Causes of Fatal Birth Injuries: Oregon Wrongful Death Lawyer

Fatal Birth Injuries During Labor and Delivery: Oregon Wrongful Death Lawyer Explains


The worst injury that a newborn can sustain during a botched labor and delivery would be wrongful death.  This is the ultimate personal injury.  It has a massive and lasting effect on the entire family.  Many times the wrongful death of a newborn during the labor and delivery process can be prevented.  This is because many birth injuries are due to reckless, careless, and negligent acts or omissions of healthcare providers.  These acts are what results in birth injuries to infants that cause wrongful death.


When a family has lost a loved one, no matter how small, Minnesota law allows for family members to seek compensation.  This compensation can be for medical bills or costs, and it can be for the loss of companionship, love, affection, and services to the family.  Minnesota law also allows for compensation of the deceased’s pain and suffering which ultimately caused the wrongful death.  When a newborn is wrongfully killed due to the negligence of a medical provider, a family may commence a wrongful death lawsuit.


Causes of Wrongful Deaths Due to Birth Injuries


Newborns may be wrongfully killed due to a medical provider’s negligence in many ways.  While the chance of death due to negligence may be slim, this does not mean that it will never happen.  This is particularly true in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where there are many hospitals and clinics focused on prenatal care, obstetrics, and labor/delivery.


Some common causes of newborn wrongful deaths due to medical malpractice include the following:


  • Failing to detect fetal distress;
  • Failing to identify a compromised or ruptured umbilical cord;
  • Attempting a natural delivery when the baby will not fit through the birth canal (i.e., large baby/broad shoulders and small pelvis);
  • Improper use of forceps causing trauma injuries;
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction;
  • Failing to monitor the length of compressions versus breaks (acceleration versus decelarations) which limit the oxygen to the baby;
  • Not detecting the presence of meconium (indicating fetal distress);
  • Excessively pulling or yanking at the baby’s limbs or head;
  • Dropping the baby;
  • Neglecting the baby after birth;
  • Failing to clear an airway of the baby;
  • Failing to identify serious health conditions like STDs, meningitis, or other conditions;
  • Improper monitoring fetal oxygen saturation; and
  • Many other cases.


When newborns are subjected to even just one of these conditions above, the risk of death is increased.  But when the newborn is subjected to multiple of these conditions, it is very likely to cause wrongful death or serious personal injury if it is not corrected immediately.


Families that have Lost a Newborn Should Call Our Bend & Portland Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers


Birth injury cases are some of the most difficult and emotional cases for a family.  When this birth injury case is actually a wrongful death case, it can be overwhelming and staggering.  If your family has suffered the wrongful death of a newborn, call our birth injury team to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be.  We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.


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