Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a term often used to describe brain impairments or injuries  in a baby caused by low oxygen levels.

Low oxygen levels damage babies’ brain and other organs, resulting in infants born with:

  • Brain injury
  • Heart damage
  • Abnormal blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Lack of muscle tone or excessive muscle tone
  • Impaired breathing

Many babies do not survive these injuries. Those who do are at risk of developing permanent disorders, such as cerebral palsy or mental retardation.


When your child is born with an injury, your first question is why. There are many causes of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy; however, complication during birth is a common one. Such complication sometimes results from medical malpractice on the part of doctors and other hospital staff who did not practice an acceptable standard of care.

Either negligence or oversight on the part of health care professionals can cause errors that cause or contribute to hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. These include:

  • Birth injuries resulting from negligent prenatal care or delivery
  • Delayed C-Section
  • Prolonged birth
  • Infant in birth canal too long
  • Prolapsed umbilical cord
  • Misread fetal heartbeat
  • Delayed doctor response
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Surgical error
  • Anesthesia error
  • Errors that cause respiratory and/or cardiac arrest
  • Hospital error
  • Emergency room error
  • Medication error.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy can result from any of these errors.

Personal Injury Lawsuits: How We Can Help

Infant brain injuries can have a permanent and devastating impact on your life, most especially perhaps when it affects your infant child or results in the loss of your newborn. At Perey Law, we have a long record of winning personal injury lawsuits for clients who have suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy as a result of medical malpractice.

A personal injury lawsuit is a lawsuit that aims to prove the injury you have suffered is the result of medical malpractice.

If you or a loved one has suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, you may be entitled to compensation to cover all related costs.

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You will only be asked to pay if we are successful in recovering compensation for you.

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