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HIE or hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy is a birth injury caused by lack of oxygen and blood flow at around the time of birth. This condition is known to cause brain injuries, and often results in developmental and cognitive impairments – such as cerebral palsy. Other names for HIE are birth asphyxia, neonatal encephalopathy, and perinatal asphyxia. When a newborns oxygen and blood flow have been cut for a prolonged period of time, their brain cells start breaking down and release lactic acid and other various compounds that disrupt normal cellular function. The most vulnerable brain cells affected are the neurons themselves through a process called selective neuronal necrosis, a process in which the brain cells begin to die in a chain reaction, causing the condition to worsen.


If you or a loved one has been injured at birth, you may be entitled to medical malpractice compensation. To see if you have a case, please call The Lancione Law Firm at 440-331-6100 or email us at . There are no fees until we recover for you.