Brain Injuries Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice – Bend MedMal Attorney explains causes and your rights


There are many different types of damages and injuries that medical malpractice can cause.  One of the worst types of personal injuries are brain injuries, particularly traumatic brain injuries or TBIs.  This is because brain injuries are not like normal injuries.  They do not heal like a broken bone, and they are not always visible like a broken bone on an x-ray.  This is because brain injuries affect more than just the physical form and structure of the brain, but the way other parts of the body function and how a person cognitively processes information, thinks, remembers, and otherwise mentally functions.  Brain injuries also are very expensive and may result in years of treatment and therapy.


This is why brain injuries caused by Minnesota medical malpractice can be particularly egregious.  In Bend, Oregon and Portland there is a high concentration of hospitals, surgical offices, nursing homes/rehabilitation facilities, and other facilities which could cause serious and debilitating brain injuries within the course of their treatment.  There are some common ways that healthcare providers can cause brain injuries due to medical malpractice which include the following:


Surgical Errors – There are two main ways that surgical errors can cause a brain injury.  The first is when the actual surgery causes the injury such as a slip of a tool or improper procedure.  This is a physical injury to the brain by a direct and manual force. The second way is when the surgery is unduly delayed or prolonged, the patient’s blood loss becomes high, the patient’s blood pressure dips too low, or any combination of these grounds.  When this occurs the patient’s body is under increased stress and the oxygen in the blood will lower.  The brain is must susceptible to this type of stress and lower oxygen which can result in permanent injury.


Anesthesia Errors – There are several ways that an anesthesia error during a surgery could result in a brain injury due to medical malpractice.  The first is an overdose of anesthesia, which is a very powerful combination of drugs which can cause caustic injuries to nerves and the brain if administered in too high of a dose.  The second way is if the anesthesiologist and team fails to properly perfuse, or keep blood pressure, of the patient.  As noted above, the lower the blood pressure of the patient the less oxygen that will be delivered to the brain.  The final way is where an anesthesiologist fails to secure the airway or insert the trach tube properly.  This is how a patient breathes during a surgery and if the tube is misplaced, the patient will not be receiving oxygen and may suffer incredible and permanent brain damage.


Dropping the Patient – A patient may need to be transported many times during a hospital stay.  A common example is from the ambulance stretcher to the hospital stretcher.  Other times are from the operating table to the bed, and back.  During these types a patient is very vulnerable to a fall, particularly one that could result in a head injury.


Fall Risk Patients – Not only can a hospital or medical provider affirmatively drop a patient, but some patients are “fall risks” and hospitals or medical providers could fail to guard against the risk of injury from falling.  This means that staff must protect patients that could fall by lowering beds, putting down mats, having bed alarms, or using 1-on-1 staffing.  The failure to do so could result in a fall that causes a serious brain injury.


Medication Overdoses – Like anesthesia errors, medication overdoses can cause very serious brain injuries.  A common place for a medication overdose is in the post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) where a morphine or pain drip is used.  If the PCA pump or drug administering device breaks or fails, the overdose could result in serious damage to the brain.


Brain Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice in Bend, Eugene, Central Oregon, Bend or Anywhere in Oregon should Call Kuhlman Law, LLC


Brain injuries are some of the most debilitating and difficult injuries for a victim of medical malpractice to overcome and recover from.  However, Oregon law ensures that victims may be entitled to compensation to help them obtain the treatment, lost wages, and expenses for medical bills that they need to be whole again.


If you have been the victim of medical malpractice and suffered a brain injury, call to schedule a FREE appointment to learn what your rights may be. We handle cases throughout Oregon and Central Oregon, including Deschutes County, Redmond, Sisters, La Pine, Madras, Prineville, The Dalles, Hood River, Clackamas, Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Tigard, Salem, Portland, Hillsboro, Vancouver, Washington, Beaverton, Oregon City, Eugene, Coos Bay, Astoria, Newport, Pendleton, Tillamook,  Milwaukie, Gresham, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located, please call Kuhlman Law, LLC by dialing (541) 385-1999 to learn what your rights to compensation you may have.  You may also contact us using our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a thorough investigation to get you the answers you deserve, all for free.  There is no risk, and you only pay us if we recover compensation for you.

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