Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

What is Hypoxia and Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)?

Hypoxia is a birth injury caused when your baby does not receive enough oxygen during delivery. This can occur due to birth complications such as shoulder dystocia, or by a simple failure to monitor your baby correctly during labor.

Oxygen is a necessary element to promote healthy development of an unborn baby. If something compromises the flow of oxygen to the fetus, a dangerous condition may result, known as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.

HIE Birth Injury

HIE can cause profound injury, including severe brain damage and death, and can often result from medical malpractice. Negligent care during pregnancy, birth, or during the neonatal period can cause a baby to become deprived of oxygenated blood and develop HIE. Some examples of negligence that can cause or increase the severity of HIE include:

  • Interpretation errors in fetal heart rate monitoring
  • Failure to timely recognize and/or respond to signs of fetal distress
  • Failure to take appropriate precautions for a high-risk pregnancy
  • Mismanagement of a problem involving the fetal presentation
  • Mismanagement of a problem involving the uterus, placenta, or umbilical cord
  • Failure to give hypothermia therapy (also known as head cooling) to a newborn with HIE

There are standards in place to make sure fetal distress is detected, and swift action should be taken to prevent brain damage during birth and other serious injuries to your baby. When medical staff members fail to respond appropriately and your child suffers as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for the life-long consequences that brain injuries caused by medical malpractice will have on your entire family. Our HIE birth injury lawyers in Pennsylvania will fight aggressively for the compensation you and your child deserve. If you believe your case could lead to an HIE lawsuit, call our experienced team of attorneys today at (215) 569-0900.

Consequences of Hypoxia

One of the most common consequences of hypoxia is cerebral palsy, a permanent, life-altering disability. Any type of brain injury can have a drastic impact on your child. Commonly, children who suffer from hypoxia during delivery will suffer from physical and mental disabilities that will affect them for the rest of their life, placing an emotional and financial a burden on your family.

Children who suffer from brain injury must undergo specialized care and therapy. In some instances this may mean rehabilitation, medication, and surgical intervention. In others, physical disabilities may require in-home modifications in addition to special schools, and a life-long dependence on assistance. Even the strongest families can be impacted by these consequences of medical negligence.

Experienced HIE Birth Injury Attorneys

The HIE birth injury lawyers at Wapner Newman understand the overwhelming hardship that can come with an unexpected birth injury. Providing your child with all of the care and services he or she will require for their injury is often an expensive and exhausting undertaking. Our experienced medical malpractice attorneys have years of experience litigating these types of cases. Talk to our HIE birth injury lawyers to get your family the justice and compensation you need to move forward with your lives.

If your child suffered hypoxia or any other type of birth injury during delivery in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, please contact Wapner Newman today at (215) 569-0900 to schedule your free initial consultation with our birth injury attorneys in Philadelphia. Our experienced team of attorneys represent injured victims throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, with offices in Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, Allentown, and Marlton.