One such birth injury that can happen during labor and delivery is hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE). This Kentucky birth injury occurs in infants that are denied oxygen for too long during the birthing process.
The word "hypoxic" literally means lacking oxygen. When the brain is deficient in oxygen, the brain tissues can become damaged, and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is the resulting injury. Infants that are born lacking oxygen to the brain can sustain long term issues and disabilities, including:
- Mild behavioral problems
- Mental retardation
- Cerebral palsy
- Developmental delay
Your child may develop seizures, coordination problems, or cognitive issues if they had a hypoxic birth. Severe HIE can lead to unconsciousness or death.
When your infant is born with these symptoms, a doctor should recognize the cause. However, if you spot something that your doctor has overlooked, you must bring it to their attention. Since your children are helpless in their early months, you need to be your child's voice. Advocate for your child and your family by holding a negligent doctor or health care professional responsible for the damages your child sustained at birth.
These injuries are serious and lead to lifelong issues that result in time-consuming rehabilitation and expensive medical bills. When your child suffers, you and your family suffer as well. Our birth injury lawyers understand this and believe you should be compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial sacrifices that you must face in order to take care of your child.
If you believe your child was a victim of a Kentucky or Ohio birth injury, contact a skilled Northern Kentucky birth injury attorney at the law office of Schachter, Hendy & Johnson at (859) 578-4444 or (888) 606-5297, and schedule a free legal consultation today.