Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

A baby’s brain depends upon the second-by-second delivery of oxygen to meet its needs. Where a baby’s brain in deprived of oxygen, he or she is at risk for developing hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE), which is a rare condition appearing in only two to four out of every one thousand births.

HIE is a very serious condition with profound side-effects.  In mild cases, HIE can be associated with learning disabilities and slow development.  In moderate to severe cases, HIE can be associated with:

  • brain damage;
  • mental retardation;
  • epilepsy;
  • craniosyntosis;
  • cortico-visual impairment; and
  • cerebral palsy.
Most babies suffering from severe HIE will experience seizures shortly after childbirth. Many experience seizures forever.  Several studies have shown that HIE is associated with:

A medical provider may commit medical malpractice by failing to prevent or properly respond to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict medical malpractice and birth injury cases.  If you or your baby have been injured due to medical malpractice, you, your child and your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, special education, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. 

To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice and birth injury attorney, contact us now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at info@bottarleone.com.