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Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

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 negligence.

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:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Impaired motor skills
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Behavioral problems
  • Diminished IQ
  • Seizures
  • Paralysis
  • Death

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.

Damages and Compensation

If you can successfully prove your case, you may recover compensation for the damages incurred due to your child’s HIE injury:

  • Medical bills
  • Therapies, such as occupational therapy
  • Prescription medications
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • Lost earning potential
  • Pain and suffering

It is recommended to work with a Maryland hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyer. Many parents undervalue their claims, causing them to lose out on compensation. A lawyer can make sure you are asking for your full compensation. They can also give you a stronger chance of success in negotiations and in court.

Book a Free Consultation

If you are looking for legal advocates who truly care about their work, look no further than our award-winning legal team. With compassionate counsel, 30+ years of experience, and case strategies tailored to your needs, Alpert Schreyer, LLC stands out from the competition.

We are nationally known for our skill in fighting for our clients’ rights. We never settle for less than what our clients deserve, working tirelessly at every step of the way to ensure no bases are left uncovered. Our Maryland hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy lawyers will work in your and your child’s best interests, from start to finish.

To learn more about how we can help, call (301) 812-4777 and schedule a free consultation.

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