Amputations Due to Misdiagnosed Sepsis: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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Liability and Damages When Amputations Due to Misdiagnosed Sepsis is Caused by Portland Medical Malpractice

From a young age we are taught that infections are dangerous.  But very few of us are taught about—or even know about—sepsis.  This is a life-threatening condition which is a medical emergency.  It is also more common than you may believe.  According to the CDC, at least 1.7 million adults in the United States develop sepsis and 270,000 die as a result.  In fact, one in three patients who die in a hospital die of sepsis.  Victims who do not die from sepsis may have permanent health complications as a result.  This complications could result in serious personal injuries including amputations.  One common hospital mistake is amputations due to misdiagnosed sepsis.  This means that some causes of amputations are misdiagnosed sepsis.

This is tragic because there are long-term complications with amputations for a patient’s physical and mental health.  An amputation is obviously permanent and irreversible.  This leads to significant physical disability and the need for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and other vocational re-training.  But emotionally, victims may suffer from anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic distress order.  These are all compensable forms of damages from Oregon medical malpractice.

What is Sepsis?

Sepsis is the body’s extreme reaction to an infection.  The reaction is meant to help fight off the infection by flooding the body with powerful agents to destroy the infection.  However, this powerful immune system reaction also causes collateral damage to the body.  This collateral damage to the body causes damage to tissue, including brain tissue.  The damage is most devastating around the most distal (furtherest) parts of the body.  This means that the fingers, toes, hands, feet, legs, and arms are all most susceptible to sepsis damage.  When that damage becomes too prolific, it can result in the need to amputate that extremity.

Why is Sepsis Commonly Misdiagnosed?

Sepsis is commonly misdiagnosed due to Oregon medical malpractice for several reasons.  These reasons include a basic understaffing of a hospital.  When there is a lack of staffing at a hospital that means less patient care and treatment.  This includes assessment for infections and other serious conditions like sepsis.

In addition, the other common causes of why sepsis is misdiagnosed include the following:

  • Inexperienced staff
  • Patient neglect
  • Poor pressure sore protocol
  • Failing to identify an infection
  • Inadequate staffing
  • Weak response to a possible infection 
  • Causing MRSA or other hospital-acquired infections
  • Delays in treating a patient
  • Delays in transferring a patient to an ICU, and
  • Other serious and common causes.

Did Sepsis Result in an Amputation for You?  Ask Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer for Help

If sepsis resulted in an amputation, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon law.  This includes for the pain and suffering during sepsis, for the surgery, and after the amputation going through physical therapy.  Victims are also entitled to future pain and suffering as a result of their disability.  You may also be entitled to medical bills and medications.

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.

Common Surgical Errors Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

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Understanding Oregon Medical Malpractice: Common Surgical Errors

There are many different types of Oregon medical malpractice that could seriously injure and innocent patient. Surgical errors are one of the most commonly thought of types of Oregon medical malpractice. In fact, most people that think of medical malpractice think of surgical errors such as the slip of the scalpel. While there are many other different types of medical malpractice, and surgical malpractice is not the most common, surgical errors due to Oregon medical malpractice can absolutely result in catastrophic personal injury or wrongful death.

There are many different types of surgical errors which could result in serious personal injuries. Our Portland surgical error lawyers know that medical malpractice do to surgical mistakes could result in serious injury. Victims maybe entitled to pain and suffering, lost wages, medical bills, lost future earnings if unable to return to the same job, loss of consortium, and many other types of Oregon medical malpractice. It is important for victims of surgical errors to realize that they can begin representation with our legal team at no upfront costs. This is because we except cases on a contingency fee agreement meaning that we only get paid once we recover money for you.

Types of Surgical Errors Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

There are several different types of Oregon medical malpractice which could occur during surgery. These errors could result in catastrophic personal injury or the wrongful death of the patient. Sometimes these errors could have been easily avoided if healthcare providers exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Some of the most common examples of surgical errors due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Slips with tools
  • Broken tools
  • Improper sterilization of the surgeon, staff, or tools
  • Wrong site surgery
  • Wrong patient surgery
  • Treating the wrong condition
  • Performing the surgery wrong
  • Using the wrong type of sutures or hardware in a surgery
  • Taking too long during the surgery which results in excessive inflammation and damage
  • Burn injuries
  • Anesthesia overdoses
  • Causing excessive scarring
  • Damaging a nerve or blood vessel
  • Removing too much healthy tissue
  • Causing secondary injuries such as damage to other muscles, organs, nerves, or vessels
  • Patient neglect
  • Causing excessive blood loss
  • Causing a stroke during the surgery or blood clot which causes catastrophic injury or results and the wrongful death of the patient, and 
  • Other serious instances of medical malpractice.

Common Injuries Due to Surgical Errors

There are many possible injuries due to surgical errors. But the most common injuries do surgical errors from Oregon medical malpractice are those which have long-lasting effects on a patient. This means that patients and their families may suffer long term ramifications. Some of the most common injuries due to surgical errors which you should contact our Portland surgical error lawyers include the following:

  • Nerve damage
  • Amputations
  • Broken bones or torn muscles
  • Organ damage
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Significant scarring
  • Massive infections including sepsis
  • Burn injuries requiring skin grafting
  • Emotional harm
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Many other common types of personal injuries.

Ask Our Portland Surgical Errors 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.

Infant Spinal Cord Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Understanding the What, How, and Liability of Infant Spinal Cord Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain This Type of Oregon Medical Malpractice

Spinal cord injuries are a serious problem.  There are approximately 17,730 new spinal cord injuries each year.  There are almost 300,000 Americans living with spinal cord injuries.  While most instances of spinal cord injuries occur due to accidents such as motor vehicles and falls, 4.3% of all spinal cord injuries are due to medical or surgical incidents.  This means that there are over 762 spinal cord injuries each year caused by medical or surgical procedures.  That is a large number considering that the costs of spinal cord injuries in the first year can span between almost $370,000 to $1.1 million.  The more severe and younger the patient, the more costly the spinal cord injury.  This is why infant spinal cord injuries are so devastating and damaging.  

Our Portland birth injury lawyers know how destructive and devastating infant spinal cord injuries can be when it is due to Oregon medical malpractice.  Victims and their families have significant physical, emotional, and financial burdens to overcome.  These can be catastrophic personal injuries, especially for a newborn.  Medical bills, surgical procedures, medication, and braces or modifications to a house, vehicle, bed, bathroom, and other parts of the home may add significant costs to caring for a newborn with infant spinal cord injuries.  Learn more about this catastrophic injury and what it is, how it is caused, and why it is commonly Oregon medical malpractice due to Portland birth injuries.

What are Infant Spinal Cord Injuries?

Infant spinal cord injuries are damages done to the spinal cord.  The spinal cord could be damaged during the birthing process or immediately after.  In some instances, the spinal cord could be injured in such a way that the damage is permanent.  There are two types of spinal cord injuries. The first is an incomplete or partial spinal cord injury where the spinal cord is partially damages but not completely severed.  This means that there are some signals being sent between the brain and the rest fo the body, but there could be decreased sensation and function.  The second is a complete or total spinal cord injury which is when the spinal cord is completely severed and there is no communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

Common Causes of Infant Spinal Cord Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

There are many possible causes of infant spinal cord injuries.  These injuries could result in debilitating damage which is permanent and will cause a lifetime of complications for a loved one.  Some of the most common infant spinal cord injuries which occur due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Delays in performing a c-section
  • Excessive use of traction tools such as vacuum extractors or forceps
  • Rotational stresses on the spine (spinning the baby too much inside)
  • Hyperextension of the baby’s head which can severe the spinal cord or damage it
  • Pulling, yanking, grabbing, or otherwise places stress on a baby’s arm or neck by pulling from the arm
  • Improper positioning 
  • Failure to monitor the baby to avoid an emergency
  • Large baby or small birth canal, or a combination which should have been detected and avoided
  • Overextending the baby’s back or neck, and
  • Many other common causes from Oregon medical malpractice which should be reviewed by our Portland birth injury lawyers.

Complications from Infant Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are devastating.  Besides the obvious inability to feel, sense, or have motor movement, spinal cord injuries can also cause other serious complications.  These complications can become costly and expensive.  Some of the most devastating injuries include the following:

  • Loss of feeling or sensation, or pins and needles
  • Paralysis or an inability to move or have motor function
  • Bowel and bladder control problems such as incontinence
  • Muscle spasms and abnormal reflex
  • Nerve pain and reactions
  • Difficulty breathing or abnormal breathing
  • Muscle weakness and difficulty
  • Abnormal movement
  • Inability to walk or ambulate 
  • Difficulty with basic hygiene, including just feeding or drinking normally and independently 
  • Excessive pain that does not stop, and
  • Many other common problems.

Infant Spinal Cord Injuries Should be Reviewed by Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Spinal cord injuries caused by medical malpractice, surgeries, or other poor medical care is rare in that only 4.3% of all spinal cord injuries are caused by these mechanisms.  However, spinal cord injuries are a serious problem and 4.3% of 17,730 new cases each year means that two people a day are harmed by medical errors causing spinal cord injuries.  This is in addition to the already 300,000 people already with spinal cord injuries.  When these victims are newborns with infant spinal cord injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice, they simply were not given a fair shot at life due to the careless, reckless, and downright negligence conduct of healthcare providers.

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.

PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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What to Do After PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage Hurt a Loved One: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers 

One of the most catastrophic types of personal injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice is brain damage.  There are many forms of brain damage and there are many causes of brain damage.  One unexpected but common cause of brain damage is due to an overdose of painkillers such as morphine.  There are several possible ways how this could happen but a horrifying way is through a PCA pump malfunction causing brain damage.  Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know how catastrophic this type of medical malpractice can be which could result in permanent brain damage or even wrongful death of an innocent victim.

What is a PCA Pump?

A PCA pump is a patient controlled analgesia pump.  This is a device given to patients after certain surgeries, usually large surgeries that are incredibly painful.  The device dispenses a certain amount of pain management drugs to a patient to help block pain.  This is on an as-needed basis.  The patient simply pushes a button and the painkiller is administered to help block pain.  The painkiller is usually something very powerful like morphine.  

PCA pumps have limits and controls.  This means that a patient cannot keep hitting the button to get pain medication and after a certain number of clicks within a time period, the PCA pump will notify a nurse or doctor to get help.

How PCA Pumps Malfunction

PCA pumps can malfunction for several reasons.  Most of the reasons are actually a product defect, but some reasons are due to errors setting up the device or putting the wrong or stronger medication into it.  Some of the most common causes of PCA pump malfunctions include the following:

  • Damage to the PCA pump in shipping or setting up
  • Improper controls when a patient hits the button too much
  • Pump boluses (large amounts of medication at once) as opposed to a slow drip
  • Drip rate is too high
  • Damage in the line to administer it
  • Complications and drug interactions, including with blood thinners
  • Overdosing 
  • Putting the wrong medication in
  • Wrong patient set up with the pump
  • PCA pumps that stop functioning properly and keep giving doses and 
  • Many other common causes.

PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage

An overdose of morphine is very dangerous and can result in catastrophic personal injuries.  This includes brain damage.  The brain damage due to the morphine overdose is due to the toxicity in the painkiller.  This is because the painkiller causes a caustic environment.  The types of brain damage that could occur include damage to nerves, vessels, and tissue itself.  Tissue can actually become so damaged that it forms lesions which are areas of brain tissue that cease to work properly.  

The repercussions of brain damage include the following:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Being unable to concentrate 
  • Extreme pain and suffering
  • Memory issues
  • Coordination and lack of balance problems
  • Mood changes or mood swings
  • Behavioral issues
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Withdrawal, and
  • Other cognitive damages.

Injured by a PCA Pump Malfunctions Causing Brain Damage?  Ask Our 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.

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

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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.

Paraplegia Caused by Medical Malpractice in Oregon: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Want You to Know About Paraplegia Caused by Medical Malpractice in Oregon

Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating injuries that a personal injury victim could sustain.  This is because spinal cord injuries affect a person’s ability to function on a daily level.  This includes both basic hygiene and work, but also every facet of living.  Many individuals who have spinal cord injuries are unable to live independently, especially when they get older.  This is particularly true of individuals who have paraplegia, a type of spinal cord injury.  While paraplegia only affects the lower limbs and sometimes the torso, it can have an entire body effect.  Our Portland medical malpractice lawyers want you to know about paraplegia caused by by medical malpractice in Oregon and why victims and their families may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

This is particularly true considering that the CDC estimates that within the first year of paraplegia there will be more than $519,000 in expenses and each subsequent year may be almost $70,000 a year.  The average lifetime costs for a paraplegia victim are over $2.3 million if the injury occurs at the age of 25, or $1.5 million if the injury occurs at age 50.  These estimates are the last ones published by the CDC and are from 2015, meaning that with inflation these figures are surely higher.

What is Paraplegia?

According to the Mayo Clinic, paraplegia is a spinal cord injury that “affects all or part of the trunk, legs, and pelvic organs.”  Paraplegia could be complete or incomplete.  With complete paraplegia, the spinal cord is ruptured and fully torn meaning there is no connection between the brain and whatever is below the damage.  This is typically the legs and lower trunk, which means no sensation can be sent back up to the brain and no signals to move or function could be sent down from the brain.  With incomplete paraplegia, the spinal cord is partially ruptured meaning that some signals may be sent back and forth to the brain and the extremity but other signals may be blocked, muted, or confused.

Paraplegia Caused by Medical Malpractice in Oregon

There are many possible causes of paraplegia caused by medical malpractice in Oregon. This is because, while many healthcare providers properly care for their patients other healthcare providers utterly fail to meet their duty of care.  A healthcare provider’s duty of care is a large part of what dictates if he or she was negligent.  The duty of care is what a reasonably prudent healthcare provider with similar training and experience would have done in similar circumstances.  Thus, a physician is held to the standard of another physician and a nurse is held to the standard of another nurse.

The most common causes of paraplegia caused by Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Surgical errors
  • Anesthesia errors
  • Birth injuries
  • Failed spinal fusions
  • Hospital falls
  • Improper hospital transfers
  • Improper injections
  • Failure to treat an infection such as meningitis
  • Nursing home malpractice
  • Improper positioning during a surgery, and
  • Many other causes to see Portland medical malpractice lawyers for help.

Paraplegia Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice Could be Devastating

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.

Cervical Fusion Errors: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Understanding Cervical Fusion Errors from our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

One of the most invasive surgical procedures is a spinal fusion. Spinal fusion surgeries involve immobilizing two or more vertebrae by removing a portion of a disc and inserting cement or spacers in its place. Rods are then drilled into the side of each vertebrae, which are then tightened to create a permanent restriction on the range of motion. A cervical fusion is a spinal fusion in the neck. This type of spinal fusion results in a reduced range of motion while performing daily activities, including driving a car, performing household chores, and daily hygiene. Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know that most cervical fusion surgeries are performed successfully. However, some cervical fusion errors could occur during these surgeries that result in catastrophic personal injuries, including quadriplegia and paraplegia.

If you or a loved one suffered any type of paralysis after a spinal fusion surgery, especially a cervical fusion, you may have rights under Oregon law. These rights include a right to compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, lost future earnings from being unable to return to the same line of work, loss of society, and many other injuries or damages related to the Oregon medical malpractice. Ask our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers how to protect your rights to compensation today. 

What is a Spinal Cord Injury? 

A spinal cord injury, also known as SCI, is a type of paralysis affecting the central nervous system. The central nervous system is comprised of the brain and spinal cord. The spinal cord is the messenger super highway between the brain and the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system is the series of nerves which extend from the spinal column and travel to the tips of your fingers and your toes. Information from the peripheral nervous system travels up the spinal cord and to the brain which processes the information and sends messages back. These messages interpret sensation, dictate movement, and perform other functions of the other parts of the body governed by that particular peripheral nerve cluster.

A spinal cord injury creates a gap in the communication line between the peripheral nervous system and the brain. There are two types of spinal cord injuries which could affect the way messages are processed or sent to the brain. The first type is a partial or incomplete spinal cord injury. This type of spinal cord injury causes a decrease in sensation, function, or other motor movements. However, an impartial spinal cord injury usually does not sever the chain of communication from the peripheral nervous system to the brain.

The second type of spinal cord injury is a total or complete severance. This type of spinal cord injury completely shuts off the line of communication between the peripheral nervous system and the brain. This means that no messages regarding sensation, movement, or other functions will be received or processed by the brain. This results in a complete paralysis below the injury location.

Common Causes of Oregon Medical Malpractice Caused by Cervical Fusion Errors

There are many ways how Oregon medical malpractice during a spinal fusion could result in serious personal injury such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Errors with a cervical fusion surgery are likely to result in quadriplegia which affects all four limbs and part of the torso. This is because the cervical vertebrae are high up on the spinal cord, which means more of the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system are disconnected from the brain.

Some of the common causes of cervical fusion errors due to medical malpractice in Oregon include the following: 

  • Perfusion errors 
  • Improper angle of the drill 
  • Improper removal of disc 
  • Improper insertion of pedicle screws 
  • Excessive tightening of hardware 
  • Wrong site surgery 
  • Improperly removing calcified discs, and many more causes. 

Permanent Disability from Cervical Fusion Errors 

When a healthcare provider causes irreversible surgical errors to the spinal cord it can result in catastrophic personal injuries to an innocent person. This includes partial or total loss of all four limbs and part of the torso. Due to the disability caused by cervical fusion errors, a person may be unable to perform his or her usual and customary activities. Such activities include going to work, caring for children, caring for elderly family members, performing household chores, and other daily and routine activities. 

Due to such disability, individuals may be entitled to compensation for the following:

  • At home medical assistance
  • Mobility assistance equipment
  • Vehicle modifications 
  • House modifications 
  • Reasonable modifications at work 
  • Physical therapy, occupational therapy, or vocational therapy 
  • Future surgeries
  • Medications 
  • Nursing home care, and 
  • Any other services or needs to remedy the paralysis causes by medical errors. 

Cervical fusions that Cause Paralysis Should be Reviewed by our Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

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.

Compartment Syndrome Medical Malpractice: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Understanding the Dangers of Compartment Syndrome Medical Malpractice: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain

Compartment syndrome is one of the more dangerous conditions that a doctor could misdiagnose or fail to diagnose.  Patients who are suffering from compartment syndrome and are not immediately treated my suffer irreparable injury.  Compartment syndrome is where there is some type of trauma or injury to a limb which accumulates excessive pressure.  That excessive pressure can cut off circulation, damage nerve, and destroy tissue.  Healthcare providers who fail to identify, diagnose, and treat compartment syndrome could be causing serious Oregon medical malpractice.  This is because patients who offer from uncontrollable compartment syndrome could suffer extreme personal injury including nerve damage, paralysis, amputation, and wrongful death.  Our Portland medical malpractice lawyers explain explain the dangerous of compartment syndrome and how it could be caused by preventable medical errors.

What is Compartment Syndrome?

Compartment syndrome occurs when there is extreme pressure to a part of the body which continues to build up.  This is usually in a limb or closed segment of the body, like the hand or foot.  Compartment syndrome is usually caused by trauma to that area of the body.  This includes trauma such as broken bones, significant impact injuries, blood clots, external constriction (like medical casts or braces on too tight), deep muscle bruises, and other strong trauma.

What happens with compartment syndrome is that the injured area starts to aggressively swell.  This fluid buildup occurs in the connective tissue around the muscles and bones, known as fascia.  This area fills with blood or edema.  Most times a part of the body is injured the body can regular the swellings to avoid compartment syndrome.  However, when the body cannot diffuse the fluids fast enough or where the body is damaged in such a way that the fluids cannot drain, compartment syndrome can develop.  This means the pressure could start to cause a loss of oxygen flow to the lower parts of the body.  This could cause serious bodily damage if the pressure is not discharged.  To do this, surgeons can simply cut into the limb and insert a drain to help fluid pull away.  This decreases pressure and avoids injury.

What Happens When Compartment Syndrome Medical Malpractice Occurs?

When there is compartment syndrome medical malpractice, the fluid that builds up in the limb is allowed to stay there.  This means that the body is struggling to get rid of the pressure and a competent physician is not helping the body relieve that pressure.  This means that blood flow from the heart cannot get to the part of the body on the other side of the swelling.  The injured limb and part of the body which cannot get oxygen could start to suffer hypoxic injury, which is due to a lack of oxygen.  

Some of the common injuries from compartment syndrome which are not diagnosed include the following:

  • Nerve injuries;
  • Damage to blood vessels;
  • Tissue damage, including muscle loss, tendon loss, ligament damage, and permanent damage to bones;
  • Paralysis below the point of the compartment syndrome;
  • Permanent loss of use of the injured limb;
  • Partial amputation; 
  • Full amputation;
  • Need for reconstructive surgery, including knee replacements or other join replacements;
  • Skin grafts; 
  • Wrongful death; and
  • Other injuries.

Did a Doctor Delay in Diagnosing or Treating Your Compartment Syndrome?  You May be the Victim of Oregon Medical Malpractice

If a healthcare provider failed to diagnose compartment syndrome, you may have rights under Oregon law.  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.

Anesthesia Errors Causing Traumatic Brain Injuries: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain How Anesthesia Errors Can Cause Traumatic Brain Injuries 

Anesthesia errors causing traumatic brain injuries is a serious type of medical malpractice.  Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of drugs which paralysis, put to sleep, and block a patient’s pain and discomfort.  The determination of how much anesthesia to use is done through a very important calculations.  These calculations are checked and rechecked by an anesthesiologists, CRNA, and other anesthesia techs or the actual surgeon performing the procedure.  Many times the anesthesia team will even use computers and other safety checks to calculate the amount of anesthesia.  While all of these checks and balances makes anesthesia safer now than it has ever been, there are still many different ways that anesthesia errors could occur due to Oregon medical malpractice.  In some of the most catastrophic instances, anesthesia errors could result in significant and permanent injuries.

Traumatic brain injuries are some of the most serious personal injuries that a personal may sustain due to the negligence of another person or entity.  Our Oregon medical malpractice lawyers know that anesthesia errors could result in serious injuries such as traumatic brain injuries.  Also known as TBIs, there are several ways that anesthesia errors could occur which might bring a lifetime of serious complications to an innocent person.  Victims of this type of medical negligence may be entitled to compensation for their injuries.

What is a Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI?

A TBI is a brain injury that results in damage to the brain in such a manner that brain disfunction occurs.  Disfunction could relate to memory, speech, problem solving, or other cognitive disability.  This disfunction could be temporary but is often permanent to some extent, even if the permanent disability is minor.  The damage in a traumatic brain injury is usually permanent to some extent, just the disability may be temporary or permanent.  Many times traumatic brain injuries are catastrophic and completely destroy a person’s ability to live independently and function independently, including not being able to hold a job, operate a motor vehicle, or even care for himself or herself.

Ways Oregon Medical Malpractice Could Result in Anesthesia Errors

There are several ways that anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injury causing a traumatic brain injury.  There are three general ways the anesthesia errors could occur which include the following:

  1. Physical errors such as when some medical equipment or device falls or otherwise damages a patient.  This could include an overhead IV drip pole falling on a patient’s head or an anesthesia incubation tube causing damage to a patient’s teeth, mouth, or esophagus.  
  2. Anesthesia administration errors such as overdosing or under dosing a patient, including having the anesthesia cocktail at an incorrect proportion.  Failing to consider co-morbidities and other possible complications from the anesthesia could also result in serious injury.
  3. Mechanical errors which include the IV drip rate not working properly, a PCA pump malfunctioning for pain relief during a procedure, syringe malfunctions, or other pacing equipment or calculation equipment which fail to work properly.  

Victims of Anesthesia Errors Suffering Traumatic Brain Injuries Should Ask Us For Help

Did anesthesia errors causing traumatic brain injuries result in harm or disability to yourself or someone you know?  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.