Signs of Sepsis in a Newborn Baby: Oregon Medical Malpractice

Understanding the Signs of Sepsis in a Newborn Baby: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains


Sepsis is a medical emergency because it is life-threatening and could be caused by Oregon medical malpractice.  Sepsis occurs when an infection becomes so prolific that it enters into your bloodstream.  This means the infection is pumping throughout your body.  Sepsis occurs when your body’s immune system reacts to the bloodstream infection with a powerful chemical response.  This could be an extreme response and could result in widespread inflammation and damage throughout your body.  This is in addition to the infection being pumped throughout your body.  This can affect your organs and cause damage to them, as well as greatly drop blood pressure and effect oxygen.  In severe cases, sepsis could result in septic shock which is when your body begins to shut down due to the overwhelming immune response and presence of infection.


While sepsis is a medical emergency for anyone, it is particularly dangerous and deadly for newborns and babies.  When a baby does contract sepsis, it could be for many reasons including Oregon medical malpractice due to the failure to timely diagnose and treat an infection which spreads to the bloodstream.  Therefore, it is important to protect the rights of your beloved newborn by knowing more information about sepsis in babies.


Signs of Sepsis in a Newborn Baby


There are many signs and symptoms of sepsis that a parent should know about to help identify and protect a newborn baby.  This also can help guard against medical errors or mistakes when you know that your loved one may be suffering from a serious condition and a doctor fails to diagnose it.  


The common signs and symptoms of sepsis in a newborn baby include the following:

  • Fever;
  • Pale skin;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Seizures and convulsions;
  • Not feeding well;
  • Refusing to eat;
  • Restlessness;
  • Breathing difficulty;
  • Swelling of the stomach/abdomen; 
  • Shrill crying;
  • Profuse sweating; and
  • Other abnormal symptoms.


Damages from Sepsis in a Newborn Baby


When a baby is suffering from sepsis, there could be a wide-array of damages.  These damages include permanent brain damage and organ damage.  It is also common for very severe instances of sepsis to result in damage to extremities which could be irreparable and result in amputation.  Serious infections resulting in sepsis could also damage a baby’s senses, such as eyesight, hearing, smell, and taste. Ultimately, even mild instances of sepsis could result in a wrongful death.


Did Your Baby Get Diagnosed with Sepsis?  There Could Have been an Infection Misdiagnosis Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Whenever anyone is diagnosed with sepsis while under the care and attention of any medical provider, there is a possibility that an infection was misdiagnosed which resulted in the sepsis.  While it is true sepsis could come on very quickly, it is unlikely that sepsis would do that without first manifesting the signs of an infection.  Thus, whenever your loved one has been diagnosed with sepsis, you need to have your case reviewed by an Oregon medical malpractice lawyer to ensure reckless, careless, or negligent medical errors did not cause your baby’s sepsis.


Please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer at Kuhlman Law, LLC for a FREE appointment to learn how we may be able to help you and your family if your infant has been seriously injured or wrongfully killed due to sepsis.  Our law office is located in Bend, Oregon, and we handle cases throughout Oregon including Portland, Eugene, Salem, Gresham, and throughout Central Oregon, Deschutes County, and more generally in Oregon.  We also have an office in Minnesota.  To receive a FREE consultation, please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer by dialing (541) 385-1999 or use our easy and convenient “contact us” box at the bottom of our website.  If we accept your case, we will conduct a FREE investigation to get you the answers that you deserve regarding your birth injury case.

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