Three Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Oregon

Understanding the Top Three Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Oregon

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Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a devastating diagnosis for a child.  It can result in significant limitations and disability, including some of the more severe forms resulting in catastrophic development delays and movement delays.  Families who have children who suffer from cerebral palsy should know that they have rights under Oregon law if a negligent healthcare provider caused this injury.  Unfortunately, many times families do not know whether a healthcare provider caused this injury because healthcare providers will not just go out and say it.  Nor will healthcare providers admit their mistakes.  This is why it is important for families to know the three causes of cerebral palsy in Oregon to protect their rights.


Top Three Causes of Cerebral Palsy in Oregon


Each of these three causes all related to the mistakes or delays of a healthcare provider.  This means that it constitute be medical malpractice in Oregon under the laws of our state.  This means that victims may need to have their rights protected under the law.  The top causes include the following:


1) Oxygen Deprivation 


Oxygen deprivation during the labor and delivery process is very dangerous and can be potentially life-threatening to a newborn.  This means that a victim could suffer serious or catastrophic personal injuries which affect him or her for life.  These injuries are known as either hypoxic injuries (decrease in oxygen) or anoxic injuries (complete lack of oxygen).  Victims can suffer these injuries after even short periods of time.  The most common cause is hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy or HIE.  This is a decrease in oxygenated blood flow to the baby which results in the damage to a baby’s brain.  When that damage is to the basil ganglia or cerebellum, it makes cerebral palsy very likely.


2) Delays in Treatment


A newborn who has been the victim of a delay in treatment may suffer catastrophic consequences.  This includes oxygen deprivation injuries resulting in cerebral palsy.  Delays in treatment include the following:


  • Delays in a c-section
  • Delays in responding to excessive contractions 
  • Failure to react after an umbilical cord prolapse
  • Failure to respond to fetal distress
  • Delays in responding to an umbilical cord rupture, and 
  • Other delays such as delaying calling a doctor by a nurse, or delaying in responding to a mother’s complaints, among other common delays.


3) Mishandling of the Baby


Mishandling of the baby can result in serious personal injuries including the wrongful death of a baby.  But when the baby survives, it is likely that there will be serious personal injuries including brain injuries such as CP.  This can occur when the baby is in the birth canal and the doctor excessively uses extraction tools which damage the baby’s head.  It can also occur in pulling or yanking the baby through the birth damage which can place serious stress and damage on the baby’s head or neck.  After birth, dropping or causing a baby to fall could also result in serious personal injuries.  Delays in resuscitating a baby who is not breathing can also result in cerebral palsy if the baby’s breathing is not quickly re-started.  A baby could also suffer an oxygen deprivation if his or her airways are not quickly cleared.


How Hiring a Cerebral Palsy Lawyer Can Help


Victims who have suffered from the mishandling of a doctor or healthcare provider need to get our medical malpractice lawyer and cerebral palsy lawyer at Kuhlman law on their side.  This is because cerebral palsy is a lifelong condition.  It will not heal.  It will not get better.  There may be physical therapy and occupational therapy options which may help.  But cerebral palsy really requires important legal handling.  Any one of these types of cerebral palsy causes could be due to the negligence of a healthcare provider.  In fact, it could be caused by the mishandling or misconduct of a healthcare provider.  Victims and their families need to ensure that their rights to compensation are protected and having a cerebral palsy lawyer from Oregon protect their rights is the best way.


In addition, victims need the care and attention to their case that doctors did not give to them or their loved ones.  Cerebral palsy cases are notoriously difficult cases.  This is because insurance companies and defense lawyers specifically fight back harder.  They are trained how to pick holes into cases and how to fight against the rights of a newborn in order to protect a dangerous doctor.  That is not acceptable to us. 


Ask Our Portland, Oregon Birth Injury Lawyer for Help


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.  


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