What Types of Brain Injuries are Caused by Medical Malpractice?

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Traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury can be caused by medical malpractice. Oxygen deprivation, pressure on the brain, and puncture wounds can disrupt brain function. When these injuries are the result of medical malpractice, a victim may claim financial compensation.

Medical malpractice attorney Robert “Bobby” Jones of Bobby Jones Law discusses what types of brain injuries are caused by practitioner malpractice.

Brain Injuries from Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice can harm the body, including the brain. Brain injuries from medical malpractice may be both traumatic and non-traumatic.

A traumatic injury results from blunt trauma or shaking of the brain. A non-traumatic brain injury is not the result of external force but results from a medical condition, including the loss of oxygen.

Both traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury may be the basis of a claim for medical malpractice. If the injury is the result of poor medical care, a victim may claim financial compensation.

How Medical Malpractice Can Cause Brain Injury

If certain medical conditions are not treated promptly, or if the person receives the wrong treatment, brain injury may result. Examples of how medical malpractice can cause brain injury include:

Delayed diagnosis

Failing to timely diagnose a medical condition, like a stroke, aneurysm, or heart attack, can disrupt normal brain flow. In turn, a loss of oxygen may result in brain tissue death. Blocked blood vessels may not deliver oxygen to the body, or blood vessels may rupture. Doctors may mistake symptoms for other things and fail to administer treatment that can improve blood flow. The result may be neurological damage, brain damage, and death.

Wrong dose, wrong medication

Giving someone the wrong medication, giving medication to the wrong person, or administering the wrong dose can result in the disruption of normal brain function. It may disrupt normal bodily functions and processes. Distressed breathing may cause oxygen deprivation and brain injury.

Anesthesia and intubation errors

A person under anesthesia must be carefully monitored. There must be a swift response to signs of distress. Harm may result from injury at the injection site, local anesthetic toxicity, or failing to monitor vital signs during administration. In addition, repeated exposure to anesthesia may increase the risk of brain trauma.

Failing to treat sepsis

Sepsis may inflame the nervous system, causing toxicity. Circulatory dysfunction and neuron death may result in brain malfunction from untreated sepsis.

Confusing symptoms of pulmonary embolism

Medical professionals often confuse or dismiss symptoms of pulmonary embolism. An embolism may lead to respiratory distress. It can move through the body, preventing oxygen flow and resulting in brain damage.

Childbirth injury

Inadequate monitoring of vital signs during childbirth may result in brain injury.

Penetrating traumatic injury

If the brain is pierced during medical care, it may cause focal damage or compression of tissue. A penetrating injury may cause intracranial hemorrhage, cerebral edema, or impaired brain flow. Brain damage may be the result.

Signs of Brain Damage After Surgery

Signs of brain damage after surgery include:

  • Memory loss
  • Personality changes
  • Sensory deficits
  • Communication changes and difficulties
  • Disorientation to the day, time, and place
  • Muscle spasms, involuntary muscle movement
  • Incontinence
  • Poor coordination, mobility impairment
  • Dizziness, unconsciousness

The signs of brain damage after surgery can be immediately apparent or subtle. They may be confused with routine healing or more mild conditions.

Long-Term Impacts of Brain Injury from Medical Malpractice

A brain injury can drastically change a person’s life. The long-term effects may include:

  • Medical bills for diagnosis, stabilization, and treatment
  • Physical therapy
  • Personal care, if the person is unable to care for themselves
  • Inability to work, changes in career path
  • Emotional regulation difficulties, mood changes, changes in personal relationships
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental health injury
  • Immobility, paralysis, loss of sensation
  • Secondary physical health problems resulting from immobility
  • Difficulty sleeping, fatigue
  • Interruption of involuntary bodily processes and incontinence
  • Seizures, epilepsy, headaches, dizziness
  • Decline in quality of life and life expectancy

As part of your case for medical malpractice compensation, you must identify the ways that the brain injury has changed your life. It’s important to work with qualified medical experts. At Bobby Jones Law, we build your case, including working with experts to identify the full extent of damages and the compensation you deserve.

Rights for Medical Malpractice Victims with Brain Injury

A person who suffers a brain injury as the result of medical malpractice has important rights.

  • Brain injury is a type of harm that may result from medical malpractice.
  • A brain injury may not be visible. A person may look completely normal but have a serious injury.
  • Compensation may be available for someone with a brain injury because of bad medical care.
  • Damages may be significant since brain injury can change a victim’s life. In some cases, it is a life-changing injury.
  • To receive compensation, you must prove that medical malpractice has occurred, how it harmed the victim, and the appropriate damages.
  • A lawyer can represent the victim in all aspects of a case.

Bobby Jones Law is a lawyer for brain injuries caused by medical malpractice. He represents victims in claims for compensation.

To learn more about your case and start today, contact us.

Basis to Recover for Brain Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

To recover financial compensation for brain injury caused by medical malpractice, you must show:

  1. The victim sought medical care.
  2. The medical care received failed to meet professional standards.
  3. As a result, the victim suffered a brain injury.
  4. The brain injury caused harm, including physical harm, financial loss, and emotional suffering.

Failing to meet professional standards of care may be the result of action or inaction.

Legal Consultations Available for a Brain Injury Caused by Medical Malpractice

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury, and you believe it may be the result of medical malpractice, please contact us. Bobby Jones Law is operated by a skilled lawyer for brain injuries and medical malpractice in Greenville. Let him investigate, evaluate, and pursue your rights.

See what you might receive in compensation and how a lawyer can represent your interests. Call or message us now.

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