Head Cooling

Head Cooling Claims

Louisville Birth Injury Lawyers

Hypothermia therapy, often referred to as head cooling or brain cooling, is one method of addressing asphyxia or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) during labor or delivery. The idea is to slow and prevent brain cell death by lowering the temperature of the brain cells. A cooling cap may be placed on the baby’s head, or the baby may be placed on a cooling blanket to lower body temperature and metabolic rate. If oxygen and blood are returned to damaged brain cells too quickly after injury, continued cell death may occur. Hypothermia therapy is designed to stop this from occurring.

Head cooling is a relatively new therapy, but most studies indicate that treatment is most successful if it is administered as quickly as possible. Failures to readily identify brain injuries and mistakes in administering hypothermia therapy can result in permanent brain damage and debilitating conditions such as cerebral palsy.

If your child required head cooling after birth, now is the time to talk to a Louisville birth injury lawyer at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC. We have the medical knowledge to identify hypothermia therapy errors and other types of obstetric malpractice, and we can help you take legal action in order to pursue financial compensation for your child’s lifelong care. Call (502) 242-8872 for a free consultation and review of your case.

Obstetric Malpractice & Hypothermia Therapy (Head/Brain Cooling)

There are different types of errors or malpractice that may be linked to brain injuries and head cooling. These include:

  • Mismanaged childbirth complications or delayed C-section, leading to HIE or asphyxia
  • Failure to inform parents of hypothermia therapy as a treatment option
  • Delay in administering head cooling therapy
  • Failure to transfer a baby to a facility that has hypothermia therapy capabilities
  • Improper administration of head cooling therapy

Seek justice and a better life for your child by calling (502) 242-8872 and speaking with a skilled Louisville birth injury attorney at Dolt, Thompson, Shepherd & Conway, PSC. We serve all of Kentucky.

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