Traumatic brain injuries can be caused by a number of factors such as falling, motor vehicle accidents,
being struck by a moving object, violent attacks, military combat, and
sports injuries. In some cases, a brain injury can result from medical
Medical malpractice is when poor medical care results in harm to the patient.
If a medical practitioner, such as a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional,
acts incompetently and subsequent injuries occur, there is a case of medical
malpractice due to negligence. While state law regarding medical malpractice
varies, a medical professional can be held liable if he or she either
fails to provide care within a reasonable standard of care or acts with
There are a number of medical failures that can lead to brain injury in
patients. These include:
- Infection during surgery,
- Mistakes in administering medication such as overdose, which causes the
brain to swell and can result in brain damage,
- Mistakes made during brain surgery,
- Failure to detect or properly diagnose stroke, aneurism, brain tumor, epilepsy,
meningitis, encephalitis, or brain hemorrhage,
- Brain asphyxiation: a lack of oxygen to the brain is a common cause of
birth injuries. Getting adequate oxygen flow to the brain is also a concern
for patients receiving general anesthesia or oxygen while undergoing surgical
In addition, a number of medical errors can lead to brain-related
birth injuries in newborns. These include:
- A lack of oxygen to the brain can cause a variety of injuries,
- Failing to detect and treat jaundice leading to the onset of kernicterus,
- Failing to detect and treat meningitis,
- Improper use of birthing tools such as forceps and vacuum. Careless twisting
of the head and neck can cause damage to the brachial plexus nerves, resulting
in Erbs palsy,
Cerebral palsy can result from oxygen deprivation, errors during delivery, failing to
detect or treat infection, failure to properly monitor a newborn’s
heart rate, failing to provide a cesarean section, failing to identify
a prolapsed umbilical cord, and brain injury.
A brain injury resulting from medical malpractice can be shocking. There
is a high level of trust involved when individuals seek medical care.
In seeking treatment, a person is turning over his or her health, wellbeing,
and life to medical professionals. To come out of a treatment worse than
you entered is a terrible and shocking experience.
If you or a loved one has suffered brain injured following medical treatment
or birth, you may be able to recover damages for your physical and emotional
pain, undue suffering, medical bills, insurance costs and lost income.
To file a claim and seek damages, an experienced Atlanta medical malpractice
lawyer from Goldstein & Hayes P.C. can help you hold those at fault
responsible for your pain and suffering.
Contact our Atlanta firm for a
free case evaluation now!