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.

Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon

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Understanding Nursing Home Malpractice: Ask our Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon for Help

There are many forms of nursing home malpractice that could seriously injure or damage an innocent resident.  These abuses can occur in nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, or assisted living facilities.  Even the best of facilities could cause serious personal injuries due to nursing home malpractice, abuse, or neglect.  Victims and their families should always ask a nursing home malpractice lawyer in Portland, Oregon for a FREE case evaluation to learn what their rights are to compensation.  Our Portland lawyer at Kuhlman Law can help you do just that.

We understand how frustrating and even confusing it can be for a person to have to deal with this type of serious misconduct or negligence.  We place our loved ones in nursing homes to protect them by giving them better healthcare than we can give them at home.  We also hope that our loved ones are protected from abuse and intentional harms, which they may not be if they are allowed to wander and elope at home.  This is why nursing homes provide important protects for health and safety.

But far too many nursing homes fail in this.  Both intentionally and due to the nursing home malpractice of a provider.  Below are some of the most common causes of nursing home malpractice and abuse which could result in a serious type of personal injury to a loved one:

Bedsores, Pressure Sores, and Pressure Ulcers

These are painful and potentially life-threatening conditions which are “never events” in a nursing home.  Unfortunately, they occur far too often.  A bedsore, pressure sore, or pressure ulcer is all the same thing but a different name.  It occurs when there is increased and continued pressure, friction, abrasion, or rubbing on the same part of the body for a prolonged period of time.  This can cause damage to the tissue underneath the skin and begin a necrotic condition which eats away at flesh.  Infection and sepsis is likely which can also become life-threatening.  Victims who have a bedsore will suffer extreme pain and agony.  While the good news is that bedsores are easily by prevented by shifting residents in beds, getting them up to walk, and proper nutrition or hydration, the unfortunate truth is that far too many nursing homes neglect their residents which results in these types of serious injuries.

Medication Errors

While it may not seem possible in today’s age of computers checking medications, dosage, and prescriptions, medication errors happen a lot.  This can include in ordering the medication or administrating the medication.  At nursing homes, most times it is administrating medication which can result in serious injuries or the wrongful death of a resident.  This includes giving the wrong medication to the wrong patient, mistakes in dosage, not giving food with the mediation, forgetting the medication, or not checking for interactions.  Medication errors can be serious problems in nursing homes which should be reviewed by a nursing home malpractice lawyer in Portland, Oregon.

Lack of Supervision

A lack of supervision could be caused by a myriad of issues, including a lack of staffing or inadequate staffing.  Lack of supervision could also allow for wandering and elopement which is a dangerous issue in a nursing home that could cause falls, broken bones, head injuries, and even wrongful death.  A lack of supervision could also result in nursing home abuse such as physical abuse, emotional abuse, neglect, and other harm.

Ask Our Nursing Home Malpractice Lawyer in Portland, Oregon for Help

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. 

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.

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?

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Reasons Why to Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer Over Just Any Type of Personal Injury Lawyer

When you have a leak in your roof, you do not call an electrician.  While an electrician probably has the handy ability to repair the damage, you need a roofer.  The same is true with an Oregon birth injury case.  When your newborn or young child has suffered serious personal injuries due to the negligence of a healthcare provider, you need to hire an Oregon birth injury lawyer.  You need someone who focuses on these types of cases.  A birth injury case or Oregon medical malpractice case is not like a regular personal injury case.  It requires special attention and experience to ensure that your loved one’s rights are protected.  

This is because insurance companies know how catastrophic most birth injury cases can be.  The compensatory damages can be very significant.  Under Oregon law, victims of Oregon birth injuries and their families may be entitled to various types of compensation include the following:

  • Pain and suffering, the largest component being future pain and suffering for the life expectancy of the child
  • Medical bills, which can be massive if a child has to be in the NICU for any period of time
  • Nursing care and treatment, especially if a family will need around the clock or constant nursing care, or once the child become and adult a nursing home or assisted living facility is necessary
  • Lost future earnings, which is very tricky because a baby obviously has no income but there are estimates and ways to calculate lost income even if it is just based on minimum wage for the life of a child
  • Loss of affection from family members
  • Future medication costs
  • Future surgery costs
  • Need for medical equipment like braces and devices for walking
  • Home or vehicle modifications
  • Costs for a guardian once natural guardians are no longer able to do it, and
  • Many other costs associated with the care.

Why Hire an Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer Over an Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer?

The real question becomes why should you hire a birth injury lawyer over a medical malpractice lawyer.  That sounds like one in the same, but you might be surprised to realize that a car accident lawyer and a truck accident lawyer are different too.  This is because a birth injury lawyer deals with special issues that come up more common or exclusively in birth injury cases.  For instance, medical malpractice lawyers often do not need to calculate the future lost earnings when there are no earnings available.  This means they are not familiar with this type of investigation and may not have experts to help calculate these damages.  Some medical malpractice lawyers may not even know if this is possible.

Additionally, pediatrics is very different than adult medicine.  This is particularly true of the medical experts.  A family needs to ensure that their loved one has an Oregon birth injury lawyer with industry-leading and proven experts.  A birth injury lawyer is going to know who those experts are, and who those experts are not.  This is because a birth injury lawyer may have used or been against that expert before and knows who is good and who is not—a medical malpractice lawyer may not have this experience.

In addition, you want a lawyer who has handled the same types of cases.  Recall, in a medical malpractice case your lawyer most know the law better than the other lawyers and the medicine better than the other doctors and experts.  If you have a lawyer doing a birth injury case for the first time, that may be harder to do.  Whereas if you have an Oregon birth injury lawyer doing the same type of case for the fifth, tenth, hundredth time, that will really prepare the lawyer with a stronger foundation of experience.

This is why you need to really get an Oregon birth injury lawyer over a medical malpractice lawyer.  Experience matters when your loved one’s future is on the line.

Common Types of Oregon Birth Injury Cases Our Lawyer Handles

There are so many different types of cases that our Oregon birth injury lawyer may handle for clients.  All of these types of cases have unique issues that must be addressed by your attorney because the defense team will have nearly endless money from insurance companies to defend dangerous doctors.  This is a really tough and horrible thing for a young child who was recklessly or careless harmed. 

The most common types of Oregon birth injury causes that our lawyer may be able to handle for you include the following:

  • Brachial plexus nerve injury cases
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy cases
  • Cerebral palsy 
  • Kernicterus
  • Bacterial meningitis 
  • Infections
  • Lacerations or injuries from birth
  • Brain injuries
  • Organ injuries
  • Medication overdoses, and 
  • Many other possible cases of Oregon birth injuries to infants.

Was Your Loved One Harmed by a Negligent Healthcare Provider?  Ask Our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer 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.

Spread of the Flu in Nursing Homes Could be Oregon Nursing Home Malpractice

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Understanding Oregon Malpractice: Spread of the Flu in Nursing Homes Could be Preventable Errors

Nursing homes and assisted living facilities are supposed to be places where elderly residents receive the care and treatment that they need. This caring treatment includes not just basic hygienic support, wound care, rehabilitate services, and medication administration, but also preventative care. This preventative care includes not just for other ailments such as infections or injuries from falls, but also preventing the spread of infectious diseases during cold and flu season.  This is particularly true now with the coronavirus, as neighboring Washington State had a severe coronavirus outbreak in a nursing home.  In the winter months colds, flus, and other infectious diseases need to be controlled by a nursing home.  If the facility fails to do so, it could be Oregon nursing home malpractice if the spread of the flu in nursing homes is allowed to occur unchecked.

Duty of Care Owed by Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities

Oregon nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and rehabilitation centers owe residents a duty of care to protect them from foreseeable and preventable harm.  This includes protecting residents against a quick spreading flu or other fold.  In elderly residents who may have underlying health issues, preventing the spread of the flu in a nursing home could mean the difference between life and death.

This means that in nursing homes and elderly assisted living facilities need to take certain precautions when they know one or more residents has the flu, a cold, or another contagious or infectious disease. Some of these precautions include the following:

  • Quarantining infected residents
  • Getting infected residents immediate treatment and medication
  • Transferring infected residents to the appropriate healthcare facilities they need, which with elderly patients that is usually a hospital
  • Properly disinfecting and cleaning the facility, especially common areas
  • Providing proper nutrition and hydration to residence to help keep a natural immune system
  • Ensuring that all residents engage in proper hygienic care, including performing basic hygiene with residents as preventative care
  • Limiting or preventing guests or contractors who may have a disease such as a cold or flu from entering or working with in the nursing facility
  • Protecting the most vulnerable and ill residents from other individuals who may have a cold or the flu
  • Requiring staff and ensuring staff maintain their own proper and hygienic methods including using hand sanitizer between residents, washing their hands with soap and water as required by the CDC, and requiring staff were ill or show symptoms of a cold or flu from working with vulnerable residents for working at all
  • Reacting quickly to any residents who may have any symptoms of a cold or flu which could spread throughout the nursing home
  • With the threat of a coronavirus, contacting the Oregon Department of Health and CDC immediately if there’s a suspected case, and
  • Many other common hygienic and proper medical care and treatment precautions.

Damages When an Oregon Nursing Home Fails to Prevent the Spread of the Flu

Because nursing home residents and elderly assisted living facilities have vulnerable populations the spread of the flu could result in significant personal injuries and the wrongful death of many residents. Nursing homes are the arbiter of good health care for these residents that are depending on them with their lives. Nursing homes are therefore responsible for the safety of their residents to prevent infections. When nursing homes fail to prevent the spread of the flu or actually encourage the spread of the flu by failing to take necessary and basic precautions, nursing homes could be liable for any damages caused to residents which include further disability, wrongful death, pain and suffering, increased medical bills, and other damages due to the nursing homes negligence.

Did a Loved One Suffer Damages from the Spread of the Flu in an Oregon Nursing Home?  We Might be Able to Help

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. 

How to Prevent Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

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Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers Share How to Prevent Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is one of the most catastrophic personal injuries and birth injuries that an individual could suffer. Also known as CP, cerebral palsy is a disorder or a group of disorders affecting the motor ability of an individual. Cerebral palsy is caused during childhood when the brain is rapidly developing. Damage to the brain at this juncture results in lesions throughout the brain. When the lesions in the brain are caused to the basal ganglia or cerebellum, cerebral palsy is likely to result. These lesions are permanent it cannot be cured, although sometimes physical therapy may lessen the disability from lesions. Our Oregon birth injury lawyers know that families will had a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy are facing uphill battle. But this does not mean that they are alone. Further, there are some ways how to prevent cerebral palsy. However, there is no way to guarantee cerebral palsy will not be caused due to birth complications.

There are some ways to ensure that your child has a better chance of not developing cerebral palsy. These are ways to lower a child’s risk factors for causing lesions in the brain. These factors are important to know during pregnancy and during the child birthing process known as labor and delivery. Understanding some of these tips how to prevent cerebral palsy may help you and your family avoid catastrophic or egregious just misconduct by healthcare providers. Additionally, knowing these tips may also help you limit your child’s risks in ways that you can control.

Preventing Cerebral Palsy During Pregnancy

There are several ways that a mother and father can reduce or prevent cerebral palsy during pregnancy. Many of these factors and tips are simply good parenting and commonsense. However, not everyone is a natural parent and some people do not have the same means as others. This makes presenting the information online any form such as this important to protect the rights of families and their children. Some of the most important tips how to prevent cerebral palsy during pregnancy include the following: 

  • Avoid exposure to dangerous viruses like Zika, West Nile, or Coronavirus
  • Get vaccinated before trying to get pregnant for some of the more common diseases or illnesses like the flu
  • Control underlying Health complications before trying to get pregnant and during pregnancy such as managing blood pressure and diabetes aggressively and properly
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs, and any other types of medications which may pose risk to babies during pregnancy
  • Avoid dangerous or risky activities, and
  • Many other common causes.

Preventing Cerebral Palsy During Labor and Delivery

While preventing cerebral palsy during the pregnancy is important, the real way how to prevent cerebral palsy is during the labor and delivery process. This is when there is the most stress on the mother and the baby which could result in lesions to the baby’s brain. These lesions to the baby’s brain commonly are caused by hypoxic or anoxic injuries. These are injuries that are caused by either a deficiency in oxygen or a complete lack of oxygen to the baby. Therefore, an important way to prevent cerebral palsy is to ensure a constant and strong supply of oxygen to the baby.

This it is important to do the following to help reduce the risks of cerebral palsy to a baby:

  • Ensure there is proper fetal heart rate monitoring 
  • Ensure there is proper maternal heart rate monitoring
  • Advise healthcare providers when ever you feel a material change in how are your pregnancy is feeling, such as a new pain or a new sensation which you may not be sure of what it is
  • Avoid relying too much on pain killers and Pitocin during the labor and delivery process
  • Have attentive healthcare providers, especially the nurses
  • Rely on the guidance of your family care practitioner but do not be afraid to get your OB/GYN involved
  • Do not resist a C-section if you are advise it is the best option
  • Ensure that you remain well hydrated
  • Do not become overly stressed, although that can be very difficult during the labor and delivery process which is completely understandable
  • Make sure healthcare providers are properly charting the baby’s progress through the birth canal
  • If there are any monitoring alarms that go off, make sure healthcare providers know about it immediately and take action, and
  • Many other common causes.

It is Impossible to Prevent Cerebral Palsy, But These Tips Can Help

Although it is impossible to prevent cerebral palsy, understanding these important tips does make it less likely that your child will suffer injuries resulting in cerebral palsy. Again, the main cause of cerebral palsy is in anoxic or hypoxic injury to the baby. As long as you ensure that your oxygen saturation rate and the baby’s oxygen saturation rates are well-maintained, you are already lowering the risk of cerebral palsy.

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. 

Anesthesia Errors Causing Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Oregon Medical Malpractice Due to Anesthesia Errors: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain

Anesthesia is a powerful cocktail of three drugs.  These drugs are intended to put you to sleep, paralyze you, and block your pain.  For most surgeries and procedures, anesthesia properly performs as intended.  However, sometimes anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injuries or even the wrongful death of a patient.  This is particularly true of young patients, elderly patients, or patients that are in a weakened state of health.  The anesthesia errors could result in serious personal injuries from healthcare providers such as nurses, technicians, doctors, anesthesiologists, and other healthcare professionals.  Our Portland medical malpractice lawyers know that anesthesia errors could be devastating and potentially catastrophic Oregon medical malpractice cases.  Learn about common anesthesia errors and what causes them below to protect your rights.

What are Common Anesthesia Errors?

Due to the powerful nature of anesthesia drugs, anesthesia errors could result in very serious injuries.  Although most administrations of anesthesia are without a problem, sometimes anesthesia errors do occur.  There are many possible reasons why anesthesia errors occur.  Most of the reasons are due to Oregon medical malpractice.  This includes reckless, careless, and potentially negligent actions or inactions by hospital and anesthesia staff.

Some of the most common types of anesthesia errors include the following:  

  • Overdose;
  • Underdose;
  • Incorrect mixture or combination of anesthesia drugs, or with other drugs used during the surgery;
  • Failure to secure an airway;
  • Improper positioning;
  • Failure to maintain perfusion during procedure;
  • Failure to maintain blood pressure;
  • Failing to monitor oxygen saturation;
  • Improperly administrating anesthesia; 
  • Complications and drug reactions due to anesthesia;
  • Delays in reacting to complications;
  • Causing foreseeable complications which should have been avoided; and
  • Many other common anesthesia errors.

Damages from Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice With Anesthesia

Since anesthesia is very caustic and a very powerful combination of drugs, damages from anesthesia errors are usually devastating or catastrophic.  The main types of injuries caused by anesthesia errors are those relating to a lack of oxygen, or hypoxic injuries.  The danger with hypoxic injuries is that the brain suffers irreparably after only a few minutes without oxygen.  This lack of oxygen could be caused by the powerful drugs, lack of perfusion, or simply by failing to maintain a full airway during the procedure.

Some of the most common damages and injuries from anesthesia errors include the following:

  • Traumatic brain injuries;
  • Spinal cord injury, particularly due to a lack of perfusion;
  • Vision damage;
  • Hearing loss;
  • Nerve damage;
  • Esophageal perfusions;
  • Lung damage;
  • Wrongful death;
  • Tissue damage at IV site if IV comes out or is pushed through; and
  • Many other common causes.

Victims of Anesthesia Catastrophic Oregon Medical Malpractice Should Call Our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Anesthesia errors are simply scary.  This is because of the massive damage that they can cause.  Not only does this include debilitating injuries such as traumatic brain injuries or spinal cord injuries, but also wrongful death.  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.