Untreated Gestational Diabetes Causing Oregon Birth Injuries

Learn Why Untreated Gestational Diabetes Could Result in Serious Oregon Birth Injuries


Diabetes is a disorder resulting in high blood sugar over a prolonged period of time.  This increase in blood sugar is due to a person’s inability to regulate insulin by either not producing enough or the insulin not responding properly (insulin resistance).  There are several forms of diabetes, including gestational diabetes which results during pregnancy.  This type of diabetes can lead to a whole host of medical problems for the mother, but also for the baby.  Untreated diabetes can result in serious personal injuries which should not happen because diabetes is treatable.  Learn how diabetes can result in serious Oregon birth injuries from our Oregon birth injury lawyers.


What is Gestational Diabetes?


Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that develops during pregnancy.  A mother who has this form of diabetes usually does not normally have diabetes but develops it during the rigors of pregnancy, usually in the second or third trimester.  Gestational diabetes is dangerous because it can result in certain medical conditions such as pre-eclampsia, depression, anxiety, hypoxic injuries, and other birth complications for the mother and baby.  The newborn could be particularly at risk for a higher birth weight and being too large to be naturally delivered, having low blood sugar which can cause organ damage, and jaundice which could result in bilirubin buildups and result in Kernicterus.  


Risks to Newborns


Diabetes is a serious condition but it is usually easily managed.  Even more challenging cases of diabetes can be managed relatively well through use of special techniques, technology, or strong regulatory medications or drugs.  Thus, healthcare providers who fail to properly treat gestational diabetes can result in unnecessary injury or harm to babies that should never had occurred if the provider was reasonably competent.  


Allowing untreated gestational diabetes to occur could result in serious personal injury to the mother or baby.  This is because untreated diabetes causes a high-risk pregnancy.  The damage to the mother or baby could result in serious Oregon birth injuries.  Some of the most common high-risks of gestational diabetes includes the following:


  • Premature birth;
  • Macrosomia which is a larger baby due to the increased energy to grow the baby from the insulin imbalance which can contribute to birth trauma and injuries;
  • Neonatal hypoglycemia which is a decrease in fetal blood sugar as the baby tries to counterbalance;
  • Hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy or HIE;
  • Cerebral palsy; 
  • Seizures;
  • Jaundice due to bilirubin imbalance;
  • Kernicterus; 
  • Stillbirth; and
  • Other serious injuries.

Injuries From Gestational Diabetes Should be Avoidable, But If Not, We Can Help


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. 


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