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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Raleigh Birth Injury Lawyers

Estimated to occur in approximately 2% of full-term infants, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage caused by oxygen deprivation. An infant’s body and brain can compensate for brief periods of oxygen loss during birth, but an extended period of asphyxiation can cause permanent damage. HIE caused by fetal or neonatal asphyxia is the leading cause of severe impairment or death in infants in the U.S.

If your child suffered from hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or any type of brain damage at birth, you deserve to know whether it could have been prevented. Our Raleigh birth injury attorneys know what types of mistakes and negligence to look for when we investigate claims involving HIE. We work with top-notch medical experts and investigators to accurately assess medical records and all evidence at hand, building a clear picture of what occurred and whether the standard of care was compromised in any way.

Find out more about HIE and your legal right to compensation for your child’s care. Call (919) 335-7005 for a free, confidential consultation.

Consequences of HIE

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can have varied, long-term consequences. The severity of brain damage and the location of such damage may influence what types of symptoms a child experiences, as well as the amount of care he or she needs. The full impact of HIE might not be fully recognized until a child reaches about three to four years of age.

HIE has been linked to such symptoms and conditions as:

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Epilepsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Motor impairment
  • Cognitive impairment

Record-Setting Birth Injury Recoveries in North Carolina

After a birth injury such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, your child may require immediate and ongoing care. It is possible that your child may require constant care for the rest of their life. Quality of care and quality of life are of the utmost importance.

Our Raleigh birth injury lawyers are here to help you recover the financial compensation you need to provide a stable, comfortable, and happy environment for your child and your family. We hold various records for the settlements and verdicts we have been able to obtain for our clients through the years, including the record for the highest birth injury settlement in North Carolina. Our reputation has been well earned, and we are prepared to put our skill and passion to work for you.

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