What caused your baby’s HIE diagnosis? Every few phone calls and offline questions surround the issue of what caused the baby’s HIE diagnosis. For some families, they think that we can answer this question definitively during their free consultation, when, there is a lot that has to be done to figure out the answer to that question.


For today’s educational article, and supporting video on the traumatic brain injury HIE, we will delve into the issues which have to be analyzed when we perform a birth injury investigation. This investigation can be key in helping families find answers, from their standpoint of, “What caused your baby’s HIE diagnosis.”


What Is HIE?


If your child has been diagnosed with HIE, and this is the first time that you have heard of this condition, you may be wondering what is HIE? In our context HIE is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. The condition can come about when there is a reduction in blood and oxygen which can lead the baby to suffer a brain injury.


Depending on the literature, HIE can occur in anywhere from 1-6 per 1000 live births. The condition can vary, as it can present in children in a “mild form,” to a more “severe form.” Depending on what area(s) of the brain that are injured will have an impact on what challenges a baby might face as they get older. With that said, every child and injury are unique so one cannot take a one size fits all type of review in these types of situations.



What Caused Your Baby’s HIE Diagnosis?


There can be several things which can cause a baby to suffer an HIE diagnosis. Some of these causes can stem from genetic and developmental issues to birth trauma issues due to something done by medical professionals during labor and delivery.


For us, many of the times there is a reduction in blood and oxygen caused by umbilical cord compression. This pattern can reveal itself when there is a sudden drop in the readings on the electronic fetal heart monitor. Bradycardia can be the result if the compression is not rectified. If doctors and nurses do not properly diagnosis and treat a baby in fetal distress based on the readings from the fetal heart monitor, a serious injury to the baby can occur.


The above is just one way in which we can see HIE present during a birth injury investigation. If you would like to speak with me further regarding an investigation into the cause of your baby’s HIE diagnosis, this is what I invite you to do. Pick up the phone can call me.


I talk with families all the time about MAS, HIE, CP (cerebral palsy) and I would be happy to listen to your story. I can be reached at 301-850-4832.


Marcus B. Boston, Esq.

Boston Law Group, LLC

2 Wisconsin Circle, Suite 700

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815



1-833-4 BABY HELP


Marcus Boston is a Maryland medical malpractice attorney who helps people navigate the Maryland childbirth injury and medical malpractice process to get money for their injuries caused by the carelessness of doctors and hospitals. BLG handles cases in Prince George’s County, Baltimore City, Montgomery County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and all other Maryland Counties. blgesq.com