Birth Injuries in Oregon From Prolonged Delivery
While complications can occur during labor, prolonged labor should never be a complication that is allowed to go unaddressed. This is because prolonged labor can lead to complications which can be harmful for the mother and baby. Prolonged labor can cause birth injuries that can cause irreversible damage. When labor does not progress as it should, it is up to the doctors to determine the best course of action to ensure a safe and healthy delivery. When doctors allow prolonged labor to occur, complications can occur as a direct result of medical malpractice. Our Oregon birth injury lawyers understand just how serious and unavoidable complications from prolonged labor can be and are ready to review your case for FREE today. If you or your beloved child suffered through a prolonged delivery causing birth injuries, learn how our law firm can help protect your rights to compensation under the law.
Causes of Prolonged Labor in Oregon
Prolonged labor can be caused by a variety of things. First time mothers are more at risk for prolonged labor as the laboring process typically takes more time with the first baby. Along with this known factor, other common causes of prolonged labor include:
- The baby is too large to fit through the birth canal
- The mother’s pelvis is too small to accommodate the baby through the birth canal
- The baby is in an abnormal position (i.e. breech)
- The contractions are not strong enough to allow labor to progress
- Women requiring labor induction are at risk for prolonged labor
These are just a few of the many reasons prolonged labor may occur. All of these factors can lead to unsafe circumstances for delivery of the baby.
Dangers of Prolonged Labor Causing Birth Injuries
Prolonged labor poses a variety of risks for mother and baby. Many of the known birth injuries sustained by babies during birth typically occur in the setting of prolonged labor. Complications of prolonged labor include:
- Decreased fetal heart rate
- Maternal hypotension (low blood pressure of the mother)
- Umbilical cord compression
- Asphyxia which can cause a variety of birth defects including cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and intellectual disability as well as hearing or sight impairment
- Detachment of the placenta from the uterine wall prematurely
How Can Prolonged Labor Be Caused By Medical Malpractice?
It is a physician’s duty to aid the mother in having a safe delivery of her baby. There are certain factors that can be identified prenatally that could prevent a prolonged labor such as identifying if the mother’s pelvis is too small to accommodate the baby during birth. Other causes of medical malpractice during labor and delivery includes failure to properly monitor the mother and baby, allowing prolonged labor to occur in spite of very little progress with obvious distress to the mother or baby, as well as eventual but improper use of forceps or vacuum extractor to aid in delivery; leading to birth injury.
Babies should never have to suffer from unnecessary complications that could have been prevented (i.e. with a c-section). This is why if your child was the victim of a birth injury due to prolonged labor, you should call our Oregon prolonged labor medical malpractice lawyers today to determine if your child’s birth injury was a result of medical malpractice. Prolonged labor causing birth injuries can result in a whole host of catastrophic and disabling injuries for an innocent baby that could be compensated under Oregon law.
How Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Can Help You
While birth injuries are unfortunately sometimes unavoidable, there are many birth injuries that occur that could have been prevented. This is why it is important to allow experienced lawyers such as the ones from our law firm to review your case to determine if medical malpractice played a part in your prolonged labor which lead to complications. Some of these complications can be permanent and may affect your child for the rest of their lives.
If your child was the victim of medical malpractice, you are your child may be eligible for compensation. Compensation for this type of injury includes:
- Pain and suffering, including past pain and suffering as well as future pain and suffering
- Lost wages from injuries, appointments, or disability
- Lost future wages of parent and child (if applicable)
- Medical bills, including future medical bills
- Therapy coverage for physical, occupational or speech therapy due to injuries suffered at birth
- Orthotic and assistive devices if needed
- Care coverage for the child if the child was significantly disabled and will need prolonged or lifelong care
- Wrongful death expenses including burial expenses and funeral costs, and
- Other damages.
These are just a few of the many indications for compensations as a result of medical malpractice related prolonged labor.
Get Help from Our Prolonged Labor Lawyers at Kuhlman Law
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form. We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.
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