What is an Umbilical Cord Prolapse? Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Learn what an Umbilical Cord Prolapse Is, Why Doctors Need to Treat it Quickly, and Why the Failure to do so Could Cause an Oregon Birth Injury

An umbilical cord prolapse is a birth complication what must be addressed immediately.  Delays in identifying and treating an umbilical cord prolapse could result in serious personal injuries.  Some of these personal injuries could be due to hypoxic injuries, or a lack of oxygen flow to the baby.  Examples of hypoxic injuries would be cerebral palsy or HIE.  Other types of personal injuries could result in catastrophic injury or even wrongful death.  Learn what an umbilical cord prolapse is and why it must be immediately treated from our Oregon birth injury lawyers.

What is an Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

The umbilical cord is a tube-like structure between the mother and the baby which provides oxygen, nutrition, fluids, and other beneficial needs to the baby while pulling away waste products.  When this umbilical cord is damage or otherwise affected from functioning in its normal way, it is a serious concern.  

This is why an umbilical cord prolapse is a medical emergency.  This complication occurs during the labor and delivery process.  The umbilical cord drops through the cervix and down the birth canal because the baby.  This means the umbilical cord could become trapped against the baby and the birth canal complicating the delivery.  The umbilical cord could also stop the flow of oxygen to the baby because of the pressure exerted on it.  

Dangers of an Umbilical Cord Prolapse 

An umbilical cord prolapse is very dangerous to the baby.  This is because it could result in a decrease of necessary oxygen (hypoxia) that harms the baby.  It could also result in an anoxic injury (complete lack of oxygen).  Either condition is very dangerous which could seriously injury the baby or result in a stillbirth.  This is why medical professionals need to guard against an umbilical cord prolapse and, when this condition is present, healthcare providers must immediately act to safe the life of the baby.

Birth Injuries Caused by an Umbilical Cord Prolapse

When a healthcare professional fails to guard against an umbilical cord prolapse it could result in serious personal injuries to the innocent newborn.  These birth injuries could have a profound and possibly fatal consequence.  Long-term and permanent damages are likely anytime a baby has a serious birth injury such as an umbilical cord prolapse.  Some of the most common types of complications from an umbilical cord prolapse include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Hypoxic injuries;
  • Anoxic injuries;
  • HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Wrongful death causing a stillbirth;
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Shoulder dystocia or brachial plexus injuries due to the urgency of needing to get the baby out; and
  • Other serious damages.

Ask Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers for Help with any Umbilical Cord Prolapse Cases

If your child was diagnosed with any other troubling health condition such as cerebral palsy, HIE, or any other type of Oregon birth injury, or if you had a known umbilical cord prolapse that was not treated, make sure you get the help that you deserve.  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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