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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

New Mexico Birth Injury Lawyers

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, is a type of brain injury caused by oxygen and blood deprivation to a baby’s brain, typically during labor and delivery or immediately thereafter. While a newborn can compensate for depleted oxygen for brief periods of time, extended oxygen deprivation will permanently damage brain tissue, leading to severe impairment or loss of life.

Tom Rhodes Law Firm is committed to helping children across New Mexico who have suffered the adverse effects of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. Our birth injury lawyers have gained national recognition for handling these complex cases. We have access to the top experts in the country on birth trauma and are wise, friendly counselors when it comes to birth injury claims and lawsuits. We are truly there for our clients in their time of need.


Find out how we can help with a claim involving HIE by calling (505) 544-4088. Your consultation is free and strictly confidential.


What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy & Why Does it Occur?

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is the leading cause of impairment and death of infants in the U.S. This serious condition requires immediate medical intervention. HIE can lead to developmental delays, neurological disorders, seizures, cognitive issues, and problems with motor skills and neurodevelopment. Its true impact may not be fully evident until a child reaches 3-4 years of age. Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may be caused by circumstances or conditions before, during, or after birth.

Potential causes of HIE during pregnancy may include:

  • Preeclampsia
  • Maternal diabetes
  • Congenital infection
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Severe fetal anemia
  • Poor placental blood circulation

Problems that may lead to HIE during childbirth may include:

  • Prolonged labor, particularly in its later stages
  • Excessive placental bleeding
  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Abnormal position of the fetus during labor or delivery
  • Uterine or placental rupture

The following issues may cause HIE after birth:

  • Cardiac or pulmonary disease
  • Prematurity
  • Congenital brain malformation
  • Sepsis, meningitis, or other infections
  • Low neonatal blood pressure
  • Trauma to the brain or skull

Your child’s care and ongoing treatment are our top priority at Tom Rhodes Law Firm. Our New Mexico birth injury attorneys are here to help you seek justice so you can build a better life for your child. Call our firm today at (505) 544-4088 to get started.

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