Can Hypoxic Injuries in a Newborn be Avoided? Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon Shares Information

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Catastrophic Birth Injuries: Can Hypoxic Injuries in a Newborn be Avoided?  Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon Explains


All birth injuries are serious.  Especially if you are the parent.  Even a minor cut could be a source of great frustrated and fear.  Will it scare?  Could it damage a nerve?  Can a newborn handle that pain?  But generally, most birth injuries are considered to be minor like a cut which should cause no undue concern.  However, there are some birth injuries which should bring about concern and could result in serious or catastrophic damage.  One of the most common and most devastating types of injuries are hypoxic injuries.  Our birth injury layer in Oregon shares some information about hypoxic injuries and answers can hypoxic injuries in a newborn be avoided?


What are Hypoxic Injuries?


The first step to identifying whether hypoxic injuries could be avoided is of course identify hypoxic injuries.  A hypoxic injury is an injury caused due to a lack of oxygen which results in a deficiency of oxygen.  This generally means that an individual is receiving some oxygen, just not enough to sustain his or her entire body.  The places that suffer the most are the brain and major organs, including the heart.  A hypoxic injury can lead to serious complications and even the wrongful death of an individual, especially a fragile newborn.


Another type of injury is an anoxic injury.  Like a hypoxic injury, anoxic injuries deal with a deprivation of oxygen.  However, an anoxic injury is a complete lack of oxygen which means the individual is receiving nothing.  This means that damage is usually quicker and more profound, likely resulting in death.  However, long hypoxic injuries could result in even more catastrophic injuries and brain damage because an individual may be die by may suffer great loss.


Types of Hypoxic Injuries 


There are many types of hypoxic injuries that a newborn could sustain. This includes hypoxic injuries which are due to an infant’s rapidly developing brain which does not get the oxygen that it requires or needs.


The most common and obvious types of hypoxic injuries caused by birth injuries in Oregon are hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy.  Also known as HIE, this is a type of hypoxic injury which is caused by a decreased blood flow to the brain.  This means that the infant is not receiving the oxygen through the blood which creates the deprivation.  The deprivation results in lesions or damage to the brain.  The lesions result in gaps of developing tissue to the brain which means that certain things do not form.  The location of the lesions is what causes disability.


For example, another type of hypoxic injury is cerebral palsy.  This is due to lesions on the brain in an area that governs motor movement and function.  Typically this is the basil ganglia and cerebellum.  This means that a victim could suffer serious movement disorders, including being unable to work, sit, stand, or even lay down.  Some victims of cerebral palsy also have uncontrollable tremors.


Which is another type of hypoxic injury, uncontrollable tremors and shakes during a seizure.  Some individuals with hypoxic injuries suffer catastrophic and devastating seizures and develop epilepsy.  This can result in uncontrollable and sometimes unpredictable tremors and shakes during a seizure.  They can be fatal and result in horrible injuries, especially if an individual is doing something when it happens such as driving a car, going up stairs, running, or otherwise in a vulnerable position.  Other times victims should also suffer a seizure near water or a bathtub, especially children and drown.


How to Avoid Hypoxic Injuries 


Many types of hypoxic injuries are indeed caused by unpreventable issues such as genetic disorders or unavoidable deformities.  But other times a hypoxic injury could be caused by the medical malpractice of a healthcare provider.  Including the mistakes by a healthcare provider in monitoring, evaluating, and checking on a mother or fetus before, during, or immediately after birth.  While a provider may claim that these are unavoidable consequences of labor and delivery, that is not always true.  In fact, many times basic and proper monitoring could have avoided what could have been an “unavoidable” hypoxic injury.


Thus, the only way to really tell if your child’s hypoxic injury was avoidable is to ask our birth injury lawyer in Oregon.  We will review your case and, if we find something troubling or suspicious, we may have a medical expert review it for preventable errors that fall below the standard of care.


Ask our Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon if You Loved One Was the Victim of Medical Malpractice


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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