Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Did Your Doctor Fail To Diagnose This Serious Condition?

Approximately two in every 1,000 children born at full term suffer from Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) according to data released by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)[1]. This type of birth injury can occur when fetuses or newborn infants’ brains are cut off from receiving enough oxygen either during the delivery or pregnancy. Through proper monitoring, doctors can catch and prevent permanent damage from occurring, but leaving it untreated can have serious and potentially life-threatening implications for your child.

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What Causes HIE?

Modern medicine has advanced to the point where doctors have the ability to provide potentially life-saving treatment to a child or fetus suffering from early symptoms of HIE and potentially prevent any permanent damage from occurring. Some of the common causes they need to remain on the lookout for include:

HIE Causes Following Birth

  • Dangerously low neonatal blood pressure
  • Congenital brain malformations
  • Head trauma
  • Severe pulmonary or cardiac disease
  • Premature birth
  • Infections like sepsis or meningitis

HIE Causes During Delivery

  • Fetal distress
  • Placental abruption
  • Abnormal fetal position
  • Dangerously low maternal blood pressure
  • Prolonged labor
  • Ruptured uterus
  • Umbilical cord injuries

HIE Causes During Pregnancy

  • Congenital infections affecting the fetus
  • Vascular disease resulting from maternal diabetes
  • Preeclampsia
  • Cardiac disease
  • Malformed lungs
  • Lack of proper blood circulation to the placenta
  • Severe fetal anemia

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If your child was seriously injured because of your doctor’s negligence, you deserve the chance to take your case to court. It’s important to hire the right firm to put yourself in the best position, and at Bostwick & Peterson, LLP, we understand what it takes to navigate the legal system and secure the maximum compensation possible for our clients. Call us at (888) 831-8448 to discuss your case with one of our San Francisco birth injury lawyers today, or fill out our online form to set up a free case evaluation with a member of our firm.

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