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Fall Risk Residents Being Tripped Up at Oregon Nursing Homes: Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers

Why Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Rehabilitation Centers are Causing Harm to Fall Risk Residents: Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers

Residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, and other adult care facilities are susceptible to a lot of different hazards and risks.  One of the most common risks are falling.  In fact, many residents may be identified as a fall risk patient.  Yet, nursing homes often fail to adequately protect them from fall.  This is a dangerous business model.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries amongst individuals who are 65 years old or older.  Our Portland nursing home malpractice lawyers know that protecting all residents from falls should be a priority, especially residents who are already designated as a fall risk.  Failing to do so could constitute elder abuse, nursing home abuse, nursing home malpractice, and just be plain negligent.

General Duties of Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Rehabilitation Centers Relating to Residents and Reducing Falls

All nursing homes and related facilities are entrusted with the health and safety of residents.  This includes reducing the risks of harm to residents and ensuring they living in a reasonably safe environment.  Considering that the leading cause of injury and death of individuals 65 or older is falling, nursing homes need to guard residents from the risk of falling.  This includes making sure there are less obstructions or risks to falling such as wrinkled carpets, handrails on stairs, and the floors are clear of debris or obstructions.

Nursing homes and related facilities also need to identify high fall risk patients.  This means that patients who are at a high fall risk need to be especially protected.  This could mean residents get special attention, have lower beds, padded floors, bed alarms, bed rails, and even one on one supervision. 

What is a Fall Risk Patient?

A fall risk is a resident who has special circumstances that make him or her unsteady or prone to falling.  This could be residents who had leg or hip surgery, residents with cognitive impairments, residents on painkillers, or residents with severe diabetes and neuropathy.  Some fall risk patients could be particularly vulnerable to falling because of a condition or surgery they had.  Meaning that they may not be a high risk of falling, but if they fall, they are very vulnerable and the outcome could be catastrophic.  

Oregon Nursing Home Negligence When Residents Fall

A nursing home could be negligent if a resident falls.  This is true whether the resident is a fall risk or not.  In fact, a fall risk resident that falls is usually the result of some form of negligence.  Most times the reasons why a resident falls is due to nursing home negligence.  This includes the following reckless, careless, or negligent acts:

  • Inadequate staffing and understaffing;
  • Lack of training for employees;
  • Improper training;
  • Lack of supervision and monitoring of residents;
  • Premises liability, meaning defects in the floors and ground;
  • Negligent snow removal, ice removal, or removal of spills;
  • Ignoring bed alarms;
  • Failing to set up bed alarms or other safety devices for fall risk patients;
  • Improperly leaving debris or trip hazards in walkways; and
  • Many other types of negligent actions.

Our Portland Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers Can Help Your Elder Abuse Case

Nursing home falls always have the potential to cause great harm and damage.  This includes permanent and debilitating damage which could lead to a resident’s wrongful death.  Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers are all required to protect the rights of residents.  This means ensuring that they do not fall and sustain injury.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of nursing home abuse or neglect contact the Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Nursing Home Abuse cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Oregon Trucking Accidents Due to a Failure to Yield: Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

Failure to Yield Causing Oregon Trucking Accidents: Learn Liability from Our Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers

One of the most important rules of the road is yielding the right of way to other vehicles.  This is particularly true at more complicated intersections or intersections which have no traffic control devices.  When a large commercial truck fails to yield to the right of way, it can result in catastrophic collisions.  This includes t-bone crashes, rear end collision, head on crashes, and other serious trucking accidents.  Individuals injured in Oregon trucking accidents due to a failure to yield by a truck driver could suffer serious personal injuries, including traumatic brain injuries, paraplegia, and other life-changing injuries.  If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed in an Oregon trucking accident due to a truck driver, ask our Bend/Portland trucking accident lawyers what rights you may have under Oregon law.

What is the Right of Way?

The right of way is a principle where a vehicle has the first preference or “right” to move about an area of roadway.  Said differently, the right of way is a legal right for a motorist or pedestrians to proceed before others.  Typically, this area of roadway is an area where other vehicles also need to go over such as an intersection.  

What Happens if a Truck Driver Does Not Yield the Right of Way?

All motorists are required to yield the right of way to other vehicles which have the right of way.  This means that motorists must consider the vehicle and traffic laws for stop signs, yields, roundabouts, merges, t-intersections, and other intersections or traffic patterns.  When a motorist fails to yield the right of way, he or she may be violating Oregon vehicle and traffic law.

Specifically, ORS 811.275 (1) provides that “[a] person commits the offense of failure to yield the right of way at an uncontrolled intersection if the person is operating a motor vehicle that is approaching an uncontrolled highway intersection and the person does not look out for and give right of way to any driver on the right simultaneously approaching a given point, regardless of which driver first reaches and enters the intersection.”

A truck driver that violates ORS 811.275 and causes a motor vehicle collision with another vehicle may cause serious personal injuries.  Under the doctrine of negligence per se, a motorist may be automatically found negligent when he or she harms another person due to a traffic violation that was meant to protect the victim.  Failing to yield and causing a serious Oregon trucking accident is a common example of this.

It is also important to note that, even if a truck driver may believe he or she has the right of way, if that truck driver was speeding, ORS 811.275 (3) waives that person’s right of way.  This section provides that “A person entering an intersection at an unlawful speed shall forfeit any right of way the person would otherwise have under . . . this section.”

Victims or Oregon Trucking Accidents Should Ask Our Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers for Help if a Truck Driver’s Failure to Yield Hurt You

Failing to yield the right of way is a very serious issue which could result in dramatic collisions and significant injuries.  Innocent victims may be catastrophically hurt in these types of dangerous trucking accidents.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Prolonged Labor and Oregon Birth Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Why Prolonged Labor Could Result in Oregon Birth Injuries Due to Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Labor and delivery is said to be one of the most traumatizing times in a person’s life.  But also giving birth is right up there in traumatizing times for a woman’s life.  Most woman report that labor and delivery is the hardest, most painful, and most difficult thing they have ever done.  And this is when everything goes correctly.  Unfortunately, some mothers have a prolonged labor.  While this could happen naturally, a prolonged labor could also be caused by controllable and preventable factors that doctors and healthcare providers could manage.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers know that a prolonged labor is also a risky labor which could result in Oregon birth injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice.  If a loved one was born in a difficult and prolonged labor, get some free medical malpractice advice to learn whether you have potential rights to compensation.

What is a Prolonged Labor?

A prolonged labor is a labor that progresses at a rate that is abnormally slow or which stops.  Generally during a normal labor, a mother’s cervix should progressively dilate at a rate of no less than 1.2 centimeters per hour if it is a mother’s first pregnancy, or 1.5 centimeters per hour if not the mother’s first pregnancy.  If a mother has dilated at a rate slower than these figures, she is experiencing a prolonged labor.  She may also be experiencing an arrested labor, also known as a stopped labor.

Causes of a Prolonged or Stopped Labor

There could be several reasons for the delay or stoppage in labor.  These reasons are dangerous to the mother and to the baby.  This could be due to Oregon medical malpractice which could cause birth injuries.  Some of these reasons including the following:

  • Premature rupture of amniotic sac (water breaking);
  • Poor positioning of the baby;
  • Too large of a baby versus too small of a pelvis;
  • Issues with excessive contractions, weak contractions, or inconsistent contractions;
  • Material obesity;
  • Issues with fetal distress;
  • Umbilical cord blockage, rupture, damage, or other issues; and
  • Many other causes.

Dangers of a Prolonged or Stopped Labor

A prolonged labor or a stopped labor is a dangerous labor.  This is because there are usually issues relating to oxygen deprivation.  This could mean that a baby is not receiving the correct amount of oxygen that he or she needs.  Oxygen supply is very important because it can result in serious complications to a developing baby’s brain.  Even minor hypoxic (or decreases in oxygen) could result in damage to a baby’s brain.

Prolonged labors that cause a decrease in oxygen could lead to several troubling and catastrophic diagnoses.  This includes the following life-changing diseases:

  • Cerebral palsy;
  • HIE;
  • Developmental delays;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Brain damage;
  • Cognitive disability; 
  • Nerve injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries; and
  • Other serious injuries.

Oregon Birth Injuries After a Prolonged Labor Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice

A prolonged labor usually needs immediately intervention.  This includes an increase in Pitocin, forceps or other manual extraction efforts, or emergency c-sections.  The failure to do so puts the mother and the baby, especially the baby, at risk for very serious personal injuries.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

Untreated Bacterial Meningitis Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Why Untreated Bacterial Meningitis Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice From Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Bacterial meningitis is a medical emergency and must be diagnosed and treated immediately.  Untreated bacterial meningitis could result in serious personal injury or wrongful death to a newborn.  Failure to properly identify and treat bacterial meningitis could result in catastrophic personal injury.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers explain what bacterial meningitis is, warning signs, and why untreated bacterial meningitis could result in catastrophic personal injuries to your loved one.  While it is fortunate that bacterial meningitis is treatable and curable, it is unfortunate that so many families suffer from undiagnosed or delayed in bacterial meningitis treatment.

What is Bacterial Meningitis?

Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that wrap around the brain and spinal cord.  This membranes are important as they help form the blood-brain barrier.  This barrier keeps out a lot of different and harmful bacteria or viruses.  But it is not impenetrable and it can become infected.  

Bacterial meningitis is when a bacterial infection causes an infection of these membranes.  While viral meningitis is more common, bacterial meningitis is more deadly.  Bacterial meningitis requires immediate administration of antibiotics and often other support services, like IVs.  Newborns under two-months of age are at a greater risk for bacterial meningitis.

Signs and Symptoms that Healthcare Providers Should Not Ignore

A baby who has bacterial meningitis needs to be immediately diagnosed and treated.  This is because newborns are particularly vulnerable.  A full, blown-out infection usually takes less than 24 hours, sometimes in as few as three hours.  This is why newborns under the care and treatment of healthcare providers need to be properly reviewed and assessed for this serious condition.

The following warning signs and symptoms of bacterial meningitis are important for healthcare providers to not ignore otherwise it could be Oregon medical malpractice.  This includes the following:

  • High fever;
  • Cold hands and cold feet but a warm torso;
  • Bulging fontanel, or the raised, budge of the soft spot on a baby’s head;
  • Shivering;
  • Stiff neck or inability to move or rotate the neck;
  • Irritability;
  • Crying for no apparent reason;
  • Vomiting or diarrhea;
  • Rapid pulse or rapid breathing;
  • Refusing to eat, feed, drink, or otherwise ingest anything;
  • Splotchy patches on the skin, particularly red or dark red marks; and
  • Many other symptoms.

Failing to Diagnose Could be Fatal

Bacterial meningitis is a very aggressive condition which could lead to serious personal injuries or even catastrophic injury.  Oregon medical malpractice in the way that children and newborns are evaluated and treated could result in serious personal injuries including permanent disability.  The failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis could cause the following injuries:

  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Severe brain damage;
  • Vision loss;
  • Hearing loss;
  • Smell/taste loss;
  • Developmental delays;
  • Significant speech delays;
  • Developmental diseases; 
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other conditions.

Was Your Child’s Bacterial Meningitis Misdiagnosed?  Not Diagnosed?  Ask Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

Oregon Trucking Accidents Caused by Falling Asleep at the Wheel

Bend/Portland Trucking Accident Lawyers Share FMCSA Regulations and Liability on Oregon Trucking Accidents Caused by a Truck Driver Falling Asleep at the Wheel

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, or FMCSA, is a federal agency which promulgates regulations for truck drivers no matter what state the truck is in, going to, or from.  These regulations are largely about safety.  One of the most important sections of law is the hours of service regulations.  This regulations, also known as HOS regulations, dictate how long a truck driver can operate a commercial vehicle.  This is important for several reasons.  First, driving a truck is physically exhausting and rest periods are needed.  Second, driving a truck is all about making deliveries as fast as possible to get paid.  Thus, truck drivers who drive more get paid more.  But neglecting sleep can be downright dangerous for everyone.  Falling asleep at the wheel could easily result in the wrongful death of innocent people.  Learn more about the HOS regulations and liability for Oregon trucking accidents from our Bend/Portland trucking accident lawyers.

What are Hours of Service (HOS) Regulations?

The Hours of Service regulations may be the most important in the FMCSA.  It may also be the most checked by law enforcement and the most convincing to a jury if there were violations.  This is because the HOS regulations are meant to keep truck drivers well-rested and not fatigued.  This keeps truck drivers from falling asleep at the wheel or having delayed reactions to crashes.  Essentially, this is how the government can keep people safe.

The most important FMCSA regulations on HOS include the following:

  • Maximum 14 hours on shift (working), immediately followed by a minimum of 10 hours off shift (resting);
  • Maximum of 10 hours driving in the 14 hours on shift;
  • Maximum of 8 hours of consecutive driving without taking a minimum 30 minute break;
  • Maximum 60 hours per 7 days, or 70 hours per 8 days.

Types of Oregon Trucking Accidents Due to Falling Asleep at the Wheel

When a truck driver violates the FMCSA regulations on hours of service, it could lead to careless or negligent trucking accidents.  This includes fatigued truck drivers causing serious accidents.  The fatigue could result in deadly accidents such as when a truck driver falls asleep at the wheel.  The most common types of Oregon trucking accidents caused by a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel or who is fatigued include the following:

  • Rear end collisions;
  • Side-swipe accidents;
  • Crossing the center line;
  • Going off the roadway;
  • Head on impacts;
  • Rollovers;
  • Jackknifed trucks; and
  • Many other types of crashes.

Falling Asleep at the Wheel is a Very Serious and Potential Deadly Mistake

If you or a loved one were seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to a truck driver falling asleep at the wheel, being fatigued, or otherwise being tried, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon law.  f you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Oregon Trucking Accidents: Portland 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers

Portland 18 Wheeler Wreck Lawyers Explain Spinal Cord Injuries Caused by Oregon Trucking Accidents

All motor vehicle accidents are very dangerous and can lead to serious personal injuries.  This is particularly true of Oregon trucking accidents with 18 wheelers, logging trucks, big rigs, box trucks, and other large commercial vehicles.  These tractor trailers are significantly heavier than other types of motor vehicles.  This means they generate significantly more momentum and result in more forceful impacts.  Victims involved in trucking accidents are more likely to suffer from serious personal injuries because fo the increased force.  One of the most common injuries are spinal cord injuries.  Our Portland 18 wheeler wreck lawyers explain how dangerous and devastating spinal cords injuries are and what damages a victim may be entitled to.

Understanding the Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is the soft, gelatinous structure that is in the middle of the spinal column composed of vertebrae to protect the vulnerable spinal cord.  The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, which is comprised of the brain and the spinal cord.  The main purpose of the spinal cord is to be the messenger super highway between the brain and the peripheral nervous system which extends out of the spinal column.  These messages include for movement, sensation, and other important functions.

Types of Spinal Cord Injuries

There are general types of spinal cord injuries which could be caused by Oregon trucking accidents.  The first are incomplete spinal cord injuries which are when the spinal cord sustains partial damage which may impair or limit some function.  This means that some signals may be sent between each other but not usually the total amount.  The second are complete spinal cord injuries which are when the spinal cord suffers a total and full severance.  This means that messages between the brain and the part(s) of the body below the spinal cord damage will not reach each other.

Paralysis from Oregon Trucking Accidents

Spinal cord injuries generally result in a form of paralysis.  There are two common types of paralysis that must people have heard of.  They are paraplegia and quadriplegia.  Both forms can be incomplete (some possible function and sensation left) or complete (lack of function and sensation).

Paraplegia is a spinal cord injury affecting the lower extremities and lower torso.  This particularly means the legs and feet.

Quadriplegia is a spinal cord injury affecting everything below the neck or upper chest.  This means the arms, legs, and torso have some decreased or lack of functioning.  

Other Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Trucking Accidents

In additional to paralysis, there are other possible spinal cord injuries which could occur.  This includes some of the following injuries:

  • Fractures, including compression fractures to the vertebrae which could compress on the spinal cord;
  • Brown-Sequard syndrome – damage to a part of the spinal cord with shuts down, causes decreased sensation, movement, or feeling on just one side of the body below the injury; 
  • Nerve damage – the nerves coming out of the spinal cord could become damaged and cause pain or decreased function; and
  • Many other common causes.

Ask our Portland 18 Wheeler Wreck Attorneys for Help

Spinal cord injuries are catastrophic injuries that could be caused by trucking accidents in Oregon.  If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Meconium Aspiration Syndrome Causing Birth Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain Meconium Aspiration Syndrome and How it Causes Oregon Birth Injuries

There are many different types of birth injuries.  Some birth injuries are caused due to the Oregon medical malpractice of healthcare providers and their negligent actions.  Other birth injuries are caused due to negligent inactions or omissions, which includes the failure to act.  One type of birth injury that can be caused by negligent inactions or omissions is Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, or MAS.  If your newborn was diagnosed with Meconium Aspiration Syndrome, MAS, or any respiratory (lung) related injury, ask our Portland birth injury lawyers to take a FREE look at your case.  This is because MAS could result in serious and complicated birth injuries, disability, and permanent damage to a developing baby, including cerebral plays, HIE, and other brain injuries.

What is Meconium Aspiration Syndrome (MAS)?

As a fetus develops, it is processing food matter which is feed through the placenta.  This fecal matter is stored in the intestines and can stay in the intestines until birth.  It does not accumulate very much matter given that it is a nine-month storage process.  Upon birth, the baby’s birth bowel movement is this matter which accumulated during development.  That is called meconium, and it is not like a normal bowel passage.  This bowel movement typically occurs not long after birth.

However, during  difficult birth when the baby is in distress, also known as fetal distress, the baby may prematurely discharge the meconium.  This means that the baby could have the meconium in the amniotic sac with the baby or in the birth canal if the sac has popped.  This is dangerous, while it does happen, it is still abnormal.  Discharge of meconium prior to or during the birthing process can be a sign of complications and undue stress on the baby.  This is dangerous.  

When the meconium is discharged too early, there is the possibility that the baby could aspirate the meconium into his or her lungs.  This is very dangerous because it is a waste product that can cause a whole host of complications in the baby.  MAS injuries could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.

Dangerous of MAS and Complications Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

Generally, if meconium is expressed prematurely a fast-working and competent medical team can avoid MAS.  Simple solutions are c-sections, safely using vacuum extraction tools, and other ways to quickly deliver the baby.  

However, when a medical team fails to properly mitigate and handle the risks of MAS, a newborn could suffer serious personal injuries.  These birth injuries could have long-lasting affects.  The birth injuries are simply caused by a delay in treatment.  Some of the most common birth injuries due to MAS include the following:

  • Pneumonia, which can be fatal to newborns;
  • Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn which is potentially deadly and damaging;
  • HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Hypoxic injuries (decreased oxygen);
  • Anoxic injuries (no oxygen);
  • Cerebral palsy due to hypoxic or anoxic injuries;
  • Blocked airways; 
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Many other serious injuries.

Was Your Baby Diagnosed with MAS?  Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers For Help

If you newborn was diagnosed with MAS or any possible complication of MAS, you may be entitled to compensation for your baby’s future medical needs.  This could be very serious too.  If MAS resulted in severe birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or HIE, the lifetime costs for your loved one may be well over $1 million.  

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

 Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

What is Diplegic Cerebral Palsy? Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Diplegic Cerebral Palsy From Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Diplegic cerebral palsy is a type of spastic cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a catastrophic birth injury.  CP is a condition or group of conditions that result from damage to the developing brain.  This damage is typically in an area of the brain which affect motor movement and function.  The location of the damage and the extent of the damage dictate the severity of CP.  There are many different types of CP, including several general classifications.  Spastic cerebral palsy is a general type of CP.  Each general classification has many subsets, such as diplegia CP.  Our Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers know how devastating all of these types of cerebral palsy classifications and subsets can be.  This is particularly true if the cerebral palsy is the result of Oregon medical malpractice causing careless, reckless, or downright negligent birth injuries.  

What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  Generally, individuals with spastic CP are prone to increased muscle tone and rigidity, known as hypertonia.  This rigid and stiff musculature makes movement more difficult for individuals.  Generally, the faster that an individual tries to move, the more rigid and difficult it is to move the muscles.  This is due to damage in the brain to neurological pathways, or nerve tracts.  

What is Diplegic Cerebral Palsy? 

Diplegia is a type of spastic cerebral palsy.  While spastic cerebral palsy could affect anywhere on the body, diplegic CP generally affects the lower extremities.  In diplegic CP, a person’s legs are extremely stiff due to increased muscle tone.  This results in stiffer joints which affect a person’s range on motion.  This means walking, running, climbing stairs, sitting down, laying down, or other motions predominately done by the legs will be significantly more difficult.  The severity of diplegic CP depends on the severity of the brain damage sustained while developing.  

Causes of Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

While diplegic cerebral palsy could be caused by genetics or unavoidable consequences of birth, this is sadly not always the case.  Many times cerebral palsy is caused by preventable medical errors.  These medical errors could be the result in careless or reckless conduct.  This includes improperly or inadequately monitoring a mother and the newborn during the labor and delivery process.  When healthcare providers fail to properly monitor a mother and baby, certain birth injuries could occur.

Birth asphyxia is one of the most common ways that Oregon medical malpractice could cause a birth injury resulting in CP.  Birth asphyxia could result in a hypoxic injury, which is an injury due to a decrease in oxygen.  Birth asphyxia could also cause an anoxic injury, which is due to a complete lack of oxygen.  In either situation, the developing brain demands a full supply of oxygen which healthcare providers must ensure a fetus and newborn is receiving.  The failure of a healthcare provider to protect a baby’s oxygen could result in cerebral palsy or other catastrophic birth injuries.

Ask our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers if Your Baby Was Diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy or Any Other Type of Cerebral Palsy

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy will result in a lifetime of complications for an individual.  While some complications can be managed, they never should have to be managed if improper medical care and treatment did not cause them in the first place.  Nor does managing complications of cerebral palsy remedy the fact that the individual and his or her family will have a lifetime of financial consequences.  

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

Disabled Truck and FMCSA Regulations: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

FMCSA Regulations Governing Disabled Trucks are to Protect Other Motorists: Oregon Trucking Accident Lawyers

The trucking industry is an interstate business, meaning that it takes place across many different states.  Because of this, it can be difficult to regulate the conduct, equipment, and other elements of commercial trucks and truck drivers.  This is why there is a federal agency in charge of promulgating regulations relating to the conduct of truck drivers and trucking companies.  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has created many different regulations which apply to commercial trucks and truck drivers.  One of the most important sections of regulations include those governing disabled trucks.  Our Oregon trucking accident lawyers share the dangerous, regulations, and liability regarding disabled trucks and FMCSA violations.

Why are Disabled Trucks so Dangerous?

Commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, tankers, logging trucks, delivery vans, and other box trucks are huge.  They are hard to miss given their massive size.  However, it is actually very common for disabled trucks to pose a very serious risk to other motorists.  This is particularly true during inclement weather such as rain, snow, sleet, fog, or other weather vents.  And it is even truer during the night, especially on dark roads that are not well-lit or lit at all.

When a large commercial truck is in the shoulder of a roadway at night or during inclement weather, it is a hidden trap.  It is simply not expected to be there.  But when that truck is sticking out into the right-of-way or even blocking a lane of travel, a disabled truck is a very serious threat and hazard to motorists.  Indeed, it is not uncommon for innocent drivers to t-bone, rear end, or otherwise collide with a disabled truck.  Since these trucks are massive and very heavy, it is usually the innocent person that is injured.

FMCSA Regulations Regarding a Disabled Truck

The FMCSA recognizes how dangerous disabled trucks really are to other motorists.  This is why the FMCSA has promulgated an entire section of law just to disabled trucks.  The goal is to make disabled trucks less dangerous by increasing their visibility and warning oncoming traffic about their presence.

The important section of law is 49 CFR section 392.22 which creates two important responsibilities of a truck driver of a disabled commercial vehicle.  First, as soon as a commercial truck becomes disabled the truck driver must immediately turn on his or her vehicular hazard warning signal flashers.  This is done to immediately warn all other vehicles coming from either direction that there is a commercial vehicle there.  Second, a truck driver must within 10 minutes of being disabled place certain warning devices.  Under the sections, the warning devices or signals must be placed in the following locations:

  • 4 paces/10 feet from the disabled truck towards oncoming traffic;
  • 40 paces/100 feet from the disabled truck towards oncoming traffic; and
  • 40 paces/100 feet from the disabled truck towards approaching traffic.

Warning devices and signs could be reflective signs or triangles, flares, flashing signs, or other warning devices that clearly indicate there is a hazard coming up.

Disabled Truck Liability for Violating FMCSA Regulations

When a commercial vehicle violates a FMCAS regulation that is meant to keep other people on or around the roadways safe, the truck driver and trucking company may be liable for the Oregon trucking accident.  A victim may even use the violation of an FMCSA regulation as evidence of negligence against the truck driver and trucking company under the doctrine of negligence per se.  This is a powerful doctrine which allows a victim harmed by the violation of a statute or regulation meant to protect them.  

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of a trucking accident or collision contact the Oregon Truck Accident Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take Trucking accident cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law. 

Seizures Caused by Birth Injuries and Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Understanding Seizures Caused by Birth Injuries and Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Oregon medical malpractice could result in many types in injuries.  The most devastating types of injuries are to our most innocent members of society.  Birth injuries could cause a whole host of serious injuries including catastrophic, debilitating, and permanent personal injuries.  One type of very serious condition caused by birth injuries is a seizure disorder.  Seizures caused by birth injuries could result in a lifetime of serious complications, treatment, and medical procedures.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers know that seizures caused by birth injuries are a very serious issue for a family.  Learn about seizures caused by birth injuries as well as how we can help you and your family protect your rights to compensation.

What are Seizures?

Seizures take place in the brain.  Part of how the brain functions is through electronic responses and messages.  A seizure is an uncontrolled electrical disturbance in the brain.  This messes with how the brain normally sends messages and responses.  As a result, a seizure can cause a “storm” of electric response in the brain.  This can cause uncontrolled movements, feelings, sensation, consciousness, and other abnormal conduct.  Most seizures least less than two minutes.

Seizures are classified by frequency, severity, and location.  Focal seizures are abnormal electrical activity in just one area of the brain.  Generalized seizures span across the entire brain.  Seizures that last more than five minutes are typically a medical emergency which requires immediate treatment.  

Can Seizures Caused by Birth Injuries be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice?

Yes, seizures caused by birth injuries could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  While there are some natural and unavoidable causes of seizures, such as genetics, many times medical mistakes result in seizures.  Anytime a newborn is diagnosed with any seizure disorder or has suffered even one seizure, a family should ask Portland birth injury lawyers for a free consultation.  This is because many improper, reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct by healthcare providers could result in seizures.

Some fo the common ways which seizures are caused by Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy also known as HIE (decreases blood flow of oxygenated blood to the brain which causes injury to the brain)l
  • Anoxic injuries to the brain (complete lack of oxygen);
  • Hypoxic injuries to the brain (decreased amount of oxygen to brain where brain cannot function properly or where the brain will sustain damage);
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction tool;
  • Failure to diagnose and treat infections, including meningitis;
  • Umbilical cord injury, prolapse, rupture, or other damage;
  • Improper handling of the newborn once born, including dropping the baby;
  • Delays in falling for a c-section; and
  • Other damage to the developing brain.

Did Your Newborn Suffer a Seizure?  It Costs You Nothing to Talk to Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Seizures could go away and be a nuisance during childhood, or could be a lifelong disability that prevents a person from having gainful employment, operating a vehicle, or otherwise having a normal life.  Seizures caused by Oregon birth injuries are a serious threat to a person’s life and liberty.  When these birth injuries are caused by unacceptable medical malpractice, victims and their families have rights.

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover.  

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.