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Birth Asphyxia & Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Skilled Connecticut Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Lawyers Ready To Fight For Your Rights

Mother and newborn during delivery.Birth asphyxia and hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) are potentially-serious complications of childbirth that can expose newborns to the risk of developing brain disorders and other serious injuries. If your child has been diagnosed with birth asphyxia or HIE, you should speak with a Connecticut birth asphyxia attorney about your family’s legal rights.

Information about Birth Asphyxia and Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

What Is Birth Asphyxia?

Birth asphyxia is a medical condition that results from a baby not having enough oxygen in his or her blood. Oxygen is essential not only for newborns to breathe but also for their brains to develop properly. As a result, when a newborn is deprived of oxygen during childbirth, this can potentially have a number of serious, and potentially permanent, ramifications.

What Is Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)?

Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain disorder that results from the brain receiving an inadequate supply of oxygen during pregnancy, labor, or delivery. “Hypoxic” refers to the deprivation of oxygen, “ischemic” refers to a restricted blood supply caused by this shortage of oxygen, and “encephalopathy” refers to a disease or disorder in the brain.

How Are Birth Asphyxia and HIE Related?

Birth asphyxia can cause HIE. If a fetus or newborn is deprived of oxygen (asphyxia), this can lead to a brain disorder resulting from an inadequate oxygen supply in the blood (HIE).

What Are the Long-Term Health Risks for Newborns Diagnosed with Birth Asphyxia and HIE?

Newborns who are diagnosed with HIE as a result of birth asphyxia may be at risk for several types of medical complications. For example, the following are all potentially-serious health conditions that are linked to HIE:

  • Behavioral disorders
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Microcephaly
  • Respiratory complications
  • Sight and vision impairments

What Causes Birth Asphyxia and HIE?

There are a number of reasons why the supply of oxygen to a fetus in the mother’s womb may be restricted. This includes various maternal and fetal health issues, pregnancy and developmental complications, and issues during labor and delivery. For example, potential causes of birth asphyxia and HIE include (but are not limited to):

  • Abnormal fetal presentation
  • Cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD)
  • Certain types of fetal and maternal infections
  • “Failure to progress” during labor
  • Fetal stroke
  • Fetal trauma during childbirth
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Low birth weight
  • Meconium aspiration syndrome (MAS)
  • Microsomia or macrosomia
  • Placental abruption or placenta previa
  • Preeclampsia
  • Premature birth
  • Umbilical cord problems
  • Uterine rupture

Can Birth Asphyxia and HIE Result from Medical Mistakes?

Yes. In fact, just as there are many potential causes of birth asphyxia and HIE, there are many types of medical mistakes that can potentially lead to a baby receiving an inadequate supply of oxygen. As an expecting parent, you should not have to worry about these kinds of issues. But, unfortunately, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that birth asphyxia, HIE, and related birth complications resulting from medical negligence are all too common. This includes medical mistakes such as:

  • Anesthesia and other drug errors (including Pitocin and Cytotec errors)
  • Delayed childbirth
  • Errors during cesarean section (C-section) deliveries
  • Failure to adequately monitor for signs of fetal distress
  • Failure to ensure adequate birth weight
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Prolonged labor and delivery

Connecticut Birth Asphyxia Lawyers Serving Parents Whose Newborns Have Been Diagnosed with Birth Asphyxia and HIE

A father carrying his newborn together with his eldest.At Berkowitz Hanna, our Connecticut birth asphyxia lawyers represent parents in medical malpractice claims related to the diagnoses of birth asphyxia and HIE. With offices in Stamford, Danbury, Bridgeport, and Shelton, we help families throughout Connecticut. And with decades of experience, we have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for birth injury claims. If your child has been diagnosed with birth asphyxia or HIE, you deserve to know why, and you deserve to be fully and fairly compensated if your child’s condition is the result of medical negligence.

With us, your case starts with a free initial consultation. One of our Connecticut birth asphyxia attorneys will sit down with you one-on-one, listen to you, and explain everything you need to know. If we believe you have a claim, we will work diligently to recover just compensation on your behalf and you will not have to pay anything unless we recover just compensation for your child’s injury.

Schedule a Free Birth Injury Consultation in Connecticut Today

If you would like to speak with a Connecticut birth asphyxia attorneys about filing a birth injury claim, we encourage you to get in touch. To get started with a free, no-obligation consultation, please call 203-447-0000 or tell us how we can help online today.