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.
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
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
- 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.
free case evaluation with one of our attorneys today, or call us at (312) 313-0202 to learn more.