Birth Asphyxia Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Birth Asphyxia and Oregon Medical Malpractice From Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers


The most important thing for a newborn is oxygen.  Even minor gaps in the supply of oxygen, even at just a deficiency, can be disastrous to a newborn’s developing brain.  This is why birth asphyxia is a serious problem and possible complication in the labor and delivery process.  Birth asphyxia could result in a hypoxic injury, or an injury with a decrease of oxygen, or birth asphyxia could result in an anoxia injury, or an injury due to a complete lack of oxygen.  Healthcare providers are educated and trained in ensuring that a newborn’s oxygen supply is unaltered and in full supply.  But mistakes happen, usually preventable mistakes.  Healthcare providers that fail to protect a newborn’s supply of oxygen could be negligent and committing Oregon medical malpractice.  Our Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers explain how dangerous this can be.


What is Birth Asphyxia? 


Birth asphyxia can occur due to natural complications or due to Oregon medical malpractice.  Birth asphyxia occurs when a newborn does not receive enough oxygen during the labor and delivery process.  This could be before being born, during the birthing process, or even after being born and healthcare providers do not secure a proper airway.  Birth asphyxia is very serious because even minor deviations and gaps in oxygen supply could result in lesions and damage to a newborn’s brain.  These lesions could result in catastrophic injury including cerebral palsy.


Causes of Birth Asphyxia Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Enough though birth asphyxia could be caused due to the natural complications of a birth, this is simply not a normal result.  Most instances of birth asphyxia are due to reckless, careless, and downright negligent care from a healthcare provider.  This is because healthcare providers must monitor the mother and the baby during the entire labor and delivery process.  There are many technological advancements used to protect both the mother and baby.  But sometimes nurses and doctors ignore these warnings from monitoring equipment.  Other times healthcare providers fail to properly set up the monitoring equipment.


But other times, Oregon medical malpractice is simply the cause of birth asphyxia.  Some of the most common causes of birth asphyxia due to medical malpractice from preventable birth injuries includes the following:


  • Failure to monitor a mother’s blood pressure and guard against low blood pressure;
  • Failure to monitor and identify umbilical cord injuries, damage, prolapse, or other complications that affect oxygen supply;
  • Failure to identify placenta injuries or damage;
  • Improperly charting and monitoring accelerations and de-accelerations of the mother’s contractions, and allowing excessive contractions to damage the baby;
  • Delaying a necessary and emergency c-section;
  • Failing to properly monitor the baby for fetal distress;
  • Ignoring warning signs of fetal distress like meconium or rapid heart rate;
  • Neglecting to clear the infant’s airways after birth; and
  • Many other causes.

Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Can Protect Your Loved One Injured by Birth Asphyxia 


Birth asphyxia is a very serious and potentially catastrophic type of Oregon medical malpractice.  This can result in serious conditions like cerebral palsy or even wrongful death.  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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