Brain Injuries to Babies: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

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Common Brain Injuries to Babies Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are many potential brain injuries which could be caused to a newborn during the labor and delivery process.  This is because the labor and delivery process is a very traumatic experience.  While most healthcare professionals do a good job at caring for mothers and newborns, unfortunately far too many healthcare providers make serious and catastrophic mistakes during the labor and delivery process.  This usually results in serious or catastrophic personal injuries to babies.  The most common personal injuries are brain injuries to babies.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers know that there are many different types of brain injuries that could be caused by the negligence of a healthcare provider.  In these types of cases, victims and their families may be entitled to recover compensation.


Specifically, families may be entitled to recover compensation for their newborn’s injuries and damages.  Under Oregon law, the term “damages” is what a party may be entitled to in an action.  In a personal injury action such as a birth injury case, damages are typically compensatory in nature.  This means that victims and their families may be entitled to monetary compensation for brain injuries to babies.  Some of the most common damages due to brain injuries to babies include the following:


  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Medical bills
  • Future medical bills
  • Future therapy needs, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, vocational therapy, speech therapy, and other types of therapy
  • Future nursing care, including at a skilled facilities or assisted living facility
  • Medication
  • Future surgeries
  • Ambulatory devices and assistance wheelchairs or canes
  • Modifications to homes or vehicles, and
  • Any other costs related to the brain injuries to babies caused Oregon medical malpractice.


Common Types of Brain Injuries to Babies Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


There are several different types of brain injuries to babies which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  They break down into three types of injuries:


Hypoxic injuries – a decrease in oxygen supply which results in a deficiency of oxygen


Anoxic injuries   a completely lack of oxygen supply meaning not oxygen at all


Trauma – contact or force to the brain which is acute and damaging


These three types of brain injuries can occur all together or separately.  Some instances may start as trauma and become hypoxic before turning anoxic.  An example of that scenario would be improper use of forceps which cause damage to the brain when excessive or improperly used (trauma), which then cause a hypoxic condition due to some swelling (hypoxic), which if untreated could become uncontrollable and result in massive and life-threatening swelling (anoxic).


Common Causes of Brain Injuries to Babies


While brain injuries to babies could be caused by natural complications, most times brain injuries to babies could be completely avoided or the risk of these injuries mitigated with the proper care and treatment of a healthcare provider.  This means that even natural complications of labor and delivery could be avoided by an alert healthcare provider who is properly monitoring a mother and a baby.  


Some of the most common causes of brain injuries to babies include the following types of Oregon medical malpractice:


  • Failure to monitor
  • Understaffing
  • Improperly setting up monitoring devices
  • Ignoring patient’s complaints
  • Excessive use of Pitocin
  • Delays in calling for a c-section
  • Improperly charting a mother’s accelerations and decelerations
  • Not reacting to a prolonged labor
  • Inexperienced medical staff
  • Failing to alert a doctor to complications by nurses
  • Delays in treating a baby’s distress
  • Failure to identify and timely react to fetal distress, and
  • Many other common causes.


Common Conditions Caused by Brain Injuries to Babies


There are many possible conditions that could be caused due to brain injuries to babies.  While the adult brain itself is very resilient, unfortunately the baby’s brain is rapidly developing and susceptible to serious personal injuries.  This is because the baby’s brain is expanding at such a rapid pace that breaks in oxygen supply leave large gaps, or lesions, on the brain.  These lesions are what cause disability in a brain injury.


The most common conditions and injuries caused by brain injuries to babies due to Oregon medical malpractice include the following:


Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy  also known as HIE, this condition is very serious and damaging because it is caused by a lack of oxygen due to a lack of blood flow to the brain.  This lack of oxygenated blood flow to the brain is what caused brain damage.  The brain damage is usually in the form of lesions and can result in many different types of conditions, including cerebral palsy, developmental delays, and other types of disorders.


Cerebral Palsy – this is a disorder or group of disorders which affect a child’s ability to move voluntarily or involuntarily.  There may also be issues with dexterity and strength, known as strength against gravity (ability to move with no forces upon the limb).  There are four types of cerebral palsy, all which can result in permanent disability and movement complications.  Children with cerebral palsy may have mild or severe conditions which dictate the level of disability.


Developmental delays – any type of brain injury can result in the brain developing at a slower or abnormal pace.  Even if the brain does “catch up,” it can result in developmental delays.  These typically manifests itself in speech, memory, problem solving, and other types of delays.


Speech Disorders – injuries to the brain can also result in speech disorders.  This is a very common type of brain injury that could manifest itself immediately or as a child grows older.


Ask Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers if your Child Suffered a Brain 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.  


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