Understanding the Importance of Knowing the Locations of Brain Injuries From Birth Injuries in Oregon
When we think of brain injuries, we do not typically think of a baby having a brain injury. In fact, statistics show that brain injuries are commonly caused by slip and falls or motor vehicle accidents. But brain injuries to newborns do happen and they can be catastrophic. This is because brain injuries to children can affect their entire lives. This includes needing around the clock care and treatment as a young child or even as an adult. There are many causes of brain injuries but one thing is particularly important and true. Victims and their families need to know the locations of brain injuries to children from birth injuries in Oregon.
This is because the needs of a child will dictate what is hurt. Different parts of the brain and different types of brain injuries will all have different needs. Victims and their families need to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected to the maximum extent possible. Our Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers know how important this is which is why we place important emphasis on determining the locations of brain injuries to children from birth injuries. This allows our experts to estimate the needs of a child and to determine how we can help recover the compensation that they need.
What is a Brain Injury?
Also known has a traumatic brain injury or TBI, a brain injury is a very serious type of personal injury. There are many ways that it could occur. This includes in a traumatic injury such as a car accident or slip and fall, but this always includes accidents such as medical malpractice. One common way is when the medical malpractice cause a hypoxic (oxygen deficiency) or anoxic (lack of oxygen) condition. These conditions can cause serious brain injuries. There are also other ways that brain injuries could occur to a young child as a result of a birth injury.
Types of Brain Injuries
There are many different types of brain injuries. Most of these types of brain injuries do not occur to children. However, there are many serious types which could occur. Some of the most serious types include the following:
- Concussions – possible to children when a baby is dropped or mishandled at birth
- Diffuse axonal TBIs – this is when brain tissue is torn, ripped, or shredded. This can occur in violate motions, which are similar to shaken baby syndrome.
- Coup-contrecoup brain injuries – this is when a violent whiplash motion causes injuries to two opposing sides of the brain when the brain slides inside of the skull and hits both ends. This can happen to babies when they are shook or mishandled.
- Brain bleeds – this is bleeding in the brain which is very dangerous, especially for a baby, and it can result in serious problems including wrongful death. This can occur due to mishandling, dropping a baby, or overdosing.
- Developmental delays – this can happen when a baby is seriously injured or wrongfully left without oxygen for an extended period of time. This means that a baby could suffer serious injury and be suffer catastrophic delays.
Types of Birth Injuries
There are several different types of birth injuries which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice. Some of the most common types include the following:
- Cerebral palsy – damage got the brain which causes movement disorders
- Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a decrease in oxygen causing serious personal injuries
- Developmental delays – this can happen when a baby is seriously injured or wrongfully left without oxygen for an extended period of time. This means that a baby could suffer serious disable and be suffer catastrophic delays
- Kernicterus – when jaundice is not treated it can result in this serious type of birth injury due to a buildup of bilirubin which poisons and damages the brain tissue, and
- Many other types.
Location of Brain Injuries to Children From Birth Injuries
An important part of assessing a brain injury is knowing where the damage is. When the damage is identified, it can allow a person to know what special needs he or she has. The same is true with the help of an expert who can determine what needs a child will need as he or she grows up based on the damage to the brain. Here are the important locations of injuries to the brain:
- Frontal lobe – this is the front of the brain which governs decision making, judgment, emotion, and speech. Injuries here can cause serious behavioral issues and cognitive or intellectual deficiencies
- Occipital lobe – this is the back of the head which governs vision. Injuries here can affect vision and cause blurriness or blindness.
- Temporal lobe – this is the side of the brain by each ear which governs hearing. Damage here can affect a person’s ability to hear or cause ringing in the ears.
- Parietal lobe – this is the center of the brain or the mid-point which governs the five senses, especially touch. Damage here can affect a person’s ability to sense.
Ask our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers for Help With Your Child’s Brain 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.
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