Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a serious brain injury that afflicts about 3 in every 1,000 newborns in the United States. HIE occurs when a baby suffers from a lack of blood flow and oxygen in the brain. Despite HIE’s commonality, there is still more to learn about HIE, what causes it, and what lifelong consequences it leaves behind.

Hope for HIE is an organization that spreads awareness and education about HIE to people all around the country. To promote its mission, Hope for HIE has announced that April 2019 is HIE Awareness Month! Wagner Reese is proudly observing this month in support of families affected by HIE.

Children born with HIE will likely suffer from the condition their whole lives. They may exhibit muscular weakness, speech impairment, learning disabilities, and other serious complications. The cost of medical care, rehabilitative therapy, and various other special needs can be expensive.

Many parents are shocked to learn that often cases of HIE can be linked to a birth injury caused by medical malpractice. A doctor or nurse who fails to take action when an infant shows signs of fetal distress may be liable for HIE if it occurs. Other complications that can cause HIE include unusual fetal positioning, harsh head pulling, and umbilical cord strangulation.

It is our goal to ensure that every child and parent affected by HIE gets a real chance to obtain the compensation they need and deserve. We hope that HIE Awareness Month makes this all the more possible, too, by letting people know that legal action can be taken after medical malpractice causes an HIE birth injury.

Throughout our many years of experience as injury attorneys in Indiana and Illinois, Wagner Reese has helped parents bring forth birth injury claims against medical professionals and hospital groups whose negligence caused their child’s HIE. Wagner Reese provides free consultations to parents whose children were injured during birth. We are here to help your family obtain the compensation they deserve.

Learn more about HIE Awareness Month by clicking here and visiting the Hope for HIE website. To talk to an attorney from Wagner Reese about your HIE lawsuit, call us at (888) 204-8440 and schedule a free consultation.