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Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

The Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Elk & Elk understand hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and its causes

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious birth injury caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. Sometimes referred to as perinatal encephalopathy or perinatal asphyxia, HIE can be fatal or cause permanent mental and physical disabilities, including cerebral palsy, seizures and mental retardation.

While there is no clear diagnostic test for HIE, low APGAR scores and abnormal findings on a neurological exam in the first few days after birth can predict that brain injury has occurred in the perinatal period. HIE may also cause problems with multiple organs, including the heart, lung, liver, gut and kidneys. If HIE is suspected, your doctor may order the use of a device called a “Cool-Cap,” which circulates cool water throughout a special cap placed on the baby's head.

The Ohio medical malpractice lawyers at Elk & Elk have extensive experience representing clients whose babies were irreversibly injured by substandard perinatal care. If you suspect your child suffered a hypoxic brain injury due to a medical mistake, the experienced HIE attorneys at Elk & Elk can help. Protect your family’s rights by calling 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free, no-obligation case consultation or simply fill out our online contact form.

Experienced Ohio lawyers who will hold people accountable for your baby's injuries

As many as 9,000 newborns are affected by HIE each year, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. While the severity of symptoms may vary, in many cases, medical negligence is to blame. It takes the experience and knowledge of a qualified HIE attorney to find the proof and hold accountable those responsible for your baby's condition.

Call 1-800-ELK-OHIO for a free consultation if your baby was diagnosed with HIE

At Elk & Elk, we understand the medical, financial and emotional issues associated with HIE. Call us today at 1-800-ELK-OHIO so we can help put your mind at ease and help provide for your baby's future needs. You can also contact us online to schedule a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options, and ask us about our no fee promise.

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