Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) and anoxic encephalopathy are injuries that occur when the brain is deprived of oxygen-rich blood before or during the birth process. Depending on the severity of the neurological insult to the infants brain, up to 15 percent of fetuses deprived of sufficient oxygen in utero will not survive.
Of those children who survive, a substantial number will experience permanent neurological problems, including developmental delays, gross and fine motor deficiencies, hypertonicity, seizures, visual impairment, cognitive dysfunction, and spasticity.
These children will have significant needs throughout their growing years and into adulthood. It’s easy for families to feel overwhelmed by the needs of such a child and, indeed, to be financially overwhelmed with the cost of medical, therapeutic and educational needs of this kind of special child.
Experienced HIE And HAI Representation
If you believe that your child’s limitations, impairment or brain damage may have been the result of medical negligence or malpractice, you deserve answers and, potentially, compensation. Contact the San Francisco law office of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger to schedule a free initial consultation.
Our firm has been helping parents of brain injured children since 1959. Our goal is to ensure your family receives the financial resources needed to care for your child. We have a significant track record of successful verdicts and settlements.
Learn more about how we can help your family. Our birth injury attorneys represent children injured by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and anoxic encephalopathy in California, Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, and other parts of the western United States.
Access to Medical Experts And Other Resources Your Family Needs
As a parent, your first concern is making sure that your baby has access to all of the best and most modern therapy, treatment and care for his or her developmental needs. We work with medical experts to obtain a clear picture of your child’s disabilities and medical and rehabilitation needs, and to integrate funding of those needs in our settlements and court presentations.
Because we handle many birth injury cases (often involving hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and anoxic encephalopathy), we know the resources available in the local community.
Our birth injury attorneys evaluate and plan their damage assessments and mediation demands taking into account the future needs and expenses that your child will face. We work with pediatric rehabilitation specialists and life care planners to identify and plan for your child’s needs in the future.
When structuring a financial settlement for a child with brain damage from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, we work with government benefit consultants, special needs trust lawyers, and estate planning lawyers to ensure your child is cared for as long as he or she lives.
Helping Children And Their Families Since 1959
If your child suffered a birth injury because of anoxic or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, we want to hear your story. If medical negligence or medical malpractice was involved, we want to help. Contact us online or call the birth attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco for a free consultation at (415) 981-7210.