Anoxic and Hypoxic Birth Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Anoxic and Hypoxic Birth Injuries From our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers


There are several different types of Oregon birth injuries which could cause serious injury to a baby.  Despite all of these different types, many birth injuries are caused due to a lack of oxygen.  A lack of oxygen or an oxygen deficiency is known as hypoxia and it can cause hypoxic injuries.  Due to the lack of oxygen, parts of the body may be completely deprived oxygen and receive no oxygen.  When tissue is receiving no oxygen it is known as anoxia and it can cause anoxic injuries.  Learn more about these types of conditions and how they cause catastrophic Oregon birth injuries from our Portland birth injury lawyers.


Difference Between Hypoxic and Anoxic Birth Injuries


Both hypoxia and anoxia deal with a loss of oxygen.  In hypoxia, the oxygen is significantly decreases to a point where the body begins to operate on an oxygen deficiency.  This means that parts of the body are not receiving the oxygen they fully need to operate.  This could cause parts of the body and organs to shut down or sustain damage from the decrease in oxygen.


Anoxic injuries are when the part of the body receives no oxygen.  This means that the tissue or organ is not getting any supply of oxygen and will rapidly begin to shutdown and become damaged.  


An example of hypoxic and anoxic conditions would be an umbilical cord compression which slows the blood flow to a deficient rate, versus an umbilical cord rupture which completely stops blood flow to the baby.  Another good example in a non-birth injury context is between a partial clot in a pulmonary embolism which allows some blood flow versus a complete stroke blocking all blood flow.


Damages from Anoxic and Hypoxic Birth Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Whenever there is a decrease or complete lack of oxygen to the brain, there will be serious or catastrophic personal injuries.  This is especially true when the injuries are to a newborn baby.  This is the time when the baby’s brain is rapidly growing and needs complete oxygen saturated to develop properly.  Any decrease or lack of oxygen may result in serious developmental delays and disruptions for a baby.


Some of the most common damages due to anoxic and hypoxic birth injuries include the following:


  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE);
  • Seizures disorders;
  • Developmental disorders;
  • Vision loss or impairment;
  • Hearing loss or impairment;
  • Smell loss or impairment;
  • Motor and balance loss or impairment;
  • Permanent speech and communication disability; and 
  • Many other common causes.

Anoxic and Hypoxic Birth Injuries are Commonly Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Ask Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Help


Any birth injury is a travesty and serious cause for concern.  But anoxic and hypoxic birth injuries are always damaging and usually catastrophic.  Tissue can begin to die in as little as four minutes without oxygen.  It is the responsibility of healthcare providers to ensure that they protect a newborn to ensure he or she is receiving full oxygen.


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, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  


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.  


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