Understanding Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

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When a baby is injured as a result of someone’s negligent actions during pregnancy or labor, it can cause significant damages and potential long-term dangers. There are many types of birth injuries that exist, including hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.

Understanding what this condition is and how it may impact a child can be crucial in life moving forward. This means knowing exactly what can happen for the child in life and the ways that you can pursue legal action is important.


HIE is a brain-related injury that typically results from a minimal supply of oxygen to the baby’s brain and other parts of the body. It affects roughly 20 out of every 1,000 full-term births. When a baby is premature, the chances of developing HIE increases to about 60%.

It results in the child dealing with various symptoms varying in severity from mild to severe. Effects may include cognitive ability problems, delays in development, motor skill issues, neurodevelopmental delays, and potentially epilepsy.

Typically, parents won’t be aware of how truly severe the HIE is until the child reaches the ages of three or four. Mild symptoms of HIE may not impact how a baby lives. However, the most severe symptoms can worsen to the point of a shortened lifespan.


For families of children with HIE, there may be potential to take legal action if negligence was involved in the cause of the condition. It requires help from a skilled legal counsel to help understand what to expect moving forward.

At Hare Wynn, our birth injury attorneys understand how serious hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is and we want to help families seek the compensation and justice they deserve. Trust that we have the skill and experience needed to navigate the process on your behalf.

Schedule your free case evaluation today by calling us at 855-965-1688.

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