Brain damage is one of the most devastating injuries a patient can sustain in a medical care environment. The effects of an injury to the brain can range from mild cognitive impairment to a long-term vegetative condition – and in the worst-cases, even death. For individuals in Homestead, FL who survive a brain injury that occurs in a medical facility, the mental and emotional consequences can be unbearable.
When medical malpractice is the cause of brain damage, it usually occurs when the necessary flow of oxygen to the brain is withheld. The longer the brain is deprived of oxygen – a condition referred to as cerebral hypoxia – the chances of death to the patient increase. Some of the medical errors that can result in brain injury include:
- Birth injury
- Stroke misdiagnosis
- Brain infections untreated
- Allowing Kernicterus to happen in the newborn
- Heart attack misdiagnosis
- Anesthesia error
- Medication error
An anesthesia error, mentioned in the above list, can lead to brain injury due to a lack of oxygen to the brain or permitting the condition of cerebral hypoxia to continue until the brain cells are destroyed.
Strokes and heart attacks can also limit the flow of oxygen to the brain. Any diagnosis of a stroke or heart attack should immediately be followed by supplying the patient with oxygen to prevent brain damage. When a stroke occurs, certain chemicals are also released which can destroy brain cells. Proper diagnosis and treatment of a stroke can prevent the release of these chemicals and the subsequent damage they inflict on the brain.
Infants can sustain brain injuries during the birthing process due to trauma or lack of oxygen.
Specific medical errors that can result in brain injuries for the baby at birth include:
- Failure to monitor the fetus and properly respond to fetal distress
- Failure to diagnose and treat the mother for medical problems
- Providing improper medications during pregnancy and/or delivery
- Improper use of forceps or vacuums or other delivery instruments
- Failure to perform a timely C-section
- Failure to provide newborns with the required oxygen
The consequences of medication errors include reduced heart rate and breathing from overdose, resulting in oxygen deprivation, and harmful drug interactions or allergic reactions.
Secondary brain injury
In some cases involving malpractice due to brain injury misdiagnosis, a patient may experience a second traumatic brain injury before the first one has healed due to the accident risk they face. This can lead to permanent brain damage and even death.
Compensation for brain damage due to medical malpractice
Victims of brain injury in Homestead, FL due to medical malpractice may be eligible to recover various types of compensation including:
- Current and future lost wages
- Current and future medical bills
- Long-term care expenses
- Long term disability costs
- Rehabilitation costs
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Burial costs
If you have sustained a brain injury due to lack of proper medical care or a surgical procedure gone wrong, and the cause involves the negligence of one or more medical professionals, we can help. Our medical malpractice attorneys at Yeboah Law Group are here to provide you with aggressive advocacy in Homestead, FL to help you recover the compensation you deserve. To set up a free consultation, call us now at 1-800-TELL-SAM or fill out our contact form.