Few injuries are as serious as those that affect a person’s brain. Most people associate brain injuries with accidents involving serious trauma — such as the force delivered in car accidents or blows to the head. However, many cases of serious brain injuries stem from improper medical treatment and are a direct result of preventable infections.

At Miller & Wagner, located in Portland, Oregon, our medical malpractice attorneys hold negligent doctors, surgeons, hospital staff and other specialists accountable for their actions. We are dedicated to helping victims of medical malpractice obtain maximum compensation for their injuries, as well as getting them the additional care they need.

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Common Brain Infections

If an infection goes undiscovered or untreated, the results could mean life-changing injuries caused by significant damage to the brain. Our firm works hard and teams with medical experts to uncover the true cause of your condition. If medical negligence was the cause of your injuries, then we will get to work immediately, protect your rights, and get you the help you need.

Common infections that affect the brain include:

  • Meningitis: Inflammation of the membranes, caused by either a virus or a bacteria
  • Encephalitis: Inflammation of the brain
  • Toxoplasmosis: Parasitic condition
  • Cerebral abscess: Appears in an acute or chronic localized infection

Of course, this list reflects only a small portion of the many infections that could lead to brain damage. Early detection and proper treatment is vital to prevent infections from causing lifelong complications. We often see cases where a physician failed to even order a test that could have identified an infection — a simple step missed with devastating results.

An increasing number of medical experts believe that many newborn brain injuries are not caused by the delivery process, but by undiagnosed maternal infections.

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