Skull Fractures Due to Oregon Birth Injury: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share Why Skull Features Could be Caused by Oregon Birth Injury


There are many different risks that a newborn could suffer.  These risks may increase the chances for birth injuries.  These birth injuries could result in catastrophic damages.  Most catastrophic damages are permanent and result in significant disability.  One possible injury that newborns could suffer are skull fractures.  These types of birth injuries require immediate care and attention because the injury could quickly swell into something worse.  You do not need a medical degree to know that head injuries to newborns are incredibly dangerous.  Learn more about skull fractures due to Oregon birth injuries and medical malpractice from our Portland birth injury lawyers.


A Newborn’s Skull is Very Different Than Your Skull: Know the Anatomy


Your skull is very hard and solid.  The bony plates are meant to protect your brain from external threats and damage.  Inside the hard skull is cerebral spinal fluid which cushions the brain to further protect it.  Wrapped around the brain are also many different layers which also protect the brain from damage.  


A newborn’s skull, however, is very different than an adult skull.  This is because an infant’s skull is soft and meant to help overlapped each other by compressing to fit down the birth canal.  In fact, the ridges of the baby’s brain are detectable for the first few days when running your fingers over a newborn’s head.  The bone will slowly begin to fuse and generally completely fuse together after 18 months.  The bones will also become harder as a child grows and the sutures between the bones will tightly mend.


Skull Fractures in Children


Given that anatomy of a skull, it should be concerning whenever a skull is fractured.  As an adult, it takes great force to break the skull which is alarming.  But with a newborn, to break a skull takes powerful, swift, and equally alarming impact.  This is because the skull is soft and malleable in a newborn, which means it can resist some of the impacts.  Thus, when the skull fractures it is likely due to some significant force.  Therefore, whenever there is a skull fracture in a newborn the first thing that should come to mind is Oregon medical malpractice or unacceptable birth injuries.


Risks of Skull Fractures


When a newborn has a skull fracture, it could just heal on its down.  It could be a minor, hairline fracture and no one will even know that there was a fracture.  However, there could also have been a very serious skull fracture.  Dangerous skull fractures could result in some of the following:


  • Uncontrollable bleeding in the skull and head;
  • Seizures;
  • Strokes;
  • Permanent brain damage;
  • Wrongful death;
  • Cognitive disability;
  • Cerebral palsy;
  • HIE;
  • Hypoxic injuries;
  • Anoxia injuries; and
  • Many other serious injuries.


Ask our Portland Birth Injury Lawyers if your Newborn Suffered a Skull Fracture


Learn about skull fractures due to Oregon medical malpractice and how we can protect the rights of your innocent newborn.  Any skull fracture is serious, but skull fractures to newborns are simply troubling and sometimes unexplainable.  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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