Cerebral Palsy Caused by Head Trauma During Birth: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

Head Trauma During Birth Can Cause Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers


Having a baby is a very exiting time.  It can also be a very anxious time.  Every little abnormal symptom can toss an expecting parent into a whirlwind of concern.  Most times these are unwarranted concerns.  But other time these concerns are valid.  Such concern is valid when a newborn suffers a head injury during the birthing process.  This can result in a very serious traumatic brain injury, but it can also lead to cerebral palsy.  If a baby suffers a head injury during the labor and delivery process and sustains a head injury, there may be a valid claim for Oregon medical malpractice which should be reviewed by our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer.


What is Cerebral Palsy?


Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a group of conditions or disorders which results in impairments ranging from mild to severe.  The impairments relate to motor control and movement, muscle tone, voluntary control of dexterity, coordination, and other kinetic ability.  Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain which causes these impairments.  The area of the damage dictates the type of cerebral palsy.  There is no cure for cerebral palsy.  CP may not manifest itself right away, and continues to develop and evolve as the child ages before it is usually detected in the first few years of life.


How Can a Head Injury At Birth Cause Cerebral Palsy?


A head injury at birth can cause cerebral palsy in a number of ways.  The basic way is that damage to the developing brain may impair the development of certain structures and aspects responsible for motor movement and control.  This means that trauma can permanently injure vital structures which will not be able to properly develop or repair themselves.


There are a number of ways that a head injury could be caused which contributes to cerebral palsy due to Oregon medical malpractice.  These include the following:


  • Improper use of extraction tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors;
  • Dropping the baby;
  • Impacts to the baby’s head by mistake;
  • Pulling or yanking at the baby’s head or neck;
  • Not clearing an obstruction to the baby’s head or neck like the umbilical cord which could interfere with breathing;
  • Not performing an emergency c-section if the baby’s head is stuck in the birthing canal, including due to excessive contractions putting prolonged pressure on the head;
  • Improper or excessive use of medications or drugs after birth;
  • Failing to keep adequate blood pressure;
  • Dropping a tool or instrument on the baby’s head;
  • Banging the baby’s head on an apparatus; and
  • Many other types.


If Your Loved One has Cerebral Palsy and Signs of a Head Injury at Birth, Call our Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer


Victims of Oregon medical malpractice could have very severe injuries, particularly cerebral palsy from a head injury at birth.  These types of injuries are usually preventable and really should never happen, yet they do through the negligence of healthcare providers.  Call our birth injury – medical malpractice lawyer at Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn more how we can help if your loved one is a victim of medical negligence.  


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