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Last updated on June 14, 2024

Often caused by medical errors, Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is fatal for many babies and young children.

Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, can help – our New York City birth injury lawyers want justice for your family. We have extensive experience handling HIE cases and offer free consultations in English or Spanish.

What Is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy?

It is brain damage from a lack of oxygen flow to a fetus or newborn’s brain. HIE can arise before, during or after birth, leading to developmental delays, cognitive impairment or cerebral palsy.

Common Causes Of Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy

Sometimes, an existing condition or medical crisis with the mother or baby can cause HIE, including:

  • Abnormal fetal heart or lung development
  • Infections in mom or child
  • Maternal blood pressure issues
  • Low oxygen levels in the mother
  • Fetal anemia or heart disease

Those who survive face disability and lifelong hardships.

Is HIE Caused By Malpractice?

Unfortunately, many cases of HIE are indeed caused by malpractice. Medical negligence during pregnancy, birth, or neonatal care that obstructs oxygen flow can lead to HIE.

Here are some examples of malpractice that can cause HIE:

  • Inadequate response to fetal distress
  • Delayed birth or cesarean section
  • Inadequate monitoring of baby and mom
  • Improper use of delivery tools and techniques
  • Failure to detect and treat maternal health issues

Regardless of its cause, doctors must address HIE swiftly through appropriate medical treatments to prevent further damage.

What Are Your Legal Options If Your Baby’s HIE Was A Result Of Medical Malpractice In NYC?

You can file a legal claim if your doctors failed to meet the standard of care and your baby developed HIE.

Gather persuasive evidence such as medical records, test results and statements from involved care providers and take it to a medical malpractice attorney who understands HIE. Together, you can obtain justice and promote a healthy life for your child.

Call Paul B. Weitz & Associates, PC, For Immediate Help

The future is uncertain when a medical professional harms your family. Trust in the experience and empathy our New York birth injury attorneys can offer. Call 646-916-3179 or fill out our online form for a free consultation. If we can’t help – you pay no fee.