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Families with infants suffering from birth injuries such as hypoxic brain damage face an overwhelming amount of questions and decisions, especially if the brain damage occurred due to the negligence of a medical professional. Since 1958, The Beasley Firm has been dedicated to helping victims of negligence. Our Philadelphia birth injury lawyers are seasoned experts in dealing with hospitals and their teams of lawyers. We ensure that the injured child and their family are well-taken care of in the years to come. In fact, in one birth injury case involving an infant with severe brain damage, we were able to prove medical malpractice and obtain $13 million on behalf of the infant and family. We work with medical professionals who can lend crucial insight into cases such as these and help us provide the best representation possible for our clients.
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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a very serious newborn brain injury. HIE has also been called birth asphyxia, newborn brain injury, perinatal encephalopathy, or perinatal asphyxia.
HIE consists of three components:
Simply defined, HIE is brain damage that occurred due to a restriction of blood and oxygen to the baby's brain. The longer the brain is deprived of vital oxygen, the more devastating the neurological outcome is for the baby.
During labor and delivery, there are certain conditions that could cause a lack of blood and oxygen to a baby's brain. All medical professionals involved in the birth need to look out for conditions such as the following that could greatly increase the risk of infant brain damage:
When a woman is in labor, a fetal monitor is used to not only monitor the mother's uterus and contractions, but also the baby's well-being. The fetal monitor strip or baby monitor shows a tracing that reflects the baby's heart rate and response or tolerance to the labor. The obstetrician, nurse, nurse practitioner or nurse midwife needs to constantly monitor the fetal strips for any signs of fetal distress in the baby. The nurses that partner with our Philadelphia birth injury attorneys at The Beasley Firm have worked thousands of hours in the labor, delivery, and neonatal intensive care units. They are very skilled at reading and interpreting fetal monitor strips. Their experience greatly adds to our case investigation.
Sadly, 15 to 20 percent of infants who develop HIE will die during childbirth or in the newborn period. Infants who suffered a hypoxic insult to the brain during labor and delivery will usually have low APGAR scores (scores that measure newborn health). Of the infants that survive a hypoxic ischemic event during delivery, at least 25 percent of them will have significant or catastrophic neurological damage. HIE brain damage can cause the following:
Newborns who suffer from HIE may require ventilators, breathing tubes, tracheotomies, feeding tubes, wheelchairs, life-long medical procedures and treatments, and 24-hour total care.
Until recently, the only treatment for infants born with HIE was to support the baby's heart rate, lungs, airway, and provide adequate nutrition either through a feeding tube or total parental nutrition (TPN). In recent years, brain cooling has been added to the treatment of HIE. It is believed that cooling the brain will not only help minimize the damage already done to the baby's injured brain, but also halt any additional brain damage.
Our experienced birth injury lawyers in Philadelphia are well aware of the devastating effects of HIE. For over five decades, our medical and legal teams have successfully represented families, just like yours, whose lives have been forever changed by a brain injury. When you work with us, we leave no stone unturned in our approach to your case and routinely report back to you with updates on the process. You can be confident that we will thoroughly investigate your birth injury case to develop a strong and compelling claim.
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