Medical malpractice occurs when any medical professional negligently harms a patient during diagnosis or treatment. A single error made by a medical professional can lead to a number of different consequences, including a brain injury.
If you have suffered a brain injury because of a medical professional’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation. If your loved one passed away due to a malpractice-related brain injury, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the responsible parties. To discuss your legal options with an experienced attorney, contact the Trial Lawyers for Justice today.
Brain Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
In order to function properly, the brain needs a steady supply of oxygen delivered by the blood. When this supply is completely cut off, it is known as cerebral anoxia, but when the supply is just greatly reduced, it is known as cerebral hypoxia. Both of these serious conditions can occur as a result of medical malpractice, especially in these situations:
During a heart attack, the heart does not pump as much oxygen into the brain. If a medical professional fails to diagnose and treat a heart attack, the patient may suffer from a brain injury as a result.
If a patient is rapidly losing blood, his blood pressure and blood flow will begin to decrease and the brain will not receive as much oxygen. Doctors must be able to quickly diagnose internal bleeding so they can begin treating it immediately to prevent long-term damage to the brain.
Medical professionals must closely monitor the heart rate and respiratory rate of a patient who has been given anesthesia. Failure to do so may result in a brain injury.
Besides oxygen, the brain also needs glucose in order to function. This means medical professionals must keep a close eye on any diabetic patient who has been hospitalized to ensure blood sugar levels do not fluctuate too high or too low.
If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury because of a medical professional’s negligence, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. An attorney can help you identify what caused the brain injury so you can figure out who is liable and how you can hold them accountable for their negligence.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
The symptoms will vary depending on the patient and the severity of the injury. However, some of the most common symptoms include memory loss, trouble speaking or putting sentences together, loss of consciousness, mood swings, loss of balance or coordination, and decline in cognitive ability.
Some brain injury victims will be able to somewhat recover during extensive rehabilitation and physical therapy. However, if the victim has suffered a severe brain injury, he may never regain brain function again.
Help For Malpractice Victims
Brain injuries can be catastrophic and greatly affect the victim’s quality of life. Luckily, compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, future lost wages, and pain and suffering may be available to victims. To discuss your legal options, contact the Trial Lawyers for Justice at 888-811-0844.