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Understanding Medical Brain Injuries

Understanding medical brain injuries

In the personal injury field, most brain injuries are associated with motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other events that fall under the expertise of a general personal injury lawyer. However, brain injuries can also occur in a medical setting, in which case an experienced medical malpractice lawyer is better suited to represent the victim. At Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers, our dedicated Medical Malpractice Group has significant experience representing individuals who have incurred brain injuries caused by medical errors. Read on to learn more about what causes brain injuries in a medical setting and how our talented and knowledgeable team can help.

Birthing Injuries

Many medical brain injuries occur during labour and childbirth. These are among the most serious brain injuries that a person can suffer, because they tend to have lasting, life-altering consequences.

Most often, brain injuries acquired during childbirth are caused by a lack of oxygen to the brain. This condition is known as perinatal asphyxia, neonatal asphyxia, or birth asphyxia. It can cause a wide range of symptoms, including cerebral palsy, cognitive delays, and permanent physical impairments.

Injuries in Older Children and Adults

Although less common than injuries to newborns, medical brain injuries do occur in older patients. They can be caused by a variety of medical errors, including:

  • Missed or delayed diagnoses, especially of blood clots or strokes
  • Radiology, medication, surgical, or anesthesia errors
  • Hospital acquired infections, especially leading to sepsis or septic shock

How Serious are Medical Brain Injuries?

As with any form of brain injury, medical brain injuries vary in severity. Mild brain injuries may cause cognitive, emotional, or behavioural issues, while more severe injuries can cause paralysis, paraplegia, quadriplegia, serious cognitive and physical impairments, difficulty communicating, and a vast range of other symptoms.

How can a Medical Malpractice Lawyer Help?

Medical malpractice lawsuits are extremely complex and challenging, which is why it is important to enlist the help of an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. In order for a plaintiff in a medical malpractice case to access compensation, their legal team must prove the following:

  • That the plaintiff was owed a duty of care by the defendant medical practitioner
  • That the defendant failed to provide a reasonable standard of care
  • That the defendant’s failure was the proximate cause of the brain injury
  • That the brain injury was a reasonably foreseeable consequence of the failure
  • And that the plaintiff incurred demonstrable damages as a result of the injury

Contact Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or a member of your family has been injured at a doctor’s office, clinic, hospital, or other medical facility, contact Neinstein Medical Malpractice Lawyers today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced medical malpractice lawyer. Our team will assess your claim, offer guidance and advice during your recovery, and provide seasoned legal representation throughout the claims process.