Birth Asphyxia (HIE) and Its Long-Term Effects

Oct 10, 2021

Welcome to the informative page on the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr website, where we aim to provide comprehensive information on birth asphyxia, also known as Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), and its long-term effects on newborns and infants. Our team of experienced legal professionals is here to guide you through the legal aspects related to birth asphyxia incidents. Let's delve into this critical topic and explore the long-term effects that may arise from it.

Understanding Birth Asphyxia (HIE)

Birth asphyxia occurs when a newborn baby experiences a lack of oxygen during the birthing process. This deprivation of oxygen can lead to severe complications, including HIE. Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy refers to a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation, which can have lifelong consequences for the affected child.

Causes and Risk Factors

There are several potential causes and risk factors that contribute to the occurrence of birth asphyxia and HIE. These include:

  • Prolonged labor or difficult delivery
  • Umbilical cord complications
  • Placental abruption
  • Infection during pregnancy
  • Maternal health issues

It is crucial to seek immediate medical attention if any signs of birth asphyxia are observed, as early intervention greatly improves the prognosis for the infant.

The Long-Term Effects of Birth Asphyxia (HIE)

Birth asphyxia, especially in cases where HIE develops, can have lasting effects on the child's development and overall quality of life. The severity of these effects can vary depending on the extent and duration of oxygen deprivation. Some potential long-term effects include:

Cognitive and Neurological Impairments

Children who have experienced birth asphyxia and HIE may exhibit cognitive and neurological impairments. These can range from mild difficulties in learning and attention to more significant challenges such as cerebral palsy and intellectual disabilities. Early intervention and appropriate therapies can help manage these effects, but the impact may still persist into adulthood.

Motor and Sensory Function Impairments

Oxygen deprivation can affect the child's motor skills and sensory functions. This can lead to conditions such as muscle weakness, poor coordination, hearing or vision impairments, and sensory processing disorders. Occupational and physical therapies tailored to the child's specific needs are typically recommended to help improve these areas.

Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

In some cases, birth asphyxia and HIE may result in epilepsy or seizure disorders. These conditions can present challenges to the affected child and require ongoing management, including medication and regular monitoring by healthcare professionals.

Speech and Language Difficulties

Children who have experienced birth asphyxia may also encounter speech and language difficulties. These challenges can include delays in speech development, problems with articulation and pronunciation, and difficulties in understanding or expressing language. Speech therapy can significantly aid in improving these areas and promoting effective communication.

Legal Assistance for Birth Asphyxia Cases

If your child has suffered from birth asphyxia and you believe it was due to the negligence of medical professionals, seeking legal assistance becomes crucial. Our experienced team at the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr specializes in birth injury cases, including those involving birth asphyxia. We understand the complexities of these cases and are committed to helping families navigate the legal process while seeking justice and compensation for the long-term effects caused by birth asphyxia.

Why Choose The Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr?

As a leading law firm in the field of birth injury cases, we have a track record of success in handling complex medical negligence claims. Our team of dedicated lawyers will thoroughly investigate your case, leveraging our extensive knowledge and resources to build a strong legal strategy. We are committed to fighting for the rights of your child and ensuring that you receive fair compensation to support their long-term care and well-being.

Contact the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr today to schedule a confidential consultation and take the first step towards justice and securing the future of your child.


Birth asphyxia, also known as Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy (HIE), can have significant long-term effects on infants. Understanding the causes, risks, and potential consequences of birth asphyxia is essential in order to protect the rights of affected children and their families. If you believe your child's birth asphyxia was a result of medical negligence, the Law Office of Stanley E. Robison, Jr is here to provide the legal guidance and support you need. Our skilled attorneys will fight for the compensation and justice your family deserves.

Roselia dela Cruz Unknown
👍 Very informative and helpful read! Thank you for shedding light on this important topic.
Oct 8, 2023