HIE Caused by Oregon Birth Injuries: Bend/Portland, OR Lawyers Explain

What is HIE and How Could it Be Caused by Oregon Birth Injuries? Bend/Portland Lawyers


Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, or HIE, is a very serious birth complication which could be caused by a range of risks and factors, including Oregon medical malpractice causing birth injuries.  According to government research, HIE occurs in 1.5 to 2.5 per 1000 live births and approximately 40-60% of infants diagnosed with HIE will die by the age of two or have severe, catastrophic disabilities.  While HIE could be caused by natural risk factors of a pregnancy, HIE could also be caused by careless, reckless, and negligent conduct of healthcare providers.  Our Bend, Oregon and Portland, Oregon medical malpractice lawyers explain what HIE is and how it could be caused by Oregon birth injuries due to medical malpractice.


What is HIE?


HIE is a catastrophic birth injury with a high mortality and disability rate.  HIE is named after the medical complications which result in the injuries.  “Hypoxic” is the medical term for a lack of oxygen.  “Ischemic” is the medical term relating to blood.  “Encephalopathy” is the medical term relating to conditions of the brain. Together, Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy literally means a lack of oxygenated blood to the brain resulting in damage.


Due to the lack of oxygen, the developing brain begins to sustain damage.  The longer that there is a lack of oxygen, the longer that the developing brain sustains injury or damage.  This is particularly devastating because injury or damage to the brain of an infant is likely to have a chain reaction impairing other functions of the brain.


Causes of HIE


There are many possible causes of HIE, even though there are not pinpoint reasons why it occurs.  However, Oregon medical malpractice can result in HIE and some causes of HIE can easily be traced back to medical malpractice—even if the hospital or healthcare providers hide the fact that the medical malpractice and birth injuries occurred due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.


Some of the most common causes of HIE which are preventable with proper medical care or causes of HIE which are caused by medical negligence include the following:


  • Cord prolapse which is not identified and quickly treated;
  • Uterine rupture, which is not immediately treated usually by emergency c-section;
  • Placenta damage or ruptures, including tears, prolapse, or disconnection;
  • Untreated maternal hypotension;
  • Birth position of the baby, particularly breech (feet first) which is the most dangerous;
  • Shoulder dystonia or limb issues;
  • Medication errors or overdoses;
  • Excessive contractions that are not monitored, including due to overuse of Pitocin or other labor-inducing drugs;
  • Failure to monitor for fetal distress; and
  • Many other causes.


Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injuries Lawyers Handling HIE Cases


When a loved one has been diagnosed with HIE, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon law.  Even if the hospital and medical staff has convinced you that it was a natural consequence of birth, please remember that an attorney review with one of our trained Oregon birth injuries lawyers is free and should always be considered given the catastrophic nature of a HIE injury.  


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  


We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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