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Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE)

Our New Hampshire Birth Injury Lawyers Can Fight for Your Family

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is a type of brain damage that occurs when an infant experienced reduced oxygen and blood flow to the brain and vital organs. HIE is very dangerous and requires immediate medical attention, though the aftereffects can range from mild to severe. While statistics show that about 20 out of every 1,000 full-term babies suffer HIE, the risk is particularly high for premature infants. As many as 60% of all premature infants experience HIE.

If your child suffered this type of brain damage and you believe medical malpractice or negligence is the cause, contact our firm for a free consultation. Our New Hampshire HIE lawyers can help you understand your legal options and work to recover the full compensation you are owed.

Reach out to us at (603) 323-4622 to learn more about how our team can help you. We have decades of experience handling highly complex medical malpractice and birth injury cases.

HIE Symptoms & Treatment

There are a variety of symptoms used to diagnose HIE, including:

  • Weak or no breathing
  • Very low heart rate
  • Abnormally pale or “blueish” skin
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Irregular amniotic fluid
  • High acid levels in the blood

HIE can also lead to cerebral palsy. Typically, doctors will confirm HIE through MRIs, CT scans, ultrasounds, and/or echocardiography. They may also conduct EKGs or EEGs for further testing and diagnosis. HIE can range from mild to moderate to severe, and treatment will depend on the degree of injury. Common treatments for HIE include medical intervention to assist with breathing (mechanical ventilation), reducing high bodily temperature (reversing brain hypoxia), and/or hyperbaric oxygen treatment. The infant may also require treatments to control blood pressure and seizures or assist with heart function.

How Is HIE Caused by Medical Negligence?

Sadly, HIE is commonly caused as a result of medical errors during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. Negligent care can result in a child being deprived of oxygen in utero or during the birth process.

Common examples of how HIE can be caused by medical errors and/or negligent care include:

  • Failure to properly monitor fetal heart rate
  • Anesthesia mistakes, leading to maternal blood pressure problems
  • Failure to respond to signs of fetal distress in a timely manner or at all
  • Prolonged labor/failure to order a timely C-section
  • Failure to properly address issues with fetal presentation
  • Mismanagement of issues with the umbilical cord, uterus, or placenta
  • Failure to provide treatment to a newborn with signs of HIE

These are just some examples of how medical malpractice can lead to HIE brain damage. If your child was diagnosed with HIE after a difficult delivery, you may be able to take legal action against the negligent parties. Depending on the unique circumstances involved, a nurse, doctor, or even the hospital itself may be liable for the pain, suffering, and other damages incurred by your child and your family.

Let Our Team Fight for You

At Abramson, Brown & Dugan, our team comprises incredibly experienced New Hampshire birth injury lawyers, registered nurses, and other healthcare professionals. We understand not only the legal complexities involved in pursuing birth injury claims but the intricacies of related healthcare issues as well. Our award-winning firm has won more medical malpractice cases than any other law firm in the state. Most of all, we truly care about you and your family. Our attorneys can help you fight for the maximum compensation you are owed to get the vital care your child needs.

Call our office at (603) 323-4622 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a complimentary consultation today.

Our Team

  • Mark Abramson

    Mark Abramson Attorney

    Mark A. Abramson is an experienced New Hampshire birth injury attorney and a founder of Abramson, Brown & Dugan. He has devoted the past 40+ years to helping victims of medical malpractice and catastrophic injury rebuild their lives. At the firm, he regularly handles highly complex cases, including those involving birth injuries and wrongful death.

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  • Kevin Dugan

    Kevin Dugan Attorney

    Kevin F. Dugan is a skilled New Hampshire birth injury attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing victims of medical malpractice throughout the state. He became a founding member of Abramson, Brown & Dugan after relocating from Florida—where he completed his undergraduate and law degree—to New Hampshire.

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  • Holly Haines

    Holly Haines Attorney

    Holly B. Haines is a skilled New Hampshire birth injury attorney who has been with the firm since 2003. Prior to joining Abramson, Brown & Dugan, she served as a judicial law clerk at the New Hampshire Supreme Court and the New Hampshire Superior Court for three years.

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  • Jared Green

    Jared Green Attorney

    Jared R. Green is an experienced birth injury attorney in New Hampshire. He has been working with Abramson, Brown & Dugan since 1992 when he was still in law school. Over the past 25+ years, he has helped injured victims and their families throughout the state, providing sound legal counsel and dedicated representation.

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  • Nick Abramson

    Nick Abramson Attorney

    Nick Abramson joined Abramson, Brown & Dugan in 2016 after spending four years as a federal criminal prosecutor. Now, with the firm, he focuses his practice on high-damage personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He has handled a variety of complex matters, including failure to diagnose, medication errors, and wrongful births.

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  • Elie Maalouf

    Elie Maalouf Attorney

    Elie Maalouf is an associate attorney at Abramson, Brown & Dugan. As a skilled New Hampshire birth injury lawyer, he focuses on representing victims of medical negligence and severe personal injury throughout the state. He strives to provide each client with the compassionate, one-on-one attention they deserve and the aggressive advocacy they need.

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  • Eva Bleich

    Eva Bleich Attorney

    Eva Bleich has been with Abramson, Brown & Dugan since 2008. Prior to joining the firm, she served as a plaintiffs’ medical malpractice lawyer in Philadelphia for 20 years. In her time spent as a New Hampshire birth injury lawyer, Eva has helped numerous individuals and families navigate the medical malpractice litigation process.

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