Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyer in Miami
Was Your Child Diagnosed With HIE? Trust a Proven Florida Trial Team.
Pregnancy and childbirth are not without risks, but many risks can be effectively managed by medical professionals who uphold their duty of care. When doctors, nurses, and other providers fail to meet this duty, they increase the potential for serious and life-altering injuries – including HIE.
As a firm that has excelled in litigating complex claims of medical malpractice and birth injury, Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen is trusted by clients and colleagues across Florida and beyond following the most severe injuries and losses.
If your child has been diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or another form of brain damage due to substandard medical care, our Miami attorneys can help evaluate your case, and whether you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Why Trust GRYC?
- Proven Results: Over $1 Billion Recovered, Numerous 7-Figure Verdicts & Settlements
- Influential Change: Our work has helped shape law, strengthen victims’ rights, and redefine industry practices.
- A Team Approach: Our attorneys leverage over 200 years’ experience, and are backed by a team of paralegals, medical investigators, and experts.
- We Rise to The Challenge: We fight for victims who’ve suffered the most severe losses, and have prevailed in complex claims on both a national and international level.
Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen has become a leader in litigating medical malpractice cases for a reason: we have the resources, experience, and determination to help clients prevail in the most challenging cases. Learn more about our firm and how we can help when you contact us.
HIE: Brain Damage Caused by Oxygen Deprivation
Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a life-threatening form of birth asphyxia that occurs when an baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Because it can cause severe disability or death, it requires immediate medical intervention.
How HIE affects a child depends on many different factors – from the duration and severity of oxygen deprivation to how and when distress and damage are addressed by treating providers. Tragically, HIE can have devastating repercussions that create a lifetime physical, emotional, and financial challenges, including:
- Developmental and intellectual disabilities
- Specialized treatment, accommodations, and education
- Diminished earning potential and independence
- Expenses associated with long-term medical care
- Emotional and psychological suffering of families
HIE Caused by Medical Negligence: Your Birth Injury Claim
Though there are risks to childbirth, brain damage and HIE have many verifiable links to medical negligence and the failures of obstetricians (OB/GYN), nurses, and other providers whose care deviates from accepted standards.
In malpractice claims, Plaintiffs have the burden of proving their provider failed in some manner to meet their duty of care. Generally, breaching the duty of care means:
A medical professional failed to act in a manner that a reasonably skilled, educated, and similarly experienced professional in the same field would have acted under the same or similar circumstances.
Proving a breach of duty means proving negligence. In addition to working with our team of medical investigators, GRYC also taps into our network of highly reputable medical experts to determine what standards applied to a given situation, and how treating professionals erred in meeting those standards.
In cases of hypoxic ischemic-encephalopathy, medical negligence can take many forms – stemming from errors during pregnancy, labor or delivery, or shortly after birth. For example:
- During Pregnancy: Providers treating pregnant mothers have a duty to provide a level of treatment comparable to what a reasonably competent provider of the same specialty would provide. This means properly identifying complications or risk factors that can increase risks of HIE (maternal high blood pressure, infection, or placental rupture), and responding to them in accordance to the standard of care.
- During Labor & Delivery: During birth, proper care is vital to preventing oxygen deprivation and brain damage. One of the most important ways to avoid asphyxia is to monitor fetal heart rate, identify signs of fetal distress, and take prompt and appropriate action under the given circumstances (i.e. refraining from administering labor-inducing hormones like Pitocin, or performing an emergency C-section).
- Post-Delivery: If a baby suffers oxygen deprivation, the standard of care may require medical professionals to provide timely treatment, such as therapeutic hypothermia (brain cooling), which can significantly reduce risks of long-term problems. In situations where there’s sufficient reason to suspect HIE, providers are often required to perform therapeutic brain cooling.
The Resources & Experience to Level the Playing Field
Even in matters as tragic as birth injuries, hospitals, practitioners, and the companies which insure them are apt to prioritize their reputations and profits above the needs of people. It is a common theme in civil torts, and something we encounter frequently in high-value claims. As powerful corporations with deep pockets, malpractice Defendants go to great lengths to dispute, deny, and underpay.
Given these challenges, working with a proven legal team is crucial. At Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, we have the depth resources and experience to help clients level the playing field with the powerful entities against whom they bring claims. Because our reputation as skilled and successful malpractice attorneys precedes us, it lets Defendants know they’re in for a fight should they go to trial.
If you would like to learn more about our team and how may be of assistance in your potential claim, please contact us. GRYC proudly serves clients across South Florida and the U.S.
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Since our firm opened, we've made it our mission to get justice for our clients and their families. We've not only taken on cases that other firms had turned down, but we've also fought to get unjust laws and restrictions overturned or modified.
A Team of Legal Professionals
Complex legal cases require extensive research, trial experience, and industry knowledge, which is why we always have a team of attorneys working on every case we take on. Our team-centric approach to litigation means that we're able to really focus on getting our clients the best possible outcome.
There Are No Upfront Legal Fees
We handle all of our claims on a contingency fee basis and will handle all legal fees, court costs, and expert fees related to your specific case. With decades of experience in this industry, we have a wealth of experts we work with routinely to ensure your case is handled with the utmost care.
We Understand the Medicine
Our attorneys not only take the time to understand the evidence in your case, but also the pathology and medical techniques used in your specific situation. We believe that any attorney that takes on these types of cases needs to be on equal footing with medical professionals and physicians.