Preterm Birth Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

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Understanding Injuries from Preterm Birth Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


A baby goes through immense development during pregnancy. The earlier a baby is born, the higher the risk is of serious disabilities or death. Preterm (also referred to as premature) birth occurs when the baby is born too early, generally considered before 37 weeks. The last weeks of pregnancy are especially important. Surviving preterm babies may face lifelong issues, including physical and cognitive development issues. Oregon expectant parents should familiarize themselves with the risks behind preterm birth. This is because a preterm birth due to Oregon medical malpractice could result in serious personal injuries.


Risk Factors for Preterm Birth


Often, the exact cause of preterm birth is unknown. However, a number of factors may indicate an increased risk of an early birth.


The medical history of the mother influences the likelihood of early birth.  A history of mental health conditions in either parent influence the risk of early birth. The circumstances surrounding the pregnancy themselves have also been shown to lead to early births, such as the method of fertilization and number of babies being carried.  The most significant factor for early deliver is a mother’s history of preterm births. The age of the mother also plays a role in risk of preterm birth. Women younger than 18 years of age are more likely to have a preterm delivery, as are women older than 35 years of age due to the increased risk of other conditions linked to preterm birth. 


Medical conditions also increase the mother and child’s likelihood of early labor and delivery. Some of these medical conditions include:


  • High blood pressure
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Infections
  • In vitro fertilization
  • Underweight or obese mother
  • Short time period between pregnancies
  • Fetal developmental abnormalities
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Uterine rupture
  • Diabetes
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Age of the mother. 


Other risk factors include:


  • Smoking
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Negligent health care during pregnancy
  • Domestic violence
  • Lack of support
  • Exposure to environmental factors, such as toxins or pollutants
  • Stress


Premature Birth Consequences and Injuries


A preterm baby faces many health problems as a result of premature delivery, including:


  • Breathing problems
  • Brain damage
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Increased risk of heart disease and diabetes
  • Sensory problems
  • Feeding and digestive problems
  • Weakened immune system
  • Developmental delays


Negligence and Preterm Birth Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


It is the responsibility of the doctor and medical staff to provide the mother and baby with necessary care throughout the pregnancy. Negligence occurs when the doctor or other medical professional fails to diagnose risk factors and problems resulting in preterm delivery. This negligence can result in complications which place mother and baby at risk. Negligent doctors and medical professionals can and should be held responsible for the injuries caused by their negligence. 


Our Oregon birth injury attorneys have the experience to help identify negligence and assist families with navigating the complicated litigation process. Our attorneys will be there with you and your family for every step of the way and will make sure you receive the compensation you deserve and that will allow you to provide your child with the best possible future. 


Ask Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers for Help After a Preterm Birth


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.


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