Why Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE?

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Learn the Important Reasons Why to Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE

There are many different types of birth injuries that could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice. Of all the birth injuries that could be caused by a doctor or healthcare provider’s careless, reckless, or negligent conduct, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is probably the worst type a birth injury. This condition is also known as HIE.  Victims who are diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may have life-changing and catastrophic damage to their body, particularly the brain.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE understands how devastating that this condition can be for a newborn and his or her family. 

HIE is not only physically and emotionally overwhelming, but it can be financially overwhelming too.  According to the CDC, the lifetime costs of damages similar to HIE are over $1 million. This means that families who have a child diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy will need a significant amount of money to cover future medical expenses, medication, future surgeries, therapy, nursing care, and other expenses related to this devastating condition. This is particularly true as a child grows older becomes an older adult.

When a child is diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a family’s entire world is going to change. This is a very overwhelming change and families may not investigate and learn what their rights may be under Oregon law. Insurance companies know how devastating and costly medical mistakes resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may be for their business.  

As a result, many insurance companies aggressively trained their insurance adjusters to minimize the damage caused to children and even shift blame to parents. Insurance companies may even offer but appears to be a reasonable amount of money in a check in hopes of settling claim early and before in Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE could be retained. While this may sound like a good idea to a family who has immediate and extensive medical bills piling up, it is a horrible idea to actually take the insurance companies first, second, where third offer—especially without the help of an experienced Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE.

What is HIE?  Understanding These Devastating Birth Injury

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a very complicated medical condition resulting from a form of birth asphyxia. This condition is caused when there is a decreased flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. This results in an oxygen deficiency to the developing brain. Even in short amounts of deprivation, the rapidly developing brain could suffer catastrophic damage. This damage manifests itself in the form of lesions on the brain. These lesions are essentially dead spots on the brain wear normal tissue no longer grow or develop. Essentially, these lesions create blank spots in the brain. Messages from neurons in the brain cannot be sent through these lesions which means the brain will not function normally.

What Conditions are Caused by HIE

When this happens, HIE could result in a series of devastating conditions. One of the most common conditions caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is cerebral palsy, or CP. This condition is a disorder or group of disorders affecting movement and strength. The primary cause of cerebral palsy is due to lesions on the cerebellum or the basal ganglia. The more severe lesions and the specific location of the lesions dictate the type of cerebral palsy that a newborn may suffer from. There are four general types of cerebral palsy, all which are caused by lesions to the developing brain. Forms of birth asphyxia like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are the most common causes of all types of cerebral palsy.

There are many other conditions which may be caused by damage to two hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. All of these conditions relate to the functioning of the brain. Some of the most common conditions or disabilities caused by HIE include the following:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Loss of the sense of taste
  • Balance
  • Speech impediments and language difficulties
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cerebral palsy and other movement disorders
  • Learning disabilities or learning delays, and
  • Many other common causes.

Asking Compensation from an Insurance Company Versus Hiring an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE

While there is no legal requirement to hire an Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE, it is in the best interest of your loved one and your family to consult with an experienced lawyer and law firm. This is because insurance companies will try to take advantage of you and your family by offering much lower compensation than you and your family may be entitled to. Insurance companies specifically train their adjusters to trick you into admitting facts that will hurt your case. Once they have this information, they will use that against you to minimize their clients exposure and limit your possible damages.

However, when you have an Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE representing you and your family, insurance companies know they can know longer play these borderline unethical games. Having a lawyer such as our law firm allows you and your family to fight back at unethical insurance companies are protecting dangerous healthcare providers and their bottom line. We consult with leading medical experts who will go through your medical records and your child’s medical records to determine what happened and why your healthcare providers made egregious medical mistakes. This ensures that you and your family will be able to obtain the compensation you deserve for future medical expenses including around-the-clock nursing care, medications, future surgeries, therapy, and other medical necessities for your loved one.

How Much Does an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE Cost?

After a family has a child diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy there will be significant medical bills and most likely lost wages from taking time off of work to meet with doctors for your child. This combination of increased bills along with decreased income is a recipe for financial stress. This is why our law firm takes hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy birth injury cases and other Oregon medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe our law firm any money until we recover compensation for you in a settlement or award.  This allows your family to keep money in your pockets for other pressing expenses while our experienced Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE can begin to protect your family’s rights.

Victims Who Have Had a Loved One Diagnosed with HIE Should Call Our Firm Now

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.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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(503) 479-3646 in Portland, Oregon
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