Spinal Cord Injury from Oregon Birth Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers

Understanding Catastrophic Oregon Birth Injuries: Portland Birth Injury Lawyers Share Information on a Spinal Cord Injury for a Newborn


Whether you are young or old, a spinal cord injury is a potentially catastrophic and very serious personal injury.  But when that victim of a spinal cord injury is just a newborn, it is simply not fair.  It is also suspicious.  This is because a newborn’s spinal column is well-protected and quite resilient.  Despite the spinal cord itself being fragile and weak, it is protected in a strong encasement of bone layered with thick muscles and connective tissue.  Thus, whenever a newborn has been diagnosed with a spinal cord injury, it is important that parents consult with Portland birth injury lawyers.  This is because a spinal cord injury for a newborn is simply not a common injury and not an injury that usually occurs in the absence of negligence.


What is the Spinal Cord?


The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system which is comprised of the brain and spinal cord only.  The spinal cord is a soft, gelatinous-like structure that is a messenger superhighway between the rest of the nerves in the body and the brain.  The spinal cord is in the center of the vertebral column, which is comprised of stacked vertebrae.  This vertebrae are extremely strong.  In between each vertebrae are rubber-like discs.  These discs give flexion to the spinal column and cushion between the vertebrae stacked on top of each other.


How Could a Baby’s Spinal Cord Suffer a Spinal Cord Injury?


There are several ways that a newborn’s spinal cord could be damaged to result in a spinal cord injury.  Most of the ways are downright negligent.  Even though a newborn’s spinal cord could sustain an injury due to natural complications of labor and delivery, this is usually a copout answer that a healthcare provider who made a mistake will give you.  That is because a reasonably competent and skilled healthcare provider can predict the risk of a spinal cord injury and completely prevent it with alternative means of labor and delivery or treatment.  Something as simple as a c-section could result the risk for spinal cord injuries.


Some of the common ways that a newborn may sustain a spinal cord injury include the following:


  • Excessive use of birth tools such as forceps or vacuum extractors;
  • Excessively large newborn head and/or small pelvic;
  • Extreme contractions that are not managed, including during the birthing process;
  • Applying too much force during a delivery;
  • Twisting and pulling on a baby;
  • Yanking on a baby’s head;
  • Delays in c-sections;
  • Premature births or low birth weight births;
  • Traction during the delivery process;
  • Improper rotating of the baby; and
  • Many other mistakes.


Spinal Cord Injuries to Newborn Could be Oregon Medical Malpractice


A spinal cord injury to a newborn could be a lifetime of serious injury.  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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