Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

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Understanding Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains the Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby

One of the most significant issues with the labor and delivery process is oxygen deprivation to a baby.  In fact, oxygen deprivation is an emergency issue in all instances to a newborn.  A newborn’s brain is rapidly developing which means it has a very high demand for oxygen.  Even a momentary pause of oxygen for just a few minutes could result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent newborn.  In addition, infants who have any type of oxygen deprivation may suffer other serious abnormalities and disabilities to their vision, hearing, sense of taste, sense of smell, touch, and other brain functions like cognition.  There are many top causes of oxygen deprivation to a baby, and our Portland birth injury lawyer wants you to know these all to protect your family from Oregon medical malpractice.

That is because many instances of oxygen deprivation to a baby is due to medical malpractice in Oregon.  Many healthcare providers do not want you to know that.  They will even lie about birth injuries to a baby being sue to natural complications, genetics, or an unavoidable complication.  However, that is very likely to not the case.  In fact, those are all very common excuses.  Many doctors lie about this because they know that a serious birth injury caused by oxygen deprivation to a baby could result in significant liability, high compensation, and even the potential loss of their license.  This is why medical providers have every reason to lie about their mistakes which cause catastrophic personal injuries.  This unfortunate because we are taught to trust our doctors at a young age.  But whenever a loved one is seriously injured, you need to trust you Portland birth injury lawyer to review your case and tell you the truth what really happened.

Why is Oxygen Deprivation Dangerous?

Oxygen deprivation is dangerous for a newborn because the baby’s brain is rapidly developing.  When there is a lack of oxygen it could cause lesions or gaps of development in the brain.  This lack of development also means that the brain could suffer other injuries or imbalance.  

A common condition resulting in an oxygen deprivation is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  Also known as HIE, this is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygenated blood flow.  This could be caused by a variety of issues to a newborn, including some of them all listed below.  

Oxygen deprivation could also kill a baby.  This is obvious, as we know that adults can suffer serious brain injuries after several minutes of not breathing.  However, an infant can suffer brain injuries in half the time, especially after being born which is already a traumatic and oxygen-demanding event.

Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby Which Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice

Ask our Portland birth injury lawyers any time that your loved one has suffered serious personal injuries.  This is especially true during the birthing process where personal injuries are most likely due to medical errors that were careless or reckless.  Some of the top common causes of oxygen deprivation at birth due to potential Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Preeclampsia 
  • Umbilical cord detachment 
  • Eclampsia 
  • Placentia abruptions 
  • Umbilical cord compression 
  • Excessive contractions
  • Nuchal cord (cord around the baby’s neck the in womb)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overuse of Pitocin
  • Excessive use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Prolonged delivery
  • Delays in a c-section
  • Bacterial infections
  • Failure to manage STDs
  • Breech position (feet first)
  • Delays in fetal resuscitation 
  • Mishandling a baby
  • Birth trauma like bleeding that is not treated
  • Not tracking accelerations and decelerations of contractions
  • Failure to monitor for fetal distress, and
  • Many other common causes.

Ask Our Portland Birth Injury lawyers for Any Possible Cases of Oxygen Deprivation

Any birth injuries could be very serious or result in the wrongful death of an innocent child—or the mother in certain instances.  Oxygen deprivation could be very serious and lead to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, HIE, cognitive disability, developmental delays, speech delays, and other serious personal injuries.  These damages can be very expensive, including well over a million dollars for some serious types of personal injures, according to statistics from the CDC.

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.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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(503) 479-3646 in Portland, Oregon
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