Arlington Birth Injury Lawyers

Individualized Legal Guidance for Birth Injury Victims

Even in the best of circumstances giving birth is difficult, and can be chaotic.  Advances in medical technology have made the childbirth process more simplified, but doctors and nurses still have a huge responsibility to properly monitor mother and child and recognize any signs of complications.  Doctors and nurses are also responsible for using equipment, tools, and medications properly.

At Brown, Christie & Green, our Arlington birth injury attorneys know that sometimes mistakes happen or complications arise that cannot be foreseen.  We also know that sometimes healthcare providers do not uphold the standards of care, which puts you and your child at risk for birth injuries and long-term complications.  That is why our attorneys offer legal guidance to families who have experienced a birth injury.

After a birth injury, it is important to get the right legal guidance.

When a birth injury occurs, it is up to the victim to prove that a healthcare provider violated the standards of care, or was negligent.  This can be a difficult process, especially in the aftermath of a traumatic situation.  At Brown, Christie & Green, our lawyers will help you sort through the details of your situation and will offer legal guidance that works in your best interests.  Our goal is to get the best resolution possible for your case, and for your family.

Serious Birth Injuries Caused by Negligence
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Shoulder dystocia
  • Brachial plexus injuries
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy
  • Broken bones

Each case is as different as the clients represented. You deserve individualized legal guidance that works for you.

Infant Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): An Overview

If your baby was deprived of oxygen and blood in the womb, or during a complicated labor and delivery, he or she may have suffered from a birth injury called infant hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  HIE is a type of brain damage caused by oxygen and blood deprivation, and can be extremely dangerous.

HIE is one of the primary causes of infant deaths worldwide, and is a serious concern in the United States.  According to MedScape, Asphyxia at birth, including HIE, accounts for 23 percent of all worldwide neonatal deaths, or roughly 840,000 deaths.  It is also one of the leading causes of severe or permanent impairment in the U.S.

Infant Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE): An Overview

Causes of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

HIE as a form of asphyxia may be caused by a variety of conditions and circumstances, and can range in severity.  Some of the most common conditions that lead to HIE include:

  • Umbilical cord complications or injuries
  • Lack of oxygen in the blood
  • Maternal hypotension
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Fetal anemia
  • Congenital infections or brain malformations
  • Uterine rupture
  • Preeclampsia/eclampsia
  • Cord prolapse
  • Stressful or prolonged labor and delivery

Symptoms of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

The symptoms associated with HIE vary, and are broken down into three classifications – mild, moderate, and severe.  These classifications include the following symptoms:

  • Mild: Symptoms include poor feeding, irritability, lethargy, excessive crying, and increased reflexes.  These symptoms generally resolve on their own within 24 hours.
  • Moderate: Symptoms include severe lethargy, diminished reflexes, difficulty sucking, difficulty grasping objects, apnea, or seizures.  In most cases, moderate HIE can be treated with symptoms resolving in one to two weeks.
  • Severe: Symptoms include swelling in the brain, lethargy or coma, seizures, irregular breathing, irregular heart rate or blood pressure, absent reflexes, eye disturbances or dilation.  Severe HIE is dangerous and can lead to permanent disability.  Treatment options and symptom resolution depends on the severity and other medical factors.

Treatment of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Treatment of HIE most often depends on the health of the child, any associated or relevant medical conditions, and the situation in which the injury occurred.  In general, treatment of HIE includes a series of processes and treatments designed to prevent further brain damage, restore functions, prevent permanent disability.

Treatment of HIE largely relies on healthcare providers recognizing the signs of a birth injury, assessing the situation, and administering proper treatment immediately.  Outcomes in children with HIE are increasingly positive when symptoms and related conditions are diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. Contact us for more info.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

What is a birth injury?

A birth injury is damage to a child that is typically caused during the birthing process and may have resulted from negligence. In many instances, birth injuries can be completely preventable.

What are common causes of birth injuries?

  1. Improper use of birth-assisting devices or tools, such as a vacuum or forceps.
  2. Pulling and/or twisting the infant improperly during the birthing process. This may lead to a broken bone or possibly even a Brachial Plexus injury.
  3. Failure to properly monitor the infant or the mother during the labor and delivery process, including failure to regularly monitor fetal heart rate.
  4. Administering the wrong amount or type of medication during pregnancy or labor and delivery.
  5. Failure to schedule and perform an emergency C-section
  6. Acceleration and stimulation during the birthing process

What are the most common types of birth injuries?

Common types of birth injuries include:

Cerebral palsy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), brachial plexus injury, Erb’s palsy, skull injuries, nerve damage, internal organ damage, cephalohematoma, Caput Succedaneum, brain bleed or hemorrhaging, spinal cord injuries, facial paralysis, and more.

What kinds of situations lead to a birth injury lawsuit?

If a physician or other medical professional fails to adequately assess or respond to conditions during pregnancy or the labor and delivery process that lead to complications, they may be liable for medical negligence.