Preventable Birth Injuries Due to Fetal Stroke: Portland Fetal Stroke Lawyer Explains Damages and Liability
When we think about a stroke, we think about elderly individuals or healthy people, including people with severe co-morbidities. However, some strokes could be caused by preventable birth injuries. A fetal stroke due to preventable birth injuries can result in serious personal injuries and even result in the wrongful death of a loved one. Our Portland fetal stroke lawyer knows how devastating and damaging this type of birth injury can be—including that it can be deadly. Victims and their families may have a case for Oregon medical malpractice.
What is Fetal Stroke?
Also known as a neonatal stroke or a perinatal stroke, a fetal stroke is the disruption of blood flow to a newborn’s brain. This can occur between weeks 20 to 28 days after birth. These stores can be either ischemic (blockage) or hemorrhagic (bleeding).
Common Causes of Fetal Stroke Explained by Our Portland Fetal Stroke Lawyer
There are many causes of newborn strokes. Most of these can be due to Oregon medical malpractice. The most common causes include the following:
- Hypoxic injuries including oxygen interruption during childbirth
- Sickle cell anemia
- Damage to arteries
- Untreated infections that are not diagnosed and treated
- Low volume of amniotic fluid, damage to the sac, or leaking
- Prolonged labor and delivery
- Asphyxia due to a complete deprivation of oxygen
- Prolonged membrane rupture
- Clotting disorders
- Umbilical cord injuries
- Head injuries that bleed excessively
- Organ injuries resulting in internal bleeding
- Umbilical cord prolapse, and
- Many other common causes that our Portland fetal stroke lawyer should always be contacted about.
Liability for Oregon Medical Malpractice
Babies who have been seriously injured by a fetal stroke may have a preventable birth injury. While a healthcare provider may claim that it was not a preventable birth injury because it was natural consequence of birth, this is not always the case. In fact, these injuries can be due to negligent monitoring, evaluation, and supervision of the baby. Healthcare providers could also fail to properly treat a baby before birth by performing the proper testing. Other times a problem may be slowly manifesting itself and than result in damage.
Thus, healthcare providers could be liable for medical malpractice if they are not properly monitoring the baby for potential complications such as a fetal stroke. When the warning signs of a fetal stroke become apparent, healthcare providers should immediately work to prevent a stroke from occurring. Thus, even if it is a natural consequence of the birthing process, it does not mean that proper care and treatment within the standard of care could not have prevented the injuries. For example, if a stroke happens in an adult but a hospital does not detect it in the ER and the person suffers permanent injuries, isn’t that treatable? Would that be a case? So why would it be a case when an infant has a similar stroke during the birthing process? It does not make sense.
If Your Loved One Suffered a Fetal Stroke, Ask our Portland Fetal Stroke 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.