Causes of Hypoxic Birth Injuries: Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding the Causes of Hypoxic Birth Injuries: Important Explanations from Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers


One of the most damaging types of injuries that a newborn could sustain is a hypoxic birth injury.  A hypoxic injury is an injury that is caused by a decrease in oxygen.  This results in a hypoxic condition, or an oxygen deprivation.  Since a newborn needs a lot of oxygen in general, especially during the birthing process, a baby can start to suffer irreparable injury very quickly.  In fact, hypoxic injuries could result in serious brain injuries which could cause cerebral palsy or other developmental injuries.  This is particularly true because of HIE, or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, which could also cause serious brain injuries to newborns.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyers share how hypoxic birth injuries could result in serious personal injuries due to the careless, reckless, and negligent conduct of healthcare providers.


Causes of Hypoxic Birth Injuries


The causes of hypoxic birth injuries are usually related to physical trauma or conditions.  There are, however, a risk that chemical uses such as overdoses with medications or anesthesia which could cause hypoxic conditions in a baby.  But most of the common causes of hypoxic birth injuries are due to physical injuries or trauma.  This trauma could be caused by the actions of the healthcare provider, or the natural consequences of the labor and delivery process which healthcare providers must mitigate and solve.


Some of the most common causes of hypoxic birth injuries include the following:


Improper use of forceps or extraction tools – Excessively or improperly using any type of extraction tool could put pressure on the baby’s body and restrict or limit a baby’s ability to breath easily. 


Failure to monitor for excessive contractions – Excessive contractions are dangerous because the walls of the birth canal are compressing the baby.  This means that the baby’s ability to freely breath could be affected because the baby’s chest walls are compressed and the baby’s lungs cannot expand properly.


Umbilical cord prolapse – An umbilical cord prolapse is when the umbilical cord comes out of the birth canal before the baby.  This can cut off or lessen the flow of oxygen from the mother to the baby.  This means that the baby can quickly start to have an oxygen deprivation and suffer injury.


Shoulder dystocia – This is when a baby becomes stuck in the birth canal at the shoulder and next area.  This could result in brachial plexus and nerve injuries, but it can also cause breathing problems and cord compression.  This can create a hypoxic condition.  


Cord Compression – A lot of the conditions above could cause cord compression.  But even in a natural and non-risk birth, a baby could suffer a cord compression which can be serious if the healthcare providers do not notice and act quickly enough.


Ask Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers if Your Child is Diagnosed with HIE, Cerebral Palsy, or Any Other Birth Injuries


Oregon birth injuries causing any hypoxic conditions could result in some very serious birth injuries.  A newborn’s brain is dramatically expanding during this critical portion of development.  Even minor breaks in full oxygen could result in serious personal injuries and developmental injuries.  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.  


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