Trial Set to Begin in Oregon Birth Injury Case
Earlier this month in Marion County, Oregon, the parents of a child born with a preventable case of cerebral palsy began jury selection for the case against the hospital where their son was born. According to one local news report, the jury selection phase is estimated to last approximately 14 days.
The facts giving rise to the case are as follows. Back in 2007, the mother of the child was admitted to the hospital 15 days after her due date. Upon arrival, she was given medication to induce labor, but the medication did not immediately work. As a result, over the course of the next 11 hours she was given increased doses of the medication.
When she did go into labor, the child’s head was not correctly positioned
at the cervix. The delivering physician attempted to align the baby with
no success. As a result, the child’s heartbeat dropped to just 60
beats per minute for about six minutes. Finally, the physician decided
to deliver the baby through an emergency C-section.
Once born, it became clear that the baby wasn’t breathing and had inhaled some of his mother’s own fecal matter. The hospital staff first attempted to resuscitate the child with a face mask and oxygen bag before clearing his throat of the fecal matter. In the end, the newborn child suffered severe oxygen deprivation in his crucial first moments, allegedly resulting in his cerebral palsy diagnosis.
Birth Injuries Due to Oxygen Deprivation
The first few breaths of life are crucial for newborn babies. When a child is deprived of oxygen at birth, a whole host of problems can ensue, both immediately and down the road in the child’s life. For example, we have seen children who were oxygen-deprived at birth suffer from cerebral palsy, brain damage, other kinds of nerve damage, and even death.
In fact, some recent studies have shown that being deprived of oxygen at birth can lead to developmental delays, including learning disabilities, speech impediments, diagnoses for attention deficit disorder, poor memory, and generally low IQ.
Causes of Oxygen Deprivation at Birth
There are many causes of oxygen deprivation at birth. Most often, it involves the fetus’ positioning in the womb or birth canal. In some cases, the umbilical cord may be wrapped around the child’s neck, preventing her from breathing. Regardless of the specific cause, many of the causes are preventable with the exercise of due care on the part of the delivering physician.
Have You Recently Given Birth to a Child with a Serious Birth Injury?
If you have recently given birth to a child who suffers from a serious birth injury, your child’s injury may have been caused by the negligence of the delivering physician or hospital staff. If this is the case, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. To learn more about how you may be able to recover in a birth injury lawsuit, call (410) 567-0800 to set up a free consultation with a dedicated personal injury attorney today.