Causes of HIE Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

What Causes HIE?  Understanding These Factors with Oregon Medical Malpractice


Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, also known as HIE, is brain damaged caused during the perinatal period, or the weeks leading up to the birth of a newborn.  This also includes the labor and delivery process.  HIE usually occurs in full-term babies, rather than premature babies.  Because the baby’s brain is rapidly developing and expanding the entire gestation period, especially right before and during labor and delivery process when the development is accelerated, HIE could result in catastrophic injury to the brain resulting in permanent disability such as cerebral palsy.  While some instances of HIE could be caused by natural causes or risks of the birthing process, unfortunately many times HIE is due to careless acts, reckless errors, preventable mistakes, or even Oregon medical malpractice.


To understand the causes of HIE, it is important to understand what it actually is.  HIE is a type of oxygen deprivation to the brain which causes the brain damage.  This oxygen deprivation is caused by a lack of oxygen (hypoxic) due to a decrease or cessation of blood flow (ischemic).  This results in the damage to the brain, or encephalopathy.  This brain damage is permanent and inhibits or blocks the development of certain parts of the brain tissue which results in the disability.  It is important to realize that HIE can be caused when procedures or actions are being performed on the mother, because the mother and baby and tether with the umbilical cord which transfers certain chemicals and has certain affects on both the mother and baby.


Causes of HIE Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are many possible causes of HIE due to Oregon medical malpractice.  The most common causes include the following:


  • Anesthesia mistakes, including overdosing the mother, providing too many painkillers or pain blocking drugs which affect the baby;
  • Heart complications of either the mother or baby which are not addressed in a sufficient time;
  • Airway or respiratory issues to the mother which are not timely resolved and affect the baby;
  • Injuries from the birthing process, such as manipulating the baby in the womb prior to full dilation and delivery;
  • Injuries from medical equipment, including catheters, monitors, forceps, and other objects;
  • Medication errors and overdoses, including using medications that are not safe to use with the baby;
  • Prolapsed or damaged umbilical cord which is not timely detected and repaired or c-section performed;
  • Failing to properly monitor the mother and babd, including for blood pressure, oxygen saturations, and other issues;
  • Not recognizing excessive contractions;
  • Trauma during the birthing process.


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If your baby was diagnosed with HIE, please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer at Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what can be done to protect your rights and obtain the compensation that your family needs to help pay for future medical care.  Our law office is located in Bend, Oregon, and we handle cases throughout Oregon including Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, and throughout Central Oregon, Deschutes County, and more generally in Oregon.  We also have an office in Minnesota.  


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