Medical malpractice can take many different forms, though the nature of each case is essentially the same: a doctor, surgeon, nurse, or pharmacist acted negligently and failed to prevent a patient from harm. These kinds of mistakes can have lasting impact, especially if they affect a person’s brain. Brain injury lawsuits hold negligent parties accountable for causing trauma (TBI) or any situation in which there was damage/harm to the brain.
The Daytona Beach, FL injury attorneys of Chanfrau & Chanfrau would like to consider how medical mistakes can result in brain injuries or exacerbation of brain injuries. Our lawyers can help you hold negligent doctors and surgeons accountable.
Failure to Diagnose/Treat a Stroke
If you suffer from a stroke, it’s imperative that you receive medical attention as soon as possible. Undergoing treatment in the first hours of having a stroke significantly improves chances for recovery and the prevention of long-term brain permanent damage, physical disability, or death. If a doctor fails to recognize a stroke, they may be liable for the medical problems a patient experiences.
Failure to Diagnose/Treat a Concussion
Concussions occur when the brain is rattled within the skull as a result of a blow to the face, head, or body. Proper monitoring of a concussion is crucial for preventing re-injury and further damage to the brain. If a doctor does not diagnose a concussion or multiple concussions over time, it puts the patient at risk for lasting brain damage.
Failure to Diagnose/Treat Meningitis
Meningitis is the inflammation of the membranes that surround the spinal cord and the brain. The bacterial strain of meningitis is particularly deadly, and affects between 3,000 to 5,000 Americans every year. Without urgent treatment, bacterial meningitis can prove fatal. If a doctor does not notice the warning signs of the disease, the mistake can be fatal.
Surgical Errors Affecting the Brain
When performing surgery on a person’s brain, errors can literally mean the difference between life or death. Long-term medical issues may also occur as a result of surgical errors, which is why these matters need to be taken seriously. When it’s an issue with intubation, anesthesia, or mistakes that directly affect the health of the brain, medical professionals must be held accountable.
Birth Injuries Affecting the Brain
During delivery, a baby is extremely vulnerable. It is crucial that doctors delivering a child ensure there is proper blood flow and oxygen to the baby’s brain. Deprivation of blood or oxygen can lead to a brain injury at birth, which can have lifelong impact on a child’s physical and mental development. Given the responsibilities of delivering a child, delivery room doctors and OB/GYNs must be diligent in their duties to parents and their babies.
Holding Negligent Medical Professionals Accountable
All medical professionals must be held to high professional standards given their duties. A brain injury could result in death, or result in major problems with mobility, muscle control, memory, speech, mood, and cognition.
Our lawyers will hold negligent doctors accountable for their mistakes, and help you seek damages that cover the cost of long-term medical needs and specialized care. Whether you are the victim of a doctor’s negligence or the parent or loved one of someone injured by medical negligence, our law firm is here for you.
Contact Our Team of Lawyers
For more information about your legal rights and options regarding doctor and surgeon malpractice, be sure to contact our medical negligence and injury lawyers. The legal team at Chanfrau & Chanfrau is here to help. You can reach our Daytona Beach office at (866) 610-0653 and our Palm Coast office at (386) 439-7760.