Understanding Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Oregon Medical Malpractice Causing Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Portland Medical Malpractice Lawyer


Birth injuries are some of the worst types of Oregon medical malpractice.  This is because it can cause significant and debilitating injuries to a newborn.  One of these types of injuries is cerebral palsy.  It is one of the most significant and debilitating types of birth injuries.  One common type of cerebral palsy is athetoid cerebral palsy. This may also be caused by birth injuries due to Oregon medical malpractice.  If your loved one has been diagnosed with athetoid cerebral palsy which may have been caused by careless, reckless, and negligent conduct by a healthcare provider, please call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer for a free consultation.


What is Cerebral Palsy?


Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a debilitating and permanent movement disorder which can cause a lifetime of hardship.  The severity may range from mild to severe, and may cause mild tremors to complete inability to even sit.  The extent of the severity is based on the amount of damage to the brain, which is what causes cerebral palsy.


It is this damage to the brain which causes abnormalities in the brain.  Lesions are formed on brain matter, which inhibits some function of the brain such as sending messages, processing information, or working autonomously.  The more lesions, the more inhibitions, and the more damage to the brain.  


What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?


Athetoid cerebral palsy is a type of cerebral palsy characterized by damage to the basal ganglia and cerebellum.  Other types of cerebral palsy are charactered by damage to slightly different areas of the brain.  Due to the area of damage with Athetoid cerebral palsy, individuals suffer involuntary movements, issues with fine movement skills (fine motor control), muscle tone (too muscular or too loose), issues with involuntary movement of muscles, seizures, and some other common symptoms.  Individuals with Athetoid cerebral palsy generally have the mot issues with overall coordination and fine motor movements.


Causes of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy


Oregon medical malpractice is a common cause of Athetoid cerebral palsy, even though it can be caused naturally through genetics.  There are many ways that negligent conduct could result in these very severe birth injuries.  They are caused by the following mistakes:


  • Excessive use of Pitocin, including too early;
  • Failure to timely perform a c-section;
  • Misreading fetal monitoring strips;
  • Allowing excessive and prolonged contractions;
  • Not guarding against fetal oxygen deprivation;
  • Failing to identify fetal distress;
  • Not performing the proper imaging studies pre-labor;
  • Failing to recognize an umbilical cord rupture; and
  • Other causes.


Victims of Oregon Medical Malpractice May Result in Very Serious Personal Injuries to a Newborn, Including Athetoid Cerebral Palsy


Athetoid cerebral palsy can result in very serious and catastrophic complications to a newborn.  When this is caused by Oregon medical malpractice, victims and their families may have rights to compensation.  If this happened to you, call our Portland medical malpractice lawyer to learn what rights to compensation you may have.  We accept cases throughout Oregon, including Central Oregon, Deschutes County, Salem, Portland, Eugene, Corvallis, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Hillsboro, Medford, and any other city, including Bend, Oregon where our main law office is located.  


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