Oregon Injury Attorneys Talk Birth Injury
Our injury attorneys receive a lot of case questions so we are going to answer more of them here on our personal injury blog to help people who are researching specific personal injury topics. We invite you to contact us via a post on the blog (we will keep all comments anonymous) or by contacting us via our website.
Here is a recent birth injury question and answer.
Q: We live in Portland, Oregon and just recently had our second child. He suffered a brain injury during the delivery process. Do we have a brain injury case against the hospital? If so, we need an Oregon personal injury lawyer?
A: We are sorry to hear about your baby’s brain injury. We can’t imagine what that must be like for you and your family. Birth injuries are more common then people realize. When they occur, it is important to know what your options are. Getting good information is the first step. As experienced Oregon and Washington birth injury lawyers, we strongly suggest that if you suspect that birth injuries were caused by medical negligence, consult a birth injury attorney immediately. Even if all the injuries and damages are not yet known, you will want to consult with an injury attorney.
Birth injury attorneys first examine the nature of the birth injuries to determine who is at fault for those injuries. There are many details to consider in each case, so your question will be answered in general terms. Here are some points to consider if you are dealing with a brain injury during the birth process:
“Natural” birth injuries can occur during the birthing process. There are “natural” circumstances where a newborn is harmed by oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process. These injuries can include a compressed or twisted umbilical cord during birth, a baby who is breach or turned in the womb or too large to pass easily through the birth canal. The most serious birth injuries involve damage to the brain. Brain damage and Ergs Palsy are the most common brain injuries. Often brain injuries are caused by oxygen deprivation or bleeding inside the brain from trauma during pregnancy, labor or delivery. The severity of these injuries varies greatly – from very mild injuries to injuries that cause the death to the infant.
Some birth brain injuries are due to medical negligence. Mistakes can and do happen by doctors, hospitals or other medical professionals during the delivery process. Sometimes a miscalculation of the baby’s size can cause a traumatic delivery. Even routine procedures such as performing a necessary C-section delivery or VBAC (vaginal birth after C-Section) delivery can result in birth injuries or trauma to a newborn.
Experienced legal professionals can help you determine if you have a case. While there are risks associated with most medical procedures, our birth injury attorneys examine all the details, big and small to determine if a birth injury was caused by medical negligence. To do that, we must obtain and review all the medical records. This process can take several months in order to determine whether the case has merit. However, when our firm believes we can prove a serious birth injury was caused by negligence or medical malpractice, we do everything we can to obtain a successful outcome for the family and child.
If you suspect your child suffered an injury due to improper care during delivery, you are invited to contact our office to consult with one of our Portland-Oregon-based birth injury attorneys about your case. We represent birth injury cases in Oregon and Washington.