Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is often called hypoxia and refers to a medical condition that affects a part of the body that has been cut off from adequate oxygen supplied by the blood. The term most often refers to a brain injury sustained by newborns, and babies with HIE. General symptoms include damage to the tissue or muscles in the affected portion of the body (tissue hypoxia) or the entire body (generalized hypoxia).
Because the lungs of the fetus are among the last organs to develop, babies born prematurely face a higher incidence rate of generalized hypoxia affecting their entire bodies. However, an improper presentation during the birthing process, such as shoulder dystocia or breech, can result in hypoxia injuries. The standards of care for physicians require that the attending physician recognizes the problem and applies appropriate obstetrics measures immediately. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is also caused by events that occur shortly before, during and after birth. In many cases, HIE resulting from the cutoff of oxygenated blood supply to the brain is medically preventable and was caused by negligence on the part of obstetricians, nurses or other medical care providers
In severe cases, the loss of oxygen to the baby’s brain results in cerebral palsy, a permanent condition that affects the person’s ability to control muscle motion. Too often, the condition results when obstetricians and/or nurses fail to properly monitor the well-being of the fetus during a mother’s labor and delivery or fail to take expedient action to alleviate distressful conditions. Failure to diagnose a condition and take immediate action is considered a departure from the standard of care.
Other conditions, which if not timely recognized and treated, may include:
If your baby suffered generalized or tissue hypoxia, it may have been the result of negligent or improper medical attention during pregnancy or during the birth process. If you are a resident of New Jersey, NJ birth injury lawyers of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP are on your side.
Our firm is recognized among the leading medical malpractice law firms in the region. We represent parents who seek the full and fair compensation they will need for a lifetime of medical care and support for their injured babies. We have recovered more than $550 million in birth injury compensation, including settlements and jury verdicts of more than $9 million for cases involving the cutoff of the critical blood supply to the baby during birth. Due to our experience and expertise in these types of cases we are familiar with the medically complex, but frequently frivolous, defenses used by defendant physicians, their insurance companies and their attorneys in defending these cases.
From offices in Edison, Red Bank and Toms River, our New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP advise and represent clients in medical malpractice and personal injury litigation matters throughout New Jersey. From wherever you are, call our office at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation with an experienced New Jersey medical malpractice lawyer at an office nearest to you.