Brain damage is the second leading disability in the country, with a traumatic brain injury affecting millions of Americans each year. Often, these injuries are caused at the hands of medical professionals, which raises several questions for the victims and their families.
In cases where the injury was likely caused due to the negligence of healthcare professionals, be it at birth, during surgery, or other circumstance, life will never be the same again. Brain damage can cause long-term disabilities and even death.
Brain Damage at Birth
Brain damage can occur at the time of birth if the supply of oxygen is somehow hindered during the pregnancy or labor and delivery. While there are several cases in which this may occur, most are preventable with the proper observation and care by a healthcare professional. Some of the most common causes of lack of oxygen to the brain during birth are:
- Umbilical cord being compressed or twisted during birth
- Undiagnosed or untreated infection present in the mother while pregnant or at the time of birth
- If the placenta becomes detached (partially or completely) before giving birth
- Uterine rupture which occurs when the scar from a previous cesarean birth tears during an attempt to give birth naturally
- Breech position of the baby
- Size of baby being too large to go through birth canal
- Improper doing or administration of epidural medication
- Failure to perform emergency cesarean in timely manner
Brain damage at the time of birth can lead to many long-term disabilities, some of which could last for a lifetime, including developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, and other medical conditions.
Brain Damage in Children and Adults
Brain damage can occur in children and adults because of medical negligence for many reasons. Medical mistakes and surgical errors are among the some of the most common.
Some other common causes of brain damage in children and adults are:
- Catastrophic event or reaction caused by dosing or administration of prescription medications
- Delay or failure to diagnose serious medical conditions such as stroke, heart attack, aneurysm, or severe infection
- Falling down while under medical care due to improper protective measures being in place
In most instances, these injuries are completely preventable. Similar to brain injuries that occur at birth, brain damage occurring due to trauma in children and adults often cause long-term disabilities.
Getting Help and Support
If you suspect that a loved one has suffered brain damage due to the negligence of a healthcare professional it is important that you contact an attorney with experience in winning cases like yours as soon as possible. Injuries causing brain damage can be classified as medical malpractice claims and the amount of time that you have to bring forth a claim may be relatively limited. It is important that you contact an attorney as soon as you suspect that you or a loved one has been the victim of medical neglect or abuse.
Medical malpractice is a very complex area of law. The attorneys at Brown & Brothers have dedicated their practice to helping victims of medical malpractice. You will likely face many obstacles if you or a loved one has been the victim of medical negligence or abuse by a healthcare professional or facility, including teams of lawyers and insurance companies that work hard to minimize your claim or trick you into giving up your legal rights.
Contact our office today. We will review your situation and help you understand what you can do. We will do whatever we can to fight on behalf of you and your family, and to hold those responsible for the injury accountable for their negligence. You can reach us toll free at 1-800-600-4210.