Childbirth Injuries and Obstetric Malpractice

Childbirth is an intense and life-changing experience for families. Unfortunately, the process does not always go smoothly. In some instances, childbirth-related injuries can occur, leaving families struggling with the emotional and physical toll. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we understand the sensitive nature of this topic. In this blog, we will highlight the causes, preventive measures, and legal recourse available to families in the aftermath of medical malpractice involving childbirth.


Causes of Childbirth-Related Injuries

Childbirth injuries can result from a variety of factors. Sometimes, these factors include medical negligence. Common causes include:


  1. Prolonged Labor: Extended labor can lead to complications such as oxygen deprivation, increasing the risk of injuries to the baby.
  2. Improper Use of Medical Instruments: The use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools requires skill and precision. Improper usage can cause injuries to both the mother and the baby.
  3. Failure to Monitor Fetal Distress: Timely monitoring of fetal distress is crucial. Neglecting signs of distress can result in serious complications for the newborn.
  4. Medication Errors: Incorrect administration of medications, dosage errors, or failure to consider potential side effects can contribute to childbirth injuries.
  5. Cesarean Section Delays: In emergencies, delays in performing a cesarean section can lead to preventable injuries during childbirth.


Preventive Measures

While not all childbirth injuries can be prevented, there are proactive measures that healthcare professionals can take to minimize risks:


  1. Comprehensive Prenatal Care: Regular and thorough prenatal care helps identify and address potential complications early on.
  2. Effective Communication: Open communication between healthcare providers and expectant parents is essential. Discussing birth plans, potential risks, and the possibility of interventions fosters understanding and cooperation.
  3. Skilled Medical Staff: Ensuring that medical professionals attending to childbirth are well-trained and experienced significantly reduces the likelihood of errors.
  4. Timely Interventions: Recognizing signs of distress and intervening promptly can mitigate the impact of complications.


Legal Recourse for Affected Families

When childbirth injuries occur due to medical negligence, affected families may seek legal recourse to obtain compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial toll they endure. Our experienced team of attorneys is committed to helping families navigate the legal process. Key legal avenues include:


  1. Medical Malpractice Claims: If medical negligence is suspected, filing a medical malpractice claim against the responsible healthcare provider or institution may be pursued.
  2. Birth Injury Lawsuits: In cases where the baby sustains injuries during childbirth, families may pursue birth injury lawsuits to hold accountable those responsible for the harm caused.
  3. Damages and Compensation: Compensation may cover medical expenses, ongoing care costs, emotional distress, and other related damages.
  4. Statute of Limitations: It’s crucial to be aware of the statute of limitations for filing a legal claim. Consulting with legal experts promptly ensures compliance with these timelines.



Childbirth-related injuries are a challenging and emotionally charged topic. At Vames, Wang & Sosa, we recognize the complexities involved and are here to support families through these difficult times. By understanding the causes, implementing preventive measures, and being aware of legal recourse options, we hope to empower families to make informed decisions and seek the justice they deserve. Our commitment is to advocate for the rights of affected families, holding accountable those responsible for childbirth injuries, and helping rebuild lives after these experiences.


In the face of childbirth-related injuries, finding the right legal support is crucial for your family’s well-being. Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers are experienced in navigating the intricacies of medical malpractice and birth injury cases, ensuring that your concerns are heard and justice is served. If you believe that medical negligence may have played a role in your childbirth-related challenges, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. 


Your journey to justice begins with a simple step – call us at 503-669-3426 for a confidential consultation. Let us be your advocates in seeking the compensation you and your family deserve.

Emery Wang

Emery Wang

Emery Wang has been a lawyer in Oregon since 2009. While attending Lewis & Clark law school, Emery worked as a Multnomah County District Attorney, and since then has been a full time personal injury lawyer.

Vames, Wang & Sosa Injury Lawyers focus on vehicle crashes, personal injury, and first-party car accident insurance claims. They have offices located in Gresham and Hillsboro.

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