation you deserve.

What Can Cause HIE?

It’s your doctor’s responsibility to monitor both you and your fetus throughout the entire pregnancy, and your child could suffer from HIE when they fail to properly do so.

Causes of HIE During the Pregnancy

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

Causes of HIE During the Delivery

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

Causes of HIE After the Birth

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

Treatment options are available for the vast majority of these causes as long as they are diagnosed quickly enough. Without proper monitoring, your doctor can fail to diagnose your infant with HIE with enough time to administer the necessary treatment. When this occurs, your child’s life could be at risk – even if they survive, they could still suffer from permanent, life-altering birth injuries.

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Contact The Attorneys At Robert Sparks Attorneys Today

If your doctor’s negligent or wrongful actions led to your child suffering from a birth injury, whether it resulted in cerebral palsy, permanent brain damage, death, or anything else, you have the right to file a claim to sue for the compensation and damages you deserve. The Tampa birth injury attorneys at Robert Sparks Attorneys understand the best way to manage your case, and are ready to help you fight to secure the maximum compensation possible. Give us a call at (813) 606-5050 to speak with one of our attorneys today, or fill out our online form to request a free case consultation.

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2849741/