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.

Warning Signs of Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy in Oregon

oregon birth injury lawyers oregon medical malpractice lawyers how to prevent cerebral palsy athetoid cerebral palsy lawyer different types of cerebral palsy warning signs of choreoathetoid cerebral palsyOne of the most catastrophic or devastating types of personal injuries is a birth injury.  Of all birth injuries, cerebral palsy may be one of the most devastating.  There are several different types of cerebral palsy, and many have subsets.  One type of cerebral palsy is choreoathetoid cerebral palsy.  This is a devastating type of CP which requires intervention, training, and physical or occupational therapy.  Families that have a child diagnosed with this type of CP will need to seek expert medical advice and help.  They may also need to seek the advice of Portland birth injury lawyers when they see the warning signs of choreoathetoid cerebral palsy.

This is because choreoathetoid cerebral palsy can be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  Unfortunately, many healthcare providers will not admit that they caused this type of birth injury.  Some healthcare providers may even lie about it.  This is why Portland birth injury lawyers are needed to review a case.  A trained lawyer with a litany of medical experts to help review a case can be essential to establishing fault against a negligent hospital, defendant, or healthcare provider if they caused any type of cerebral palsy.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

In general, cerebral palsy or CP is a disorder or group of disorders which affect how the brain functions.  The damage to the brain is usually significant to the motor areas of the brain such as the basal ganglia and cerebellum.  Cerebral palsy can cause weakness and an inability to move.  Cerebral palsy could also result in a devastating physical injury, disability, or physical manifestation of a symptom which does not allow a person to move properly.  The severity of CP affects the level of disability.  Individuals with the same type of CP may have completely different symptoms and levels of disability.

What is Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy?

This is a type of CP which is different that many others.  It is usually more disabling and difficult on an individual because there are two very distinct types of cerebral palsy present.  The warning signs of choreoathetoid cerebral palsy can therefore be more difficult to accurately diagnose as first due to the mixed symptoms.

The first part is the athetoid part.  This type of CP causes the following:

  • Slow and writhing movement that are involuntary
  • Inability to stand up
  • Inability to walk or run
  • Unpredictable and random muscle movements
  • Muscle overflow issues which is when one muscle group is moved but another muscle group that is “hardwired” next to the intended group also moves
  • More difficulty with fine motor movement or straightening posture
  • Slower involuntary movements
  • Many other symptoms.

The second part is choreo.  This type of CP causes the following:

  • Random movements
  • Jerky movements
  • Irregular and uncontrolled muscle movements
  • Rhythmic movements
  • Sudden muscle contractions
  • Involuntary movements
  • Abruptly starting and stopping movements
  • Many other symptoms.

Victims With these Warnings Signs of Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy Might Have Been the Victim of Medical Malpractice 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.

Portland Brachial Plexus Injury: What is Klumpke’s Palsy?

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Understanding Klumpke’s Palsy: Portland Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer Explains

Your body has two sets of nervous systems.  One is the central nervous system which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord.  These work in combination as a processing and control center, and a messenger superhighway.  The second is the peripheral nervous system which is the set of nerves that originate from the spinal cord at the spinal column, and extend distally or outwards to the fingertips and toes.  These nerves are responsible for sensation, motor movement, feelings, and other related functions.  There are many critical parts of the peripheral nervous system, but one of the most important parts is the brachial plexus.  And more specifically, when there is an injury, our Portland brachial plexus injury lawyers knows that Klumpke’s Palsy could be a serious and debilitating injury for victims and their families.

This is a very specific type of injury within another very specific type of damage to a set of nerves.  Victims who are seriously injured and have been diagnosed with a brachial plexus injury or Klumpke’s Palsy will understand what these could mean after a doctor explains it to them.  However, most people who have not been diagnosed with either condition probably have never heard of this condition.  But a large percentage of people may have suffered this type of injury and just never were diagnosed or told.  This is because many negligent healthcare provider will lie and even hide their mistakes, some will not even acknowledge an injury being present.  This is a serious problem which our Portland brachial plexus injury lawyer can help you with.

What is a Brachial Plexus Injury?

Let’s first talk about the brachial plexus.  This is a bundle of nerves which come off of your cervical spine.  The individual nerves branch off and head to your shoulder.  Their end destination is the fingertips.  The individuals nerves combine at the base of the neck in the area known as the interscalene groove.  This is the area between your collarbone and your trap muscle.  The nerves continue to the shoulder girdle where they meet other structures like blood vessels which also need to go down the arm.  The nerves then travel down the arm and down into the fingers, splitting and separating numerous times on the way down.

Therefore, a brachial plexus injury is damage to these nerves at the base of the neck and until they get to the shoulder girdle.  The injury here is what could cause damage to the rest of the arm.  But the type of injury, extent of the injury, and location of the injury could depend what is affected in the arm.  This is where Klumpke’s Palsy comes in.

What is Klumpke’s Palsy?

When the damage to the brachial plexus nerves are the lower cervical spine, the damage is going to be affecting the lower part of the.  This is opposite of when the damage is to the top of the cervical spine which damages the upper arm.  

The damage to the lower cervical affecting the lower arm is known as Klumpke’s Palsy.  This is damage that affects the hand, wrist, and fingers.  Some victims may have a decreased function or a decreased sensation.  Other victims maybe have severe deformities including a “claw hand” which is due to the nerve damage.  

Victims very commonly have serious damage and disability due to these types of injuries to the brachial plexus.  Some individuals may not be able to write, type, or otherwise use that hand for normal function like eating, using a phone, driving, and other related actions.  Very little treatment can help restore function, but physical therapy and occupational therapy can help an individual mitigate their injury.

Causes of Klumpke’s Palsy

There are many different causes of this type of brachial plexus injury, including the negligence and Oregon medical malpractice of a healthcare provider.  This includes some of the following serious and catastrophic personal injuries:

  • Pulling or yanking on an infant in the birth canal
  • Twisting a baby’s arm
  • Stretching or extending a baby’s arm while the head is stuck in the womb
  • Improper use of forceps 
  • Improper use of vacuum extractor
  • Manipulating an infant improperly 
  • Mishandling a baby
  • Dropping a baby
  • Delays in a c-section
  • Post-birth injuries, including cuts, lacerations, or physical injury to the arm or hand, and
  • Other serious personal injuries.

Ask Our Portland Brachial Plexus 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.

Birth Injuries: How to Tell the Difference Between a “Natural Complication” and Oregon Medical Malpractice?

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Understanding the Difference Between a “Natural Complication” and Oregon Medical Malpractice, Explained by our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

It goes without saying that the birthing process is a very complicated process.  Not only is it filled with stress and worry, but it can also be filled with many pitfalls for disaster.  Luckily, many people rely on healthcare providers who are well-trained and experienced to help families through the birthing process.  This means that they can help prepare a mother for labor, guide her through labor by controlling pain and contractions, and help facilitate the healthy arrival of a newborn through the birth canal.  Usually, this process goes well.  However, unfortunately a baby may suffer serious or catastrophically medical malpractice.  But when this happens, a doctor is quick to blame the natural complications of birth.  How can you tell the difference between a “natural complication” and Oregon medical malpractice?

The short answer is, unless you are a healthcare provider in the OB/GYN field or a Portland birth injury lawyer, you probably cannot tell the difference.

This is because many healthcare providers will lie about their mistakes and errors if it could have caused a birth injury.  This is especially true if the birth injury is significant like brachial plexus injuries, cerebral palsy, or other damage caused by hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  That is due to the obvious fact that catastrophic birth injuries likely lead to considerable judgments or settlements to pay for pain and suffering, lost wages, lost future earnings, medical bills, and other damages that an infant may suffer.

What are true Natural Complications?

There are many real natural complications that a mother or child may unfortunately suffer.  This includes some unavoidable and truly disastrous conditions.  Some common examples include the following:

  • Genetic defects
  • Developmental abnormalities 
  • Drug or alcohol damage to a fetus
  • Drug or alcohol dependency, tolerance, or withdrawal to a fetus or newborn
  • Nicotine use during pregnancy could cause hypoxic injury
  • Trauma during the pregnancy, such as falling down or in a car accident
  • Heart attack or unknown, unforeseeable trauma to a mother or child, and 
  • Other types of complications.

What are NOT truly Natural Complications?

Healthcare providers will try to blame all of the reasons above, and many more.  Some of the most common conditions that doctors will also try to blame as a natural complication when it really is not include some conditions which should have been evaluated and tested for during the pregnancy that could have been avoided.  Some of the most common forms of medical malpractice that doctors improperly blame on natural complications include the following:

  • Pre-eclampsia or eclampsia – this most be monitored and checked constantly 
  • High blood pressure
  • Gestational diabetes 
  • Excessive contractions
  • The presence of STDs/STIs
  • Scar tissue from previous births
  • Large baby and narrow or small pelvis 
  • Traumatic injuries to the hips, uterus, or birthing canal (i.e., prior car accidents)
  • Fetal complications, and
  • Many other common causes.

Why You Need Portland Birth Injury Lawyers to Review Your Oregon Medical Malpractice Claim

These conditions above that are not natural complications may also be spun to be natural complications in the event of serious medical errors.  It is important to realize that victims and their families need to have a lawyer review their case.  Even natural complications could have been identified, evaluated, and either treated or alternative methods could have been handled.  This would have allowed for these natural complications to be avoided.

The failure to identify and treat these natural conditions which cause the natural complications with childbirth that doctors like to hide because are simply likely to be Oregon medical malpractice.  In fact, many times the proper care of a doctor or healthcare provider, including nurses, technicians, and other providers could have avoided any damage from these conditions.  

This means that the damages to a mother and/or newborn could have been completely avoided with the proper care and treatment required of a healthcare provider.  This is not calling for super-care or treatment, just normal care and treatment that a reasonably prudent healthcare provider in similar circumstances, with similar experiences, training, skill, and in a similar locality would have rendered.  This is the standard of medical malpractice, and you may not be able not identify this without an experienced lawyer and a healthcare provider.  

What is even better is that your Portland birth injury lawyer will also have to hire a medical expert to review the case and opine whether or not there was medical malpractice.  This means hiring a lawyer gets you two experts, but you only pay for one—and you only pay for one, after you recovery money in a settlement or jury award.  This is because our lawyer handles cases on a  contingency fee agreement which means there is no upfront financial risk for a victim.

Ask Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer for Help with Any Cases

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.

Understanding Cerebral Palsy: Types Explained by Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon

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Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon Explains The Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are many different types of birth injuries which could result in serious personal injuries to a newborn.  While some of these types could be temporary injuries which are momentarily traumatic, some birth injuries could be catastrophic and permanent.  One common devastating disability is cerebral palsy, or CP.  This is a movement disorder or group of disorder which is caused by damage to the rapidly developing brain.  This means that a newborn suffers catastrophic damage during the birthing process, or immediately before or after it.  It also could mean that an infant suffered serious brain injuries within the first month or two of life.  There are many types of cerebral palsy.  In order to understand cerebral palsy for parents and families, our cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon explains the important points that families must know about it.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

The CDC defines cerebral palsy or CP as a “group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture.”  The CDC notes this is the mot common motor disability in children, and it can be caused by abnormal brain development or damage to the developing brain.  In essence, cerebral palsy affects how a person and control his or her muscles to effect movement.  

The symptoms of CP are different in each individual.  This is because of the different types of cerebral palsy which affect the brain differently.  The different types of cerebral palsy are also due to the different areas of the brain which were damaged.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are four main different types of cerebral palsy which a victim may suffer from.  The type of cerebral palsy depends on the location of the damage to the brain.  Our cerebral palsy lawyer in Oregon explains these types of CP that a newborn may suffer from:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – this is the most common type of cerebral palsy.  It results in hypertonia which is a rigid, stiff, and hyper-growth of muscle.  This reduces the range of motion of the joint and can make basic tasks like walking, sitting, running, and even laying down flat difficult, painful, or impossible.  There are different types of spastic CP, which include the following types:
    • Spastic diplegia – only affects the legs making walking or running very difficult 
    • Spastic hemiplegia – can affect one side of the body such as the right leg and right arm, or the left leg and left arm
    • Spastic quadriplegia – the most severe type which affects all four limbs and the torso.  This usually results in an individual being wheelchair bound.
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy – also known as athetoid CP, this type affects how a person can move their arms, legs, hands, and feet.  This is because of fluctuating muscle tone which could be hypertonia (increased muscle tone) or hypotonia (decreased muscle tone).  This can often make treatment difficult and intervention strategies must constantly adapt.  Individuals also may have uncontrollable movement which are writhing, rapid, or jerky.
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – this type of CP is very rare but it can be devastating.  Usually this is characterized by tremors or shaking.  Movement can be jerky and rigid, not fluid.  Individuals typically are better are performing macro movements like walking or sitting down, but individuals usually have great difficulty with fine motor movements such as buttoning a shirt or writing with a pen.
  • Mixed Cerebral palsy – the fourth type is a combination of all types.  This could be manifest at the same time, or there could be phases.  This is the hardest to treat because of the wide amount of disability and the constantly changing obligations.

Call our Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Oregon 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.

Hospital Falls Causing TBIs: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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Understanding Hospital Falls Causing TBIs in Oregon: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a very serious type of personal injury.  It can result in catastrophic and debilitating symptoms which could be with a person for the rest of his or her life.  The a TBI “as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury.”  The CDC also says that “everyone” is at risk for a TBI.  While most people may think that a TBI is a type of injury that can only occur in a high speed motor vehicle accident such as with an 18 wheeler, that is not necessarily always true.  In fact, the CDC also reports its statistics that motor vehicle accidents only account for 13.2% of all TBI visits in emergency departments.  Rather, 47.9% of all hospital cases involving a TBI are caused by unintentional falls.  One of the most common scenarios are hospital falls causing TBIs.  Our Portland medical malpractice lawyer discusses this serious type of case.

And this is a case.  Under Oregon law, hospitals need to keep their premises reasonable safe under the circumstances just like any other facility.  This means that hospitals must keep their floors clean and free of slippery substances, debris, and defects which could cause a resident to fall.  But hospital falls go beyond just keeping the ground reasonable safe and clean.

Hospitals Owe a Protective Duty to Patients

Not only do hospitals have an obligation like any other business or landowner to keep their property reasonable safe and free of defects or dangerous conditions, but hospitals must also keep their patients reasonably safe.  Part of this includes ensuring that patients are protected from falls.

This is important because there are many patients who are a fall risk.  This is obvious of elderly patients who are a fall risk by virtue of being over 65 years old.  But patients who meet these criteria may be at a heightened risk of falling which residents most protect:

  • Already fallen
  • Dizzy or have a loss of balance
  • Had foot, leg, or lower limb surgery or injuries
  • On medication that can make them fatigued or weak, especially pain medications
  • Have head injuries which could affect balance
  • Have eye injuries which could affect perception
  • Weak or fraile
  • Have delicate injuries or hearing after a procedure which a fall could be catastrophic, or
  • Have other conditions which could be suggestive of a fall risk.

Liability for Hospital Falls Causing TBIs

As the CDC points out, almost half of all TBI hospital visits are due to unintentional falling.  This is why a hospital must triage and evaluate patients for their level of risk of falling.  This includes ensuring that they are not a high fall risk and, if they are, to protect them from falling.  The failure to take preventable measures on high risk or even medium risk patients could result in liability against the hospital or doctor treating the patient.

Thus, hospitals need to take the following steps to mitigate the risk of falls:

  • Use bed alarms
  • Use bed rails where appropriate 
  • Push back furniture from bed to reduce hitting it if a patient gets out of bed
  • Give the patient slip-resistant socks
  • Put mats down on side of bed
  • Lower the height of the bed
  • Have an extra push button for help
  • On high risk patients who elope or wander, use a one-on-one monitor
  • On patients who are aggressive and not listening which could result in them hurting themselves due to a fragile condition or others, the use of physical restraints if ordered by a physician, and
  • Other methods that keep a watch on a resident.

Did You or a Loved One Suffer a Brain Injury?  Know of Hospital Falls Causing TBIs?  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.

What is a Narakas Injury? Portland Brachial Plexus Lawyer Explains

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Understanding a Narakas Injury from our Portland Brachial Plexus Lawyer in Oregon

To understand what a Narakas injury is, one must understand a little about the nervous system.  And our Portland brachial plexus lawyer knows that the human nervous system is extensive.  It is also quite large.  There are over 45 miles of nerves in the human body.  The nerves are divided into two large groups.  The central nervous system, which is the brain and the spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system, which are the nerves that branch out from the central nervous system and work together to transmit signals.  Within the peripheral nervous system, some nerves are sensory and some nerves are motor.  Nerves are made of neurons, which are comprised of a body (with structures), axon, and dendrites.  Together, it looks like a circle with a wire/root-covered tail.  In the brain, there are over 100 billion neurons, with some estimates in the trillions.

Separating through all of that information, the main focus of this post is what a Narakas injury is and why are you hearing this information from a Portland brachial plexus lawyer.  This is because a Narakas injury is a type of nerve injury to the brachial plexus.  The brachial plexus is a bundle of nerves which original from the spinal cord (central nervous system) and become part of the peripheral nervous system.  These nerves are both sensory and motor.  They originate in the cervical spine (neck) and extend through the shoulder and down the arm.

How to Brachial Plexus Injuries Occur?

Now knowing what we know about nerves, the peripheral nervous system, and the brachial plexus, we can discuss how brachial plexus nerve injuries occur.  The honest trust is that they occur usually due to Oregon medical malpractice causing serious birth injuries.  This is because birth injuries are due to the reckless, careless, and downright negligent conduct of a healthcare provider such as a doctor, nurse, technician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or any other treating provider.

The most common way that a brachial plexus nerve injury occurs (and therefore a Narakas injury) is due to excessive pulling, stretching, yanking, or otherwise exerting pressure on the arm and neck of a newborn.  Essentially, brachial plexus nerve injuries occur when the baby’s arm is pulled through the birth canal.  This causes stretching of the peripheral nerves which can even rip them right out of the central nervous system (avulsion).  This is commonly done through improper use of extraction tools or just pulling too hard on the arm when the neck or shoulders are stuck.

What is a Narakas Injury?

Our Portland brachial plexus lawyer knows that a Narakas injury and brachial plexus injury are technically the same thing.  However, the Narakas injury is derived from the scale which is used to measure the damage to the nerves.  There are different groups of brachial plexus injuries which are quantified in the Narakas scale.  Thus, when a treating providing says there is a brachial plexus injury or a Narakas injury, the provided is further classifying the brachial plexus injury more specifically.

This is because there are many different types of brachial plexus injuries.  The nerves that come off of the central nervous system are coming from five vertebrae.  Each “level” of vertebrae has a different nerve which has a different function as it progresses down the body.  The nerves off of the vertebrae all comes together to form a bundle, but they are not going to be losing their identify. This means that the nerves are together but still separate and distinct.  Thus, a brachial plexus nerve injury can only affect one branch of nerves within that bundle.  This is why classification of Narakas injuries is important.

Four Groups of Narakas Injuries

A Narakas injury is classified into four groups.  Our Portland brachial plexus injury lawyer in Oregon explains these four groups because it is important for victims and their families to know where they injury falls.  The four groups are the following:

Group 1: Duchenne-Erb’s Palsy – This is a nerve injury to the highest vertebrae which make up the brachial plexus.  This cases a loss of function and weakness in the deltoid and biceps which are at the top of the arm.  

Group 2: Intermediate Paralysis – This is a nerve injury to the deltoid, biceps, wrist, and part of the fingers.  The damage has progressed down the arm.  The finger paralysis is only extension of the fingers, not flexing them.

Group 3: Total Brachial Plexus Palsy – This damage is through all layers of the brachial plexus which causes complete paralysis to the nerve.  This means loss of sensation and motor function.  This is a total or near-total paralysis and is very serious.

Group 4: Total Brachial Plexus Palsy With Horner’s Syndrome – The damage is not only like group 3, but it also results in paralysis to a person’s face.  This is because it can create drooping under an eyelid, contracted pupil, or an inability to sweat on one side of the face.  Horner’s Syndrome is both paralyzing and emotionally devastating because it is an obvious injury to the face.

Ask Our Portland Brachial Plexus Injury Lawyer in Oregon if You Have a Narakas Injury

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 

Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.  

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

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

Locations of Brain Injuries to Children from Birth Injuries in Oregon

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Understanding the Importance of Knowing the Locations of Brain Injuries From Birth Injuries in Oregon

When we think of brain injuries, we do not typically think of a baby having a brain injury.  In fact, statistics show that brain injuries are commonly caused by slip and falls or motor vehicle accidents.  But brain injuries to newborns do happen and they can be catastrophic.  This is because brain injuries to children can affect their entire lives.  This includes needing around the clock care and treatment as a young child or even as an adult.  There are many causes of brain injuries but one thing is particularly important and true.  Victims and their families need to know the locations of brain injuries to children from birth injuries in Oregon.  

This is because the needs of a child will dictate what is hurt.  Different parts of the brain and different types of brain injuries will all have different needs.  Victims and their families need to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected to the maximum extent possible.  Our Portland, Oregon birth injury lawyers know how important this is which is why we place important emphasis on determining the locations of brain injuries to children from birth injuries.  This allows our experts to estimate the needs of a child and to determine how we can help recover the compensation that they need.

What is a Brain Injury?

Also known has a traumatic brain injury or TBI, a brain injury is a very serious type of personal injury.  There are many ways that it could occur.  This includes in a traumatic injury such as a car accident or slip and fall, but this always includes accidents such as medical malpractice.  One common way is when the medical malpractice cause a hypoxic (oxygen deficiency) or anoxic (lack of oxygen) condition.  These conditions can cause serious brain injuries.  There are also other ways that brain injuries could occur to a young child as a result of a birth injury.

Types of Brain Injuries

There are many different types of brain injuries.  Most of these types of brain injuries do not occur to children.  However, there are many serious types which could occur.  Some of the most serious types include the following:

  • Concussions – possible to children when a baby is dropped or mishandled at birth
  • Diffuse axonal TBIs – this is when brain tissue is torn, ripped, or shredded.  This can occur in violate motions, which are similar to shaken baby syndrome.
  • Coup-contrecoup brain injuries – this is when a violent whiplash motion causes injuries to two opposing sides of the brain when the brain slides inside of the skull and hits both ends.  This can happen to babies when they are shook or mishandled.
  • Brain bleeds – this is bleeding in the brain which is very dangerous, especially for a baby, and it can result in serious problems including wrongful death.  This can occur due to mishandling, dropping a baby, or overdosing.
  • Developmental delays – this can happen when a baby is seriously injured or wrongfully left without oxygen for an extended period of time.  This means that a baby could suffer serious injury and be suffer catastrophic delays.

Types of Birth Injuries 

There are several different types of birth injuries which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  Some of the most common types include the following:

  • Cerebral palsy – damage got the brain which causes movement disorders
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) – a decrease in oxygen causing serious personal injuries
  • Developmental delays – this can happen when a baby is seriously injured or wrongfully left without oxygen for an extended period of time.  This means that a baby could suffer serious disable and be suffer catastrophic delays
  • Kernicterus – when jaundice is not treated it can result in this serious type of birth injury due to a buildup of bilirubin which poisons and damages the brain tissue, and
  • Many other types.

Location of Brain Injuries to Children From Birth Injuries 

An important part of assessing a brain injury is knowing where the damage is.  When the damage is identified, it can allow a person to know what special needs he or she has.  The same is true with the help of an expert who can determine what needs a child will need as he or she grows up based on the damage to the brain.  Here are the important locations of injuries to the brain:

  • Frontal lobe – this is the front of the brain which governs decision making, judgment, emotion, and speech.  Injuries here can cause serious behavioral issues and cognitive or intellectual deficiencies 
  • Occipital lobe – this is the back of the head which governs vision.  Injuries here can affect vision and cause blurriness or blindness.
  • Temporal lobe – this is the side of the brain by each ear which governs hearing.  Damage here can affect a person’s ability to hear or cause ringing in the ears.
  • Parietal lobe – this is the center of the brain or the mid-point which governs the five senses, especially touch.  Damage here can affect a person’s ability to sense.

Ask our Oregon Birth Injury Lawyers for Help With Your Child’s Brain Injuries

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 Athetoid Cerebral Palsy? Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Portland Explains

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Understanding What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Important Facts

Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders which affects how the brain functions.  Also known as CP, cerebral palsy is a very devastating condition which could result in catastrophic personal injury to an individual.  These conditions could have long-lasting effects.  The damage from cerebral palsy is permanent and irreversible, although it can be managed with some physical therapy and occupational therapy.  There are many different types of cerebral palsy, with one type being athetoid cerebral palsy.  Our athetoid cerebral palsy lawyer in Portland explains what is athetoid cerebral palsy and how it can affect your loved one in Oregon.

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy caused by damage to the brain.  The damage to the brain occurs when the brain is rapidly developing.  This usually means during gestation and the labor and delivery process, but can also occur in the months after birth.  The damage to the brain is caused by a lack of oxygen.  The lack of oxygen could be caused by a variety of causes, including national consequences or medical malpractice.  Birth injuries caused by severe medical malpractice could result in life-threatening and changing consequences.

There are generally four types of cerebral palsy.  These types of cerebral palsy are all due to the areas of the brain which are damaged.  The damaged areas are what causes the different disabilities.  The four types of cerebral palsy are the following:

  • Spastic cerebral palsy – the most common and characterized by overly rigid muscles and joints
  • Dyskinetic cerebral palsy – characterized by fluctuations in muscle tone and twisting, writhing movements
  • Ataxic cerebral palsy – usually cased by involuntary tremors or shaking
  • Mixed cerebral palsy – a combination of one or more types depending on the location of the damage.

What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

Athetoid cerebral palsy is a type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy.  It is characterized by abnormal, involuntary movement.  Individuals with athetoid CP usually have either an increased muscle tone known as hypertonia, or a decreased muscle tone known as hypotonia.  Many times individuals with athetoid cerebral palsy will have fluctuations between increased and decreased muscle tone.  This makes handling a victim with this type of cerebral palsy more difficult because of the differing needs.

Types of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

There are several different subsets of athetoid cerebral palsy.  These include some of the following:

  • Dystonia athetoid CP – affecting the torso, arms, or legs by causing slow, rotational movements
  • Chorea athetoid CP – sudden, involuntary movements in the fingers and toes, sometimes other places
  • Athetosis athetoid cerebral palsy – slow, writing movements usually in the face or fingers
  • Choreoathetoid athetoid CP – a mix of chorea and athetosis above
  • Ataxic athetoid CP – tremors and shaky movement, usually resulting in a loss of coordination including balance
  • Rigidity athetoid CP – hypertonia which results in movement restrictions (like spastic CP), and
  • Other subsets that are less common.

Ask Our Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Lawyer in Portland What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy and How 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.

Could Improper Use of Forceps Causing a Birth Injury be Medical Malpractice? Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains

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Understanding the Improper Use of Forceps Causing a Birth Injury from Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer

There are many possible causes of birth injuries.  Some of these causes are natural complications of birth.  But there are other types of causes which are not natural complications.  These causes could be Oregon medical malpractice.  This includes Oregon medical malpractice caused to a newborn baby during the labor and delivery process.  This means that an infant victim could sustain serious personal injuries or wrongful death.  One possible way that this could happen is the improper use of forceps causing a birth injury.  Our Portland birth injury lawyer explains how this could happen and why it is possible.

What are Forceps?

Forceps are a device that is used to assist a baby through the birth canal.  This is used during a natural or vaginal childbirth.  The forceps look like a pair of large spoons and they are to grab the baby’s head to help pull the baby through the birth canal.  This is a type of assisted delivery method that is not always used.  When it is used, it can help during a difficult labor or a prolonged labor.  

Can Forceps Cause Birth Injuries?

Our Portland birth injury lawyer knows that forceps can absolutely cause birth injuries.  This is for a few reasons, including the following:

  • Friction or abrasion – a baby’s skin is soft and the use of forceps can easily cause serious injury to the face and the delicate skin.  This means that a baby’s face could be torn or suffer injury.  A baby who has their face injured runs the risk of nerve damage.  This is because a baby’s tissue is very soft and facial or cranial nerves are shallow.  This combination of weak skin and naturally shallow nerves can lead to serious and irreversible nerve damage.
  • Excess pressure – if there is excess pressure in squeezing the forceps, it could result in serious personal injuries to a baby’s head, neck, or brain.  This is because a baby’s skulls very soft and not completely fused.  The brain is susceptible to serious injury if there is excess pressure on it.
  • Twisting or pulling – forceps need to be used carefully.  An OB-GYN is must stronger than the baby’s neck muscles and vertebrae.  If a OB-GYN pulls or twists too hard on the neck, it can result in serious injury to the baby.  This includes damage to the baby’s spinal cord which could result in paralysis.  If a surgery twists or attempts to angle the forceps in a dangerous manner, it can cause catastrophic injury to a baby.
  • Delayed use – This one is not really caused by the forceps, but by the fact that an OB-GYN might recognize there is a difficult delivery and decide that there needs to be forceps use.  The doctor may wait for the correct time to use them, but it might allow for there to be serious personal injuries to the baby to occur.  This means that a baby could be in distress and a c-section is really the appropriate mechanism, however the OB-GYN may not realize that and think forceps could be used instead.  This is dangerous and potentially deadly for a baby.  When in doubt, if there are signs of distress a c-section should always be used.

Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer for Help with Your Birth Injury Claim

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.