Brain injuries are among the most potentially devastating types of injuries. Severe traumatic brain injury can lead to a coma, impaired functioning, permanent disability and even death. The effects of brain injuries can have far-reaching consequences that may alter the course of the victim’s life, preventing them from attending school, entering the workforce, sustaining normal relationships or maintaining a level of basic self-care. While some brain injuries are the result of unfortunate accidents or intentional abuse, many can be attributed to medical malpractice.
Medical Malpractice commonly indicates that misdiagnosis, mistreatment or lack of medical attention from either a physician or medical staff has taken place. Unfortunately victims of medical malpractice are oftentimes newborns that suffer from birth injuries that impact the brain. If you or someone you love suffered a traumatic brain injury due to medical negligence, contact our experienced medical malpractice attorneys to learn more about the legal actions you can pursue to ensure that you are fairly compensated for your hardship.
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
It can be difficult to determine whether a brain injury has occurred, especially because the injured person may be unable to communicate what they are experiencing. Symptoms may also vary depending on the type and severity of the injury, as well as which part of the brain has been affected. It is important to be aware of these symptoms because time is of the essence when it comes to treating and recovering from a brain injury. An untreated brain injury can easily and quickly lead to coma or death. Some of the most common warning signs of a brain injury include:
Persistent or severe headache
Vomiting or nausea
Dizziness or loss of balance
Decline in motor skills
Ringing in the ears
Unusual or unexplained mood swings
Confusion or agitation
Shortened attention span or inability to focus
Numbness in the limbs
In babies and small children who lack the language to describe their symptoms altogether, symptoms of brain injuries include persistent crying, irritability and refusal to eat. Parents of infants must be especially vigilant for warning signs of brain injury that may otherwise pass unnoticed.
Hypoxic Brain Injuries
When the brain is deprived of oxygen for any length of time, the consequences can be life-altering or even fatal. A reduction in the brain’s oxygen supply is known as cerebral hypoxia, or a hypoxic brain injury. Newborns are especially susceptible to hypoxic brain injuries during the birthing process. Complications that can happen during labor and delivery that may lead to hypoxic brain injuries include:
Umbilical cord problems (occlusion, torsion or prolapse)
Abnormal fetal position (e.g., breech)
Low blood pressure in mother or baby
Trauma to the baby’s head or skull
Healthcare providers engaging in delivery of a child have a professional obligation to accurately and quickly diagnose and treat such complications as they occur; failure to do so falls under the heading of medical malpractice. Any injury to the brain of the child that occurs during the birth process demands swift medical attention and treatment in order to mitigate the effects of the injury. If your child is the victim of a hypoxic brain injury, contact the attorneys at Hodes Milman Liebeck to learn more about your legal options.
Anyone who has suffered from a brain injury as a result of medical malpractice is legally entitled to compensation for their pain and hardship. Damages may be awarded for medical expenses, loss of income, loss of consortium for a spouse, and more. If your family has suffered undue hardship as a result of a brain injury stemming from medical malpractice, you need experienced legal representation. The medical malpractice firm of Hodes Milman Liebeck can help you determine whether you have a case.
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