Brain Injury

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Brain injury is the result of a congenital or acquired traumatic injury that impairs the functioning of the brain. Brain injuries can be present at birth or the result of a birthing accident. Brain injury may also be the result of an accident during the course of one's life. The severity of an injury can depend on the extent of trauma and the quality of medical care that the victim receives. In some cases brain injury is caused or compounded by medical malpractice. If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of medical malpractice, you may wish to consult a medical malpractice attorney who can determine if you are eligible to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries. To learn more about brain injury cases, please contact us to confer with an attorney.

Common Causes of Brain Injury:

Birth Injuries

Cerebral palsy is a brain injury that an infant can have at birth or suffer during the birthing process. In-utero or newborn stroke, anoxia (lack of oxygen for an extended period of time), difficult labor, umbilical cord problems, forceps delivery, pre- or post- mature delivery can cause brain injury to the new born. Medical malpractice may be at fault in brain injury cerebral palsy conditions if a doctor failed to act in accordance with proper birthing technique protocol or committed an act of negligence that resulted in newborn brain injury.

Acquired Brain Injuries

Acquired brain injury can happen in a variety of circumstances. Approximately half of all traumatic brain injury cases are a result of automobile accidents. Other causes of traumatic brain injury can include sporting accidents and slips and falls. Young people and the elderly population are most likely to sustain these types of brain injury. The severity of these types of brain injury can depend on a number of factors such as length of unconsciousness, amnesia, altered mental states, and the neurological deficits sustained.

Medical Treatment

With advances in emergency response treatment and medical techniques to treat brain injury, victims have a greater chance of rehabilitation. Immediate brain injury medical care is crucial to the outcome of a brain injury. Anoxia, the lack of oxygen to the brain, must be monitored for and quickly addressed or the severity of brain injury can increase remarkably. Swelling and bleeding in the brain can compound brain injury and must also be treated immediately. Secondary brain injuries such as seizures, edema, and hematomas also need to be watched for and treated. Early intervention and proper health care attention is crucial to brain injury victim survival.

If brain injury is not properly treated by professional medical staff it can lead to more serious injuries. Medical malpractice may be the cause of further brain injury if medical professionals fail to act immediately and appropriately in brain injury cases.

Common Results of Brain Injuries

  • Speech Impairment
  • Paralysis
  • Psychological and Behavioral Disorders
  • Changes or Loss of Taste and Smell
  • Impaired Vision
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Vegetative State
  • Persistent Vegetative State

Contact an Attorney Near You

If you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury as a result of medical malpractice, you may wish to consult a medical malpractice attorney who can determine if you are eligible to file a claim and seek compensation for your injuries. To learn more about brain injury cases, please click here and select your state to visit with an attorney near you.

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