Head Cooling (Hypothermia) Birth Injuries
Chicago Birth Injury Attorneys for Families Across the Country
If something went wrong during your labor and delivery, speak with our
team at Beam & Raymond in Chicago. We have been fighting for families
medical malpractice since 1983.
What Is Head Cooling / Hypothermia Therapy?
Hypothermia therapy, also known as head cooling therapy, can be used to
prevent injuries and even save the lives of infants who suffer asphyxia
during delivery. This treatment involves one or two techniques: head cooling
and body cooling. Within the last several years, cooling has become the
standard to minimize and mitigate the permanent effects of brain damage
caused by a lack of oxygen at birth.
Medical researchers found that these treatments have three major effects:
Excitotoxicity – Neurotransmitters such as glutamate can seep from damaged brain
cells, causing damage to other brain cells. Hypothermia therapy slows
this leaking and mitigates severe brain damage in some patients.
Delaying cell death – If an infant is deprived of oxygen for too long, he or she can
suffer serious injuries caused by loss of brain cells, such as
cerebral palsy, serious
brain damage, and even death. Cooling therapy can protect brain cells and thus prevent
more serious injury.
Apoptosis – Not all brain damage occurs immediately. Apoptosis or “programmed
cell death” can take place several days after the infant suffers
asphyxia. Hypothermia therapy can help minimize this dangerous degeneration.
Know Your Rights: Speak with a Chicago Birth Injury Lawyer
If your child did not receive head cooling after suffering a birth injury,
you should call Beam & Raymond to determine if you have a medical
malpractice case. If your child did receive head cooling, call Beam &
Raymond to determine if your child suffered a preventable birth injury.
We encourage you to speak with our
Chicago birth injury attorneys at your earliest convenience. Our firm is based in Chicago and serves
Call Beam & Raymond at (866) 766-3806 to arrange a free consultation.