Understanding HIE from our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case
There are many potential damages which could be caused by a birth injury in Oregon. Most of the damages are due to a lack of oxygen to the newborn. When that is a decrease in the lack of oxygen, it is a hypoxic injury. When it is a complete lack of oxygen, that is an anoxic injury. One of the most common types of birth injuries is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. This is a type of hypoxic injury which could be caused by a variety of complications or medical malpractice. Whenever a child is diagnosed with HIE, call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case.
This is because a medical malpractice case is not like a normal type of personal injury lawsuit. And a birth injury is also a much more complicated type of medical malpractice case. But the mecca of all difficult cases are brain injury cases due to birth injuries such as HIE. This is why victims and their families need to call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case and not just any personal injury lawyer.
What is HIE?
HIE is a very dangerous and devastating condition. It is brain damage to a baby. The brain damage is caused by a lack of oxygen. The lack of oxygen is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain. It is this blood flow which carries oxygen to the brain. When there is a decrease in oxygenated blood, there is going to be damage to the baby’s brain.
The damage from HIE is caused by lesions to the brain. The lesions are areas where the rapidly developing brain had a lack of oxygen. Rather than forming normally, the brain has a “gap” or “blank spot” which forms in its place. This is like scar tissue or just dead, non-utilized tissue where no neuron connections have taken place.
Disability Due to HIE
The disabilities caused by HIE can be great, significant, and absolutely catastrophic. Victims may suffer a wide-range of complications or conditions if HIE injuries occur during the birthing process such as labor and delivery. Victims may also suffer horrible personal injuries which can impair their entire lives. Some of the most common injuries or complications due to HIE include the following:
- Cerebral palsy – this is a movement disorder which can affect how a person controls his or her body. Victims may suffer involuntary tremors or other shakes which affect a person’s ability to function. Victims may also be unable to walk, sit, lay down, or even eat/drink without assistance.
- Developmental delays – victims may suffer significant and permanent developmental delays including the inability to talk, learn a language, problem solve, eat, remember, or regular one’s mood.
- Seizure disorders – severe cases of HIE could result in seizure disorders which could be greatly disruptive to a person’s life.
- Wrongful death, and
- Many other serious injuries causing disability.
Learn How Our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case can Help You
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles, St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.
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