According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million people will suffer a traumatic brain injury each year. While some of these brain injuries occur from accidents, many are caused by medical malpractice.
What Is A Medical Malpractice Brain Injury?
Traumatic brain injuries may be classified as ‘open’ or ‘closed,’ depending on the nature of the injury. 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. Closed injuries can not only cause brain swelling, but also 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.
Most brain injuries caused by medical malpractice occur when the brain doesn’t get the oxygen. Anoxia and hypoxia occur when the brain does not receive the proper amount of oxygen. While hypoxia is a partial lack of oxygen, anoxia is a total lack of oxygen to the brain. In general, the more your brain is deprived of oxygen, the more severe the damage. The diminished oxygen supply can cause serious impairments in cognitive (thought) skills, as well as in physical, mental and other functions.
When brain injuries occur in hospitals, they are caused by the actions or inactions of healthcare providers. Medical errors that can lead to brain injuries include:
- Surgical infections
- Medication errors
- Surgical errors
- Failure to diagnose
- Labor and delivery issues causing birth injuries
- Anesthesia errors
Brain Injury Symptoms
When cerebral anoxia or hypoxia occurs because 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. Once a patient has recovered, he or she might suffer from a number of longterm symptoms. The types of symptoms brain injuries cause vary depending on the location and extent of the injury.
Longterm Brain Injury Symptoms Can Inclue:
- Change in temperament or personality
- Coordination problems or other physical impairments
- Difficulty sleeping
- Light sensitivity
- Memory loss
- Poor judgment
- Vision problems
Brain Injury Lawyers
If you or someone you know has been a victim of medical negligence that caused a brain injury in Philadelphia, contact the brain injury lawyers at Lopez McHugh LLP. You can discuss your legal options with us for no upfront cost. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you won’t owe us anything unless we help you obtain compensation.