Is HIE a Preventable Condition?

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a serious brain injury that occurs when a baby is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time. These occur either during pregnancy, during the labor and delivery, or after the baby is born.

One thing that people may wonder, however, is whether or not this is a preventable condition. Understanding this can help families understand what options they have in the event they need to take legal action to seek justice.


Unfortunately, HIE is one of the conditions that is commonly occurred as a result of negligence on behalf of a medical professional. For instance, failure to properly monitor a fetus can result in the baby not receiving enough oxygen because the doctor didn’t identify the problem.

Similarly, it could be caused during the labor and delivery if the baby is experiencing umbilical cord problems resulting in the baby having a lack of oxygen. The doctor must act quickly to remedy the problem to avoid any potential issues.

Not every situation of HIE involves preventable actions, however, there are certain instances in which the action or inaction of a medical professional is what causes significant damage to the baby. This makes it possible for parents of a baby with HIE to hold these individuals accountable for their actions.


At Hare Wynn, we know that dealing with a birth injury is difficult. There are long-term needs that are needed, including care, therapy, medical expenses, and more. This makes it so having strong legal counsel is one of the most important things you can do.

Our birth injury attorneys are dedicated to your rights and we work hard to hold the negligent parties accountable when your child suffers HIE as a result of their negligence. Trust that we have the experience, skills, and resources necessary to help you.

We offer free consultations to help you understand your rights. Call us today at 800-568-5330.

Share This:

Get My FREE Case Review