When Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Leads to a Texas Birth Defect Lawsuit (Part B)

A diagnosis of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) could be a sign that your medical team was negligent in the care of your fetus or newborn. It would be beneficial to speak to a Texas injury firm and have an Austin birth injury lawyer explore your legal options. You may be advised to move forward with a birth defect lawsuit.

Your medical team is responsible for exercising due care to ensure that you and your baby receive optimal treatment. Your doctor should review your medical history for any conditions, such as a seizure disorder, that could compromise your child and take preventive action. Your nurses should monitor your fetus continually for any signs of distress and notify the doctor of any changes to prevent HIE from occurring.

Treatment for Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

In the past, the only treatment for HIE involved supporting the baby's gastrointestinal, heart and lung systems while the body tried to repair itself. The baby was typically placed in the neonatal intensive care unit and provided with high-frequency ventilation, nitric oxide therapy and close monitoring.

Currently, a new therapy called brain cooling has been used on infants with HIE, and it's promising for some babies who acquired HIE at birth. Brain cooling involves a Cool-Cap hypothermia system, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Water is circulated through the cap to keep the infant and his or her brain cool. Approximately 72 hours later, the infant is re-warmed. The baby will be monitored for: 
  • temperature;
  • oxygenation and breathing;
  • heart function and blood pressure; and
  • brain wave activity. 

In severe cases of HIE, the mortality rate can be as high as 50%. In some cases, infants will develop serious disabilities and complications. An Austin birth injury lawyer can help you preserve your legal rights and hold accountable all parties responsible for your child's HIE. Since this kind of case can be very complex, contacting a Texas injury firm to get started on a birth defect lawsuit is where you should begin.

Contacting an Austin Birth Injury Lawyer for Birth Defect Lawsuit

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  • What you can do to protect your injury claim. 

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