During and after giving birth, nurses, midwives, and other medical professionals must closely monitor the baby to ensure they remain healthy and address any complications that arise. Unfortunately, many healthcare workers fail to do this, causing serious injuries, which may include Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE). This injury occurs when a newborn’s brain does not receive oxygen or blood flow for a period of time. The effects of this injury can be devastating, especially because it is often preventable.
If your infant suffers from HIE, you deserve a compassionate lawyer that will fiercely advocate for your rights. At Davis & Davis, we specialize in medical malpractice claims, so we have the skill and knowledge to take on your HIE case. With over 65 years of combined experience, you can trust us to handle your claim with the care and respect it deserves. Our dedicated team works with you every step of the way so that you can focus on recovery while we fight tirelessly to seek justice and maximum compensation for your losses.
Proving Medical Malpractice in HIE Cases
While HIE can result from several complications, many of them can be connected to medical malpractice. To hold the at-fault party accountable, we can help you fulfill your burden of proof as the victim of such negligence. This involves presenting evidence that demonstrates the following:
- Duty of care: The liable medical professional owed you a duty to uphold a standard of care that a reasonable provider with similar training and experience would provide.
- Breach of duty: The at-fault party failed to meet this standard of care and properly monitor your baby.
- Causation: This negligence directly caused your newborn’s injuries.
- Damages: Your baby’s injuries resulted in damages.
We understand this can seem intimidating, but you do not have to do it on your own. Our professional team is here to help collect and analyze the following information to fulfill the burden of proof:
- Medical records
- Test results
- Diagnostic reporting
- Witness testimony
- Video footage
- Expert opinion
This evidence can help us identify the liable healthcare provider and the direct cause of the HIE, giving you the best chance of achieving the compensation you deserve.
Potentially Recoverable Damages in Houston HIE Cases
HIE can impact your life and your baby’s life physically, emotionally, and financially. If a medical professional caused this trauma, you have the right to file a claim and pursue financial compensation for your losses. Based on the severity of the injuries and other details of your unique case, you may recover the following damages:
- Past and future medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Surgery costs
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Prescribed medications
- Mental anguish
- Lost income from missed work caring for your child
- Loss of consortium
- Medical equipment
Our empathetic team at Davis & Davis understands that no amount of money can make up for the injuries your child has suffered, but we will do everything we can to hold the liable party accountable for their careless actions. With our knowledge and experience, we can calculate your claim’s worth accurately so that you may receive a fair settlement.
How a Houston HIE Attorney Can Help
If your newborn suffers from HIE due to medical malpractice, you deserve time to focus on yourself and your child instead of stressing about the legal process. Our understanding lawyers are here to listen to your story and take the weight off your shoulders. We understand the sensitive nature of these claims and will handle every aspect effectively, including:
- Thoroughly investigating your claim
- Collecting and analyzing evidence
- Interviewing witnesses
- Filing your claim properly
- Negotiating with insurance companies
- Using legal knowledge to answer your questions
- Utilizing resources like medical professionals to strengthen your claim
- Taking your claim to court if necessary
In Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy cases, acting quickly is crucial for success, especially because Texas law only gives victims two years to file a claim. Our efficient and professional lawyers can help you meet this deadline and take full advantage of your opportunity to fight for your rights.
Schedule a Free Consultation With an Experienced Houston Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyer at Davis & Davis
HIE occurs in about three to 20 per 1,000 live births of full-term infants, and it can have potentially lifelong consequences. These effects can be harder to experience because the injury could have most likely been avoided. If your baby suffered from HIE during labor or delivery due to a lack of fetal monitoring or another form of medical malpractice, our Davis & Davis lawyers are here to help build a strong claim and advocate for you.
Medical malpractice claims involving HIE can be complex and sensitive, so we take a compassionate and dedicated approach to every case using our extensive knowledge and legal expertise. In our decades of collective experience, we have handled over 300 jury trials and cases in Houston and nationwide with our unmatched services. Furthermore, when working with our team, you don’t pay unless we win. To schedule a free consultation, call us at (888) 522-9444 or fill out our contact form.