Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE) is a brain injury caused by intrapartum asphyxia – when a baby's brain does not receive enough oxygen and blood in uterus and just after delivery. HIE is the leading cause of infant death in the U.S. and a leading cause of physical and mental impairments.

Twenty out of every 1,000 full-term babies will be affected by HIE. Sixty percent of all premature babies will be injured by HIE.

As an experienced birth injury lawyer, Alvin F. de Levie knows how debilitating HEI can be on children and families. He will help your family obtain the compensation needed to care for your child today and tomorrow.

Alvin F. de Levie & Associates represents families throughout Pennsylvania whose children have experienced birth injuries like HIE due to medical malpractice.

What Caused My Child's HEI?

HEI can be prevented through diligent medical monitoring and treatment. Because the most common cause of HEI is oxygen deprivation, your OB/GYN should be monitoring you for medical conditions or complications that could lead to asphyxia, including:

  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Intrapartum hemorrhages
  • Placental abruption
  • Umbilical cord complications
  • Cardiac issues
  • Maternal hypotension
  • Other stressors during labor and delivery that result in oxygen deprivation

    Fetal stroke is another common cause of HEI. OB/GYNs should be on the lookout for causes or fetal stroke, including:

    • Low maternal blood pressure
    • High maternal blood pressure
    • Maternal infections
    • Blood clotting problems
    • Poor placenta blood flow

    What Are My Rights?

    If you experienced any of the above signs or causes of HEI, and your medical provider did not take adequate steps to protect your infant, you have the right to pursue compensation for your child's current and future medical needs, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of future earnings, and pain and suffering.

    Get The Legal Help Your Family Needs

    Attorney Alvin F. de Levie is committed to helping families through difficult times. When you come to our firm, Mr. Levie and his dedicated staff will sit down with you, review your situation and advise you of your rights during a free consultation. If you have a claim, Mr. Levie will personally represent you during every stage of your claim. Together, we will get your family the compensation you deserve.

    To schedule a free consultation, call 844-777-2529 or contact us online. We have offices located throughout the state in Philadelphia, State College, Clearfield, Bellefonte and Lock Haven.

    • The National Law Journal