Parents spend months getting ready to welcome their new baby into the world. Unfortunately, all it takes is one negligent mistake or error to change all of those carefully laid plans. For Oregon parents who are raising children injured by birth injuries, the reality of this situation can be especially difficult. However, it is possible to hold negligent doctors, nurses and hospitals responsible for their actions.
People who live in Oregon can be in need of medical care for a variety of reasons. Many of these reasons are not always associated with a problem per se, at least at first. One example of this is a preventive annual wellness exam. A routine screening procedure is another example. A prenatal checkup is another type of visit that is often made when a concern may not be immediately obvious. It is at these times, however, that patients rely on medical professionals to notice signs of potential problems and take appropriate action.
As an Oregon mother-to-be, you probably spend a good deal of time joyfully anticipating the birth of your baby. But you may also worry about the labor and delivery process, fearing that your baby could be injured during it.
For many women in Oregon, having a baby is a dream come true, but your experience in the delivery room can quickly become a nightmare if you experience a uterine rupture. According to Healthline, uterine rupture is a rarely occurring complication of vaginal childbirth that affects less than one percent of women. However, if it does occur, it can threaten the lives of both you and your baby.
Parents face many stressors during pregnancy, the birth of their child and after the child has been born. Unfortunately, things can go wrong at any point, and this can be incredibly overwhelming from an emotional and financial standpoint. Many children are born with birth defects in Oregon and it is pivotal for parents to do everything they can to prevent these hardships. Unfortunately, more children will continue to be born with various complications.
Have you considered everyone involved in your birth injury? Even if you trust your OB-GYN or primary physician, there could be some negligence or delay that was caused by another party. At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, we sometimes find that imaging and related issues are responsible for our clients' injuries.
When you prepare to give birth in Oregon, chances are, your hope is to have as smooth and safe a birthing process as possible. If you are like most expectant mothers, you may, too, hope to deliver your baby vaginally, as opposed to undergoing a cesarean section, but for some women, this ends up not being an option. At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, we recognize that some hospitals are quick to encourage or recommend C-sections, despite the fact that there are far more risks involved in this type of delivery than a vaginal birth. We have helped many women who suffered injury or hardship following a C-section delivery pursue appropriate recourse in the aftermath.
Whether an expectant mother develops pregnancy complications or is a couple weeks overdue, sometimes labor and delivery need a little help. The drug Pitocin is commonly used in hospitals in Oregon and across the country to induce labor in mothers who are ready to give birth, but you should educate yourself on the potential risks an induced labor can involve.
Whether you are pregnant or have a family member who is, you may be aware the congenital defects and cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects more than 200,000 people in the United States every year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 85 to 90 percent of cerebral palsy cases are congenital. This defect often occurs in early brain development, and causes stiff muscles, poor balance and coordination and uncontrollable movement. Although there are several different causes of cerebral palsy, babies who suffer from a lack of oxygen during the birthing process may be at a higher risk for developing the life-long disorder.
When you get ready to give birth in an Oregon hospital, your ultimate goal is probably to leave the facility with a healthy, injury-free baby, but the birthing process is not always a smooth one. For some parents and their children, in fact, it can prove downright harrowing. Forceps deliveries, for example, which physicians sometimes deem necessary when the birthing process is not proceeding as anticipated, have the potential to cause injuries to mother and child, and in some cases, those injuries can prove quite serious. At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller, we recognize that forceps deliveries involve certain risks, and we have helped many people who experienced hardship in the wake of a forceps delivery pursue appropriate recourse.