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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.

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.

Periventricular Leukomalacia Birth Injuries Explained by our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) Birth Injuries from Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Periventricular Leukomalacia, or PVL, is a devastating diagnosis which could cause catastrophic injury to a newborn.  This is one of the worst diagnoses that a parent could hear for their newborn.  Most parents have a significant number of questions and concerns after their loved one was diagnosed with PVL, including how it happened.  While there are not exact causes known, there are many possible causes and factors which may result in PVL or increase the risks of PVL.  Unfortunately, many of the causes are likely due to medical malpractice.  Our Bend/Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers explain what Periventricular Leukomalacia or PVL is, how it is caused, and why it might be due to medical malpractice.

What is Periventricular Leukomalacia?

Periventricular Leukomalacia, or PVL, is a condition which affects the brain around the ventricles.  There are two main types of brain tissue, white matter and grey matter.  Brains have four ventricles.  PVL is named after “leuko” which refers to white brain matter, “malacia” which means a softening or hole, and “periventricular” which refers to the areas around the ventricles.  Thus, PVL is a condition affecting and causing a softening of tissue around the ventricles.

The white matter around the ventricles is largely made up of myelinated axons, which are neuron tails and pathways which connects portions of the brain together.  Thus, the white matter of the brain is a massage relying.  But it is also an area of the brain which affects learning and other brain functions.  

Therefore, PVL results in nervous system and developmental problems in babies, including cerebral palsy.  Infants with PVL may also have other difficulty with movements and motor function, including picking things up, moving, crawling, and control of extremities.  There is no cure for PVL and disabilities with PVL are permanent, although some difficulties may be rehabilitated with physical therapy.

How Could PVL be Caused by Oregon Birth Injuries and Medical Malpractice?

There are no exactly known causes for PVl.  However, they most accepted causes are due to a lack of blood flow around the ventricles.  During gestation, these ventricles are particularly susceptible and prone to damage.  A decrease in blood flow could result in problems with the ventricles due to hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen.  Actions or inactions by medical providers in failing to treat this decrease in blood flow could be a main cause.  

For instance, conditions such as preeclampsia, eclampsia, maternal diabetes, excessive contractions, improper medication use, ruptured umbilical cord, or other conditions which result in a decrease of oxygen could be the cause of PVl.  Other conditions such as HIE could also cause or contribute to PVL.  Thus, medical professionals which fail to care for or treat these blood flow issues may be negligent in caring for the baby.

In addition, there is some believe that infections cause PVL.  This includes infections such as meningitis which can be particularly devastating.  Other infections could also cause PVL, including intrauterine infections, UTIs, and possibly STDs.  If these infections are not quickly identified and treated, they may result in PVL and complications to the baby.  Thus, simple testing by healthcare providers could prevent some risks of PVL.

If Your Child Was Diagnosed with PVL, Ask Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers For Help

Periventricular Leukomalacia is a devastating condition which has no cure and no way of reversing the damage to the developing brain.  This means that a child who has PVL could have a life-long suffering, medical bills, and future physical and occupational therapy.  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.