Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), or birth asphyxia as it is commonly known, is a condition in which a baby’s brain is damaged because it was deprived of adequate oxygen prior to, during, or immediately after delivery. In some cases, birth asphyxia is the result of medical malpractice.

Doctors and nurses are trained to monitor the mother and baby and recognize the symptoms of HIE. Proper monitoring and taking immediate action once the baby exhibits signs of fetal distress can often ensure the brain receives enough oxygen. Failing to monitor properly or to take immediate action when needed can cause the baby to develop permanent brain damage.

Factors that result in birth asphyxia include:

  • Low maternal oxygen levels, often secondary to decreased respiration from anesthesia
  • Low maternal blood pressure
  • Placental abruption or the separation of the placenta from the uterine wall before delivery
  • Overstimulation of the uterus, often secondary to Pitocin
  • Compression of the umbilical cord
  • Poor placental function

If your child is suffering from a condition that may be the result of birth asphyxia, contact the birth injury lawyers at Pope & Howard, P.C. We have years of experience with medical negligence cases, and know how to perform a comprehensive investigation, which includes an analysis of all medical records and past consultations with physicians.

As parents ourselves, we understand how devastating a birth injury can be for you, your child, and your family. We will fight for the financial compensation you need to cover medical expenses and give your child the care he or she deserves.

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