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.

Delays in Diagnosing Sepsis Result in Amputations: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain Why Delays in Diagnosing Sepsis Result in Amputations

We all know that infections are very serious.  Even as a little kid we are taught about the dangers of infections and how it could develop into a serious problem.  This is why healthcare professionals spend a lot of time in school and during training learning about infections and how to identify, treat, and prevent them.  Hospitals and other facilities also have infection protocols and sterilization protocols which they require employees to follow.  Despite this extra education, training, and safety protocols, far too many infections go unchecked.  This can result in sepsis which can become life-threatening.  This is also dangerous as delays in diagnosing sepsis result in amputations and other serious personal injuries.

Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers understand how dangerous and devastating it can be when a healthcare provider fails to diagnose an infection in an innocent person.  Patients who do not have infections treated quickly could develop sepsis.  This is an aggressive, nasty, and life-threatening condition which is considered a medical emergency.  When sepsis is not timely diagnosed, it can result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent patient.  One type of common injury after a misdiagnosed or delayed diagnosis for sepsis is an amputation.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s immune system response to an unchecked infection.  The body’s reaction floods the body with powerful infection-fighting antibodies and immune system chemicals.  These chemicals are very effective at killing and infection.  However, these immune system chemicals and the response is also very caustic to the body.  It can result in damage to the body, specifically to the most vulnerable areas such as the fingers, toes, or peripheral nervous system.  The body’s reaction can also cause damage to the brain and other organs.

When the immune system response is so strong and prolonged, it could result in serious personal injuries to the body’s organs and brain.  This could result in multiple organ failure or brain damage which can be irreversible.  If sepsis goes on for too long it can actually shut down the body and cause septic shock.  This is often fatal.

Amputations Caused by Sepsis

When sepsis is allowed to fester for too long it can result in catastrophic and irreversible personal injuries.  This includes causing damage to the most vulnerable parts of the body which are the smallest nerves in the toes and fingers.  In addition, the seriousness of the infection and sepsis could result in permanent damage to extremities which require amputation.

An amputation is when a limb, digit, or other extremity is compromised due to an injury which means that the extremity will not recover.  The damaged injury could risk the life of the person.  Sepsis could cause this type of irreversible damage to a limb which could risk the life of a person.  Therefore, doctors elect to remove the damaged limb or extremity to protect the life of a patient.  This occurs when sepsis is allowed to fester.

When Delays in Diagnosing Sepsis Result in Amputation, Ask For Our Help

Delays in identifying an infection and sepsis mean that victims may have rights under New York law to compensation if an amputation is unnecessarily caused by these delays.  This is a serious and irreversible type of personal injury.  

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.

Why Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE?

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Learn the Important Reasons Why to Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE

There are many different types of birth injuries that could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice. Of all the birth injuries that could be caused by a doctor or healthcare provider’s careless, reckless, or negligent conduct, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is probably the worst type a birth injury. This condition is also known as HIE.  Victims who are diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may have life-changing and catastrophic damage to their body, particularly the brain.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE understands how devastating that this condition can be for a newborn and his or her family. 

HIE is not only physically and emotionally overwhelming, but it can be financially overwhelming too.  According to the CDC, the lifetime costs of damages similar to HIE are over $1 million. This means that families who have a child diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy will need a significant amount of money to cover future medical expenses, medication, future surgeries, therapy, nursing care, and other expenses related to this devastating condition. This is particularly true as a child grows older becomes an older adult.

When a child is diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, a family’s entire world is going to change. This is a very overwhelming change and families may not investigate and learn what their rights may be under Oregon law. Insurance companies know how devastating and costly medical mistakes resulting in hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy may be for their business.  

As a result, many insurance companies aggressively trained their insurance adjusters to minimize the damage caused to children and even shift blame to parents. Insurance companies may even offer but appears to be a reasonable amount of money in a check in hopes of settling claim early and before in Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE could be retained. While this may sound like a good idea to a family who has immediate and extensive medical bills piling up, it is a horrible idea to actually take the insurance companies first, second, where third offer—especially without the help of an experienced Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE.

What is HIE?  Understanding These Devastating Birth Injury

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a very complicated medical condition resulting from a form of birth asphyxia. This condition is caused when there is a decreased flow of oxygenated blood to the brain. This results in an oxygen deficiency to the developing brain. Even in short amounts of deprivation, the rapidly developing brain could suffer catastrophic damage. This damage manifests itself in the form of lesions on the brain. These lesions are essentially dead spots on the brain wear normal tissue no longer grow or develop. Essentially, these lesions create blank spots in the brain. Messages from neurons in the brain cannot be sent through these lesions which means the brain will not function normally.

What Conditions are Caused by HIE

When this happens, HIE could result in a series of devastating conditions. One of the most common conditions caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is cerebral palsy, or CP. This condition is a disorder or group of disorders affecting movement and strength. The primary cause of cerebral palsy is due to lesions on the cerebellum or the basal ganglia. The more severe lesions and the specific location of the lesions dictate the type of cerebral palsy that a newborn may suffer from. There are four general types of cerebral palsy, all which are caused by lesions to the developing brain. Forms of birth asphyxia like hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are the most common causes of all types of cerebral palsy.

There are many other conditions which may be caused by damage to two hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. All of these conditions relate to the functioning of the brain. Some of the most common conditions or disabilities caused by HIE include the following:

  • Developmental disabilities
  • Vision problems
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Loss of the sense of taste
  • Balance
  • Speech impediments and language difficulties
  • Behavioral disorders
  • Cerebral palsy and other movement disorders
  • Learning disabilities or learning delays, and
  • Many other common causes.

Asking Compensation from an Insurance Company Versus Hiring an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE

While there is no legal requirement to hire an Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE, it is in the best interest of your loved one and your family to consult with an experienced lawyer and law firm. This is because insurance companies will try to take advantage of you and your family by offering much lower compensation than you and your family may be entitled to. Insurance companies specifically train their adjusters to trick you into admitting facts that will hurt your case. Once they have this information, they will use that against you to minimize their clients exposure and limit your possible damages.

However, when you have an Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE representing you and your family, insurance companies know they can know longer play these borderline unethical games. Having a lawyer such as our law firm allows you and your family to fight back at unethical insurance companies are protecting dangerous healthcare providers and their bottom line. We consult with leading medical experts who will go through your medical records and your child’s medical records to determine what happened and why your healthcare providers made egregious medical mistakes. This ensures that you and your family will be able to obtain the compensation you deserve for future medical expenses including around-the-clock nursing care, medications, future surgeries, therapy, and other medical necessities for your loved one.

How Much Does an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for HIE Cost?

After a family has a child diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy there will be significant medical bills and most likely lost wages from taking time off of work to meet with doctors for your child. This combination of increased bills along with decreased income is a recipe for financial stress. This is why our law firm takes hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy birth injury cases and other Oregon medical malpractice cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that you do not owe our law firm any money until we recover compensation for you in a settlement or award.  This allows your family to keep money in your pockets for other pressing expenses while our experienced Oregon birth injury lawyer for HIE can begin to protect your family’s rights.

Victims Who Have Had a Loved One Diagnosed with HIE Should Call Our Firm Now

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.

Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice

Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice

Understanding How Oregon Medical Malpractice Can Result in Spinal Cord Injuries 

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistics Center, there are almost 18,000 new cases of spinal cord injuries each year.  Further research reveals that spinal cord injuries are the leading cause of paralysis in the United States.  This means that spinal cord injuries are more prevalent than brachial plexus injuries, strokes, heart attacks, facial nerve injuries, and other types of paralyzing injuries.  Accidents are the most common cause of spinal cord injuries.  This includes Oregon medical malpractice which could result in serious and debilitating personal injuries.

Victims of Oregon medical malpractice who have suffered a spinal cord injury may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.  This compensation includes the following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost wages
  • Lost future earnings if unable to return to the same line of work
  • Medical bills
  • Loss of consortium and services of loved ones
  • Equipment such as wheelchairs or mobility assistance devices
  • Modifications to one’s home or vehicle
  • Nursing care, including the likely future need for nursing home assistance
  • Future surgeries, and
  • Many other types of compensation related to the accident.

How Spinal Cord Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice Occur

There are many possible causes of spinal cord injuries from Oregon medical malpractice.  Unfortunately, many spinal cord injuries caused by medical errors could be preventable but were caused reckless or careless errors.  Generally, most spinal cord injuries are debilitating and permanent to some effect.  Even if there is minor damage to the spinal cord, it could still have a massive effect.  Thus, spinal cord injuries are usually caused by mistakes by healthcare providers.

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries include the following:

  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Failure to diagnose 
  • Delays in Treatment or diagnosis
  • Dropped patient during a transfer
  • Nursing home malpractice
  • Failure to protect a fall risk patient
  • Abuse and neglect
  • Pressure sores
  • Strokes, and
  • Any other common causes.

Disability from Spinal Cord Injuries 

The amount of disability from a spinal cord injury depends on the extent of the injury and the location of the injury.  The more severe the damage and the higher up on the spinal cord, the debilitating the injury.

There are two types of spinal cord injuries.  The first is a partial spinal cord injury which means the spinal cord is only partially damaged but still connected.  This means that some signals may be sent up and down the spinal cord, but not all messages can be sent and received.  The second is a complete spinal cord injury which means the spinal cord is completely damaged and messages cannot be sent between the brain and the rest of the body.  Oregon medical malpractice could result in partial or complete spinal cord injuries, but while auto accidents are likely to cause completely spinal cord injuries, medical malpractice is more likely to cause partial spinal cord injuries.

The location of the spinal cord injury also dictates how much of the body is disabled.  An injury in the lower back only affects what is below that point, which is just the legs.  An injury in the mid back will affect part of the torso and the lower legs.  An injury in the neck could affect all four limbs and the torso.  This is known as quadriplegia or tetraplegia and it is the most severe.

Spinal Cord Injuries After Oregon Medical Malpractice Need Our Lawyers

We can help protect the rights of victims injured due to Oregon medical malpractice and suffering from any type of injury, including spinal cord 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.

Poor Diabetic Care Can be Nursing Home Malpractice: Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

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Understanding Poor Diabetic Care Can be Nursing Home Malpractice from Our Oregon Nursing Home Abuse Lawyers

Diabetes is a potentially dangerous health condition if it is unmanaged.  However, with proper care and management, diabetes can usually be rather easily controlled.  According to the CDC, there are over 30 million people with diabetes in the United States.  Over 12 million people with diabetes are over the age of 65. Many residents of nursing homes have diabetes and rely on the nursing home staff to help them manage their diabetes. While many nursing homes and their trained staff do a good job at managing residents diabetes, unfortunately some nursing homes and their staff absolutely sale at properly managing diabetes. This can result in serious personal injuries and even the wrongful death of a resident. Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that this can be a serious problem which is easily avoided. Learn more how poor diabetic care can be Oregon nursing home malpractice here.

What is Diabetes and Why Must it be Managed Properly?

According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, diabetes is a disease that affects your blood glucose, which is also known as your blood sugar. Your blood glucose is your main source of energy which primarily comes from the food you eat. Your pancreas creates a hormone, called insulin, that helps the glucose from your food get into your cells to be utilized for energy. 

However, diabetes is when your body does not make enough insulin or your body does not effectively use insulin that your body makes. This means that glucose stays in your blood and does not reach your cells to be burned for energy. If the glucose stays in your blood for too long, or if there is too much glucose in your blood, hit can begin to cause health problems. These health problems include organ damage and tissue damage, such as to your eyes, nerves, in other parts of your body.

Why Poor Diabetic Care can be Nursing Home Malpractice in Oregon

Diabetes can be difficult for a person to manage, especially for elderly individuals who may have some form of dementia affecting them. Other times a person’s diabetes could be more severe and difficult to manage even with the most competent and able of individuals. Therefore, diabetes can be a common cause for elderly individuals to need nursing home and assisted living care. Nursing home staff are specifically trained to help manage resident’s diabetes, including administering insulin and medication, testing and monitoring blood sugar, and maintaining a nutritional and diabetic-friendly diet.

While most nursing homes do a good job managing their residents diabetes, some nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers absolutely fail. This can result in significant personal injuries or the wrongful death of a resident due to the mismanagement of a resident’s diabetes.  This could be Oregon nursing home abuse and malpractice.

Common Causes for Diabetes Mismanagement Resulting in Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice

Our Oregon nursing home abuse lawyers know that there are generally three reasons why nursing homes fail to properly care for residents with diabetes. These three reasons include the following:

Failure to monitor a residence insulin – when a nursing home fails to monitor a diabetic residence blood sugar levels it is like playing guess-and-check with a person’s life. This is because any diabetic individual knows that it is crucial to monitor their blood sugar levels during the day. Without proper monitoring, it can be near impossible for a nursing home staff member to know what care and treatment a resident needs.

Giving diabetic medication and insulin – failing to timely give a diabetic resident his or her diabetic medications, including insulin injections, could result in a dangerous spike or dipped in blood sugar levels. This can be especially dangerous for elderly diabetic residents, such as those in a nursing home. The failure to give diabetic medication and insulin to a resident with diabetes is unacceptable and downright dangerous.

Improper nutrition for diabetic residents – many elderly residents in nursing homes and assisted living facilities rely on nursing home staff to provide a proper and nutritious diet. This is particularly important for diabetic residents who are completely dependent on what the nursing home provides for food considering that most nursing home residents do not have the cognitive means, physical means, or even just the kitchen to cook for themselves at a nursing home facility or assisted living facility. When nursing homes fail to provide a diabetic-friendly and acceptable diet, it can actually cause or exacerbate the symptoms and damages from diabetes. Thus, poor diabetic care can be nursing home malpractice in Oregon for something as simple as providing food to a resident.

Ask Our Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyers if your Loved One with Diabetes Has Suffered Any Unexplained Injuries or Unexpectedly Died

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. 

Failing to Diagnose an Infection: Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Catastrophic Injuries or Wrongful Death from Failing to Diagnose an Infection: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Even a child knows that an infection is a very serious condition.  Although most healthcare professionals abide by this elementary rule, unfortunately far too many doctors, nurses, physical assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals ignore the urgency of an infection.  In fact, some healthcare providers identify an infection and than take conservative measures to prevent contributing to antibiotic resistance or drug-resistant strains.  This illogical reasoning just places real patients in real danger.  Untreated infections, no matter how small, can quickly develop into life-threatening infections.  Catastrophic infections can also lead to sepsis which could be quickly fatal.  Learn more about the failure to diagnose an infection due to preventable medical errors from our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers.

What is an Infection?

Any infection is any foreign agent that takes residence in our body and begins to proliferate.  Infections could be bacterial, viral, fungal, or other types.  All infections are unwanted and dangerous.  Infections can quickly multiple and become more difficult to cure.  The more difficult that an infection is to cure, the more time it can cause damage to the body.  When an infection gets too strong it can begin to directly hurt the body’s tissues.  Untreated infections can develop into sepsis and cause septic shock.  Sepsis is a life-threatening emergency.

Reasons and Causes for Failing to Diagnose an Infection

There is rarely if ever a good excuse for failing to diagnose an infection.  The simple truth is any patient with the signs of an infection should be treated with a course of antibiotics or other treatment regimen.  The longer that the infection is allowed to fester, the more damage it will do and the harder it will be to treat.  Thus, most of the reasons for failing to diagnose an infection and treat an infection are due to reckless, careless, and otherwise negligent conduct of a healthcare provider.

Some of the most common causes for failing to diagnose an infection include the following:

  • Failing to listen to patient complaints;
  • Ignoring a patient’s complaints;
  • Failing to order the appropriate tests;
  • Misinterpreting test results;
  • Neglecting to check patients, especially patients requiring prolonged bedrest or who are able to move themselves;
  • Delays in treating an infection;
  • Misdiagnosing an infection as something else;
  • Lack of staffing;
  • Failure to check for bed sores or pressure ulcers;
  • Improperly treating bed sores or pressure ulcers;
  • Neglecting to change wound bandages;
  • Violating sterilization protocol;
  • Hospital acquired infections (HAI); and
  • Many other common causes.

Damages from Infections That are Not Timely Treated

An infection that is not timely treated can quickly develop into a life-threatening emergency.  When an infection is allowed to grow too strong, it can cause serious personal injuries.  This includes the risk of brain injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, and other nerve injuries.  Infections can also cause brain injuries which affect a person’s ability to process information, communication, and otherwise perfect all fo the same of substantially same daily functions after the incident.

Were You Diagnosed with an Infection?  Ask Our Oregon Medical Malpractice 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.

Diabetes and medical malpractice, Oregon Attorney Explains

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar (glucose). Our bodies naturally manufacture insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels and helps use glucose as an energy source. But someone with type 2 diabetes is insulin resistant, and their pancreas struggles to provide an ever-increasing amount of insulin to make up for the difference. After a while, as the disease progresses, the pancreas can no longer provide enough insulin, and glucose stays in the blood instead of becoming food for the body’s cells. Additionally, without treatment, a diabetic person is prone to both dangerous highs and lows in his or her blood sugar levels.

Unmanaged diabetes can lead to blindness, kidney disease, nerve damage, injury to the heart, and atherosclerosis (plaque in the blood vessels). Atherosclerosis narrows the blood vessels and blocks blood from flowing through the arteries, particularly to the legs. This causes a complication called peripheral vascular disease. With such reduced blood flow, a diabetic is prone to infection in the feet and legs, and infections can get serious much faster for a diabetic person than for a person without the illness. A serious enough infection may require a diabetic person’s leg to be amputated. A person with peripheral vascular disease may also suffer from skin discoloration in his or her limbs and toes, pain while moving, and other foot symptoms.

Diabetes can be effectively managed through lifestyle change, pills, and insulin injections. But in order to walk the tightrope between too much and too little blood sugar, a patient needs to monitor his or her own blood glucose levels at home. If he or she has bloodflow problems, he or she needs to minimize risk of foot and leg infections. Without proper training and education, however, diabetes patients cannot care for themselves effectively. Patients need careful, ongoing contact with their medical caregivers: communication is essential. Doctors must make accurate, timely diagnoses to prevent their patients’ blood sugar levels from escalating to dangerous heights and causing possibly irreversible damage.

Contact an Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney 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.

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

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take 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.