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Portland Birth Injury Attorney

With the current medical advancements, childbirth is easier than it was in the past. Nearly 400,000 babies are born in the United States every day. However, despite the frequency in birth, complications still arise. Birth injuries are often the result of problems that occur during a mother’s pregnancy, labor, or delivery. Approximately 3% of all births involve serious injuries, and unfortunately, many are caused by or exacerbated by the actions of medical professionals.

Because of negligence, inexperience, or carelessness, serious birth injuries occur every day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 2,333 birth injuries occur each month in the United States. This means that on average, of all the babies born every day, 80 are likely to sustain preventable injuries.

Portland Birth Injury Resources

Types of Birth Injury
Birth Injury Causes
Risk Factors in Pregnancy
Do I Have a Claim for a Portland Birth Injury?
Is an Attorney Required for Your Case?
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Birth Injury?
Statute of Limitations for Birth Injury Cases
Why Should I File a Claim?
Cost of a Portland Birth Injury Lawyer
How Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys Can Help

Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

Types of Birth Injury

Avoidable birth injuries are a reality in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 2,000+ birth injuries occur monthly. To break this down further, that means 80 babies born every day are likely to sustain some type of birth injury. Injuries ranging from moderate to severe can require a lifetime of care for your baby, placing a heavy financial burden on families.

Common types of birth injury include, but are not limited to:

Discussing the circumstances of your case with a knowledgeable Portland birth injury lawyer is essential. Many birth injuries occur due to avoidable errors, such as failing to conduct an emergency C-section at the appropriate time or incorrectly monitoring the vitals of mother and baby. A lawyer from our team at Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC can help you better understand your unique situation and its legal ramifications.

Are Birth Injuries & Birth Defects the Same Thing?

Birth injuries are not the same as birth defects. A birth injury can be caused by the actions of medical professionals involved in the labor and delivery process or but some other avoidable mistake that happens before, during, or after the birth of the child.

A birth defect is different than a birth injury. A congenital disability is considered a health condition that develops while the mother is pregnant that is not due to any type of medical error or other type of avoidable mistake.

Unfortunately, the phrases “birth injury” and “birth defect” are often used interchangeably. This can lead some individuals to think that they are the same thing, but they are not. When it comes to the context of a civil personal injury claim, the lawsuit will be brought as a result of a birth injury caused by a medical error, not a congenital disability. 

If you have any confusion about whether or not you can move forward with your birth injury claim, we encourage you to reach out to an attorney who can offer assistance and guide you toward the best path moving forward.

Birth Injury Causes

Some babies are born with congenital anomalies and other abnormal conditions at no fault of the doctor or hospital. Everything from genetics to prescription drug use during pregnancy can affect the child’s health and physical appearance. If your child was born with some type of injury or disability, or was diagnosed with one shortly after birth, it’s alright if you don’t have all the answers. Some of these injuries and disabilities are caused by doctor negligence, but it is difficult to determine cause until you speak with an attorney experienced in this field.

Risk Factors in Pregnancy

Birth injuries are a common occurrence in high-risk pregnancies, but there are steps doctors can take to identify these risk factors and respond to them appropriately. Some of these risk factors include:

  • Large birth weight
  • Poor neonatal care
  • Pre-pregnancy diabetes
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-term labor
  • Preeclampsia
  • Being over the age of 35
  • Past pregnancy complications

Proper identification of these risk factors, together with a proper response to these risk factors, can mitigate injury to the child or mother. Birth injuries may still occur when the doctors do everything within their power to prevent them. It is when doctors fail to adhere to the accepted standard of care that parents may have cause for a birth injury claim against a hospital / doctor. This type of claim, if successful, could produce the money you and your family needs to support a child living with the effects of a birth injury.

Do I Have a Claim for a Portland Birth Injury?

Doctors and other healthcare professionals can be held responsible for any negligence or wrongdoing that contributed to the injury. You may have a claim if your situation meets the following criteria:

  1. There was a doctor-patient relationship, establishing the duty of the defendant to the injured party;
  2. That duty was breached, whether by negligence or wrongdoing;
  3. The breach of duty proximately contributed to the baby or mother’s injuries;

These cases are complex, and best evaluated by an experienced attorney. You may not know your right to file a birth injury lawsuit until you speak with a lawyer experienced in this field, which is why we encourage you to contact Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC today. Evaluations are free, and should we represent you, you won’t pay a fee unless we win your case.

Is An Attorney Necessary for Your Case?

The unfortunate reality is that medical malpractice claims are notoriously difficult in the Portland area, even when it seems like fault lies squarely with a medical provider. Doctors and medical facilities have deep pockets, and they also have comprehensive insurance plans. These insurance carriers also have their own attorneys who will do what they can to defend the claim.

The ultimate goal of insurance carriers and the medical providers involved is to limit how much money they pay out in a settlement. They do not want to pay anything at all. However, when you work with a skilled Portland birth injury lawyer, you will have an advocate with the resources necessary to stand up to these other parties on your behalf. The role of an attorney for a birth injury claim is multifaceted and includes:

  • Fully investigating the incident in question
  • Liaising with trusted medical experts who can review the case and the patient
  • Opening communication with attorneys and insurance carriers
  • Handling all complex negotiations with other parties involved

In the event the insurance carriers and other parties refuse to offer a fair settlement, or if they deny the claim altogether, it may be necessary for an attorney to fully prepare the case for a medical malpractice trial. Medical malpractice trials are challenging, and there are various rules in place for filing these claims and ensuring success. A Portland medical malpractice lawyer specializing in birth injuries can help at every step of the way.

Who Can Be Held Liable for a Birth Injury?

There may be various parties who could hold liability for a birth injury claim in Portland. This includes the following:

  • The doctor or surgeon. The labor and delivery process will typically be overseen by an OB/GYN. This person will have overall responsibility for the entire process. In some situations, a surgeon may be required for a more complicated procedure. Because these individuals are the ones in charge of the process, they will usually be the first place to look for liability. 
  • The medical facility. If a doctor or other negligent medical professional is an employee at a facility where the birth injury occurred, then that facility may hold responsibility through the theory of vicarious liability. However, it is not uncommon for medical professionals to contract with a medical facility, which can complicate holding the facility responsible. It is crucial to fully examine every aspect of the claim to determine whether or not the medical facility could hold responsibility. Even if a doctor or surgeon is a contractor, the facility could hold responsibility if they knew or should have known about negligent practices by that practitioner.
  • Other medical staff. There are various other members of staff who play a role when it comes to the labor and delivery process. This can include nurses, anesthesiologists, physician’s assistants, and more. Any of these individuals could make a mistake that could cause harm to a child, and they could hold responsibility for the incident.

Determining liability is complicated and revolves around negligence. Negligence for medical malpractice claim is difficult to prove and involves showing that there was a doctor-patient relationship and that the medical provider failed to uphold an acceptable standard of medical care for the given situation.

Is There a Statute of Limitations for Birth Injury Cases in Portland?

There is a specific time frame involved with medical malpractice claims in Oregon. Typically, medical malpractice lawsuits must be brought against an alleged negligent party within two years from the day the injury occurs. There is a special rule for minors who are harmed. Under state law, the statute of limitations can be paused (or tolled) for five years until after the incident occurs if the victim is a minor.

Understanding the earth injury statute of limitations in Oregon can be complicated, and we strongly encourage you to reach out to a skilled attorney who can help you understand how long you have to file your claim.

Why Should I File a Birth Injury Claim?

Many people who like their doctors are hesitant to file a claim against them, so if this describes you, you’re not alone. What is important to remember is that your child is now living with the effects of a birth injury. This might include anything from partial paralysis to brain injury or even cerebral palsy. Rehabilitation and care for these conditions is not cheap, which is why these claims are primarily about ensuring your child gets the care they need for the rest of their lives.

Cost of a Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

At Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, our team is proud to handle birth injury claims in Portland on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients will not be responsible for paying any upfront or out-of-pocket costs related to their birth injury claim. We handle all of that on behalf of every client that we handle. Additionally, clients will not pay any legal fees until we successfully recover the compensation they are entitled to. If we do not win, our clients do not pay anything.

The final legal fees will be determined based on an agreed-upon percentage of the settlement or jury verdict awarded.

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Our birth injury lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience. We are:

  • Members of the American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Chuck and Jane are in the American College of Trial Lawyers.
  • Attorney Chuck Paulson was also honored with the designation of Best Lawyers in America’s “Lawyer of the Year” in 2014 for medical malpractice lawyers in Portland.
  • Jane Paulson and Chuck Paulson have been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Medical Malpractice for years.
  • Attorney John Coletti is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an invitation-only legal organization that has been described by The Washington Post as a “select group of 100 of the nation’s most celebrated trial layers.”

With a reputation for elite advocacy, committed client service, and a high standard for professional excellence, Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC is the team to call if you have a birth injury case in Portland and throughout Oregon. We provide free case evaluations to potential clients, allowing them to meet our team members, tell their stories, and discuss possible options for the future. You could be entitled to compensation that would allow you to provide the medical care your child deserves without worry of financial limitations.

We encourage you to contact our Portland personal injury attorneys and set up a time to meet with one of our trusted birth injury lawyers for a free case evaluation.

If you or a loved one were seriously injured as a result of negligence, contact us to discuss your legal options.