Medical Malpractice and Brain Injury
When seeking medical care, there’s an expectation that a certain level of care will be provided and treatment will help rather than make someone worse. When negligence occurs during medical treatment and causes injuries or death, a medical malpractice lawyer can help recover compensation for injuries and hold negligent parties responsible.
At Foley Law Firm, our attorneys represent medical malpractice and brain injury victims in Scranton, PA, Stroudsburg, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, and surrounding areas. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered a brain injury due to medical malpractice, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to learn more about your legal options.
What Is Medical Malpractice?
Those who professionally provide medical care, such as doctors, nurses, and pharmacists, must meet a reasonable standard of care. When medical professionals act negligently and fail to meet standards and subsequently cause an injury or death, it may be possible to hold them liable through a medical malpractice lawsuit.
What Types of Medical Malpractice Can Cause Brain Injury?
Medical professionals are expected to provide quality, thoughtful care but sometimes negligence occurs and a patient can become seriously injured.
Medical malpractice can lead to brain injury in several ways. Some possible types of medical malpractice that can cause brain injury include:
- Missed diagnosis
- Wrong diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Lack of oxygen
- Failure to properly monitor a patient
- Errors with medication (type or dosage)
- Birth trauma
- Failure to perform a c-section when medically indicated
- Blood infections
- Abuse in nursing homes or assisted living facilities
- Intubation errors or negligence
Symptoms of Brain Injuries
Brain injuries caused by medical malpractice can lead to lifelong complications and even death. Symptoms of brain injuries may be mild or severe with permanent damage. Some symptoms of brain injuries from medical malpractice include:
- Memory and concentration problems
- Mood changes
- Loss of consciousness
- Slurred speech
- Cognitive problems
- Executive functioning problems
- Brain death
Seeking Damages for Brain Injuries Caused by Medical Malpractice
Brain injuries can impair cognitive abilities, lead to mood changes, and cause other lifelong impairments that can lead to a loss of employment or otherwise diminish quality of life.
When medical malpractice has caused a brain injury, it’s important that the responsible party is held liable to prevent others from being injured and for the victim and their family to receive compensation for their suffering. Although no amount of money can ease the pain of a significant brain injury, it can help ease the financial strain such a life changing injury can cause.
Through a medical malpractice lawsuit, it may be possible to recover damages for a brain injury such as:
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Emotional suffering
- Other pain and suffering
Contact Foley Law Firm
When a medical professional’s negligence causes life changing brain injuries, it’s important to speak with a medical malpractice attorney. The medical malpractice attorneys of the Foley Law Firm are available to discuss the details of your claim. To schedule a consultation, call (570) 342-8194.