Portland Birth Injury Lawyer Explains Common Oregon Birth Injury Cases

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Know the Common Oregon Birth Injury Cases from Our Portland Birth Injury Lawyer


When a newborn suffers any type of birth injuries it could be due to Oregon medical malpractice.  While there are many types of birth injuries which may be caused by natural complications or genetics, often times healthcare providers can identify the potential for these problems, mitigate the harm, or completely avoid the harm.  That means that even natural consequences of the birthing process could be avoided with proper care and treatment.  Our Portland birth injury lawyer understands that it can be frustrating and confusing for a family to have a child with a preventable birth injury.  We share some of the most common birth injuries and how we can help.


Cerebral Palsy Due to an Oregon Birth Injury


This is one of the most devastating and severest types of Oregon birth injuries.  Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a disorder due to damage caused to the developing brain.  This damage forms lesions on the brain which block the brain from properly developing and forming.  The lesions and damage to the developing brain result in an inability for the brain to function properly.  When that damage is caused to the parts of the brain which govern motor movement such as the cerebellum or basal ganglia, that could result in movement disorders like cerebral palsy. 


Any family who has a newborn or a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy should immediately contact our Portland birth injury lawyers to learn how we can help protect their rights to compensation.  The lifetime costs for cerebral palsy could be staggering and not all covered by health insurance.


Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy From Oregon Medical Malpractice


Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, is a catastrophic type of Oregon birth injury.  As the name implies, HIE is brain damage (encephalopathy) due to a decrease in blood flow (ischemic) carrying oxygenated blood which results in an oxygen deficiency (hypoxic).  When the developing brain does not get the amount of oxygen that it needs, it could result in catastrophic brain injuries.  The longer that the hypoxic condition occurs, the longer that there will be brain damage occurring and the more brain damage that will occur.


Kernicterus From Oregon Birth Injuries


One of the most devastating types of Oregon birth injuries that you may not have heard of until your baby has it is Kernicterus.  This devastating condition is related to jaundice, when a person as yellowing of the skin or eyes.  It is common for babies to get some form of jaundice after birth because their organs are working for the first time fully by themselves to clear bilirubin.  This is the substance that creates the yellow appearance.  When that jaundice continues for a long time, it can result in Kernicterus.  This condition is when there is so much bilirubin buildup that it becomes caustic in the blood.  This caustic nature is what can cause damage to the brain tissue.  This is a very serious type of birth injury which can result in conditions such as HIE or CP.


Brachial Plexus Nerve Injuries from Oregon Medical Malpractice


The brachial plexus is the bundle of nerves originating from the nerves extending from the neck.  When a healthcare provider pulls, yanks, stretches, or otherwise grabs a baby’s arm or shoulder during the birthing process, it can cause damage to the brachial plexus.  This is because these nerves are very fragile and prone to tearing when pulled.  By yanking on a baby’s arm and by pulling down on the baby’s head in the opposite direction (which is common when the baby is being dragged out the birth canal), the brachial plexus can be torn, pulled from the spinal cord, or otherwise seriously injured.  This means that victims could have weakness or serious damage to the arm which renders it unable to sense, move, or otherwise properly function.


Misdiagnosed Infections Causing Oregon Birth Injuries


There are many different types of infections which could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice and result in serious birth injuries.  These birth injuries could be catastrophic if the infection that is missed is something like bacterial meningitis.  Infants who suffer from infections that are not treated could be seriously injured or result in permanent injuries or the wrongful death of a healthcare provider.


Did Your Child Suffer an Oregon Birth Injury?  Does Your Child Have Any of the Injuries Above?  Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers to Review Your Case for Free


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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