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Among the most common brain injuries suffered at birth is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), which is also known as birth asphyxia. It is caused by oxygen deprivation during delivery and is the leading cause of death and severe impairments among infants.

In many cases, doctors and nurses are able to prevent oxygen deprivation through a combination of alertness and correctly-applied procedures. However, when hospitals fail to remain vigilant, babies pay the price with their very first minutes—affecting their quality of life permanently. If your child suffered from oxygen deprivation at birth, it’s time to hold someone accountable.

It’s time to call Fieger Law.

Why Fieger Law?

If oxygen was cut off to your baby during delivery due to medical negligence, fragile brain tissue is destroyed. Brain damage leads to severe problems that taken an emotional toll and require costly treatment, rehabilitation, and equipment for your child’s entire life. We can help you deal with those devastating effects. Our attorneys, led by internationally-known lawyer Geoffrey Fieger, are experts at handling birth injury cases, including those involving hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).

We have won more than 165 verdicts and settlements of $1 million or more, including a national record-setting verdict of $145 million in a birth trauma case in 2011. It still stands as the largest medical malpractice verdict in the nation.

HIE can lead to mental and physical disabilities that sometimes cannot be determined until the child is 3 to 4 years old.

The severity of the damage depends on the length of time an infant goes without oxygen or experiences decreased oxygen. Even a short time without air can lead to permanent and significant brain damage.

Impairments caused by HIE may include:

  • Epilepsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Motor impairment
  • Neurodevelopmental delay
  • Cognitive impairment
  • Cerebral Palsy


If your child has suffered from HIE, please call Fieger Law. We can find out why, and who is responsible. We know that money can never reverse the damage, but it can help you ensure your child leads the most productive life possible, and that your family doesn’t have to bear the crushing financial burden of care.

Fill out our online case submission form or call our office at 1-800-A-WINNER to share your story. We have the resources and experts to dig deep, and we are not afraid to go to trial and fight for you.

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