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Brain Injuries Caused by Negligent Health Care Providers

Brain Injuries Caused by Negligent Health Care Providers

Fractures, dislocations, whiplash, and bruises generally will heal to a significant extent with the passage of time and adequate medical care.  When the negligence of another causes a severe brain injury, the affected party might never fully recover.  Severe brain injuries can be caused by an accident like a car crash or slip and fall or the negligence of a medical provider.  This blog post focuses exclusively on brain injuries caused by medical malpractice. Birth Injuries to the Brain of an Infant An injury to the brain can be localized to only one area of the brain, which is called a focal brain injury, or it can affect the entire brain, which is called a global brain injury.  Brain injuries can sometimes be caused at birth. For instance, when a doctor attempts to deliver a baby vaginally that should be delivered by cesarean section, a number of injuries can occur that can affect the brain.  Sometimes, a doctor will apply the use of a vacuum or forceps incorrectly during a delivery. A baby may be twisted and turned by its head at the time of delivery in such a way as to cause damage to the brain. This is an examples of professional negligence or medical malpractice that can cause a severe brain injury to an infant. Other examples of brain injuries caused by medical malpractice include the following: A doctor fails to recognize the signs and symptoms of a stroke in a patient. An infection occurs in the brain due to improper surgical practices. Not enough oxygen reaches the brain, which is called hypoxia, due to an anesthesiologist...
The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

The Effects of a Traumatic Brain Injury on Children

A traumatic brain injury (TBI)1 can cause serious and long-lasting symptoms and challenges for any victim. While adults commonly suffer this type of injury, statistics published2 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that almost 500,000 children under the age of 14 are taken to emergency rooms across the United Staes for TBI evaluations and treatments on an annual basis. Additionally, two of the age groups with the highest risk for sustaining a TBI are children from birth to age four and teenagers from age 15 to 19. While children can suffer a brain injury in any number of ways, TBI most commonly occurs in children due to the following types of incidents: Motor vehicle accidents Bicycle accidents (especially if they are not wearing a helmet) Pedestrian accidents Sports injuries Falls Accidents caused by defective baby and child products Playground injuries Child abuse or assault No matter how a child suffers a traumatic brain injury, the potential for extensive and long-term effects exist. Immediate treatment for a Child’s TBI Even if a child has suffered only a minor concussion, it is important that the child undergo a thorough medical evaluation and receive proper treatment immediately. If a TBI is diagnosed, a medical professional will likely instruct the child to rest—both mentally and physically—for a period of time until the injury is completely stabilized. If a child has a TBI and goes back to regular activities, the chances significantly increase for them to sustain a subsequent brain injury. Additionally, any further head trauma at all while a victim already has a brain injury can lead to a highly...