Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)


Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Asphyxia during birth (also known as hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or HIE) can occur for many reasons. Jesse Reiter and his colleagues at Reiter & Walsh American Baby & Child Law Centers take it upon themselves to fight for your family after such a tragedy. 80 percent of the birth injuries our attorneys see are due to birth asphyxia, so when you’re looking for help from professionals who understand both the legal and medical facts, ABC Law Centers is the place to be.

What Is HIE?

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a type of neonatal brain injury. HIE is caused by oxygen deprivation and limited blood flow to the fetus’ or baby’s brain at or near the time of birth. Inadequate oxygenation to the baby’s brain causes the death of cells, which results in brain damage. Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is the most common type of neonatal encephalopathy (NE), which is a broad term used to describe disturbed neurological function in a newborn baby. HIE can cause disabilities and injuries including cerebral palsy (CP), seizures, intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and learning disabilities.

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE)

Where Can I Learn More About HIE?

For more information on hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), we encourage you to take a look at our online resources.

Help for HIE and Hypoxic-Ischemic Injuries

If you believe you or a loved one received substandard medical care that resulted in a hypoxic-ischemic injury, we encourage you to contact our office for a free case review. You may reach Reiter & Walsh ABC Law Centers in any of the following ways:

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MR. REITER: Birth asphyxia occurs during labor. Mom’s in labor and the baby does not get enough oxygen for a number of reasons. It could be that the pregnancy went too long or it could be that the placenta which brings oxygen to the baby has problems. It gets torn a little bit. It gets squeezed from the contractions. There are many reasons why the baby can have–not have enough oxygen or become asphyxiated.

When there is asphyxiation, you need to have an emergency C section. You need to get the baby out because if the brain goes without oxygen for too long a period of time the brain suffers damage. And we see many, many cases where this happens. These are the types of cases that we pursue every day.

MS. WALSH: Birth asphyxia is a very big word for lack of oxygen to the brain. So if, during the birthing process, the blood supply or the quality of the oxygen that goes to the fetus gets cut off for some reason, the baby can suffer permanent brain injury. Here at ABC Law Centers we handle many cases that involve birth asphyxia. Probably 80% or more of our practice involved cases of birth asphyxia.

You may not be told your child has birth asphyxia. You may know that your baby, when born, didn’t seem to move, was blue, had seizures in the first hours of life, went to the NICU for a period of time, had to have some assistance with a ventilator or some other breathing device. Those are all signs that your baby may have suffered from lack of oxygen during the birthing process.

MR. REITER: So if you feel your child was asphyxiated at birth, had birth asphyxia or lack of oxygen, you can come to our office for a free consultation and we can help you out to see whether that happened or not.