Horner’s Syndrome Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

What is Horner’s Syndrome and How is it Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice?  Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Explain


Horner’s Syndrome can be a devastating birth injury to a young child.  The full extend of the damage may not be immediately parent until after the child begins to grow older and develop.  Horner’s syndrome could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice due to the way that the newborn was handled before birth, during labor, and after birth.  Our Portland birth injury lawyers know that Horner’s Syndrome is a very serious condition which could result in catastrophic disability and complications to a newborn.  If your newborn was diagnosed with Horner’s Syndrome, learn more about the condition, why it could be caused, and how to protect your rights to compensation.


What is Horner’s Syndrome?


Horner’s Syndrome is technically a type of brachial plexus injury.  The brachial plexus is the nerve roots which come off of the neck vertebrae and form a large cable or collection of nerves at the base of the neck and top fo the shoulder.  Damage to these nerves creates a lesion or scar tissue on the nerves.


Horner’s Syndrome affects a newborn’s eye, usually just one eye but catastrophic cases could affect both eyes.  The symptoms of Horner’s Syndrome are a constricted pupil, drooping of the upper eyelid, the eyeball sinking into the orbital cavity of the skull, and no sweating on the face.  Not only are these symptoms physical, but they can impair how an individual sees including focus, perception, and other vision issues.


Causes of Horner’s Syndrome


There are many potential causes of Horner’s Syndrome.  Most of the causes may be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  This is because the common causes are usually preventable but occur due to careless, reckless, and possibly negligent errors.  Some of the most common causes of Horner’s Syndrome due to Oregon medical malpractice which result in these types of serious birth injuries include the following:


  • Damage or excessive pressure to the baby’s neck;
  • Umbilical cord strangulation;
  • Improper use of extraction tools;
  • Gestational diabetes;
  • Fetal malpresentation;
  • An abnormally large infant head size or smaller pelvis which makes it harder for the baby to pass through (Cephalopelvic disproportion);
  • Twins or multiple babies;
  • Shoulder dystocia; 
  • Prolonged labor or stopped labor;
  • Excessive use of Pitocin;
  • Improperly handling the baby;
  • Failing to do the proper diagnostic tests;
  • Head injuries to the baby;
  • Hypoxic injuries; and
  • Many other types of serious birth injuries.


Was Your Newborn Diagnosed With Horner’s Syndrome?  Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers for Help


Horner’s Syndrome can do more than just damage the physical appearance of your newborn’s face.  There could be real and lasting damage to the optic nerve and other nerves, structures, and tissue relating to the eye.  These damages could become permanent and result in irreversible damage.  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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