When a couple realizes that those they entrusted with the birth of their child may have made grave critical errors or provided negligent care that caused injury to their child, they often don’t know where to turn. Despite their suspicions, how can they determine, never mind prove, that their medical team caused this injury to their child? And what kind of damages can they recover to help them get the care they need for their child? This is where a medical malpractice attorney in Portland can be a critical resource.
What Causes HIE?
HIE, or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, is caused by a lack of oxygen to the baby’s brain before or during the childbirth process. When oxygen is diverted from the brain of a child, cells begin to die. The longer the brain is without oxygen, the more damage is done.
Many things could present a risk for this oxygen deprivation, and medical professionals are trained to quickly diagnose oxygen deprivation and take immediate actions to prevent or mitigate harm. Unfortunately, some of these cases can be attributed to medical negligence from the doctor or delivery team itself. But most non-medical individuals don’t know what has caused the complication. Indeed, many birth couples don’t even know there has been oxygen deprivation until well after the birth.
Should You Pursue a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
After a birth injury, the last thing most parents want to do is further complicate their lives with a lawsuit. And yet, their child may require many costly medical interventions, either long or short-term. Where will the financial resources come from to pay for these expensive medical and rehabilitative treatments?
The purpose of a medical malpractice lawsuit is two-fold. Most importantly, it will secure financial resources through a settlement or court verdict so the family can have peace of mind about how they will be able to afford care for their child. But secondly, a lawsuit will impose accountability for the practitioner, ensuring that they are held liable for their negligence and possibly preventing them from harming others.
How Does a Medical Malpractice Lawyer in Portland Make Sure You Get the Compensation You Deserve in an HIE Lawsuit?
Medical malpractice can feel like the big medical establishment and insurance industry actively working against a wronged individual. These cases are typically very complicated, and medical professionals rarely admit to making mistakes. It’s critical to work with an experienced Portland hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer who is well-versed in the field and bringing HIE lawsuits against negligent caregivers.
An experienced medical malpractice attorney will understand the intricacies of HIE and thoroughly investigate the claim to ensure that medical malpractice has taken place. These attorneys will have access to a team of medical industry experts who know HIE inside out and can explain what happened and help provide evidence to show and prove negligence. In the meantime, malpractice attorneys will help parents locate different medical resources to provide the best care for their child.
Working With Our Skilled Medical Malpractice Attorneys in Portland
When a negligent medical caregiver has harmed your child, that professional should be held liable.
But medical malpractice lawsuits are highly complex and require extensive evidence. If you suspect your child’s HIE was the result of negligence, let the Portland medical malpractice lawyers at Kuhlman Law help you hold your caregiver accountable and get you the resources you need to properly care for your child. Contact us at (503) 479-3646 or through our website contact form to schedule a no-cost consultation.
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