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.
At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller in Oregon, we know how devastating a birth injury can be, not only for the new baby himself or herself, but also for the parents. If your child suffered a birth injury during delivery, what you may not know is that you have the right to sue the physician whose negligence caused the birth injury. In addition, you also have the right to sue the hospital who employed him or her.
Every year, millions of people across the United States visit outpatient clinics and emergency rooms in hopes of finding a diagnosis to whatever is ailing them. People put their trust in health care professionals and expect them to perform the proper screenings and tests that will alert them to the problem. Surprisingly, studies have found that 12 million Americans who are treated in these settings are misdiagnosed or are not given a diagnosis at all. This is according to a study released in BMJ Quality & Safety. In approximately six million of those cases, patients faced potential harm because of the misdiagnosis. Wrongful diagnosis can lead to a myriad of injuries, including those that may harm a pregnancy or cause birth injuries. Why are doctors misdiagnosing patients at such an alarming rate?
As an expectant Oregon mom, this likely is one of the most exciting times in your life. Nothing surpasses the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world and into your home. The last thing you want or expect is that your baby might suffer a birth injury while being born. Unfortunately, many babies do suffer such injuries, including that of shoulder dystocia.
At the Law Office of Robert A. Miller in Oregon, we know how devastating a birth injury can be, not only for your baby, but also for yourself and other family members. While some birth injuries are more catastrophic than others, all of them are catastrophic for you since they affect your precious baby’s immediate and possibly future health and welfare.