Could Improper Use of Forceps Causing a Birth Injury be Medical Malpractice? Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains

Improper Use of Forceps Causing a Birth Injury

Understanding the Improper Use of Forceps Causing a Birth Injury from Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

There are many possible causes of birth injuries.  Some of these causes are natural complications of birth.  But there are other types of causes which are not natural complications.  These causes could be Oregon medical malpractice.  This includes Oregon medical malpractice caused to a newborn baby during the labor and delivery process.  This means that an infant victim could sustain serious personal injuries or wrongful death.  One possible way that this could happen is the improper use of forceps causing a birth injury.  Our Portland birth injury lawyer explains how this could happen and why it is possible.

What are Forceps?

Forceps are a device that is used to assist a baby through the birth canal.  This is used during a natural or vaginal childbirth.  The forceps look like a pair of large spoons and they are to grab the baby’s head to help pull the baby through the birth canal.  This is a type of assisted delivery method that is not always used.  When it is used, it can help during a difficult labor or a prolonged labor.  

Can Forceps Cause Birth Injuries?

Our Portland birth injury lawyer knows that forceps can absolutely cause birth injuries.  This is for a few reasons, including the following:

  • Friction or abrasion – a baby’s skin is soft and the use of forceps can easily cause serious injury to the face and the delicate skin.  This means that a baby’s face could be torn or suffer injury.  A baby who has their face injured runs the risk of nerve damage.  This is because a baby’s tissue is very soft and facial or cranial nerves are shallow.  This combination of weak skin and naturally shallow nerves can lead to serious and irreversible nerve damage.
  • Excess pressure – if there is excess pressure in squeezing the forceps, it could result in serious personal injuries to a baby’s head, neck, or brain.  This is because a baby’s skulls very soft and not completely fused.  The brain is susceptible to serious injury if there is excess pressure on it.
  • Twisting or pulling – forceps need to be used carefully.  An OB-GYN is must stronger than the baby’s neck muscles and vertebrae.  If a OB-GYN pulls or twists too hard on the neck, it can result in serious injury to the baby.  This includes damage to the baby’s spinal cord which could result in paralysis.  If a surgery twists or attempts to angle the forceps in a dangerous manner, it can cause catastrophic injury to a baby.
  • Delayed use – This one is not really caused by the forceps, but by the fact that an OB-GYN might recognize there is a difficult delivery and decide that there needs to be forceps use.  The doctor may wait for the correct time to use them, but it might allow for there to be serious personal injuries to the baby to occur.  This means that a baby could be in distress and a c-section is really the appropriate mechanism, however the OB-GYN may not realize that and think forceps could be used instead.  This is dangerous and potentially deadly for a baby.  When in doubt, if there are signs of distress a c-section should always be used.

Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Birth Injury Claim

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 Medical Malpractice Lawyer sues St. Charles Hospital for wrongful death of mother

Bend Medical Malpractice Attorney Sues St. Charles Hospital for Negligently Killing Mother of two young children

On December 24, 2019 Kuhlman Law, LLC, an Oregon medical malpractice law firm, filed  a lawsuit against St. Charles Hospital alleging that the hospital and its treating doctors were negligent in not diagnosing an underlying condition of the mother of two young children that resulted in her unnecessary death.  The wrongful death lawsuit seeks to hold the hospital accountable and to compensate the children and the woman’s husband for their catastrophic loss.

St. Charles Hospital is located in Bend, Oregon.  It also has facilities in Redmond, Prineville, Madras, and Sisters.

The case is venued in Deschutes County, and seeks a jury trial.  The lawsuit claims that the St. Charles’ doctors and nurses failed to treat the patient who was suffering from adrenal crisis.  The hospital’s failure to diagnose and treat the mother’s condition caused her to go into circulatory collapse, suffer permanent brain damage which caused her death a few days later.

The lawsuit states that had St. Charles treated the patient with cortisol, the patient would still be alive today and would have lived a full and healthy life.   Because the mother was not given the right medication her body was unable to fight off a mild infection and sepsis.

The mother was only 32 years old when she died.

The lawsuit is seeking 26 million dollars to compensate the family for losing their wife and mother.

Medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the country.  One of the goals of the family’s lawsuit is to make sure that the same mistake does not happen to future patients.

Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case

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Understanding HIE from our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case

There are many potential damages which could be caused by a birth injury in Oregon.  Most of the damages are due to a lack of oxygen to the newborn. When that is a decrease in the lack of oxygen, it is a hypoxic injury.  When it is a complete lack of oxygen, that is an anoxic injury.  One of the most common types of birth injuries is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.  This is a type of hypoxic injury which could be caused by a variety of complications or medical malpractice.  Whenever a child is diagnosed with HIE, call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case.  

This is because a medical malpractice case is not like a normal type of personal injury lawsuit.  And a birth injury is also a much more complicated type of medical malpractice case.  But the mecca of all difficult cases are brain injury cases due to birth injuries such as HIE.  This is why victims and their families need to call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case and not just any personal injury lawyer.

What is HIE?

HIE is a very dangerous and devastating condition.  It is brain damage to a baby.  The brain damage is caused by a lack of oxygen.  The lack of oxygen is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.  It is this blood flow which carries oxygen to the brain.  When there is a decrease in oxygenated blood, there is going to be damage to the baby’s brain.

The damage from HIE is caused by lesions to the brain.  The lesions are areas where the rapidly developing brain had a lack of oxygen.  Rather than forming normally, the brain has a “gap” or “blank spot” which forms in its place.  This is like scar tissue or just dead, non-utilized tissue where no neuron connections have taken place.

Disability Due to HIE

The disabilities caused by HIE can be great, significant, and absolutely catastrophic.  Victims may suffer a wide-range of complications or conditions if HIE injuries occur during the birthing process such as labor and delivery.  Victims may also suffer horrible personal injuries which can impair their entire lives.  Some of the most common injuries or complications due to HIE include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy – this is a movement disorder which can affect how a person controls his or her body.  Victims may suffer involuntary tremors or other shakes which affect a person’s ability to function.  Victims may also be unable to walk, sit, lay down, or even eat/drink without assistance.
  • Developmental delays – victims may suffer significant and permanent developmental delays including the inability to talk, learn a language, problem solve, eat, remember, or regular one’s mood.
  • Seizure disorders – severe cases of HIE could result in seizure disorders which could be greatly disruptive to a person’s life.
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Many other serious injuries causing disability.

Learn How Our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case can Help You

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.

Catastrophic Injuries from Cerebral Palsy: Birth Injury Lawyer in Portland

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Birth Injury Lawyer in Portland Explains Catastrophic Injuries from Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy, also known as CP, is a disorder or group of disorders which affects an individual’s ability to move or control movement.  This means that an individual is unable to perform tasks such as walking, sitting, writing, and sometimes even talking, eating, or drinking.  Cerebral palsy is a very serious type of birth injury and it is one of the most common types of birth injuries.  Victims who suffer from cerebral palsy usually suffer for an entire lifetime.  Luckily, advancements in physical therapy and occupational therapy have help individuals with cerebral palsy live better lives.  They will, not be cured.  There is no cure to cerebral palsy.  Our birth injury lawyer in Portland, Oregon explains the most catastrophic injuries from cerebral palsy.

Cerebral Palsy: Four Types

There are four types of cerebral palsy.  Each type is different and devastating.  The four types are the following:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – this is the most common form which is caused by stiff and rigid muscles or tendons.  This results in a decrease in range of motion due to the tough joints.
  • Athetoid cerebral palsy or dyskinetic cerebral palsy – this is the next most common form of cerebral palsy which causes slow, writhing movements.  Individuals which this type of cerebral palsy of flaccid muscles.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – this is a rarer type of cerebral palsy which results in difficult with fine motor movement such as buttoning a shirt or writing, as well as uncontrollable tremors.
  • Mixed cerebral palsy – this is a mix of multiple types of cerebral palsy that can fluctuate.

Catastrophic Injuries from Cerebral Palsy

While cerebral palsy causes motor movement issues and functional problems, which this can be very damaging and impairing, it is not the only problem that cerebral palsy can cause.  Severe instances of cerebral palsy usually have some other and more serious form of disability with it.  This includes some very catastrophic and damaging issues.  This is related to the fact that cerebral palsy is a brain injury which causes lesions or damage in the brain.  Therefore, the fact that there is so much brain damage means that there are going to be other issues with the brain.

Some of the most catastrophic injuries that could be caused by cerebral palsy include the following:

  • Seizures
  • Vision loss
  • Hearing loss
  • Speech problems
  • Learning disabilities 
  • Behavior problems
  • Mental retardation 
  • Respiratory problems including issues like severe asthma 
  • Bowel or bladder problems
  • Bone abnormalities
  • Severe cognitive defects, and
  • Many other serious or catastrophic injuries.

This is also in addition to the fact that cerebral palsy could cause an individual to be bedridden and unable to care for himself or herself.  This means that victims may be dependent on around-the-clock nursing care for their wholes lives.  This is a very serious complication and need that a birth injury lawyer in Portland could address for victims and their families.

Call Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help with Any Cerebral Palsy Case

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.

Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon

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Understanding Nursing Home Malpractice: Ask our Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon for Help

There are many forms of nursing home malpractice that could seriously injure or damage an innocent resident.  These abuses can occur in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or assisted living facilities.  Even the best of facilities could cause serious personal injuries due to nursing home malpractice, abuse, or neglect.  Victims and their families should always ask a nursing home malpractice lawyer in Portland, Oregon for a FREE case evaluation to learn what their rights are to compensation.  Our Portland lawyer at Kuhlman Law can help you do just that.

We understand how frustrating and even confusing it can be for a person to have to deal with this type of serious misconduct or negligence.  We place our loved ones in nursing homes to protect them by giving them better healthcare than we can give them at home.  We also hope that our loved ones are protected from abuse and intentional harms, which they may not be if they are allowed to wander and elope at home.  This is why nursing homes provide important protects for health and safety.

But far too many nursing homes fail in this.  Both intentionally and due to the nursing home malpractice of a provider.  Below are some of the most common causes of nursing home malpractice and abuse which could result in a serious type of personal injury to a loved one:

Bedsores, Pressure Sores, and Pressure Ulcers

These are painful and potentially life-threatening conditions which are “never events” in a nursing home.  Unfortunately, they occur far too often.  A bedsore, pressure sore, or pressure ulcer is all the same thing but a different name.  It occurs when there is increased and continued pressure, friction, abrasion, or rubbing on the same part of the body for a prolonged period of time.  This can cause damage to the tissue underneath the skin and begin a necrotic condition which eats away at flesh.  Infection and sepsis is likely which can also become life-threatening.  Victims who have a bedsore will suffer extreme pain and agony.  While the good news is that bedsores are easily by prevented by shifting residents in beds, getting them up to walk, and proper nutrition or hydration, the unfortunate truth is that far too many nursing homes neglect their residents which results in these types of serious injuries.

Medication Errors

While it may not seem possible in today’s age of computers checking medications, dosage, and prescriptions, medication errors happen a lot.  This can include in ordering the medication or administrating the medication.  At nursing homes, most times it is administrating medication which can result in serious injuries or the wrongful death of a resident.  This includes giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient, mistakes in dosage, not giving food with the mediation, forgetting the medication, or not checking for interactions.  Medication errors can be serious problems in nursing homes which should be reviewed by a nursing home malpractice lawyer in Portland, Oregon.

Lack of Supervision

A lack of supervision could be caused by a myriad of issues, including a lack of staffing or inadequate staffing.  Lack of supervision could also allow for wandering and elopement which is a dangerous issue in a nursing home that could cause falls, broken bones, head injuries, and even wrongful death.  A lack of supervision could also result in nursing home abuse such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other harm.

Ask Our Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon for Help

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. 

Fast Facts on the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy: Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon

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Understanding the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy: Fast Facts from our Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon

One of the most devastating diagnoses that a family of a newborn could receive is cerebral palsy, or CP.  While this is not a death sentence like some other young diagnoses, it can be a particularly disruptive and destructive one.  While there are plenty of individuals who are born with CP and live very productive and long lives, some do not.  Especially those who are unable to afford the high costs associated with this horrible condition.  This is why our birth injury lawyer in Oregon wants to share some important and fast facts on the different types of cerebral palsy for families.

Understanding the Basis of Cerebral Palsy

There Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have a lot of information about cerebral palsy available for the public to review.  This includes definitions and types.  According to the CDC, cerebral palsy is diagnosed as the following:

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. CP is the most common motor disability in childhood. Cerebral means having to do with the brain. Palsy means weakness or problems with using the muscles. CP is caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain that affects a person’s ability to control his or her muscles.

There are four types of cerebral palsy.  Each affect the body differently.  The four types are spastic cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed cerebral palsy. 

Fast Facts on Spastic CP

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  It results in an increased muscle tone which is called hypertonia.  This means the muscles are so tight and strong that they cause problems moving them.  Stiff muscles result in rigid joints which make a person’s movement difficult and awkward.  There are three common types of spastic CP, including:

  • Spastic diplegia/diparesis – this is spastic CP in the legs causing tightness and difficult walking
  • Spastic hemiplegia/hemiparesis – this is when spastic CP only affects one side of the brain
  • Spastic quadriplegia/quadriparesis – this is the most severe type of spastic CP which affects nearly the entire body.  Individuals with this type usually have other serious developmental disabilities, including seizure disorders.

Fast Facts on Dyskinetic CP

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy is also known as athetoid cerebral palsy.  It occurs in about 10% of all CP cases.  There are many subsets of it which affect different parts of the body and are based on different types of disability.  The court types include the following:

  • Dystonia – repetitive movements and abnormal twisting, writhing, curling, or similar conditions
  • Chorea – involuntary jerky movements and reactions
  • Athetosis – slow movements which are often twisting, writhing, and curling
  • Choreathetosis – both chorea and athetosis occurring together

The main traits of dyskinetic CP are a fluctuation between hypotonia (lack of muscle) and hypertonia (increased muscle tone).  This can make voluntary movements very difficult and treating or managing this type of CP also very difficult due to the different needs.  There is also involuntary movement which usually occurs in the face, torso, and limbs.  Individuals with this type of CP also have stiff or rigid bodies which shift to loose and flaccid bodies.  There are usually significant issues with posture and eating.

Fast Facts on Ataxic CP

This is a very rare type of CP which occurs less than 5% of the time.  It pertains to movement and voluntary movement.  Usually an individual with ataxic CP can make larger more macro movements without too much difficulty, but will have trouble with more fine or specific dexterity such as buttoning a shirt or typing.  

The most common signs of ataxic CP include difficulty speaking, problems with depth perception, shakiness, tremors, walking awkwardly, eating problems, and other types of similar issues.

Fast Facts on Mixed CP

When the damage to the brain is not focused on one part of the body or the other, it can result in different types of CP.  These different types of CP can all manifest themselves randomly.  This is known as a mixed CP which can exhibit all the types of CP.  In fact, the types could also fluctuate or change which make treating it more difficult.  These occur in about 10% of all CP cases and can be difficult for a family.

All of these types could be caused by medical malpractice which should be reviewed by our birth injury lawyer in Oregon.

Was Your Child Diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy?  Learn How We Can 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.

Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon

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Hiring a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon is Easy if You Go to the Right Firm

Going to a lawyer can be intimidating.  It can even be embarrassing for some people.  Some people may never imagine that they have to sue.  Others may believe that they are being forced to go to a lawyer for reasons that are uncomfortable for them.  One such reason could be if a loved one has a serious injury such as cerebral palsy.  This could be a catastrophic type of birth injury which results in serious personal injuries that result in a lifetime of injury, disability, and problems for young children.  Many people need to hire a cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon, but most are unsure what to expect.

Costs of a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon

Most people think that all lawyers cost a lot of money upfront.  And some definitely do, especially divorce lawyers or corporate lawyers.  However, a cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon does not cost anything upfront.  This is because a cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon like Kuhlman Law takes cases on a contingency fee agreement.  This means that the client does not pay any money upfront and only pays a percentage of what the lawyer recovers in a settlement or lawsuit.  This is great because it allows a victim to keep all of his or her money in her pocket upfront to pay for medical bills and lost wages.

Types of Lawyers for Cerebral Palsy

Law is not like medicine where there are “specialities.”  After graduating law school and passing the bar exam, and then being sworn in, a lawyer is licensed and able to handle any case.  This means the at lawyer could handle a murder trial the first day.  Or at least under the eyes of the law and licensing.  

But we know this is not always a good idea.

Almost all medical malpractice cases are difficult and significantly more difficult than other types of cases.  Birth injury cases relating to cerebral palsy are also some of the most difficult types of cases in the medical malpractice context.  This means that victims need to have an experienced, knowledgeable, and skilled lawyer.

This is why a client who has a loved one who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy needs to hire a cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon like ours.  Victims need to hire a lawyer that handles medical malpractice cases, birth injury cases, and cerebral palsy cases specifically.  There are a lot of reoccurring issues with birth injury cases, especially cerebral palsy cases, which need to be handled properly.  These cases also need to be handled by a lawyer that knows what they are doing.  

Thus, while you could hire a car accident lawyer or other personal injury lawyer, hiring a cerebral palsy lawyer is the best option.  And while you could hire a medical malpractice lawyer or birth injury lawyer, handling a cerebral palsy lawyer is still going to be better because there is familiarity with both the medicine, common defenses, and likely damages from this type of case.

Victims and Their Families Can Trust Our Law Firm

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.

Bedsore Lawyer in Portland, Oregon: Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases

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Information on Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Cases from our Bedsore Lawyer in Portland, Oregon

We rely on nursing homes to help care for our love one.  This is particularly true when our loved ones need more care and treatment than we can provide to them.  Most nursing homes do a great job handling elderly residents.  However, this is not always the case.  There are many possible things that could go wrong in a nursing home, rehabilitation center, or assisted living facility.  These things could result in serious personal injuries or even the wrongful death of a loved one.  Not only could there be medical negligence, but there could be nursing home abuse and neglect.  Between both issues, one of the most common problems are pressure sores or bedsores.  Our bedsore lawyer in Portland explains these dangerous injuries.

What Are Bedsores?

Bedsores are injuries to the skin and underlying tissue.  It is caused by damage from constant pressure, frictions, or abrasion to the skin and tissue.  This results in a breakdown of tissue.  The breakdown in tissue can result in an open wound which can become infected.  An untreated infection could result in sepsis.  This is why bedsores are dangerous and potentially deadly.

Causes of Bedsores

Our bedsore lawyer in Portland, Oregon knows that bedsores are caused by improper care and treatment.  A bedsore is typically considered to be a “never event” which means that it should not occur with the proper care and treatment of a nursing home or elder living facility.  Thus, when a bedsore does occur, it is often a sign of medical malpractice or nursing home abuse and negligent.  This means that a victim could be seriously injured due to the carelessness of a healthcare provider.

The most common causes of bedsores in a nursing home include the following:

  • Failing to rotate residents
  • Failing to get patients up and walking
  • Improper mattresses and wheelchairs
  • Improper nutrition 
  • Poor dehydration 
  • Resident neglect
  • Delays in treating an infection
  • Failing to manage diabetes properly, and
  • Many other common causes.

If you suspect that any of these causes of resulted in a bedsore of you or a loved one, please ask our bedsore lawyer in Portland, Oregon for help with your case.

Stages of a Bedsores

There are four stages of bedsores.  All stages are bad, but the greater the stage the more likely that it will be life-threatening.  The four stages of bedsores include the following:

  • Stage 1: Mild, where the damage is just the outer layer of skin and results in redness, burning, pain, and general uncomfortableness.
  • Stage 2: Medium, when the skin breaks and there is some damage in the underlying layers of tissue.  This stage results in bleeding, blisters, redness, swollen, and similar harm.
  • Stage 3: Moderate, when the damage is through to the fatty layer.  This results in bleeding and even necrotic tissue.  An infection is very likely and it is likely to result in serious harm.  
  • Stage 4: Severe and life-threatening.  This is when muscle and underlying structures are being damaged and suffer serious personal injuries.  This means that a victim could be permanently injured from the bedsore.  Always ask a bedsore lawyer in Portland, Oregon for help when a case gets this severe.

Kuhlman Law Can Help Bedsore Victims in Portland, Oregon

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. 

How do Birth Injuries Happen? Common Causes Explained by our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain the Common Causes and How do Birth Injuries Happen in Oregon

Welcoming a baby into this world is the most exciting time, but it is also the most stressful time.  This is particularly true if there are complications which occur during the labor and delivery process.  While this is not common in Oregon, mistakes, errors, and other reckless or negligent conduct can happen due to a healthcare provider’s negligence.  Indeed, these mistakes could result in very serious personal injuries to a newborn which could result in a lifetime of catastrophic or disabling conditions.  Many families ask our Portland birth injury lawyers how do birth injuries happen, including some of the most severe instances, when there are so many providers and technological advancements to help protect babies.

Unfortunately, the answer is usually due to the negligence of another healthcare provider such as a OB/GYN, familiar care doctor, primary care physician, nurse, CRNA, technician, or other individual responsible for the care and treatment of your loved one.  Even the best technology and the most hands on a ward or floor cannot prevent egregious harm due to reckless, careless, or downright negligent conduct.

How Do Birth Injuries Happen in Oregon Hospitals and Offices

There are many common causes of how birth injuries happen.  The most common causes are all due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.  Even when they say that there was a natural and unavoidable consequence of birth, that does not mean that a competent healthcare provider could not have detected the possibility of a consequence and reacted to prevent its harm on the baby.

Generally, the problems are:

  1. Causing hypoxic conditions (decrease in oxygen) or anoxic conditions (complete lack of oxygen)
  2. Mishandling the baby, or
  3. Delaying some form of intervention

Some of the most common causes regarding how do birth injuries happen include the following:

  • Delays in ordering a c-section
  • Improperly monitoring the baby and the mother (including placing the monitoring equipment wrong)
  • Misreading accelerations and decelerations (contractions)
  • Nurses failing to timely get the doctor for help
  • Overdose of Pitocin or misuse of Pitocin
  • Mistakes in handling a baby including dropping a baby
  • Delays in resuscitating a baby after birth
  • Improperly inducing a mother because she is dilated
  • Failing to recognize and react to an umbilical cord prolapse
  • Failing to stop bleeding
  • Ignoring the signs of fetal distress
  • Difficulty leading the baby through the birth canal, and
  • Many other common mistakes.

Potential Harms from Medical Errors

There are many potential harms that could be caused by medical errors to a baby.  This includes hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) which could result in catastrophic personal injury or damages to a baby’s rapidly developing brain.  Damage due to a lack of oxygen could result in catastrophic brain injuries.  These catastrophic brain injuries could result in conditions such as cerebral palsy, a common childhood mobility condition.  Victims could also suffer injuries such as developmental delays, develop seizure disorders, and have other potential harms.

Call our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Whenever Your Child Was Diagnosed with a Serious Medical Condition

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 to Do for a Baby with Bacterial Meningitis?

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Understanding What to Do for a Baby With Bacterial Meningitis: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

There are very few diagnoses that a baby could receive which could be scarier than bacterial meningitis.  This is a condition which can be very devastating and fatal.  It is always a life-threatening condition and from first symptom to death could be less than 24 hours.  According to the CDC, there are over 4,000 cases of bacterial meningitis each year.  Approximately 500 of those cases are fatal.  Many of these fatal cases are to babies and newborns.  While bacterial meningitis can be difficult to detect and avoid, a healthcare provider exercising reasonable care and within the standard of care required of a healthcare provider should be able to detect and be able to treat bacterial meningitis.  However this does not always happen which means that it may be due to Oregon medical malpractice.

Whenever a newborn is injured due to bacterial meningitis, or if a loved one is wrongfully killed, ask our Portland birth injury lawyer how we can help protect your rights to compensation under Oregon law.  Bacterial meningitis is a very serious and always life-threatening condition.  Hospitals and medical staff must always be alert for this condition and most immediately and aggressively treat newborns to prevent serious injury and to prevent wrongful death.  Families should also be aware of what bacterial meningitis is and how it can be caused or be allowed to fester due to Oregon medical malpractice.

What is Bacterial Meningitis?

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes wrapped around the brain and spinal cord.  These membranes function to keep fluid and moisture in, and to keep harmful viruses and bacterial out.  However, sometimes these membranes can become infected for a foreign object such as bacteria, viruses, or fungi.  With bacterial meningitis, the membranes are infected with a foreign bacteria which causes an immense and strong reaction around the brain and spinal cord.  Bacterial meningitis can cause swelling around the brain and spinal cord which can result in pressure on these fragile organs or a lack of blood flow to them.

Dangerous Symptoms of Bacterial Meningitis

There are many dangerous symptoms of bacterial meningitis.  In adult, the tell-tale symptom is for a person to be unable to touch his or her chin to his or her chest.  But in newborns, this is much harder to diagnose.  This is why most physicians will assess head movement of a baby and the flexibility of the baby’s neck.  If a baby is unable to move his or her head or unable to move his or her neck, it can be a sign of bacterial meningitis or another very serious condition.  

Other common symptoms include the following:

  • Vomiting 
  • Refusal to eat
  • Irritability 
  • Crying and shrill crying
  • Seizures 
  • Not sleeping
  • Fever, and
  • Other troubling symptoms.

Call our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer for Every Bacterial Meningitis Case to be Reviewed by Our Lawyers

Bacterial meningitis is always a medical emergency.  Unfortunately, some healthcare providers do not treat it that way.  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.