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When a stillbirth is the result of medical negligence

No mother in Oregon or elsewhere who had a healthy pregnancy goes into the hospital to deliver her baby with the expectation of leaving empty-handed. Sadly, it happens. For one reason or another, the child fails to survive the birthing process. When that failure is the result of medical negligence, the parents may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses.  

Why does this happen? 

A stillbirth at such a late stage in pregnancy generally happens when the baby is in distress. That distress is something medical providers should be able to identify and address, but that doesn’t always happen. This could be due to a lack of sufficient monitoring of the mother and baby, the failure to perform a cesarean section promptly, or the failure to treat a mother’s pregnancy-related health issues, such as diabetes or hypertension — among other things.  

What is needed to file a wrongful death claim? 

There has to be proof that medical negligence contributed to your child’s death if you wish to pursue a wrongful death claim. This proof may be obtained by looking through medical records and gathering information from witnesses. In Oregon, an autopsy is also required.  

Seeking compensation 

If you’ve suffered a stillbirth and believe medical negligence is to blame, an experienced birth injury attorney may be able to assist you in seeking compensation for your losses. Nothing can replace your child, but you may hold the party’s thought responsible accountable for their actions and seek some relief to help you cover your financial losses. To learn how an attorney can assist you with your case, please take a moment and visit our firm’s website.