Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) Birth Injuries

Ava Lawson | November 12th, 2012 | Posted in Recent Settlements

Birth Injury LawyerHypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain injury caused by asphyxia – more commonly known as oxygen deprivation.  Despite major medical advances, HIE remains a serious condition that causes significant mortality among newborns. During childbirth, a fetus can compensate for short periods of low oxygen, but if the asphyxia is prolonged, brain tissue is damaged. Sadly, HIE resulting from fetal asphyxia is a leading cause of death or severe impairment in infants.

Avoidable in many cases, HIE may lead to permanent complications including developmental delay, cerebral palsy, motor impairment, epilepsy, and cognitive impairment. Medical negligence is frequently blamed in an HIE lawsuit, in situations where a health professional or obstetrician commits an error, or makes a series of poor judgments during childbirth. In these tragic cases, parents often seek legal recourse with the expertise of a birth injury attorney.

HIE causes & symptoms

There are a variety of factors that can cause oxygen deficiency to the brain of a fetus. Some of the common causes of HIE include:

  • Injury or complication during birth
  • Umbilical cord complications
  • Uterine rupture
  • Fetal distress
  • Failure to perform a timely C-section
  • Diabetes in the mother
  • Shoulder dystocia

HIE may not be obvious in babies immediately after birth, though some signs may develop early. Dysfunction of the lungs, kidneys, or heart may indicate possible hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and seizures within the first 24 hours of life are also warning signs. If physicians suspect HIE, a CT scan or MRI is generally performed to confirm diagnosis.

When medical negligence is to blame

If the delivery room staff commits medical malpractice or acts in a negligent manner during the birth process, an HIE lawsuit may be warranted. Balkin & Eisbrouch are leading birth injury lawyers who specialize in medical negligence. With more than 40 years of experience, their team of veteran lawyers can accurately determine if malpractice was the leading factor in a child’s HIE related birth injuries. Only a skilled fetal distress lawyer can ensure parents recover the damages to which they’re entitled.

File an HIE lawsuit

While some children who suffer minor HIE grow up to lead healthy normal lives, others may face a lifetime of hardships, full of doctors and medical treatments. For hundreds of parents in this situation, a birth injury lawsuit offers relief for the economic burdens and overwhelming hospital expenses. The dedicated lawyers of Balkin & Eisbrouch are leaders in the field of birth injury litigation, helping families recover financial compensation for their child’s injuries and ongoing medical care.

Please contact a birth injury attorney at our firm to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights concerning your child’s HIE condition. Call us now to discuss your case.