Three Causes of Brain Damage to a Baby: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

Brain Damage to a Baby: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyer Shares Top Three Most Common Causes of Infant Brain Damage


Brain damage for any individual is a very serious personal injury. This is especially true for a newborn baby. This is because your newborn baby’s brain is in a rapid state of development. There are a myriad of new neuro-pathways and connections being made as your baby’s brain expands. New stimuli are developing and growing as your baby processes the outside world for the first time. Thus, when your baby’s rapidly developing brain sustains a brain injury, it could have disastrous results and long-lasting ramifications. This is particularly due if the brain damage is sustained during the labor and delivery process, which may unfortunately be due to Oregon medical malpractice.


Brain damage birth injuries are very serious. There are three main causes of a newborn baby’s brain damage due to Oregon medical malpractice. These are the most common and include the following types:


1. Oxygen Deprivation – When any person’s brain suffers an oxygen deprivation, it can result in permanent damage to the body and brain. But when a baby’s developing brain suffers the same oxygen deprivation, the damage could be catastrophic and stunt, delay, or completely stop certain types of development. This means that certain functions like motor functions could never properly develop, which could result in cerebral palsy. This could result in hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, or HIE, which is devastating damage to the brain due to the lack of oxygen and a shortage of blood flow. This could be caused by cord compression, a ruptured umbilical cord, excessive contractions, or even delivery drug overdoses to the mother.


2. Jaundice and Kernicterus – While it is very common for a baby to have jaundice, and even some people get it, it is not common for that jaundice to stay around for a long time. While usually not dangerous, jaundice is a sign of a buildup of bilirubin. When that bilirubin stays in the body for too long and is not cleared out by the kidneys and liver, it can actually poison the body. This is particularly true of the brain, which can be poisoned and very damaged.


3. Trauma – Improper use of forceps, the vacuum extractor, pulling at the baby, or dropping the baby could all result in significant trauma to the baby’s head. This could cause significant brain damage when a baby’s brain is injured because it could result in leading and swelling on the brain. This causes the brain tissue to become displayed and damaged, as well as impairing its development. When the brain swelling is so severe (when the intracranial pressure is high), brain tissue could actually be forced out the bottom of the skull (foramen magnum) and into the spinal canal. This could result in horrific brain damage, as well as paralysis.


Call Kuhlman Law, LLC if Your Newborn Has Suffered Brain Damage in Oregon


If your newborn baby has suffered a brain injury or has brain damage, please call our Oregon medical malpractice lawyer at Kuhlman Law, LLC to learn what can be done to protect your rights and obtain the compensation that your family needs to help pay for future medical care. Our law office is located in Bend, Oregon, and we handle cases throughout Oregon including Portland, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, Eugene, Corvallis, 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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