1280px US Navy 110727 N YR391 005 Lt. Cmdr. Jennifer Freeman an Obstetrics Gynecology physician at Naval Hospital Jacksonville 300x200A recent Iowa birth injury case settled for $3.75m. This birth injury lawsuit alleged that the medical providers the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics failed to intervene and perform a cesarean section after the child showed signs of fetal distress.

Because the medical providers did not intervene, the child has a condition known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. This condition often manifests in birth injury cases. The child will often suffer from cerebral palsy and other developmental issues. HIE is a global brain injury that results from the deprivation of oxygenated blood to the fetus while in labor.

Sadly, birth injuries occur every day in U.S. hospitals. There are a number of ways in which a birth injury can occur, including failure to diagnose a condition, failure to respond to an emergency situation in a timely manner or misuse of medical equipment.

Birth injuries range in severity. In some cases, the injuries will heal with time. However, more severe cases that involve permanent disabilities will affect the infant, parents and family forever.

Infants born after an ischemic insult, like in this Iowa birth injury case, need immediate medical attention by trained medical professionals. Long-term follow up care by trained family practice doctors, neurologists, rehabilitation professionals, and even dental and eye doctors may be necessary. Over the course of the baby’s life, a trained medical provider can determine what medications, imaging studies, lab work, and therapy the baby born with an ischemic insult will need.