Any kind of forceful impact, or “insult,” to a person’s head can lead to a traumatic brain injury. Many times, this impact is caused by a car accident. An individual can also suffer a head injury while playing sports or as the result of a slip & fall accident. Sometimes, a traumatic brain injury is caused by a negligent doctor or physician.
Regardless of the specific reason for your head injury, the bottom line is that you could be looking at a lifetime of health difficulties. That’s because a traumatic brain injury can involve permanent brain damage that impairs your cognitive abilities and your physical functioning.
Every year, there are more than 1.7 million traumatic brain injuries in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some of the most common types of brain injuries that are caused by negligent doctors include:
Hypoxic Brain Injury: When you undergo surgery and a surgeon’s error causes your brain to be deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time, the brain cells can start to die.
Anoxia: Anoxia is an extreme form of hypoxia that involves the brain being completely deprived of oxygen. Without proper ventilation, you could end up suffering from anoxia.
Concussion: There is a reason that many hospitals have policies that require patients to use a wheelchair while on the premises. If you undergo surgery and then the hospital staff fails to protect you against a slip & fall accident, it’s possible that you could hit your head on the ground and sustain a concussion.
Intraventricular Hemorrhage: Prematurely born babies can suffer from bleeding into certain areas of the brain, resulting in long-term brain damage.
If you or a loved one sustained a brain injury due to medical malpractice, you need to speak with a knowledgeable medical malpractice lawyer who is prepared to explain the legal issues. Contact Berger & Lagnese, LLC today to go over the details of your case and to explore your best legal options.
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