Impact of HIE

When babies have been born following a period of hypoxia, they are often in poor condition. Sometimes they are described as “floppy” or “grey/blue”, and often require resuscitation. Signs of Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE) may then develop in the first day or two or life.

A baby diagnosed with HIE will often have breathing and feeding difficulties, low muscle tone and may suffer from seizures. A brain scan, usually an MRI, will confirm if any brain damage has occurred. If it has, long term neurological impairments and disabilities may result, including cerebral palsy.

Why make a claim?

HIE and the associated brain damage is often avoidable with the right care and treatment during pregnancy, labour and birth, and in the early neonatal days. If there are signs that a baby is suffering with a lack of oxygen during pregnancy or labour, such as an abnormal heart rate, the midwife or doctor should spot this and take action to remedy it and deliver the baby before brain damage occurs. If this doesn’t happen, there may be a claim for clinical negligence.

Why choose us?

We are specialists in birth injury and Hypoxic-Ischaemic Encephalopathy claims, having obtained large amounts of compensation for many children who have suffered a brain injury at birth. We push the boundaries to ensure that all avenues are explored and that even the most difficult of claims have the best chance of succeeding. And at all times we put our clients first, asking the questions they want answered and ensuring they obtain the compensation they need to make life better.

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