Ischemia occurs when the flow of blood to the brain becomes restricted or inadequate. With as few as five minutes of inadequate oxygen, brain cells can begin to die. If adequate blood flow and oxygen are not restored quickly, permanent brain damage or death can result.
The birth injury lawyers at The Becker Law Firm in Cleveland, Ohio understand how medical negligence can lead to ischemia and cause serious harm. If your child suffers from serious physical or mental impairments, we can help you determine if medical malpractice was involved.
Contact our Ohio ischemia lawyers at (440) 252-4399. Free consultations are available
Causes of Injury from Hypoxia and Ischemia
Our attorneys have won significant verdicts and settlements for families whose children have suffered brain damage due to obstetrical negligence. Ischemia is a shortage of oxygen. Hypoxia is a complete lack of oxygen. Hypoxia and/or ischemia can lead to asphyxia and/or brain damage in the fetus. This brain damage is referred to as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).
HIE and other types of brain damage may be caused by:
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Prolonged labor and delivery
- Severely reduced blood pressure in the mother or fetus
HIE is a relatively rare condition. Obstetrical caregivers must be prepared for this and other emergency conditions. If they fail to recognize the symptoms and respond appropriately, the child and his or her family will pay the price for a lifetime.
Our Ohio birth injury attorneys cannot turn back the clock and correct permanent brain damage. However, a just verdict or settlement can make caring for a seriously disabled child financially easier to bear.
Contact an Ohio Ischemia Lawyer about Possible Medical Malpractice
To speak to a medical malpractice lawyer about brain damage from reduced blood flow, please contact us by email or call (440) 252-4399. We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation. From offices in Cleveland and Elyria, we represent clients throughout Ohio.