The brain is one of the most important organs of the body. Although the brain is responsible for many of the body’s functions, it is a sensitive and delicate organ. The brain can be injured if the head or neck experience sudden movement or force. However, a physical injury is not the only type of brain injury that can occur.
The brain requires a constant flow of oxygen to function properly. If that flow is interrupted, for even a short amount of time, serious side effects can develop. A brain injury can impact cognitive, physical, and psychological functions for the long-term. Unfortunately, many brain injuries are the result of medical malpractice.
At Charpentier Law Firm, our attorneys have represented cases involving brain injury and medical malpractice, and are prepared to help our Melbourne, FL clients collect just compensation for the losses of this type of injury.
Brain Injuries Resulting from Medical Malpractice
Many medical treatments and services are complex and require complete and constant attention from a medical professional to ensure that complications do not occur. Even if the brain is deprived of oxygen for just five minutes, brain cells can begin to die. If substandard medical care is provided, medical treatments can result in a brain injury, often leaving a patient to suffer with long-term side effects and consequences. Some cases of medical malpractice that can result in brain injury include the following:
- Injuries during birth or delivery
- Complications involving general anesthesia
- Surgical errors or complications
- Compression of the trachea
- Failure to monitor vital signs
- Failure to detect or treat extremely low blood pressure
- Medication errors
When the brain is deprived of oxygen, it is a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. It is important to restore the supply of oxygen as soon as possible to avoid severe brain injury, or even death.
Side Effects of Brain Injury
A brain injury stemming from medical malpractice is likely to result in many side effects. Each case will be unique and depend on how long the brain was deprived of oxygen. However, even when a patient is considered fully recovered from a brain injury caused by oxygen deprivation, they are likely to have lingering side effects, which may include:
- Short-term memory loss
- Difficulty making decisions or completing tasks
- Visual disturbances
- Compromised coordination
- Abnormal movements, jerking, or trembling of the extremities
- Arm or leg weakness
- Behavior changes
Medical professionals are held to a certain standard of care. Essentially, patients have the right to trust that any medical professional will provide them with the same level of care that would be provided by any other similarly trained professional in the same situation. When a failure to provide that level of care results in an illness or injury, the patient may have a medical malpractice case. Victims of medical malpractice may be due compensation for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages or the loss of wage-earning potential, costs of long-term care and medical treatment, and pain and suffering. Our attorneys fight to ensure that medical malpractice and brain injury victims are compensated to the maximum extent of the law.
If you have suffered a brain injury while under the care of a medical professional, and you believe you are a victim of medical malpractice, it is important to seek legal advice as soon as possible. Contact us at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case with one of the experienced brain injury attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm.