Out of all the birth injuries, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (or HIE) is one of the most unpredictable. In mild cases and with a fair amount of luck, a child can recover completely. They could also die or experience lifelong brain damage.
There is a possibility your doctor missed the signs of HIE in your child and failed to take action before it was too late. If this is the case, you may be able to file a birth injury lawsuit. We have Colorado hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy attorneys that specialize in birth asphyxia injuries.
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What is HIE?
For all the complex medical terms, HIE is rather straightforward. HIE is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygen or blood to the brain during birth. There are several causes, some natural and some not.
One obvious cause is a kink, knot, or entanglement in the umbilical cord. Anything that interferes with the cord’s movement of oxygen and blood can cause HIE in a child. With good prenatal care, a doctor has a good chance of catching a cord issue.
Yet this is just one of many potential causes, including labor and delivery errors, high-risk pregnancies, and more. What’s key to your case is whether your medical team acted under the standards of care or if they were negligent in treating you and your child.
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What is Medical Negligence?
In any personal injury case, negligence is a crucial factor. Before you can file a claim or sue someone, we have to prove their responsibility toward you, what they did wrong, and how it caused injuries to you or your child.
The tricky part with medical cases is medicine is an uncertain practice. Car crashes are pretty clear, but a doctor can do everything right under current medical practice and still cause injuries or death. So, to prove medical negligence, we have to show things went outside the norm.
That’s why we work with other doctors and medical experts to give testimony about what happened and whether your medical team followed the standards of practice. A simple example would be forcing a vaginal birth even if the child cannot fit easily through the birth canal. This can choke the child and cause HIE.
How Our HIE Attorneys Will Help You
Filing a claim against a doctor’s malpractice insurance on your own is extremely difficult. You’re not just fighting the insurance industry, you’re also likely a medical layperson. You don’t have the knowledge needed to fight back if they think the doctor did nothing wrong.
That’s where our hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy lawyers in Colorado come into play. You have enough to worry about coping with your child’s injury or death. Let our team take over the legal process of seeking compensation on your behalf.
We will get medical testimony about what happened, perform our own investigation, and build the best case we can before approaching your doctor’s insurer. Our team will make every effort to bring your case to a swift resolution in your favor.
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What Damages Could I Receive?
The costs of caring for a child with HIE is huge. There are many ways HIE can affect the brain. You might need to take your child to a small army of specialists to help them overcome the damage. They might even need lifelong medical care.
If your doctor raised your child’s chances of experiencing HIE, they need to pay for what happened. You could receive compensation for:
- Your medical care in the hospital
- Your child’s current and future medical bills
- Medical gear, therapy, and medications
- Transportation costs to and from specialists
This is just a small sample. There are damages you may not be aware you could get in your case without the help of an HIE lawyer in Colorado. Plus, since our lawyers work on contingency, you do not need to worry about paying us unless you win your case.
Deadline for Filing a Claim in Colorado
Under Colorado law, you have eight years from the date of injury to file a claim on behalf of your child, and two years for yourself. If your child died from medical malpractice, you have two years to file a claim.
Time is of the essence in HIE cases. Early treatment can improve the prognosis of your child, and a settlement can help you pay for that care. Do not wait to contact a lawyer for advice.
Speak With a Colorado HIE Attorney
To get connected with a Colorado hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy attorney, use our contact form or call us. Your consultation is free, confidential, and without obligation. Birth Injury Lawyers Group looks forward to hearing your story and helping you get justice.