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Oregon Medical Malpractice Allowing Kernicterus: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain Kernicterus and Why it is Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

One rare but very devastating disease that a newborn could suffer is called Kernicterus.  This condition generally affects newborns, but it can affect babies as well.  When Kernicterus is not properly treated, it can lead to catastrophic birth injuries.  Fortunately, Kernicterus can be easily treated and the affects of Kernicterus could be completely mitigated.  However, many times doctors and healthcare providers mistake Kernicterus for other common conditions such as jaundice.  This is a big mistake.  The longer that a newborn has Kernicterus, the longer that the brain may be suffering irreparable damage.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers explain Kernicterus and why it is so damaging.

Understanding this Dangerous Condition

Kernicterus is a condition caused by bilirubin.  Bilirubin is something that is normally in your blood, but your kidneys filter it out to keep the levels low.  When the kidneys are not properly working, a person may go jaundice or turn yellow.  This yellow appearance is just a manifestation of the bilirubin.  Many newborns have some temporary jaundice because their kidneys, liver, and other organs are just starting to work for the first time by themselves.  This is normal.

But when that jaundice does not go away, or when the jaundice gets darker and darker, these could be a sign of Kernicterus.  It is this buildup of bilirubin which is the cause of Kernicterus and which causes damage.  This is because bilirubin can be poisonous to tissue, particularly in high concentrations.  In these higher concentrations, the bilirubin is actually caustic and can damage tissue.  It can also affect how oxygen is absorbed by brain cells and other tissue cells.  Kernicterus is merely a prolonged and high concentration of bilirubin.

Damages Caused by Kernicterus

There are many possible damages caused by Kernicterus which could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  While Kernicterus is easy to treat, it has to be diagnosed first.  Unfortunately, many untrained healthcare providers make careless, reckless, and downright negligent assumptions that the yellow appearance of a newborn is just jaundice.  Or that the jaundice is only brief and temporary, when it has remained for days. 

There are many possible Oregon birth injuries which could be caused by Kernicterus, which include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy;
  • HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Organ damage;
  • Developmental delays and injuries;
  • Spinal cord injuries;
  • Brain injuries;
  • Nerve injuries, particularly to the peripheral nervous system; and
  • Other types of injuries.

Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help

Kernicterus is a dangerous condition that manifests itself in an obvious, yellow glow which can be easily treated by a competent healthcare provider.  Unfortunately, this does not always happen.  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.

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.

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.

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.

What is Klumpke’s Palsy? Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share Information on Oregon Medical Malpractice: What is Klumpke’s Palsy

One common type of birth injury caused by Oregon medical malpractice is a brachial plexus injury.  This is a type of injury that occurs to the nerves which originate in the neck and extend through the shoulder all the way down to the fingers.  There are several different types of brachial plexus injuries which could affect different parts of the shoulder and arm.  One type of brachial plexus injury is called Klumpke’s Palsy.  Learn about this type of birth injury from our Portland birth injury lawyers and why Klumpke’s Palsy may be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.

What is Klumpke’s Palsy?

Klumpke’s Palsy is a brachial plexus nerve injury.  This is damage to the nerves which originate from the spinal cord at the cervical spine, or neck.  The brachial plexus nerves extend through the base of the neck, through the shoulder, and down to the fingertips.  The location of damage to the brachial plexus nerves dictates what part of the shoulder, arm, hand, and fingers are most affected.  The severity of the damage also relates to the severity of the disability caused by the brachial plexus injury.

With Klumpke’s Palsy, the nerve damage to the brachial plexus affects the lower half of the arm.  This means that the hand and finger are also going to suffer some decreased sensation, motor movement, and other function.  Klumpke’s Palsy can result in pins and needles or numbness, or a complete lack of sensation.  Klumpke’s Palsy could also make fine motor movement nearly impossible.

In addition to the movement issues, Klumpke’s Palsy could also result in physical deformities to the hand, fingers, and forearm.  In more extreme cases of Klumpke’s Palsy, the hand may curl up on itself and form into what is unaffectionally known as “claw hand.”  The upper parts of the arm may be without disability if those strands, branches, or portions of the brachial plexus are unaffected.

Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Nerve Injury

Klumpke’s Palsy’s could be caused by a variety of Oregon medical malpractice.  It is most commonly the result of birth injuries due to careless, reckless, and negligent medical care and treatment.  This includes treatment of newborns during the labor and delivery process.

The most common ways that Oregon medical malpractice may result in Klumpke’s Palsy and cause birth injuries includes the following:

  • Shoulder dystocia during the birthing process;
  • Pulling, yanking, or otherwise applying excess force on a baby’s arm, head, or neck during the birthing process;
  • Improper use of extractor tools such as forceps or vacuum extraction;
  • Grabbing or holding a baby by the arm;
  • Improper handling of the baby after birth;
  • Failing to order a c-section when there is a risk of the baby being stuck in the birth canal; and
  • Many other causes.

Families Should Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help 

Klumpke’s Palsy may result in a lifetime of disability.  This may be due to a lack of sensation, motor movement, and function, but it could also be due to the physical deformity caused by the nerve damage.  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.

What are the Types of Cerebral Palsy? Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Share Information: What are the Different Types of Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders which affect generally how a person moves.  Also known as CP, cerebral palsy also affects a person’s balance, posture, and ability to control his or her body.  There are three general types of cerebral palsy.  Each type is classified by what part of the brain is damaged and what symptoms are manifested by that damage.  While the types of cerebral palsy share the same underlying symptoms, they also have unique attributes.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers discuss the four main types of cerebral palsy and how they could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.

Three Types of Cereal Palsy to Know

There are three generally accepted types of cerebral palsy.  They are spastic, athetoid, ataxic, and mixed cerebral palsy.  Each of these conditions results from damage to the basil ganglia and cerebellum, but there are different locations for the lesions on these brain structures and different severities.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers explain these three types:

Spastic Cerebral Palsy – This is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  It is characterized by individuals who are hypertonic, or who have abnormally strong muscle tone and flexion.  This means that muscles and joints after very stiff, tight, and become difficult to move.  This means that individuals with spastic cerebral palsy have difficulty moving due to hardened muscle tone.  Some individuals even have trouble laying down comfortably.  The part of the brain which is additionally damaged is the motor cortex or pyramidal tracts.  

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – This is the next most common type of cerebral palsy.  It is characterized by involuntary movements such as jerky movements, slow writhing, and other twisting movements.  As a result, individuals with athetoid cerebral palsy burn a lot of calories and may have difficulty maintaining weight.  Individuals may also have increased muscle tone due to constant flexion and contractions that are involuntary.  This could cause rigidity and result in difficulty sitting, walking, standing, and otherwise moving.  Individuals with athetoid cereal palsy may also have difficulty speaking and eating.  The part of the brain which is damaged here includes the thalamus.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy – This is the next most common type of cerebral palsy.  It is characterized by tremors during voluntary movements which make fine motor skills more difficult.  This means individual have difficulty walking due to tremors while walking, but also eating, writing, and other fine motor skills like buttoning clothing.  The part of the brain most effected is the cerebellum, but to a much larger extent than other types of CP.

Understanding the Types of CP and Getting Help From our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

In addition to these three general types of cerebral palsy, there is also a mixed cerebral palsy which includes a combination of different types of cerebral palsy.  The cause of cerebral palsy could be due to natural consequences, but it could also be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  Given that the lifetime costs of cerebral palsy is over $1.4 million, always have a birth injury lawyer review whether your loved one’s CP was caused by preventable, medical errors.  

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.

Fractured Bone Due to Oregon Birth Injuries: Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Discuss a Fractured Bone From Oregon Birth Injuries

While the birth of a child is a happy time, it can quickly become a frantic and scared time.  This is because birth injuries could result in many extreme fear and anxiety for a family.  This is particularly true if the birth injury is caused by Oregon birth injuries from the reckless, careless, and negligent care of a healthcare provider.  One common type of birth injury is a fractured bone.  This injury could be incredibly painful for a baby who does not understand the injury.  Fractures bones could also damage growth plates and even poise a risk of injury to other vital structures like organs, nerves, vessels, and other tissue.  Learn about a fractured bone as a type of birth injury from our Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers available here.

What is a Fractured Bone?

A fractured bone, or broken bone, is when a bone succumbs to the pressure exerted on it and breaks.  There are several different types of fractures which include a comminuted fractures when the bone breaks into little pieces, transverse fracture that breaks across the bone, an oblique fracture which breaks at an angle, and a compound fracture which is when the bone breaks and exits through the skin.

Newborns with Bone Fractures

A fractured bone in a newborn is not a common injury absent potential negligence.  This is because a baby’s bones are considered to be softer and more flexible than an adults.  This means the bones are harder to damage and break.  Thus, when a baby’s bones do fracture, it is usually due to conduct which is improper by the healthcare providers.  This includes the OB/GYN and nursing staff.

The most common bone broken in a baby is a clavicle or collarbone.  This is because the shoulders could get stuck or wedged in the birth canal and result in a break to the collarbone which is crunched to fit through.  An overly aggressive OB/GYN could also cause the collarbone to break due to excessive pulling and yanking on the baby with forceps, vacuum extraction, or even his or her hands.

Liability for Infant Bone Fractures

While some bone fractures may appear that they are complications due to a difficult birth, there is more to factor in than just this.  Physicians and other healthcare providers are usually able to predict when a birth may be more complicated.  This is usually due to the larger size and weight of the baby, smaller frame of the mother, the position of the baby, and other factors.  Even during the labor process, a competent healthcare provider needs to realize when a natural birth is not possible and a c-section is necessary to prevent injury to the baby.  This means that a healthcare provider needs to manage and mitigate risk of harm to the baby and to the mother.  The failure to do so could result in serious birth injuries such as fractured bones.

Ask Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help if Your Baby Has a Fractured Bone

Although a fractured bone could be the product of a difficult labor, potential complications should be identified and evaluated well before the labor and delivery process.  When healthcare providers fail to do this an a newborn suffers a fractured bone, it could be the result in Oregon medical malpractice.  Fractured bones for newborns could result in significant complications including growth plate damage, nerve and blood vessel damage, and even damaged to other parts of the body.  

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.

Can Preeclampsia Cause a Birth Injury? Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Preeclampsia: Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Expecting to have a baby is a very exciting time in a family’s life.  But it can also be a very scary time.  This is particularly because there are some conditions that are related to the pregnancy that could be dangerous for both the mother and the baby.  Preeclampsia is one of those conditions.  The failure to diagnose and treat preeclampsia can result in serious personal injuries and even the wrongful death of the newborn or the mother.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers know that, while preeclampsia is rare, it can be deadly if untreated.  

What is Preeclampsia?

Preeclampsia is the condition of high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy.  Generally, the mother does not have high blood pressure before pregnancy.  But during the pregnancy the mother develops high blood pressure or hypertension.  Preeclampsia is also characterized by too much portion in the urine, or proteinuria.  

Both of these conditions are dangerous to the mother and to the baby.  The increase in the mother’s blood pressure results in a decrease in the blood supply that the newborn received through the placenta.  This translates to the newborn receiving less oxygen, but also less nutrients.  Prolonged preeclampsia can also damage the placenta which is the newborns lifeline to oxygen and nutrients.  If the placenta is permanently damaged, it could cause life-threatening harm to the baby.

There is no “cure” to preeclampsia other than managing symptoms, monitoring the mother and baby, and in an emergency performing a c-section.

Dangers of Preeclampsia

Any condition which affects the blood flow to the baby is a serious problem.  This is because the baby’s brain is developing rapidly and has high demands for nutrients and oxygen.  Any decrease will result in serious complications to the child which could result in catastrophic injury.  Some of the most common conditions that could be caused by preeclampsia include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy;
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE);
  • Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR);
  • Eclampsia which can cause seizures to the mother and result in the deaths of both the mother and the baby;
  • Preterm birth;
  • Wrongful death (stillbirth); and
  • Many other conditions.

Healthcare Providers Must Act Fast

While the only solution for preeclampsia is delivery, there are some ways that healthcare providers can manage preeclampsia.  The reason why providers will want to do this is to allow the baby more time to develop to give him or her a better chance.  This is because most mothers who develop preeclampsia may need to have a preterm birth.  Generally, 27 weeks is the accepted time period for when a child may be born preterm and survive.  While there have been babies born less, the older that a baby is the more likely that the baby will survive. 

Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injuries Lawyers can Help

Preeclampsia is a serious warning sign that all healthcare providers must be trained to recognize and treat.  The failure to do so could result in serious personal injuries to the baby or the mother.  Any delay in treating preeclampsia is simply life-threatening and likely negligent.  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.