Maryland Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyer
Did Your Child Suffer an HIE Injury? Call Us for Help.
Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious
brain injury caused by a lack of oxygen during birth. There are many cases in which
HIE is unavoidable, but sadly, there are also many cases in which negligence
was the root cause.
If you have reason to believe that
medical malpractice led to your child’s HIE, you need a trained attorney to advocate
for you. Medical professionals rarely admit to committing negligence,
in part because it can put their livelihood on the line. Still, no one
should be able to get away with doing harm to a patient, especially when
that patient is a child.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, we understand the complexities of HIE injury cases,
and we are committed to protecting the rights of patients in Maryland
and Washington, DC. Seeing your child suffer a needless injury is a heart-wrenching
experience that no parent should have to go through. We are here to make
sure that you get the justice and compensation you deserve. Taking legal
action is also the most effective way to protect others from the same
Contact us online
to speak with a Maryland hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy attorney. We also
accept cases in DC. If we don’t win your case, you won’t have
to pay us anything.
What Is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?
HIE is the result of asphyxia, or oxygen deprivation. It is a two-part
injury. First, the baby experiences a lack of oxygen in the blood (hypoxic),
then a decreased flow of blood to the brain (ischemic). This results in
brain damage (encephalopathy).
Sadly, HIE can lead to other injuries, such as:
There are numerous types of malpractice that can cause a baby to suffer
a lack of oxygen, and therefore HIE, during
labor and delivery.
Common examples include:
- Failing to perform an emergency C-section
- Failing to address a breech birth
- Failing to monitor maternal and/or fetal distress
- Failing to address umbilical cord prolapse
Unfortunately, it is easy for a medical provider to cover up these negligent
mistakes. And when you don’t know any better (and were in a lot
of pain at the time), it is easy for them to take advantage of you and
say that your traumatic experience was normal. At Alpert Schreyer, LLC,
we won’t stand for this injustice. We are honored to help victims
of medical negligence find answers about what happened, and even more
so to recover them compensation so that they can move forward.
Your Rights After HIE
What You Need to Know to File a Claim
Under Maryland law, parents can sue if their child’s HIE was the
result of another’s negligence. (That includes negligence on the
part of an OB-GYN, doctor, nurse, midwife, doula, etc.)
Those suing (plaintiffs) only have so long to file a lawsuit. The filing
deadline for cases concerning medical negligence is set at five years
after the date of injury, or three years after the injury was discovered—whichever
is first. However, if the child is the injured party, they have until
they are 21 years old to bring a lawsuit.
Plaintiffs must also be able to prove negligence, as well as that the party
they are suing (the defendant) was the one that committed or failed to
stop that negligence.