Labor is usually an intense and sometimes frightening experience, but parents usually expect that the process will end well. For many Oregon families this is simply not the case. Although parents may feel helpless after learning their child suffered birth injuries during delivery, it is possible to hold hospitals, doctors and other medical staff responsible for their actions.
As compensation for their child's injuries, a jury recently awarded $23.9 million to an out-of-state family. During the mother's labor, the umbilical cord wound its way around the baby girl's neck, which deprived her of oxygen. She was then born the color blue, and doctors had to undertake extensive resuscitation efforts before she was able to breathe on her own. But those efforts could not undo the damage that was already done. Soon after birth, doctors determined that she had suffered a severe brain injury that would limit her cognitive, speech and motor skills.