Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain injury that occurs when an infant’s brain is deprived of oxygen or blood flow for an extended time. Although the condition’s name is complex and confusing, it can be remembered and understood more easily by knowing what each word means:
HIE is often caused by complications and injuries during delivery, but it can happen at any time before, during, and just after delivery. It’s one of the most serious birth complications that affect full-term infants, and while some infants experience only minor side effects, others experience a profound level of disability that may affect them for the rest of their lives.
HIE isn’t always preventable. But in many cases, it is. And it’s up to healthcare providers, including doctors, nurses, and midwives, to detect, diagnose, and treat potential risk factors, as well as take the proper precautions and utilize the safest methods of delivery.
Causes of HIE that are often preventable/treatable include:
Unfortunately, babies who avoid HIE before and during delivery can still be affected by it immediately after delivery. Post-delivery risk factors include:
Many cases of HIE are preventable, as the condition often arises due to risk factors that are either ignored or that should have been discovered, diagnosed, and treated. If your baby was born with HIE, he or she may suffer from the complications of this disorder for the rest of his or her life. Your family deserves compensation for what you’ve gone through and will continue to experience for years to come.
Learn more about your legal options when your child is diagnosed with HIE.
Get in touch with the Indianapolis birth injury lawyers at Wagner Reese today for a free consultation. We know what you’re going through, and it’s our goal to get you the money you deserve for your baby’s injury.