Brain surgery, also known as “neurosurgery,” encompasses a wide range of procedures used to treat conditions in the brain, skull, and spine. Medical professionals who specialize in neurosurgery devote their lives to refining their skills in this highly precise field—and when a mistake occurs, serious injuries can result.
All neurosurgery carries risks, which experienced physicians will discuss with their patients before surgery, along with the potential benefits of the surgery and the possibility of benefits or risks occurring. And while patients may experience certain complications, not all complications arise to the level of medical malpractice.
Malpractice occurs during neurosurgery when a surgeon or other medical practitioner, such as an anesthesiologist, provides treatment that falls below the standard of care that a reasonably prudent doctor with similar experience and training would have provided in the same situation, and the patient suffers harm as a result of this substandard care.
Because the brain is a delicate, complex organ, medical malpractice during brain surgery can have devastating consequences. Death can result. Even if the patient lives, the result may be a catastrophic, permanent brain injury that changes the course of the patient’s life.
To recover damages in a brain injury malpractice case, the injury caused by the physician’s failure to meet the standard of care must also cause damages of a type that a Pennsylvania court can address. Common types of damages in brain injury cases include medical bills, lost wages from the inability to work, and pain and suffering. In some cases, these damages may continue throughout an injured person’s life.
Brain surgery can have life-saving effects, but errors during brain surgery can have life-devastating consequences. If you’ve suffered injuries resulting from brain surgery, an experienced Pittsburgh medical malpractice lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and choose a course of action. Contact Berger & Lagnese today at 412-471-4300 to learn more.
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