Oregon Dystonic Cerebral Palsy Lawyers - Bend/Portland, OR

Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders which affect how a person’s brain functions.  Also known as CP, this condition generally affects a person’s ability to move or control his or her movements.  This is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually due to trauma, toxicity, or a lack of oxygen during the labor and delivery process.  The type of movement disfunction is based on the severity of the damage and the location of the damage in the brain.  One type of classification of cerebral palsy is dystonic cerebral palsy.  Whenever a loved one has been diagnosed with any form of cerebral palsy, contacting any Oregon dystonic cerebral palsy lawyers for an evaluation is a good step in ensuring that your rights are protected.

This is because any form of CP, especially dystonic cerebral palsy, could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  Even though cerebral palsy could be caused from natural complications or genetics, unfortunately many times cerebral palsy is caused by careless, reckless, and downright negligent or even grossly negligent conduct from healthcare providers.  This means that the injuries caused to your loved one may have been preventable and avoidable.

Understanding Dystonic Cerebral Palsy

Dystonic cerebral palsy, also known as dystonia, is caused by damage mainly to the basal ganglia part of the brain.  This area of the brain is involved in the recruitment of muscles which move the body.  Thus, the signals to move these muscles and how or when to contract or relax the muscles is affected.  Alternatively, the brain may also send signals to move the muscles randomly that are not intended by the person.  These involuntary movements could be brief and random, or sustained and slow.

Some of the common symptoms of dystonic cerebral palsy include the following:

  • Involuntary muscle contractions;
  • Posture issues, including one or more repeated postures that are difficult to control or “break” out of;
  • Persistent or intermittent muscle contractions that are uncontrollable;
  • Abnormal and repetitive movements;
  • Asymmetrical posture;
  • Muscle overflow, or when one muscle is used another muscle group also moves;
  • Vision issues, including due to eyelid involvement; and
  • Many other symptoms.

Individuals with dystonic cerebral palsy may also have complications or difficulty with several daily and customary tasks, this includes the following:

  • Eating and speaking;
  • Vision due to eyelid disfunction;
  • Sitting;
  • Standing;
  • Walking;
  • Laying down;
  • Sleeping;
  • Malnutrition issues due to involuntary movements and the difficulty to eat; and
  • Other complications.

Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Dystonic Cerebral Palsy

There are many ways that Oregon birth injuries caused by medical negligence could cause dystonic CP.  Although any form of cerebral palsy could be caused by unavoidable complications or genetic abnormalities, preventable medical errors can also cause dystonic cerebral palsy.  Unless you are trained to recognize the signs of medical errors, it may be difficult for you to determine whether substandard medical care and treatment caused your loved one’s cerebral palsy.

Some of the most common causes of CP which should be evaluated by Oregon dystonic cerebral palsy lawyers include the following:

  • Hypoxic injuries due to the lack of oxygen;
  • Umbilical cord ruptures;
  • Kernicterus or excess jaundice;
  • Drug toxicity, such as overdoses of medications or drugs which could affect the fetus;
  • Improper use of extraction tools;
  • Failing to properly monitor the baby and mother during the labor and delivery process;
  • Unacceptable delays in performing a c-section;
  • Unsafe prenatal care;
  • Mishandling the baby after birth;
  • Physical injury to the baby during or after the birthing process;
  • Failing to eclampsia or preeclampisa; and
  • Many other symptoms.

If a loved one is suffering dystonic cerebral palsy due to one or more of these medical errors, families may be entitled to damages.  The form of damages in personal injury actions is usually monetary compensation.  This includes compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical treatment (surgeries), future therapy, future medications, equipment, and any other compensation that may be related to the diagnosis of cerebral palsy due to the healthcare provider’s wrongful or negligent acts or omissions.

Bend/Portland, Oregon Dystonic Cerebral Palsy 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.  

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

We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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