How Can Brain Injuries Be Caused by Medical Malpractice?

Posted By Power Rogers & Smith, P.C. || 7-Jun-2016

Brain injuries are some of the most devastating injuries one can suffer. Unfortunately, there are a variety of medical mistakes that can lead to permanent and catastrophic brain injuries. A few of the more common causes of brain injuries due to medical errors are described below.

Birth Injuries

Brain injuries sustained at birth are many times the most catastrophic. Brain trauma can adversely affect the child’s ability to develop and grow normally, and can even lead to death. Brain damage during birth and delivery can occur when the child experiences an unrecognized decrease in blood flow to the brain (ischemia) or suffers an unrecognized lack of oxygen (hypoxia).

Medical professionals providing care to mothers during labor and delivery should be monitoring the mother for any irregularities. Ischemia can occur when the medical staff fails to appropriately respond to bleeding. Hypoxia can occur when the medical staff fails to catch or react to the umbilical cord being wrapped around the infant’s neck. Either of these conditions if not treated promptly can lead to devastating injuries and brain damage.

Brain Tumors and Surgical Errors

Brain tumors can cause a variety of symptoms, but testing is required in order to determine whether a patient has a tumor. A doctor can order several non-invasive tests to diagnose a tumor like an MRI, CT scan, and EEG. If a doctor fails to order tests when one or more of these symptoms are present, they may be liable for medical malpractice:

  • Recurring headaches
  • Mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Vomiting or nausea
  • Loss of memory
  • Numbness or tingling in the extremities
  • Changes in hearing or speech
  • Problems with motor skills and balance

Even if the tumor is properly diagnosed, a mistake in surgery could cause severe injury to the patient. Surgical errors can involve a misplaced dissection or a failure to properly sterilize leading to an infection. If a brain injury occurs during surgery, the surgeon may be liable for medical malpractice.

General Anesthesia

On occasion, cardiac arrests can result from improperly administered general anesthesia. And, if timely intervention is not taken by the anesthesiologist or other medical staff, the patient may suffer from an anoxic brain injury. Aside from cardiac arrest, improperly administered anesthesia can still cause brain injuries through:

  • Respiratory depression
  • Cardiovascular collapse
  • Embolism
  • Delayed recovery of consciousness

If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury due to medical malpractice, you should contact an attorney to ensure your rights are protected. Our Chicago medical malpractice lawyers at Power Rogers & Smith have the skills, drive, and resources necessary to give you the results you desire. Schedule your free case evaluation with one of our attorneys today, or call us at (312) 313-0202 to learn more.

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