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Van Wey, Metzler & Williams

HIE Lawyer—Advocating for Justice and Accountability

Understanding Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), also known as neonatal encephalopathy or birth asphyxia, is a type of brain injury. It results from a lack of oxygen reaching the baby’s brain. Hypoxic refers to a lack of oxygen, ischemic indicates inadequate blood flow, and encephalopathy denotes a brain condition.

HIE has the potential to impact the central nervous system, resulting in neurological and developmental difficulties. The effects of HIE can vary among children, with some experiencing no health issues or only mild to moderate consequences.

Conversely, others may face severe and long-term disabilities such as substantial developmental delays, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, or cognitive impairments. The severity of the damage is often linked to the length of time the brain was deprived of oxygen.

This devastating condition occurs in approximately 4 out of every 1000 live births. It is often due to mismanaged labor and post-delivery care by obstetricians, nurses, and midwives.

Causes of HIE and Medical Negligence

HIE can occur for different reasons, whether during pregnancy, childbirth, or after the baby is born. When there is a disruption in the brain’s oxygen or blood supply, it can lead to oxygen deprivation in other parts of the body as well. This lack of oxygen can cause harm to various organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys, and intestines. While these organs typically recover, brain injuries may not fully heal.

Unfortunately, HIE is commonly caused by medical negligence, such as misinterpretation of fetal heart rate tracings, failure to communicate abnormal symptoms, and delayed intervention.

Other contributing factors include delayed cesarean sections, improper use of medication, and delivery instruments like vacuums or forceps. Many instances of HIE are preventable with proper medical care and timely intervention.

Dedicated Advocacy for HIE Legal Cases

At Van Wey, Metzler & Williams, our experienced team of HIE birth injury lawyers focuses on representing victims of HIE. We have a long and successful track record of holding negligent medical providers accountable in birth injury cases. Our goal is to ensure justice is served when they fail to meet the standard of care and protect their patients.

Why Choose Van Wey, Metzler & Williams?

  • Extensive Experience in HIE Cases
    Our team of highly skilled hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy attorneys has extensive experience in handling intricate medical malpractice cases. We understand the complexities involved in HIE. Furthermore, we are adept at navigating the legal and medical nuances to build a strong case on your behalf.
  • Comprehensive Legal Support
    From the initial consultation to the final resolution, our attorneys provide comprehensive legal support. We meticulously review medical records, consult with medical experts, and gather evidence to ensure your case is strong and well-supported. Our goal is to hold the responsible parties accountable and secure the maximum compensation for your suffering.
  • Nationwide Representation
    While we are based in Texas, our firm handles HIE cases nationwide. Our reputation as proven trial attorneys and our commitment to justice have made us a trusted choice for clients across the country. No matter where you are located, we are here to provide the legal acumen and compassionate support you need.
  • Personalized Approach
    Every case is unique, and we believe in providing personalized attention to each client. Our HIE lawyers take the time to understand your specific circumstances, address your concerns, and tailor our legal strategies to meet your needs. Our team ensures you feel heard, supported, and empowered throughout the legal process.

Seeking Justice and Compensation

If your newborn has been diagnosed with HIE due to medical negligence, it is essential to act swiftly. HIE can have devastating consequences, including prolonged recovery times, additional surgeries, emotional trauma, and significant financial burdens. Our HIE birth injury lawyers are committed to fighting for the justice and compensation you deserve, including:

  • Medical Expenses: Covering the cost of past, present, and future medical treatments related to the malpractice.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for lost income due to the inability to work.
  • Pain and Suffering: Financial restitution for the physical and emotional pain endured.
  • Punitive Damages: In cases of gross negligence, we seek punitive damages to hold the responsible parties accountable and deter future misconduct.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious condition that occurs when a newborn’s brain doesn’t receive enough oxygen and blood before, during, or following childbirth. Moreover, this condition can lead to potential long-term neurological damage. This devastating condition can result from mismanaged labor, delayed cesarean sections, improper use of delivery instruments, or other medical errors.

If your child has been affected by HIE during childbirth, do not hesitate to contact our dedicated team of HIE lawyers. We are here to provide the legal support and guidance you need during this challenging time.

Call us at (800) 489-5082 or schedule a consultation online. Let Van Wey, Metzler & Williams be your advocate for justice and help you secure the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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