According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people will suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. Some of these brain injuries are caused by medical malpractice. Traumatic brain injuries may be classified as ‘open’ or ‘closed,’ depending on the nature of the injury. Have you or someone you love been a victim of medical negligence that resulted in a brain or head injury? Contact our Philadelphia brain injury lawyer immediately to discuss your case.
An open injury occurs when the skull has been fractured from a fall, a collision, or other incident when the head hits a hard object. A closed head injury may not involve an open wound or fracture, but can be just as serious due to brain swelling and blood clots in the skull. Regardless of which kind of injury it is, brain trauma can result in life-changing conditions like paralysis, coma, or even wrongful death.
Examples of Medical Malpractice Resulting in Brain Injury
The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen to function. Cerebral anoxia and hypoxia mean that there was a lack of oxygen to the brain. Hypoxic is a partial lack of oxygen and anoxic is a total lack of oxygen. In general, the more your brain is deprived of oxygen, the more severe the harm.
The diminished oxygen supply can cause serious impairments in cognitive (thought) skills, as well as in physical, psychological and other functions. Unfortunately, brain injuries in hospitals and other medical facilitiesare sometimes caused by medical error or medical malpractice.
Many types of medical errors can cause a brain injury, including:
- Surgical infections
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Labor and delivery issues causing birth injuries
Brain Injury Symptoms
When cerebral anoxia/hypoxia occurs as the result of malpractice, the patient or family members may not be aware that oxygen to the brain has been lost. Symptoms to look out for include behavioral changes, memory loss, and a decrease in motor coordination among other warning signs. Once a patient has recovered from a lack of oxygen to the brain, he or she might suffer from a long list of symptoms. The effects vary widely depending upon the part of the brain that was injured and the extent of the damage.
Traumatic brain injury symptoms can include:
- Change in temperament or personality
- Coordination problems or other physical impairments
- Difficulty sleeping
- Light sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Poor judgment
- Vision problems
Philadelphia Brain Injury Lawyer
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical negligence that caused a brain injury in Philadelphia, contact our Philadelphia brain injury lawyer immediately to discuss your options at no charge. Time limitations apply to your potential claims, so do not delay in contacting a lawyer for help.