Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

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Understanding Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains the Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby

One of the most significant issues with the labor and delivery process is oxygen deprivation to a baby.  In fact, oxygen deprivation is an emergency issue in all instances to a newborn.  A newborn’s brain is rapidly developing which means it has a very high demand for oxygen.  Even a momentary pause of oxygen for just a few minutes could result in serious personal injuries or the wrongful death of an innocent newborn.  In addition, infants who have any type of oxygen deprivation may suffer other serious abnormalities and disabilities to their vision, hearing, sense of taste, sense of smell, touch, and other brain functions like cognition.  There are many top causes of oxygen deprivation to a baby, and our Portland birth injury lawyer wants you to know these all to protect your family from Oregon medical malpractice.

That is because many instances of oxygen deprivation to a baby is due to medical malpractice in Oregon.  Many healthcare providers do not want you to know that.  They will even lie about birth injuries to a baby being sue to natural complications, genetics, or an unavoidable complication.  However, that is very likely to not the case.  In fact, those are all very common excuses.  Many doctors lie about this because they know that a serious birth injury caused by oxygen deprivation to a baby could result in significant liability, high compensation, and even the potential loss of their license.  This is why medical providers have every reason to lie about their mistakes which cause catastrophic personal injuries.  This unfortunate because we are taught to trust our doctors at a young age.  But whenever a loved one is seriously injured, you need to trust you Portland birth injury lawyer to review your case and tell you the truth what really happened.

Why is Oxygen Deprivation Dangerous?

Oxygen deprivation is dangerous for a newborn because the baby’s brain is rapidly developing.  When there is a lack of oxygen it could cause lesions or gaps of development in the brain.  This lack of development also means that the brain could suffer other injuries or imbalance.  

A common condition resulting in an oxygen deprivation is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  Also known as HIE, this is brain damage caused by a lack of oxygenated blood flow.  This could be caused by a variety of issues to a newborn, including some of them all listed below.  

Oxygen deprivation could also kill a baby.  This is obvious, as we know that adults can suffer serious brain injuries after several minutes of not breathing.  However, an infant can suffer brain injuries in half the time, especially after being born which is already a traumatic and oxygen-demanding event.

Top Causes of Oxygen Deprivation to a Baby Which Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice

Ask our Portland birth injury lawyers any time that your loved one has suffered serious personal injuries.  This is especially true during the birthing process where personal injuries are most likely due to medical errors that were careless or reckless.  Some of the top common causes of oxygen deprivation at birth due to potential Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Umbilical cord prolapse
  • Preeclampsia 
  • Umbilical cord detachment 
  • Eclampsia 
  • Placentia abruptions 
  • Umbilical cord compression 
  • Excessive contractions
  • Nuchal cord (cord around the baby’s neck the in womb)
  • Gestational diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overuse of Pitocin
  • Excessive use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Prolonged delivery
  • Delays in a c-section
  • Bacterial infections
  • Failure to manage STDs
  • Breech position (feet first)
  • Delays in fetal resuscitation 
  • Mishandling a baby
  • Birth trauma like bleeding that is not treated
  • Not tracking accelerations and decelerations of contractions
  • Failure to monitor for fetal distress, and
  • Many other common causes.

Ask Our Portland Birth Injury lawyers for Any Possible Cases of Oxygen Deprivation

Any birth injuries could be very serious or result in the wrongful death of an innocent child—or the mother in certain instances.  Oxygen deprivation could be very serious and lead to cerebral palsy, epilepsy, HIE, cognitive disability, developmental delays, speech delays, and other serious personal injuries.  These damages can be very expensive, including well over a million dollars for some serious types of personal injures, according to statistics from the CDC.

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.

Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case

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Understanding HIE from our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case

There are many potential damages which could be caused by a birth injury in Oregon.  Most of the damages are due to a lack of oxygen to the newborn. When that is a decrease in the lack of oxygen, it is a hypoxic injury.  When it is a complete lack of oxygen, that is an anoxic injury.  One of the most common types of birth injuries is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.  This is a type of hypoxic injury which could be caused by a variety of complications or medical malpractice.  Whenever a child is diagnosed with HIE, call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case.  

This is because a medical malpractice case is not like a normal type of personal injury lawsuit.  And a birth injury is also a much more complicated type of medical malpractice case.  But the mecca of all difficult cases are brain injury cases due to birth injuries such as HIE.  This is why victims and their families need to call a Portland lawyer for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy case and not just any personal injury lawyer.

What is HIE?

HIE is a very dangerous and devastating condition.  It is brain damage to a baby.  The brain damage is caused by a lack of oxygen.  The lack of oxygen is caused by a lack of blood flow to the brain.  It is this blood flow which carries oxygen to the brain.  When there is a decrease in oxygenated blood, there is going to be damage to the baby’s brain.

The damage from HIE is caused by lesions to the brain.  The lesions are areas where the rapidly developing brain had a lack of oxygen.  Rather than forming normally, the brain has a “gap” or “blank spot” which forms in its place.  This is like scar tissue or just dead, non-utilized tissue where no neuron connections have taken place.

Disability Due to HIE

The disabilities caused by HIE can be great, significant, and absolutely catastrophic.  Victims may suffer a wide-range of complications or conditions if HIE injuries occur during the birthing process such as labor and delivery.  Victims may also suffer horrible personal injuries which can impair their entire lives.  Some of the most common injuries or complications due to HIE include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy – this is a movement disorder which can affect how a person controls his or her body.  Victims may suffer involuntary tremors or other shakes which affect a person’s ability to function.  Victims may also be unable to walk, sit, lay down, or even eat/drink without assistance.
  • Developmental delays – victims may suffer significant and permanent developmental delays including the inability to talk, learn a language, problem solve, eat, remember, or regular one’s mood.
  • Seizure disorders – severe cases of HIE could result in seizure disorders which could be greatly disruptive to a person’s life.
  • Wrongful death, and
  • Many other serious injuries causing disability.

Learn How Our Portland Lawyer for Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Case can Help You

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.

What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy? Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy and How Could it Be Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice?  Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

There are many different types of serious birth injuries that could occur to a newborn, but one of the most serious ones is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  Also known as HIE, this type of birth injury results in an irreparable harm to the developing brain in the form of lesions. These lesions cause permanent damage to the brain which means that there is a void of brain tissue in that location of the lesion. This means that normal brain tissue will not develop in that spot. This is a very serious problem because it means a newborn will have permanent disability or difficulty in the areas of the brain which suffered the lesions. Our Portland birth injury lawyers want to explain what is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and how it can be caused by Oregon medical malpractice to help families better protect their rights.

This is because most times a healthcare provider will not admit to making mistakes which results in a birth injury such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE. In fact, many times healthcare providers will blame genetics or claim that hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a natural risk or consequence of the birthing process. While this can be true in some instances, many times hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is actually caused by reckless, careless, or downright negligent for gross negligence conduct of healthcare providers. This means that many instances of HIE could be avoided or prevented if healthcare providers complied with their duty of care. When they do not, in order to save their license and their livelihood, far too many healthcare providers are willing to lie about the causes of your newborns birth injuries. This is why it is imperative for families to understand a little about hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy in order to protect their rights and their loved ones rights.

What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?

This debilitating and damaging type of Oregon birth injury is a type of birth asphyxia. This means that a newborn suffered some type of oxygen deficiency or deprivation during the labor and delivery process. This is a dangerous time for an oxygen deprivation or deficiency because the developing brain requires high amounts of oxygen to properly develop. When the brain does not receive the amount of oxygen that it means, damage can begin to form in the parts of the brain which receive the least or no oxygen. This is how of the lesions form.

The cause of the oxygen deprivation which causes the brain damage is due to a lack of blood flow to the brain.  It is this blood flow which brings rich, oxygenated blood to supply the brain.  When there is a restriction in blood flow, there is a restriction in oxygen supply.  This is what can result in a decrease in oxygenated blood to the brain.  This means that newborns will receive less oxygen and suffer a deprivation.

Common Causes of HIE

There are many possible causes of HIE.  The most common causes are actually due to reckless, careless, or even negligent conduct by healthcare providers.  This means that healthcare providers could be unnecessarily causing catastrophic birth injuries to innocent children.  That is grounds for a claim of Oregon medical malpractice that our Portland birth injury lawyers may be able to help victims with.

Some of the most common causes due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Delays in performing a c-section
  • Improper monitoring of an infant
  • Overdoses of Pitocin
  • Delays in calling an OB-GYN for help
  • Mischarting
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Improper handling of a baby after birth
  • Delays in perfomring fetal resuscitation
  • Failing to identify an umbilical cord prolapse
  • Not reacting quickly enough to a ruptured umbilical cord or separated umbilical cord
  • Baby too large versus the pelvis too small
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Failing to diagnose bleeding
  • Not reacting to excessive contractions or acceleration and decelerations of the baby, and
  • Many other common causes and results.  

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy is a Catastrophic Birth Injury, Get Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers on Your Side

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.

Diagnosing Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain Diagnosing Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy 

One the worst birth injuries that a newborn could suffer is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. This catastrophic birth injury results in brain damage from a lack of oxygen caused by decreased blood flow. While there are many different causes of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, our Portland birth injury lawyers know that preventable Oregon medical malpractice is a common cause. Far too often negligent healthcare providers such as family care practitioners, OB/GYN physicians, Labor and delivery nurses, and other hospital staff members make serious and careless mistakes which result in catastrophic personal injuries to a newborn.

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a very dangerous birth condition which can cost a whole host of other birth injuries. Some of the other types of birth injuries caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy include cerebral palsy, developmental disabilities, developmental delays, and other types of serious birth injuries. Families who have a new born diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy maybe entitled to compensation including the pain and suffering of the baby, medical bills, future medical bills, future therapy needs, future surgeries or medical procedures, future need for braces or other ambulatory devices, loss of enjoyment of life, and many other types of personal injury damages that are related to the birth injury caused by the hospital’s negligence.

Diagnosing Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy 

The first step to treating hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is diagnosing it. As with any other type of birth injury, diagnosing hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a very difficult task for healthcare providers. Quite frankly, it is also a task that they do not necessarily want to perform because it demonstrates there could have been medical malpractice caused either physicians and nurses. This is why it is important for parents to know some of the warning signs of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy to really press for certain testing to diagnose it. The longer that this birth injury is not diagnosed, the longer that serious personal injury could be happening to a newborns brain and body.

Warning Signs of HIE

There are several warning signs and symptoms of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy that could indicate immediate and emergency treatment is necessary. Some of these warning signs include the following:

  • Low APGAR scores, generally a 3 or lower after 5 minutes and again against 10 minutes
  • Pale skin coloration or blue skin coloration that takes a long time to regain some pigment
  • Weak or absent breathing patterns
  • Low heart rate or pulse
  • Acidosis of the blood
  • Poor muscle tone or hypotonia including flaccid muscles
  • Weak or absent reflexes, or abnormal reflexes
  • A lack of screaming or crying
  • A baby not reacting to stimuli such as pinching or poking,
  • Other abnormal signs.

How is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Diagnosed

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a type of brain damage which results in lesions to the brain. The only way to see these lesions is through imaging equipment. This means that the only way to definitively diagnose hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is to conduct imaging studies on the newborn. While there can be many other signs and symptoms which give strong evidence for hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, confirming the suspicions through imaging studies is the only definitive way to diagnose this birth injury. Our Portland birth injury lawyers understand that many healthcare providers will not want to preform these diagnostic studies because it may confirm that they committed medical malpractice. However, as a parent is imperative to get these studies done so you know how to best treat your newborn.

Therefore, imaging studies such as MRIs and EEGs are the best way to detect and visualize lesions on the brain. Cranial ultrasonography and and endocardiography can also be used to confirm hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. At least one or more of these tests are required to confirm such suspicions.

However, it is important that healthcare providers perform other tasks including laboratory test to check for a babies blood components, liver functioning, renal functioning, and electrolyte levels. Other types of blood tests can also help to ascertain whether there are coagulation system issues or cardiac issues which also need to be immediately addressed. Further, these other tests will also be able to determine the exact oxygen saturation levels in the blood.

What Should I do if my Child is Diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?

If you are a loved one was just diagnosed with hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy the first thing you should do is make sure to give him or her whatever support is necessary to make your baby comfortable. You should also make sure to keep good records of what healthcare providers have been rendering you and your newborn baby care. When your child is stable, it might be a good idea to go to a different healthcare provider to get an unbiased evaluation of what possibly happened and how are your child is progressing. A newborn’s brain is rapidly developing and any delays could be catastrophic.

The next thing you should really do is contact our Portland birth injury lawyers. While it may be frustrating to see everything that is happening around you at the hospital, and you may only see expenses and medical bills adding up while you are away from work and therefore having lost wages, you should know that our Oregon medical malpractice law firm handles hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy cases on a contingency basis. This means that you do not pay our Portland birth injury lawyers until we collect money for you in a settlement for jury award. This is because we know you have added expenses and a decreased income while you are caring for your newborn. We understand that you need to focus on your family and not be paying lawyer bills. This is why we except cases on a contingency basis and only get paid a percentage of what we’ve recover after we recover it for you

Get Our Help Today

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.

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.

Prolonged Labor Causing Cerebral Palsy: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Why Prolonged Labor Causing Cerebral Palsy Could be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a type of birth injury which affects the developing brain.  Cerebral palsy itself is a disorder or group of disorders which caused dysfunction in the brain related to movement and strength. Cerebral palsy and its symptoms are caused by lesions to the brain which affect how the brain is being developed. Cerebral palsy and the lesions causing damage to the brain can occur before, during, or after birth. One of the most common causes of cerebral palsy is prolonged labor. There are many possible reasons why prolonged labor causing cerebral palsy could result in catastrophic birth injuries. Our Portland birth injury lawyers explain some of the common risk, damages, and causes surrounding prolonged labor and cerebral palsy.

General Causes of Cerebral Palsy

Generally, cerebral palsy is caused by birth asphyxia. This means that the brain is not receiving an adequate supply of oxygen. A developing brain that does not receive an adequate supply of oxygen could develop lesions instead of healthy brain tissue. This is what can cause a disability such as cerebral palsy. One of the most common causes of birth asphyxia it is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE. This is when the brain suffers damage due to a lack of oxygen caused by a decrease in blood flow. It is this blood flow that brings oxygenated blood to the brain. The rest, when there is a decrease in blood flow there is a decrease in oxygen which means the brain is not getting an adequate supply of oxygen.

What is Prolonged Labor?

The labor and delivery process is a very exciting time. But it is also a very challenging time and worry-filled time. While most deliveries go without issue, some deliveries are plagued with problems. One of the most common problems is prolonged labor. Generally, prolonged labor is defined as a failure to progress through the birthing canal within a certain period of time after regular contractions begin. Most medical professionals agree that prolonged labor continues for 18 to 24 hours after regular contractions begin. These numbers are different for multiple births such as twins and triplets, and these numbers may also be different for second or third time mothers.

Causes of Prolonged Labor

There are many causes of prolonged labor. It is important to be aware of these causes because identifying and reacting to prolonged labor can protect the health of the newborn baby. Some of the most common causes of prolonged labor causing cerebral palsy include the following:

  • Position of the baby
  • Age of the mother
  • A large baby
  • A small pelvis
  • Weak uterine contractions
  • A small birth canal
  • A slow effacing cervix
  • Extreme anxiety, stress, or emotions of the mother
  • Breech position of the baby with the baby’s feet or bottom or merging first
  • Misuse of Pitocin, and
  • Other important factors.

Why Prolonged Labor Causing Cerebral Palsy Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice

Prolonged labor puts a baby at a greater risk of developing cerebral palsy. There are several reasons why this occurs. Some of the reasons are identifiable by doctors, meaning they know why cerebral palsy occurred due to prolonged labor. However, some instances of cerebral palsy after a prolonged labor are not identifiable by doctors; sometimes it just happens and doctors do not know why. Although, there are also times where doctors make preventable medical errors which could be identified as causing cerebral palsy but doctors and healthcare professionals lie about their mistakes to hide their liability.

Some of the most common known reasons why prolonged labor causing cerebral palsy could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice includes the following:

  • Excessive contractions which cause a decrease in oxygen flow to the baby through the umbilical cord
  • Overdose of Pitocin which could cause rapid or extreme contractions which decreased oxygen flow to the baby
  • Delays in identifying and treating fetal distress
  • Not treating or properly reacting to an umbilical cord prolapse
  • Failing to identify and react to umbilical cord ruptures
  • Not recognizing or treating a placental abruption
  • Delays in performing a C-section
  • Excessive manipulation of a baby during the birthing process
  • Improper use of extraction tools including forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Failing to properly chart a baby’s accelerations and decelerations
  • Failing to react to prolonged labor in general, including continuing to let prolonged labor extend further, and
  • Many other causes.

Babies Born After Prolonged Labor Causing Cerebral Palsy Have Rights Under Oregon Law

A baby born after prolonged labor who is diagnosed with cerebral palsy may be entitled to compensation for his or her damages. Under Oregon law, damages is the measure of relief that a party maybe entitled to in a personal injury action for medical malpractice or birth injuries. Generally, damages in personal injury actions are compensatory in nature. This means that victims and their families may obtain monetary compensation. Some of the most common types of compensation a victim and his or her family maybe entitled for cerebral palsy include following:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical bills
  • Future medical expenses, including future surgeries, physical or occupational therapy, braces or mobility assistance devices
  • Loss of use and enjoyment of life, including loss of affection and society with family members
  • Reasonably proven lost earnings based on siblings for the parents careers or abilities
  • Decreased life expectancy, if caused by certain types of brain damage, and
  • Many other common causes.

Prolonged Labor Can be Avoided with a Routine C-Section: Find Out What This Means Towards Your Rights to Compensation

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.

Three Risks that Cause Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding the Three Risks that Cause Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy: Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers

Birth asphyxia is a dangerous or potentially deadly condition where a baby suffers an oxygen deprivation.  This oxygen deprivation causes damages to the baby’s developing brain.  This damage takes the form of lesions which are irreparable.  These lesions leave voids in a baby’s brain, meaning that normal messages and functions cannot be performed due to the damage.  Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is one type of birth asphyxia which is caused by lack of oxygenated blood flow to the brain which results in the permanent damage.  There are three risks that cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyers explain why all families should know about these risks to protect their children’s rights.

What is Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy?

Also known as HIE, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is a life-threatening, medical emergency.  This is due to a lack of oxygen supply to the brain.  The lack of oxygen supply to the brain is due to a lack of or decrease of blood flow to the brain.  This lack of oxygenated blood is what causes the brain damage to a baby.

The signs of HIE include the following:

  • Poor feeding from the baby, including being very fussy
  • Lethargy
  • Seizures
  • Discoloration at birth (blue or pale)
  • Excessive acid buildup in the blood
  • Hypotonia, or weak muscle structure
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal behavior
  • Extreme crying for no apparent reason
  • Extreme lack of crying when it would be normal
  • Dilated pupil anda  fixed pupil
  • Non-reactive to stimuli and
  • Many other trouble symptoms.

Three Risks that Cause Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

There are many different cases of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE.  The break down into three general risk factors.  These three risks that cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy are 1) maternal risks and health, 2) umbilical cord issues, 3) placenta issues, and postpartum issues.  Our Oregon birth injury lawyers explain each risk factor and some common issues.

Maternal Risks and Health Issues

The baby’s health starts with the mother.  Maternal health issues can result in serious complications and problems for the baby.  Some of these maternal risks can be easily managed, whereas other maternal risks cannot be.  Failure to identify and mitigate or treat these risks can result in HIE or other serious birth injuries.  The most common maternal risks due to Oregon medical malpractice in failing to identify, treat, and care include the following:

  • Gestational diabetes – when the mother has gestational diabetes the baby will usually rapidly grow.  While these sounds like a good thing, it is actually a horrible and risky thing.  This is because a baby that grows too large in the womb could cause delivery complications.  Gestational diabetes can be managed with medication and changes in diet, exercise, or other treatment.  When it is not, it is a recipe for serious personal injuries.
  • Preeclampsia – high maternal blood pressure plus signs of organ dysfunction could result in serious and catastrophic damage to the placenta.  This means that the supply of oxygen to the baby could result in life-threatening damage.
  • Multiple pregnancies – the more children, the more complications that could arise.  This is because everything is doubled or tripled.  This places extreme drain on the mother as well as additional complications that could raise with the umbilical cords.

Umbilical Cord Issues

The umbilical cord is the lifeline for the baby.  This is where nutrients and oxygen flow from the mother and to the baby, and where the waste products from the baby flow to the mother to process.  When an umbilical cord suffers any time of injuries or damages, it could result in very serious birth injuries and personal injuries such as hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  The most common umbilical cord risks that cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy include the following:

  • Compression – if the umbilical cord is being compressed during the labor and delivery process it could result in a decreased flow of oxygenated blood to the baby.  This could cause brain damage  from the lack of oxygen.
  • Umbilical cord prolapse – this is when the umbilical cord comes out first and is born before the baby.  This creates a restricted flow of oxygen which can result in serious personal injuries.  
  • Caught around the baby’s neck – when the umbilical cord is caught around the baby’s neck it could result in a decrease of oxygen to the baby from 1) compression of the cord, or 2) compression around the neck’s arteries which slow oxygen delivery.
  • Rupture – if the umbilical cord ruptures or otherwise tears, it can result in life-threatening and catastrophic injury to the mother or the baby.

Placental Issues

The placenta is the anchor of the umbilici cord to the mother’s uterine wall.  Damage to the placenta could result in significant injury to both the mother or the baby.  This is particularly true to the baby.  The most common placenta risks that cause hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:

  • Placental abruption – this is when the placenta separates prematurely from the uterine lining before the baby was born. This means that the baby has no lifeline of oxygen.
  • Placenta previa – usually a candidate for c-section, a placenta previa is where the placenta attaches low in the uterus and blocks or partially blocks a baby’s travel to the birth canal.
  • Insufficiency – if the placenta is not attached well or suffering from other conditions such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes, it could result in a lack of oxygen supply that the baby needs.

Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers That Handle Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy

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.

Types of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy: Portland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

Understanding the Types of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy from our Portland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers

There are several types of dyskinetic cerebral palsy that every parent should know about which our Portland cerebral palsy lawyers want you to know about.  But more generally, it is important to recognize that cerebral palsy is one of the most catastrophic birth injuries to a child.  This condition is also known as CP, and it is typically caused by hypoxic injuries due to a lack of oxygen to the developing brain.  Such hypoxic conditions generally occur during the labor and delivery process.  Many times the injuries which occur during the labor and delivery process and completely avoidable with the proper exercise of medical care and treatment.  Unfortunately, far too many medical professionals fail to satisfy their duty of care to patients.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy Generally

Cerebral palsy is the condition which is a disorder or group of disorders affecting a person’s strength and ability to move due to brain damage.  The brain damage is typically lesions caused by the hypoxic injuries.  There are several types of cerebral palsy.  Our Portland cerebral palsy lawyers know that there are four types of cerebral palsy, all which are devastating.  The four general types include the following:

  • Spastic CP – the most common which results in rigid muscles, hypertonia (extreme and stiff muscles), and related restrictions to movement from being tight or locked up.
  • Ataxic CP – characterized by difficulty with balance and walking.
  • Dyskinetic CP – trouble with movement and involuntary movements caused by irregular brain activity or damage. 
  • Mixed CP – a combination of two or more types of CP which depend on the severity and location of the damage.

What is Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy?

It is important to realize that dyskinetic cerebral palsy can occur here in Portland and it can cause significant difficulties to a child and his or her entire family.  This is because the child will require assistance for even basic hygiene and treatment.  Generally, dyskinetic cerebral palsy causes involuntary movements which make it more difficult for a person to voluntarily move.  There are many types of dyskinetic cerebral palsy.  

Causes of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy 

The most common causes of dyskinetic cerebral palsy include the following:

  • HIE or hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy;
  • Anoxic brain injuries, or a complete lack of oxygen to a baby;
  • Delays in performing an emergency c-section;
  • Umbilical cord issues such as an umbilical cord rupture or umbilical cord prolapse;
  • Placental abruption which is when the placenta prematurely separated from the uterine wall;
  • Excessive contractions which restrict oxygen supply;
  • Overdose of Pitocin;
  • Failure to monitor deaccelerations and accelerations during the birthing process;
  • Improper use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools;
  • Gestational diabetes;
  • Preeclampsia or eclampsia; and
  • Many other common causes.

General Symptoms of Dyskinetic CP and Types of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

There are many different common symptoms of dyskinetic CP that families in Portland, Oregon should be aware of.  This is because dyskinetic CP is a very damaging type of birth injury which every family should be aware of to start early intervention for their child.  However, the signs and symptoms of dyskinetic CP can be drastically different in other people suffering from the same condition.  This is because dyskinetic CP has several subtypes or classifications.  

The types of dyskinetic cerebral palsy include the following:

General Symptoms – General symptoms of dyskinetic cerebral palsy include difficulty with voluntary movements and controlling these movements.   There are also many involuntary movements and abnormal movements caused by dyskinetic cerebral palsy.

Dystonia – This is a subset and type of symptom which is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions.  The contractions usually occur in the hands and feet, but usually include the rest fo the limb.  The movements are writhing, twisting, and slow, usually repetitive.  The more the person attempts to move, the most the involuntary movements occur.  Signs of dystonia also include posture issues, spurts of erratic, jerky, and fast movements, and a sharp increase of involuntary movements when the person becomes stressed, tried, frustrated, emotional, or otherwise worked up.  Dystonic can affect the entire body or just one arm of the body like an arm.

Athetosis – This is another subset and type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy that should also be reviewed by Portland cerebral palsy lawyers.  This type of dyskinetic CP results in slow, twitching, and curling movements which can occur when a child is still or when a child starts to move.  Many times movement can make the symptoms worse.  The general signs of athetosis include the following:

  • Involuntary movements and twisting;
  • Hypertonia (strong, stiff muscles) to hypotonia (soft, flaccid muscles);
  • Facial muscle issues which result in drooling;
  • Difficulties eating, drinking, or talking;
  • Fine motor problems such as buttoning a shirt or holding a utensil to eat;
  • Involuntary movements unless the person goes to sleep, then the movements stop completely; and
  • Many other symptoms.

Athetosis is a very damaging type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy because it can require constant changes in how family treats a person with it.  The restrictions with stiff muscles versus flaccid muscles can be a huge problem.

Chorea – This type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy causes random, erratic, and involuntary movements.  These movements appear to almost be rhythmic like dancing.  

Families Who Have a Loved One Diagnosed with Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy Should Call Our Portland Cerebral Palsy Lawyers in Oregon

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.

Who Could be at Fault for HIE? Oregon HIE Lawyers

Oregon HIE Lawyers Explain Who Could be At Fault for HIE: Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Explained

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is an incredibly devastating Oregon birth injury potentially caused due to preventable medical malpractice.  Also known as HIE, this condition is when there is a decrease in the supply of oxygenated blood to a baby which results in damage to the brain.  The decrease in oxygen creates an oxygen deficiency, meaning that the body and brain has less oxygen than it requires. This oxygen deficiency is what causes damage to the developing brain of a newborn or infant.  The damage to the developing brain is permanent and irreversible.  While there are some natural and unavoidable consequences that could result in HIE forming, our Oregon HIE lawyers know many families ask who could be at fault for HIE in their newborn.  

The answer is any medical professional that worked with you or your child.  Yes, this is a shocking answer.  Even the treatment of the mother could result in HIE damage to the baby.  This is because HIE is a condition that the baby sustains as a result in some abnormality in the prenatal, labor and delivery process, or immediately after birth.  Damages from HIE could also be caused in the NICU, which is the neonatal intensive care unit.  Both mothers and infants must be properly cared for to ensure that the baby is receiving all of the oxygen requirements that his or her body needs.  Since HIE is a type of birth asphyxia, which is a characterization of birth injuries due to oxygen deprivation or deficiencies, any little bit of missing oxygen supply could be crucial to a baby.

Prenatal Treatment: Who Could be at Fault for HIE in Oregon?

Prenatal care and treatment is what happens before a baby is born.  This care focuses on the treatment to a baby in the womb.  Part of this treatment is inherently focused on the mother.  But the main purpose of this treatment is on the baby.  The point is to ensure that the mother and the baby’s bodies are properly functioning together.  Conditions such as gestational diabetes is an example of when the mother and baby’s bodies are not working properly together.  Preeclampsia and eclampsia are other and more dangerous examples of a mother and baby’s body not working well together.

Thus, there is a list of certain providers who could be at fault for HIE during prenatal treatment.  The most likely individuals and entities to be liable include the following:

OB-GYN – this is your primary doctor during the development of your baby.  Your OB-GYN is the medical specialist who handles reproductive health in women.  Having a baby is one of the main areas of expertise that an OB-GYN must have.  This means that an OB-GYN is well-trained, educated, and has experience in this field at a level greater than other specialties.  An OB-GYN is the physician who charts, performs tests, and otherwise regulates how care as the trimesters continue to the due date of the baby.  When there are prenatal issues that are unaddressed by the OB-GYN, it almost always results in injury to the mother and the baby.  This is particularly true of hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy which could be caused by OB-GYN errors.

Family Care Practitioner or Primary Care Physician – a FCP or PCP is another common doctor that is used by many expecting couples.  Some expecting families actually relay more on a PCP to perform the regular checks and charting of the baby, as well as to make important decisions about the baby’s care and treatment going forward.  Like an OB-GYN, a PCP has a lot of experience handling the prenatal process.  Errors by a PCP could be catastrophic and result in significant birth injuries.  The most common error or ground for negligence with a PCP is the failure to refer the patient to an OB-GYN or to an emergency c-section.

Nursing Staff – no matter what field or area, the nursing staff is the most important part of any care for any patient.  This includes unborn patients.  Infants can be seriously injured when nurses fail to properly chart, review, follow physician orders, or supervise an expecting mother.  Fetal monitoring is important for the baby and nurses are the ones that normally set up and monitor the baby.

Labor and Delivery Errors Causing HIE

There are so many different people who could be liable for labor and delivery errors.  The list is not too different than above, but also at this stage there are a lot more entities involves.  This is because a mother is likely at a birthing center or hospital.  Thus, there are also more individual doctors and nurses also monitoring a mother.  Some of the most common individuals who could be at fault for HIE in a newborn and be liable for Oregon birth injuries and medical malpractice include the following:

  • OB-GYN;
  • Primary care physician or family care practitioner;
  • Nursing staff;
  • Hospitals;
  • Birthing center;
  • Practice group;
  • Emergency room doctor;
  • Triage nurse;
  • Residents and interns;
  • Technicians;
  • Medical students;
  • Nurse practitioners;
  • Physician assistants; and
  • Other practitioners and healthcare professionals.

Post-Delivery: Who Could be at Fault for HIE?

After delivery, all of the same individuals as above could be liable.  But additionally, NICU nurses could also be liable.  This is because babies that are born in crisis and with complications need specialized care.  NICU doctors are also responsible for the care and treatment of babies.  These doctors can also be liable for Oregon medical malpractice from birth injuries they cause.  HIE can absolutely be caused in the post-delivery ward or NICU, even if the labor and delivery went well.  This means that a family could suffer serious injuries after going through the hardest part, birth.

In addition, when there is a c-section the post anesthesia care unit nurses (PACU) could also be liable for damages to the mother.  While rare, a PACU nurse could float over to the OR if there is a shortage in an emergency.  But this is very rare and if there is a shortage, it is likely that there could really be other serious problems at the hospital.

Was Your Baby Diagnosed with HIE?  We Can 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.