Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice – Bend/Portland, OR Lawyers

Our Bend/Portland, Oregon Lawyers Explain the Types of Brain Injuries Caused by Oregon Medical Malpractice

Brain injuries are the most serious types of personal injuries that a person may sustain, particularly traumatic brain injuries or TBIs.  While accidents like motor vehicle crashes (trucking wrecks) and slip and falls are the most common causes of brain injuries, Oregon medical malpractice can also cause brain injuries.  This is particularly true to newborns and babies who are injured due to the careless, reckless, and negligent care of healthcare providers.  There are many different types of brain injuries which may be caused by Oregon medical malpractice, and our Bend/Portland, Oregon lawyers explain these common types.

What is a Brain Injury?

A brain injury is any injury which is caused to the brain and results in any form of damage.  That damage may be temporary, such as the shock of an impact, or that damage may be permanent and debilitating, such as a traumatic brain injury like a severe concussion.  While some brain injuries show up on imaging studies, often times brain injuries do not always appear on imaging studies even though they result in severe injury and disability.  This is why having a competent and knowledgeable Bend/Portland Oregon medical malpractice lawyer is imperative to protecting your rights.

Types of Brain Injuries Due to Oregon Medical Malpractice 

There are many different types of brain injuries which could be the result of sub-standard medical care and treatment.  Many times the medical malpractice that causes a brain injury could be debilitating and permanent, whereas other times the effects could be disabling for months or years but ultimately go away.  Unfortunately, most brain injuries—even if the symptoms go away—the damage caused to the brain is not likely to go away and the damage is permanent.  This makes a person more susceptible to future injuries or other conditions later in life.

Generally, there are two main types of brain injuries.  The first are traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, which are commonly caused by the following:

  • Penetration of a foreign object, such as improper use of tools, objects failing, or other accidents;
  • Heavy impact, such as equipment falling on a patient like an x-ray machine;
  • Shaking or a powerful jolt, whip, or other movement, such as to a baby during the birthing process or thereafter in provider care;
  • Impacts from falls, such as drops from a height, dropping a baby, or failing to guard against a fall risk;
  • Diffuse axonal injuries, from shaking or violent actions which tear tissue in the brain; and
  • Several other causes.

The second type are non-traumatic brain injuries.  These are other head injuries or brain injuries which result in serious personal injuries and can result in severe disability or even wrongful death.  This includes from of the following:

  • Hypoxic injuries such as the lack of oxygen to a baby during childbirth;
  • Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) to an infant which is characterized as a lack of oxygen due to a lack of blood flow to the brain;
  • Anesthesia errors, including overdoses;
  • Medication errors that result in overdoses;
  • Failure to diagnose a condition such as a tumor, stroke, or aneurysm which could be treatable but is not, and therefore becomes damaging and possibly deadly; and 
  • Many other causes.

Victims of Oregon Medical Malpractice Suffering Brain Injuries Should Call our Bend/Portland, OR Lawyers

When a loved one has been diagnosed with a brain injury and you suspect that it may have been caused by substandard medical care and treatment, including wrong medical decisions or medical neglect, you may be entitled to compensation under Oregon law.  This is true even if you or a loved one went into medical care with a head injury because brain injuries worsened due to the conduct of a medical provider could still result in medical malpractice and damages awarded to an innocent victim. 

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.  

We handle cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton, and Hillsboro.  

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.  

Please act quickly, there is a limited time (Statute of Limitations) in which you can bring a claim under the law.

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