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Birth Injuries & Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy
For every expecting parent the notion of having a child born with any birth injuries can be UN-nerving. Parents during this phase in their lives are usually making preparations and life adjustments to welcome their new child. The last thing new parents would ever expect would be having to file a lawsuit due to birth injuries suffered on their new child. Birth defects are not rare, but understanding if those birth defects were genetic (birth defects), or if they were a result of medical professionals negligence (birth injuries) would determine if parents have cause to initiate a birth injury law suit. Birth defects or birth injuries, either way parents may be faced with a lifetime of medical treatments, services and costly premiums or bills. In situations of birth injuries a birth injury attorney may be able to help recover a settlement or award to ease the financial burden to come.
In some case a child may outgrow birth injuries, but for far too many parents the lasting effects of serious birth injuries such as Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy will last not only the parent’s lifetime, but also the child’s. Serious birth injuries including Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can require around the clock medical case, procedures and medications and with all of that comes never ending medical bills. Parents are often not expecting birth injuries to occur and the quality of life of parents and the child is permanently reduced. The only assistance or ease of these mounting medical and financial hardships may be by way of a birth injury law suit to recover some form of financial compensation for the parents to be able to properly care for their child.
During a birth both the mother in labor and the child are at a higher risk for complications related to the pregnancy. As normal as the process can be, a delivery of a child always has the risk for complications that can occur without warning. A common complication is Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and simply put is related to the lack of proper oxygen flow during the birth. This complication can occur both naturally and as a result of medical staff’s negligence. Either way, if the lack of oxygen occurs during birth, there can be major and devastating injuries to the child. The most common of these would be permanent brain damage. As there is no cure and the medical conditions that ensue cannot be reversed, it is often prevention and proper medical training that will either result in a safe and healthy delivery, or the unfortunate and traumatic birth injury.
There are numerous reasons that Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can occur and as mentioned before, some are natural occurrences that can be dealt with and corrected during delivery, but some are a direct result of medical professionals and their negligence with respect to training, procedure execution and medical judgment. Common causes could be:
- Misreading, or a bad interpretation of the unborn child’s heart rate
- Lack of oxygen due to prolonged delivery with too much time in a mother’s birth canal
- Poor response time by medical staff to emergency complications
- Complications related to the umbilical cord
- Caesarean section complications not remedied or failure to initiate the procedure in a timely manner
- Trauma to the child’s brain during delivery
If your child was born with mental, physical, or a combination of these injuries you may be entitled to compensation if it was a result of medical negligence. Understanding the rights and responsibilities in this difficult situation can be hard, but an experienced attorney who has dealt with serious birth injuries including hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can help determine if a claim is an option. Without filing a formal claim or lawsuit you may be troubled with, and forced to handle costly medical procedures for a lifetime.
Justin King - Birth Injury Attorney Serving San Bernardino County & Surrounding.
At The Law Offices of Justin King, we understand the serious consequences that a birth injury can have on your life, family, and future. Our experienced birth injury attorneys work hard to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We are experienced in negotiating settlements with opposing counsel, and insurance companies, and will strive to obtain the best possible result for you, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
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If you or someone you know has recently been suffered birth injuries we are here to help. Our no obligation and confidential case evaluation provides important details about your rights and responsibilities after birth injury has occurred. Use our case evaluation form here to get in touch and learn what you need to know now. Birth injury cases are time sensitive so understanding your rights sooner may make all the difference.
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