Infant Brain Damage Symptoms: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Understanding Infant Brain Damage Symptoms From Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

One of the most traumatic types of injuries to newborns is infant brain damage.  This could be caused by a variety of issues, but it can also cause a variety of problems.  Generally, the earlier that infant brain injuries are detected the quicker that intervention can begin.  This is why it is important for parents to know the infant brain damage symptoms in order to protect the rights of their loved ones.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers explain these important infant brain damage symptoms and how they can be caused.

What are Infant Brain Injuries?

Infant brain injuries are any type of brain injury to a newborn child.  The injuries could range from mild to severe, and they could be disabling or curable.  Some of the injuries could just be temporary, but most are permanent to some degree.

Infant brain injuries could be nerve damage such as those which cause seizures, or they could be larger lesions which causes cerebral palsy.  These injuries generally occur during the labor and delivery process and can result due to hypoxic (decreased oxygen flow) or anoxic (complete lack of oxygen).

How Does Infant Brain Damage Occur?

There are many causes of infant brain damage.  The most common examples include those during the labor and delivery process, which include the following:

  • Excessive use of forceps or vacuum extraction tools
  • Excessive contractions that are not managed with medication
  • Overdose of Pitocin 
  • Failure to monitor for and identify fetal distress
  • Delayed c-sections
  • Improper surgical methods during c-section
  • Delays in performing infant resuscitation 
  • Umbilical cord injuries or prolapse
  • Umbilical cord separation from the uterine wall, and
  • Other complications.

These complications can result in undue stress on a baby.  They can cause the stress traumatically, or they could cause the stress indirectly such as affecting oxygen supply.  Victims who are seriously injured by any of these instances of medical malpractice may be entitled to compensation for their personal injuries.  This is why it is important to know the infant brain damage symptoms.

Understanding Infant Brain Damage Symptoms 

Unlike adults or teenagers, when an infant suffers brain damage he or she cannot just tell you that something is wrong.  In fact, most times an infant does not even indicate that there are any injuries.  Subtle signs such as cradling an arm could be a sign of a traumatic nerve injury.  Yet, this could also be a common trait of some babies.

Thus, it is important to understand infant brain damage symptoms in order to report your findings to your primary care physician.  This can allow intervention to begin at once.  Some of the most common warning signs and symptoms of infant brain injuries and damage include the following:

  • Excessive crying that is not resolved with cuddling, consoling, or offering feeding
  • Physical symptoms such as malformation of the head or neck
  • Stiffness in the neck
  • Distorted final features
  • Shrill crying
  • Fussy eater
  • Excessive lethargy 
  • Extreme sleeping
  • No leg kicking and movement
  • No arm movement
  • Guarding or cradling an arm or leg
  • Irritability 
  • Not responding to stimuli
  • Not grabbing or wrapping fingers around other fingers or hands
  • General discomfort
  • Eyes not tracking moving objects or individuals, and
  • Other troubling symptoms.

Concerned That Oregon Medical Malpractice Caused Birth Injuries to Your Child?  Ask Our Portland Brain Injury 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.

Fetal Stroke Due to Preventable Birth Injuries: Portland Fetal Stroke Lawyer

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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.

Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn Which Could Mean Oregon Medical Malpractice

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Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn Explained: Oregon Birth Injury Warning Signs

One of the most worry-full times is having a newborn child.  This is especially true for first-time parents with newborns.  It is not unheard of for parents to constantly check their newborn to make sure he or she is breathing, or to constantly go to the doctor’s for minor things.  This is just part of being a good parent, and sometimes a little bit of a nervous parent.  But there are some things that parents should not ignore.  This is because Oregon birth injuries caused by medical malpractice could have caused catastrophic personal injuries including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, and other dangerous or deadly conditions.  Abnormal behavior in a newborn could mean Oregon medical malpractice cause these serious injuries.

It is important to parents to know the warning signs of abnormal behavior because it could allow for early intervention.  This may help a child get the treatment he or she needs to reverse or mitigate the damages caused.  In some situations, early intervention may detect ongoing conditions such as kernicterus.  This is a serious and dangerous birth condition that could result in catastrophic personal injury or even the wrongful death of an innocent child.

Know These Oregon Birth Injury Warning Signs of Abnormal Behavior in a Newborn

The warning signs are very important because they help a family recognize and defend the serious consequences of Oregon medical malpractice resulting in birth injuries.  Since a baby cannot tell you what hurts, and because most newborns already have weakened responses to stimuli which could hint at an injury, it is very difficult to diagnose birth injuries.  But here are some common warning signs that victims should be aware of:

Obvious and Emergency Warning Signs:

  • Blue or very pale appearance 
  • Difficulty breathing, grunting, or hyperventilating 
  • Red in the face or choking
  • Very difficult to wake
  • Skin rashes
  • Any abnormal bleeding
  • Seizures
  • Low oxygen saturation, and
  • Other important conditions.

Less Obvious and Equally Important Warning Signs of Abnormal Behavior in Newborns:

  • Jerky movements
  • Holding one arm still or one leg still
  • Not reacting to stimuli
  • Wheezing or hoarse cough
  • Not tracking faces
  • Not irritating by stimuli
  • Nursing difficulties 
  • Excessively fussy 
  • Poor appetite
  • Fever
  • Shrill crying and excessive crying that is not subdued with cuddling or consoling 
  • Prolonged diarrhea 
  • Conjunctivitis or pink eye
  • Jaundice lasting more than a few days, or jaundice after a few weeks of birth
  • Loose or flaccid muscles
  • Not reacting to tickling or painful stimuli
  • Unable to lift one’s head from belly time
  • Not moving the head
  • Lack of movement
  • Not grabbing at objects
  • Oversleeping
  • Very drowsy or tired, hard to wake
  • Cranky
  • Different muscle growth in one arm versus the other
  • Cradling or guarding an arm, and
  • Other signs or symptoms which must be troubling.

Does Your Newborn Have Any of These Symptoms?  Ask Our Oregon Medical Malpractice Law Firm for Help

Newborns who demonstrate these warning signs may have a birth injury caused by the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider.  These warning signs are important and families should come to get their newborn immediately checked.  Early intervention could be monumental in helping a newborn.

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.

Signs Your Child has a Birth Injury

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Understanding the Important Signs How Your Child May Have a Birth Injury: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

You cannot ask your baby if he or she has an injury.  Infants cannot communicate or even gesture to their pain.  Some birth injuries can be very difficult to detect, including nerve injuries or organ injuries.  Brain injuries are even harder because they are not like a broken bone, cut, or other injury.  Brain injuries sometimes are not detectable on imaging studies, and most physicians hesitate to perform imaging studies on newborns because of the radiation exposure.  This means that parents and their doctors need to evaluate the symptoms and conduct of a child to determine whether there is an injury.  Learn about the signs your child has a birth injury and what it could be from our Portland birth injury lawyers.

It is important to protect your children’s rights because there may be significant pain and suffering, medical bills, loss of enjoyment of life, and other future damages such as inability to work.  An experienced Portland birth injury lawyer like ours at Kuhlman Law can help victims and their families recover compensation for the personal injuries that they need to live productive lives.  This can be more difficult with serious birth injuries such as cerebral palsy or CP.  This is because the yearly expense for a child with cerebral palsy and an intellectual disability are over 26 times what is costs to raise a child without, and the lifetime costs are over a million dollars.

Understanding Signs Your Child Has a Birth Injury: Warning Signs and What is It

Cerebral Palsy – this is a disability that is caused by a disorder or group of disorders which affect a child’s movement.  The disability could be voluntary movement such as fine motor skill such as putting on clothes or writing or gross motor movement such as walking, or involuntary movement, such as tremors or shakes.  It is caused by damage to the developing brain, usually during the birthing process.  The damage is to the cerebellum and basil ganglia in the brain.

The most important warning signs of cerebral palsy in a child include the following:

  • Low muscle tone with flaccid or floppy muscles
  • Muscle spasms or stiff muscles
  • Tremors or shakes
  • Seizures
  • Unable to lift up his or hear head while lying on their stomach or in a supported sitting position
  • Poor muscle control, reflexes, posture, or structural appearance 
  • Delayed development (trouble rolling over by 6 months, trouble walking by 12 months
  • Feeding or swallowing difficulties 
  • Preference to once side of the body such as only reaching or kicking with only the left side or only the right side, and
  • Other serious symptoms.

Kernicterus – this condition is caused by a buildup of bilirubin in the blood.  This bilirubin is what causes jaundice.  Jaundice is the yellowing appearance that a person may develop on his or her eyes or skin.  In babies, jaundice is completely normal for a few hours or day after birth.  However, if jaundice lasts too long it really may be kernicterus.  This is the condition condition which results in damage to the brain because of the caustic buildup of bilirubin.  Babies who have kernicterus suffer serious brain injuries because of this toxic buildup.  Brain injuries from kernicterus could cause cerebral palsy, developmental disability, and other serious conditions.

Some warning signs of kernicterus are the following:

  • Jaundice for more than 24 hours, usually more then a few days (always ask your doctor for jaundice longer than 24 hours just to be sure)
  • Screaming, scroll crying
  • Discomfort or irritability 
  • Lack of appetite or refusal to nurse
  • Excessive sleeping or lack of sleeping, and
  • Other serious and potentially devastating warning signs that families should know about.

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy – also known as HIE, this condition is brain damage to an infant due to a decreased blood flow carrying oxygen to a baby’s brain.  As a result, the brain works at a deficiency of oxygen.  This can result in damage to the brain because of the lack of full oxygen needed.  A victim will than be forced to suffer the debilitating affects of this condition.  HIE could result in various forms of brain damage, including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, seizure disorders, and other serious forms of birth injuries.  

Some of the warning signs of HIE include the following:

  • Screaming and nonstop crying that is not resolved with cuddling
  • Lack of appetite
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Irritability 
  • Not focusing with eyes 
  • Not responding to stimuli 
  • Nursing problems
  • Weak muscle tone
  • Movement on one side of the body only
  • Abnormal behavior, and
  • Any other uneasy symptoms.

Brachial Plexus Injuries – this is when the nerves originating in the neck and extended down to the arms are stretched or torn.  These nerves that are damaged could result in serious injury because they control sensation, movement, and other functions in the entire arm.  This type of damage can be devastating and should be reviewed by our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer.  This type of birth injury is commonly caused by pulling, yanking, grabbing, otherwise manipulating the baby’s arm or shoulder in the birth canal to help delivery the baby.  But pulling too hard or for too long could result in serious injury.

Some of the most common warning signs of Oregon birth injuries resulting in brachial plexus injuries include the following:

  • Lack of use of one arm 
  • Cradling or holding that arm close to the body
  • Screaming or crying for no apparent reason
  • Complete non-use of that arm
  • Lack of reaction to that arm after stimulus is applied to it
  • Fussy eater
  • No movement in the fingers
  • Redness or swelling in the shoulder or arm, and
  • Other questionable symptoms.

Ask our Portland Brain Injury Lawyers For Help

Use these warnings signs your child has a birth injury to help protect your family’s rights to compensation when a healthcare provider violates them.  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.

Warning Signs of an Infant Brain Injury: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain

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Understanding the Warning Signs of an Infant Brain Injury: Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share Shocking Information 

Giving birth is one of the most difficult and trying times that a family may go through.  All families want their newborn to be healthy.  And most labor and deliveries go without an issue yielding a beautiful and healthy child.  However, some instances of childbirth do not always end as happily.  We have all heard stories of prolonged labor, emergency c-sections, and other complications during birth.  But even then, most children appear to be born healthy—or initially.  This is because infant brain injuries can be incredibly difficult to detect and diagnose.  This is particularly true of more subtle injuries which may cause speech delays or other cognitive delays that are not immediately apparent at birth.  The faster that these injuries could be detected, the faster and more likely that treatment will be helpful and have a positive outcome.  This is why our Portland birth injury lawyers share these important warning signs of an infant brain injury to help families better protect their rights and their loved one’s life.

Warning Signs of an Infant Brain Injury 

There are many warning signs of an infant brain injury, but they are all usually very subtle.  The best warning sign is that innate feeling that a parent has—even a new or first time parent—that something is wrong with their child.  This is because infants do not necessarily manifest brain injuries like children or adults, as they are not talking, walking, or otherwise very coordinated or active.  But there are some important warning signs which include the following:

  • Change in an infant’s eating or nursing habits, including conduct, amount taken, schedule, and latching on
  • Irritability, especially easy irritation or unusual irritation 
  • Screaming or persistent crying for no apparent reason and consoling does not help
  • Change in sleeping habits, including sleeping for much longer than expected or much less
  • Seizures or other epileptic episodes 
  • Sad or depressed moods
  • Jumpiness or alertness to sounds or stimuli 
  • Drowsiness or weak interaction
  • Loss of interest in toys or activities, and
  • Other odd or abnormal factors.

Was Your Child Diagnosed With Any of These Brain Injuries?  It Could be Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice

There are many types of brain injuries which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice and result in serious birth injuries.  Each to the warning signs of an infant brain injury could cause these types of birth injuries.  The most common and devastating types of brain injuries and effects include the following:

  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy – also known as HIE, this condition causes brain damage when there is a decrease in oxygen to the brain due to a decrease flow of blood to the brain.  it is this blood flow which carries oxygen to the brain.  This could be caused by excessive contractions, pressure on the umbilical cord, damage to the umbilical cord, or other injuries resulting in difficulty for the baby to receive a constant supply of blood from the mother or up through the baby’s neck.  HIE is a very devastating condition and is generally the most common type of injury that could occur.
  • Cerebral palsy – the CDC define cerebral palsy as “a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.”  Also known as CP, this is a condition that is caused by damage to the brain due to a lack of oxygen supply while the brain is rapidly developing.  This is usually during the labor and delivery process but could also be caused after birth in the early months.  When the brain is rapidly developing, it needs high amounts of oxygenation blood to help it properly grow.  When the brain does not get the proper amount of oxygen, it can result in damage to this rapid growth.  This growth becomes a lesion which is essentially scar tissue or dead tissue.  That tissue will not develop normally and present a lapse or gap in the brain.  CP is caused when these lesions are formed on the cerebellum or basil ganglia.  Cerebral palsy is not curable and is irreversible.
  • Kernicterus – yellowing of the skin and eyes, or jaundice, is normal in a baby for a few hours or even a day.  However, when that jaundice does not go away for days or even a week, it could be due to kernicterus.  This is a devastating condition that could result in permanent brain damage.  This is because kernicterus is caused by a bilirubin buildup in the blood which can become toxic and damaging, especially to the developing brain.  
  • Development delays – when brain trauma caused by lack of oxygen, chemical damage, physical trauma with extraction tools, and other types of damages, children could experience developmental delays and cognitive defects.

Does Your Child Have Any of These Warning Signs?  Or Was Your Child Diagnosed With Any of These Conditions?  Ask our Portland Birth Injury 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.

Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains Common Birth Injuries in Oregon

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Understanding Common Birth Injuries in Oregon: Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

Oregon medical malpractice can result in many different types of serious birth injuries.  However, there are still many common birth injuries in Oregon.  Our Portland birth injury lawyer knows how the different types of birth injuries could result in different types of harms.  It is important for families that have a child diagnosed with a birth injury to always consult with a law firm for help.  This is because most birth injuries are actually caused by preventable medical errors.  The reckless, careless, and downright negligence or gross negligence conduct of healthcare providers such as doctors, nurses, technicians, and other healthcare providers could result in serious or permanent injuries.

While some healthcare providers may claim that the birth injuries are due to unavoidable consequences or genetics, that is not always the case.  In fact, many times a healthcare provider can intervene to protect children when there is the possibility for an unavoidable consequence.  The best example is when a child may suffer severe birth injuries in a natural delivery, but a c-section could completely avoid those complications.  Thus, if a healthcare provider was properly monitoring or caring for a child during this time, it could have resulted in the child being well protected from common birth injuries in Oregon.

Some of the most common birth injuries in Oregon include the following:

Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy or HIE

This is one of the most catastrophic and devastating conditions which could result in serious health complications for a newborn.  This is because a newborn will suffer a decrease in oxygen which can cause a whole host of other disability.  Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, while a series of big words, means exactly what it says.  Hypoxic means a decrease or deficiency of oxygen.  Ischemic is a condition relating to blood.  Encephalopathy is a condition relating to the brain which caused damage or some affect to the brain.  Thus, HIE is a type of brain damage caused by a decreased oxygenated blood flow to the brain which causes a deficiency in oxygen.

Said differently, HIE is when a newborn suffers a brain injury or brain damage due to a lack of blood supply to the brain.  This blood supply is what brings the necessary oxygen to the brain.  Victims who have HIE at birth may suffer a whole host of serious injuries and damages.  Some fo the most common causes of HIE include the following:

  • Umbilical cord ruptures
  • Overdose or overuse of Pitocin
  • Excessive contractions restricting blood flow
  • Overuse of extraction tools like forceps or vacuum extractors
  • Umbilical cord prolapses (when the umbilical cord comes out the birth canal first)
  • Unnecessary delays in neonatal resuscitation efforts
  • Dangerous fetal heart rates
  • Newborn bleeding that is not stopped quick enough
  • Excessive contractions, and
  • Other types of birth injuries.

Cerebral Palsy or CP

This is a very serious type of motor disability which can permanently affect a child.  CP results in serious personal injuries due to a decrease of oxygen to the brain. including due to HIE.  The damage to the brain takes the form of lesions which prevent the brain from forming in those areas.  The location of the lesions that cause CP are in the basil ganglia and cerebellum.  Individuals with CP can have prolonged disability and difficulty moving, including basic movements like sitting down, putting on a shirt, or talking.  Cerebral palsy is also an expensive condition which could result in over a million dollars of increased healthcare costs for victims.

Kernicterus

It is normal for a newborn to have jaundice, or a yellowing of the skin or eyes.  This is due to the bilirubin buildup in the blood as the baby’s body begins to work independently on its own once the mother’s umbilical cord has been separated.  However, when a baby’s body cannot fully clear the bilirubin, it can result in prolonged jaundice.  This can lead to kernicterus, which is an excessive buildup that is actually poisonous.  The caustic nature of bilirubin could result in serious brain injuries and damage, including conditions like HIE which result in cerebral palsy or developmental delays.

Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries

The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves which come off of the spinal cord in the neck and extend down the neck, through the shoulder, and to the fingertips.  When a baby’s arm is pulled, yanked, grabbed, or otherwise aggressively or excessively manipulated during the birthing process, it can result in a brachial plexus nerve injury.  This includes could result in catastrophic disability and harm because the brachial plexus nerves govern motor movement, sensation, and function for the entire arm.  If the brachial plexus damage is several enough, it could shut off the entire arm.

Did a Loved One Suffer a Severe Oregon Birth Injury?  Ask Our Portland Birth Injury 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.

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.

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.

What is Diplegic Cerebral Palsy? Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Diplegic Cerebral Palsy From Our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Diplegic cerebral palsy is a type of spastic cerebral palsy.  Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a catastrophic birth injury.  CP is a condition or group of conditions that result from damage to the developing brain.  This damage is typically in an area of the brain which affect motor movement and function.  The location of the damage and the extent of the damage dictate the severity of CP.  There are many different types of CP, including several general classifications.  Spastic cerebral palsy is a general type of CP.  Each general classification has many subsets, such as diplegia CP.  Our Bend/Portland birth injury lawyers know how devastating all of these types of cerebral palsy classifications and subsets can be.  This is particularly true if the cerebral palsy is the result of Oregon medical malpractice causing careless, reckless, or downright negligent birth injuries.  

What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  Generally, individuals with spastic CP are prone to increased muscle tone and rigidity, known as hypertonia.  This rigid and stiff musculature makes movement more difficult for individuals.  Generally, the faster that an individual tries to move, the more rigid and difficult it is to move the muscles.  This is due to damage in the brain to neurological pathways, or nerve tracts.  

What is Diplegic Cerebral Palsy? 

Diplegia is a type of spastic cerebral palsy.  While spastic cerebral palsy could affect anywhere on the body, diplegic CP generally affects the lower extremities.  In diplegic CP, a person’s legs are extremely stiff due to increased muscle tone.  This results in stiffer joints which affect a person’s range on motion.  This means walking, running, climbing stairs, sitting down, laying down, or other motions predominately done by the legs will be significantly more difficult.  The severity of diplegic CP depends on the severity of the brain damage sustained while developing.  

Causes of Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

While diplegic cerebral palsy could be caused by genetics or unavoidable consequences of birth, this is sadly not always the case.  Many times cerebral palsy is caused by preventable medical errors.  These medical errors could be the result in careless or reckless conduct.  This includes improperly or inadequately monitoring a mother and the newborn during the labor and delivery process.  When healthcare providers fail to properly monitor a mother and baby, certain birth injuries could occur.

Birth asphyxia is one of the most common ways that Oregon medical malpractice could cause a birth injury resulting in CP.  Birth asphyxia could result in a hypoxic injury, which is an injury due to a decrease in oxygen.  Birth asphyxia could also cause an anoxic injury, which is due to a complete lack of oxygen.  In either situation, the developing brain demands a full supply of oxygen which healthcare providers must ensure a fetus and newborn is receiving.  The failure of a healthcare provider to protect a baby’s oxygen could result in cerebral palsy or other catastrophic birth injuries.

Ask our Bend/Portland Birth Injury Lawyers if Your Baby Was Diagnosed with Diplegic Cerebral Palsy or Any Other Type of Cerebral Palsy

A diagnosis of cerebral palsy will result in a lifetime of complications for an individual.  While some complications can be managed, they never should have to be managed if improper medical care and treatment did not cause them in the first place.  Nor does managing complications of cerebral palsy remedy the fact that the individual and his or her family will have a lifetime of financial consequences.  

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.