Violation Of Patient Safety Resulting In Traumatic Brain Injury
Medical malpractice means that a health care provider did not meet the standard of care and violated patient safety rules during your treatment. As a result, you suffered a serious injury and the doctor, hospital, and HMO failed to keep you safe and healthy.
Your health care provider owes you this standard of care throughout the time you are under their care - this means from the time you first arrive at the hospital to the time you leave (and in some cases even after that).
If you underwent surgery, your surgeons and the rest of the hospital staff were responsible for you before, during, and after the procedure.
What Are The Different Types Of Brain Injuries?
There are three main types of brain injuries:
- Mild TBI or concussion
- Moderate TBI
- Severe TBI
While any brain trauma can be catastrophic, it is especially the case for children as any degree of brain damage can disrupt a child's development and limit their ability to function at school, playing with their friends, and even at home.
What Are The Common Causes Of Brain Injuries?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), traumatic brain injuries are a major cause of death and disability in the United States.
A moderate or severe closed head injury can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or by a penetrating injury to the head. A doctor's failure to diagnose, or delay in response, to a brain injury case can have lasting impacts.
Sometimes patients don't take well to surgeries, and sometimes they recover at different rates - there's nothing anyone can do about that, unfortunately. Sometimes infections just can't be avoided - they are a risk of the surgery and being in the hospital.
However, sometimes, infections are the result of negligence on the part of the surgeon or the hospital. Sometimes it is caused by miscommunication before the surgery, mistakes during surgery, unsanitary surgical rooms and tools, and a host of other issues.
But the most common problem with infections is that they are not detected, diagnosed and treated by the hospital in time. In other words, hospitals know infections occur - they need to test and then treat for infections. Sometimes they don't call for a specialist to consult with you - one who can diagnose and treat your infection before it causes serious harm.
Because in severe cases, an infection can be overwhelming, leading to serious health consequences like septic shock.
What To Do After A Doctor's Actions Results In Permanent Injury
The first thing you should do is get information and talk to an experienced brain injury lawyer like Frank Kearney if you suspect your injury is the result of medical malpractice.
We want to make sure that, whether you are a parent of a child experiencing medical malpractice or you've been mistreated yourself, that you have all the right information to make the best choices for yourself and your family. The best thing to do is to get educated about your rights and options.
Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Are The Right Choice To Help You Recover Compensation For Your Pain And Suffering
If you suspect your head injury is a result of negligence by medical experts, you need someone who understands what you and your family are going through - and how difficult life will be because of the injury, so they can help you and your family.
Call us at 202-393-3320 today to speak with one of our brain injury attorneys about your case - it's a free consultation and will put you on the right track to holding the doctor and hospital responsible.