Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious and life-threatening medical condition that occurs when the brain is deprived of oxygen. HIE most commonly occurs as a birth injury and can be associated with obstetrical negligence. HIE often results in neurological impairments, brain injuries, and damage to other areas of the body, such as the heart, lungs, or kidneys.
Unfortunately, a significant number of infants who develop HIE do not survive childbirth. Those newborns who do survive often have low APGAR scores and many suffer significant neurological damage. HIE can result in mental impairments, cerebral palsy, seizures, epilepsy, speech problems, developmental delays, lack of muscle control, and learning disabilities. Newborns with HIE may require lifelong medical care.
The Chicago birth injury law firm of Cogan & Power, P.C. has considerable experience helping the victims of HIE and other birth injuries pursue medical malpractice claims.
The Chicago birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power represent the victims of birth injuries caused by medical malpractice and obstetrical negligence. We utilize a collaborative, team approach to our legal representation so that we are able to draw on the wide breadth and depth of legal and medical backgrounds of our attorneys, including a former surgical nurse who brings her extensive legal knowledge and compassionate bedside manner to every case.
Because of our vast and diverse experience, we are able to bring an additional layer of knowledge to medical malpractice cases, particularly those involving birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and obstetrical negligence. Our firm also maintains a comprehensive network of experts and technicians, with whom we consult to support your claim.
Certain conditions can cause a lack of oxygen to a baby’s brain, thereby increasing the likelihood that the newborn will suffer hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Some of the known risk factors for oxygen deprivation include:
The obstetrician, treating doctor, nurse, or midwife should be aware of the risk factors that can lead to a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain, so that they can take the appropriate action during labor and delivery to prevent HIE from occurring. The failure to do so could amount to medical malpractice.
The Chicago birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power have represented hundreds of clients involved in birth injury cases. We are well aware of the red flags that indicate potential medical malpractice. If you are concerned that medical malpractice or obstetrical negligence may have played a role in your child’s HIE or brain injury, do not hesitate to contact the Chicago birth injury attorneys at Cogan & Power.
Our considerable experience handling Chicago birth injury medical malpractice cases allows us to provide our clients with efficient and effective legal counsel. Moreover, our attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to helping the victims of medical malpractice recover for their losses and injuries, and we are committed to making the medical field safer for patients.
Contact our office today at (312) 477-2500 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our compassionate and skilled Chicago hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawyers. If you cannot come to our offices in downtown Chicago, we will come to you. And because we take cases on a contingency basis, you will not pay any fee unless we get you compensation.