Labor and Delivery Malpractice Portland

Women trust their doctors to provide competent care when they go into labor and deliver a child. However, not all deliveries go as planned. Medical teams must make fast and accurate decisions. When doctors and other healthcare providers make mistakes, it can have devastating consequences.

If you or your baby has suffered harm as a result of labor complications or delivery trauma, our attorneys can help. We are ready to evaluate your case and make recommendations about what to do. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in fair compensation for the victims of labor and delivery complications throughout Oregon.



Settlement for a child who suffered a brain injury due to a delay in performing a c-section.



Settlement for a young mother who suffered a brain injury due to the medical team’s failure to immediately start CPR.



Settlement for the surviving spouse and daughter of a woman who died due to preeclampsia or pregnancy-related high blood pressure.

Common labor and delivery complications

Brain Injury

When a doctor or nurse fails to follow the proper standards of medical care during the labor and delivery of a baby, the child could suffer a brain injury. This usually happens when a C-section isn’t done early enough in the labor. This mistake can have devastating consequences and limit the child’s ability to fully function independently for the rest of their life.

Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is when an obstetrician is required to perform additional maneuvers to deliver a baby when the baby’s shoulders have become obstructed by the maternal pelvis. Shoulder dystocia must be resolved quickly and competently. Otherwise, it causes both fetal and maternal harm.


Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure developed late in the pregnancy. Once diagnosed, the mother must be carefully monitored. If hypertension worsens, the baby must be delivered to save the life of the mother. When a doctor fails to treat a patient suffering high blood pressure while pregnant, he or she puts the health of the mother and child at risk.

See a full list of common labor and delivery injuries here.

Do you need an attorney for a labor and delivery injury?

Labor and delivery complications combine emotionally charged issues with legal and medical complexities. It’s critical to work with a trusted attorney and law firm that will ensure both you and your child’s rights are protected.

With over 200 years of combined experience and long-established relationships with doctors, nurses, and other medical experts, Pickett Dummigan Weingart is prepared to meet with you to discuss the details. We are selective about the clients we represent and want to make sure that working together is the right fit. Our team is here to help you!

Quick Answers from Our Attorneys

Q: When is a labor and delivery complication considered malpractice?

It is considered medical malpractice when a mother or baby suffers preventable injuries. If your baby was harmed by negligent actions during labor and delivery, our attorneys are ready to investigate and get justice for your family. 
Deena Sajitharan

Q: What can I expect when working with your firm?

It starts by meeting with one of our compassionate lawyers specializing in labor and delivery cases. We’ll carefully listen to what happened during the labor and delivery, and gather all medical records for review by an expert. We report back to you to explain their conclusions and make a plan to move forward. We know you’re dealing with an incredibly emotional situation and will make this process as simple as possible. We’re always here to answer questions.”

Shangar S. Meman

Q: Do I have a labor and delivery lawsuit case?

“Birth trauma claims begin with a medical professional’s opinion that supports your case. Facts that show the negligent physician failed to treat your child within established standards of care are also needed. Our team has a network of medical experts that will help us investigate the circumstances of your labor and delivery case, identify potential defendants, and gather other information necessary to support your claim.”
J. Randolph Pickett

Hear from Our Clients

Excellent client communications, taking the time to educate us and setting realistic expectations. The results exceeded expectations.

-Craig Spiezle

I am a licensed California attorney. When my sister was injured in Portland, I turned to Kristen West McCall. Kristen was responsive, diligent, and most importantly, went beyond expectations in the pursuit of compensation for my sister. I would recommend her unconditionally.

-Martin Fleisher

Mr. Dummigan and his staff are very professional and caring. They took a case that no one else would…and put their energy and resources into the case to see it come to a successful close. It was an unfortunate series of events that led me to Mr. Dummigan’s office, but I was thankful for the closure his office brought to my situation.

-Lisa Marie

I could not have asked for a better legal team than all three of you. Thank you again for the time and energy that you and your staff were willing to spend on my behalf, it made these last two years of my life a little more tolerable.

-Sherry Wells

Get Help from Our Attorneys

If you believe you’re dealing with a labor and delivery case in Portland or elsewhere in Oregon, let’s set up a time to talk. We want to hear about your situation and find out if working together is the right fit.  

If we both decide to move forward, we’ll take your case on a contingency-fee-basis. You won’t pay anything unless we win.


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