Birth Injury Attorney - Portland Oregon
We are devoted legal advocates for families whose children have been seriously injured during labor and delivery because of a medical professional’s negligence.
Birth Injury Cases in Oregon
The birth of your child should be the happiest day of your life. However, when medical professional negligence leads to a serious or fatal injury, it can quickly become the worst. Birth injuries are traumatic and can result in a lifetime of disability, pain and suffering. Even worse, they should never have happened.
If your child has suffered a traumatic birth injury, we offer compassionate and aggressive legal representation every step of the way. We can help you and your family recover the money you need to provide for your child both now -and in the future. If you have questions or concerns or simply wish to speak with one of our dedicated Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers, we offer a free initial case evaluation. Call us or fill out our confidential contact form and we can help you choose the legal path that is best for you and your family.
Types of Birth Injury Cases
Below are a few examples of the kinds of birth injury cases we handle.
Hypoxic Brain Injury
When a nurse or doctor fails to properly monitor the baby’s status during labor and delivery, permanent brain damage may occur. The umbilical cord could be pinched, the placenta could rupture, or the baby could be in a compromising situation, causing dangerously low oxygen levels. Sadly, many cases of hypoxic brain injury are caused by medical negligence, most notably inadequate fetal monitoring or failure to perform an emergency C-section.
When a baby suffers from perinatal hypoxia (low oxygen in utero), they can suffer permanent brain damage that can lead to Cerebral Palsy. 10,000 babies are born with Cerebral Palsy every single year and there is no cure. Non-diagnosed infections, restricted blood flow, asphyxiation, blood clots, and increased maternal blood pressure could all cause Cerebral Palsy. Children with Cerebral Palsy will require a lifetime of care and suffer from intellectual disability, movement and posture restrictions, seizures, and joint contractures.
A difficult delivery, improper use of forceps, or botched vacuum extraction can all cause facial nerve paralysis. This birth injury results in the loss of muscle movement in the face and can lead to permanent disfigurement and facial paralysis. Medical negligence during labor and delivery is a common cause of facial paralysis in infants.
A C-section can result in significant injury to both the mother and the child. Failure to perform a C-section during an emergency can lead to brain damage, physical damage, and even fetal demise. During a C-section mistakes can result in fetal lacerations, Erb’s palsy, Klumpke’s palsy, cervical cord injuries, placental hemorrhages, and infant breathing difficulties. Anesthesia injuries during a C-section can cause placental abruption, internal bleeding, blood clots, and even maternal death.