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Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy ("HIE") is a clinical diagnosis of impaired neurological function that is made after delivery of the baby.

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy may be caused by lack of oxygen either by hypoxia, ischemia or both during labor and delivery. The deprivation of oxygen may be classified as near total asphyxia or partial prolonged asphyxia.

Near-total asphyxia can occur as a result of events like umbilical cord prolapse, uterine rupture or placental abruption. Partial prolonged asphyxia can occur as a result of events like uterine hyperstimulation or umbilical cord compression. Prevention of oxygen deprivation is critical because the brain injury is permanent and there is no cure or therapy to reverse the brain injury.

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is an important cause of permanent damage to brain cells that may result in death of the baby or be manifested later as cerebral palsy.

When a child has suffered an injury related to prenatal care, labor or delivery, it is understandable for the parents to have questions about the injury, their legal rights and the legal rights of the child.  We welcome the opportunity to talk with you about what has happened to your child and about your legal rights.  Consultations are free – there is no obligation to call and talk with one of our attorneys.  Contact Us if we can help you.

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